Peter Shire, Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age

Peter Shire, Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age

 

Peter Shire, Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age

May 6 – 29, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6th; 8-11 PM

 

Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age

Few artforms have gone as unchanged and unrespected for as long as sequential art, yet none has had as arguably tremendous an impact as the superhero comic book. For the very first time, a survey of the most important works from the greatest writers & artists of the past quarter century will be displayed in a fine art gallery and offered for sale. These are the innovators, the rule breakers, and the fan favorites: the collaborations that changed the medium –all under one roof, for a single exhibition. This is no average assortment of comic book art. This collection includes covers, double-page splashes, and origin pages from the most lauded, beloved and infamous creative teams to emerge in the Modern Age. From Watchmen to All Star Superman, and from Fables to the Walking Dead, it’s all killer and no filler.
This is Pop-Sequentialism.

Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667

Peter Shire “Hokkaido Story Revisited: Late Spring”

“Mystical practical absurdism, amazing, astounding phenomena on a human scale and what is funny about the way we love and hate industrial things…is what interests me.”
– Peter Shire

Peter Shire combines craft, fine art and industrial design, taking from each aspect to create furniture, fashion, architecture and his mainstay medium, ceramics. Shire’s works have been exhibited in the United States, Italy, France, Japan and Poland; Shire has been associated with the Memphis Group of Designers, has worked on the Design Team for the 1984 XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles, which was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, and has created over 40 public sculptures in Los Angeles and internationally. A Los Angeles native, Shire has been honored by awards for his contribution to the cultural life of the City of Los Angeles, and runs his art studio out of Echo Park, the neighborhood of his birth.

Between 1991 and 1992, Shire took five trips to Japan and in the process made huge, astounding sculptures for Sapporo Breweries, the Hokuden Company and the AIM factory. While at AIM, with the assistance of his assistant, Shire created over 30 elegant small scale sculptures. In 2008, AIM went out of business and Shire returned to Japan to recover the works, included in this exhibiton and the accompanying catalog. With the sculptural works back in his possession, Peter began a series of Kokeshi paintings to further capture the spirit of the original exhibition. Hokkaido Story Revisited: Late Spring recreates (through re-imagination) a pivotal moment in the artist’s professional life; this time with post-disaster reflection and great fealty for the nation that inspired it.

 

Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667

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