Steven Daily, Howard Hallis, Charles Binger, Tammi Otis
January 7 – 30, 2011
Friday, January 7th; 8-11 PM
Steven Daily “Covenant”
“In my formative years, my parents moved from Southern California to the Midwest, Eastern and Southern blocks of America. During this time I experienced Elk Clubs, Shriner Parades, and Freemason Lodges –all things, traditional and secret, talked about behind closed doors.
For the past decade I have been investigating conspiracies. I’ve learned of arcane societies and ritual-based orders built around ancient fraternities. I’ve studied the global elite, and scrutinized an eventual one-world government. The men who formed our government were members of these guilds, and almost every president (with few exceptions),have been party to their aims.
The imagery, iconic symbology, and clandestine rites are striking to me. I find it fascinating that a supposedly free country founded on the Hebrew god, was established by these men who performed ancient rituals in secret. This is my interpretation of the research I’ve performed upon Conspiracy theories, and based on the ancient Oaths and Rituals of the Illuminus orders.”
The pieces marked with an asterix(*) were featured on the “That Metal Show” program on VH1 for an entire season of programming.
Howard Hallis “The Picture of Everything”
Howard Hallis earned a BFA in Fine Art at UCLA studying under Chris Burden, Charlie Ray, Richard Jackson, Paul McCarthy and Nancy Rubens. He was at the creative center of Yidcore band Gefilte Fuck, and collaborated on three books with Timothy Leary. Howard is the world’s authority on Dr. Strange and has been an important force in the Los Angeles counter-culture scene for decades. Reminiscent of Mike Kelly, Hallis’ art betrays a level of obsession far beyond reasonable calculation. He began work on The Picture of Everything in 1997, and by the time he finished his masterwork in September 2010, it was almost 15 feet tall, and 12 feet wide. This is the first public showing of the complete, finished work, which is so large that it must hang at an angle to even fit in the gallery. Divided into eight, framed sections, this incredibly unique, detailed and whimsical work will be offered for sale for the first and only time at this showing. A series of 5 oversized lenticulars of The Picture of Everything and an edition of 420 signed and numbered giclees (sized 27″ x 39″ and printed on 10-point card stock) will be available for purchase at the exhibition, which will include several additional, unique, large-format lenticular collages.
It’s easy to get lost in the miasmic nostalghia that this giant, hand-drawn masterpiece epitomizes, as the artist has captured literally everything that you could possibly recall from the world of pop-culture. It took the better part of 13 years to create, and it could take you even longer to identify all of the characters that it references, making this is a must see installation –enjoyable for all ages.
Charles Binger “A Pulp Life”
Charles Ashford Binger was a British-born painter who found great success in Hollywood and on Madison Avenue.
His commercial art included film posters, pulp novels and celebrity portraiture in a career that spanned the 1920s – 1970’s.
Binger’s hallmark style utilized impeccable composition, rendered in a painterly style over roughened texures.
Binger’s hallmark style utilized impeccable composition, rendered in a painterly style over roughened textures. His science-fiction paperback covers include masterpieces The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury & Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. As Marilyn Monroe’s favorite illustrator, he created three of her most memorable film posters, including Niagara and River of No Return. His gift at capturing in oils, beautiful, vulnerable women made him a highly sought portraitist among the crowned heads of Europe, and a valuable commodity in the emerging post-war pulp market.
This is the first exhibition of his work in 45 years, and the very first time that these works have been offered for sale.
Condition is consistent with commercial work of this era.
Tammi Otis “A Fertile Madness”
“Madness is a fullness in my mind—-
Each idea, each thought, chasing one another round and round without end until
I MUST paint them, if only to still the voices for a minute.
Birds flit about between realities, bringing truths and secrets back and forth
across great chasms of forgotten things.
Souls are bound by an interior web of emotions that manifest in odd projections
about their heads or even physical ties to…….
And always, the orbs, because my madness is circular…….it comes back on itself.
My process for each work takes months, with every figure telling me what SHE needs in the next glaze.
Many paintings will have 30 or more layers by the time they’re finished, much like the layers of a personality.
They change. They speak to me in whispers……madness.”
Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667