Friday November 1 - December 1, 2013
Kathleen Ryan's installation based ceramic sculptures are three dimensional sketches of commonplace architecture; cinder block walls, steel stair railings, security gates. Made of lustrous glazed ceramic, the fragile material is pushed to transcend its physical limits, playing opposing roles simultaneously. As the sculptures hover above the ground or precariously upright, they also oscillate between utility and decoration, handmade and manufactured, glamour and grit, the banal and the sublime.
Kathleen Ryan is an artist living and working in her hometown Los Angeles. She is an MFA candidate at UCLA and will graduate in Spring 2014.
September 14 - October 14, 2013
book release and exhibition,
Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol by Dave King
Featuring a gallery exhibition of original graphic works, photographs, stencil pieces (including the Crass Symbol) and copies of the latest title on the & Pens Press imprint Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol. David King will be in attendance opening night for a rare Los Angeles appearance to sign copies of his new book.
• More images of the show by Juxtapoz Magazine
• Images of the show from Dave King here.
Dave King was born in London not long after the Second World War, when there was still food and clothing rationing and children played in mysterious and hazardous bomb sites, between rows of bland and un- damaged terraced or semi-detached houses. It was a grey world which didn’t see much colour until the economy finally improved in the Sixties, which were nothing if not colourful. To avoid a job as a bank clerk, King went to Art School (where he met the founding members of Crass.) For the next ten years he worked as a graphic designer and art director before “retiring” to the communal house that eventually became home to the band. He then moved to New York and fell happily into the Downtown music scene of the late Seventies, joining the band Arsenal. He did illustrations for the Museum of Modern Art and the logo for downtown club Danceteria as well as graphics for many bands. His band then moved to San Francisco in the early Eighties (a very interesting time in the California punk scene), becoming Sleeping Dogs, which appeared (as did Arsenal) on Crass Records. Today Dave King still lives in San Francisco, still designs logos and works on his own graphic, photographic and film projects.
& Pens is pleased to announce the Los Angeles release party for,
Arts & Culture issue 14
September 7th, 6-9pm
With musical Performances curated by
Tyson Vogel of Two Gallants
Issue 14 includes: Paul Schimmel, Ryan McGinley, Don Ed Hardy, Mark Flood, Robert Bechtle, Hijikata Tatsumi & Buto, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Sandy Kim and much more.
In the Fall of 2013, SFAQ will launch an online international event listings guide and corresponding free app. Its initial listings will cover NYC, LA, SF Bay Area and more. This application will join the rich and informative reviews, interviews and op-ed perspectives published on SFAQ ONLINE, covering national and international art and culture.
A free arts publication founded in 2010 and based out of San Francisco, SFAQ covers contemporary and historical art movements, artists, curators, galleries and more with special attention to Conceptual, Avant Garde, socially active and Performance based arts.
SFAQ is currently distributed in the Bay Area, NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Boston, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Baltimore, Toronto, Cairo, Mexico City, Paris, Milano, Tokyo, Shanghai, Istanbul, Athens, and Copenhagen; as well as at leading world art fairs like Art Dubai and The Armory Show; and cultural events like the 2013 Istanbul Biennial.