1/7: Pulp art, Secret Societies and more at La Luz de Jesus

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
First show of 2011!

Charles Binger “A Pulp Life”
Steven Daily “Covenant”
Howard Hallis “The Picture of Everything”
Tammi Otis “A Fertile Madness

January 7 – 30
Opening Reception: Friday, January 7th, 8-11 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery

4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027

Cover to “The Day of the Locust” by Nathaniel West (1953) Oil on board – 26″ x 24″ (plus frame)

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 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 beautiful and vulnerable women in oils 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 Binger’s 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

Click here for an extended Charles Binger biography

Click here for Charles Binger show preview

Steven Daily “Covenant”

The world of Shriner Parades and Freemason Lodges has been an ongoing interest for Steven Daily ever since his family moved from Southern California to the Midwest – Southern block of the United States during his formative years. For the past decade, Daily has been researching these societies of secrets, conspiracies on the global elite, One-World Government, ritual-based orders, and theories around these ancient fraternities whose clandestine orders formed the foundation for our country and even today hold the most powerful positions in our government. Daily found the imagery, iconic symbology and secret rituals irresistibly striking and became fascinated that a country that was supposed to be founded on the Hebrew God was founded by men who performed ancient rituals behind closed doors. “Covenant” is Daily’s interpretation of the mystique, rumors, facts, research and theories based on the cloaked oaths and pacts that man makes with the mystic and odd.  Daily lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Steven Daily’s blogspot

Steven Daily “Covenant” VIDEO PREVIEW from Sketch Theatre on Vimeo.

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 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 five 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 nostalgia 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. Howard Hollis Blogspot

Click here to see “The Picture of Everything” in more detail on Howard’s website (WARNING: Large files)

Tammi Otis “A Fertile Madness” Oil on gold-leafed panel 10″ x 10.75″
Tammi Otis “A Fertile Madness”
Tammi Otis paints in oil glazes because they convey a luminosity that she can’t get with other mediums. “I need that special light effect because it’s an integral part of what I want my work to convey…an inner world – maybe not seen clearly, but definitely felt” states the artist. Otis conveys through her artwork, the emotional being manifesting itself as a tornado, a halo, or a bird such as a crow.  She paints the joy, sorrow and spiritual secrets of our intimate minds.

“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.”  Tammi Otis lives and works in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. www.tammiotis.com

Click here for Tami Otis show preview

Written by Dionysus Records