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About MichaelHsiung

Of Chinese-American descent, Michael C. Hsiung is known for his black-and-white ink drawings depicting oddly realistic tales from a time long past. His art features imaginary characters and fantastical creatures, such as centaurs and mermen, who inhabit a landscape of ruined castles, dead animals, and withered trees. Protagonists include mermen in precarious and questionable situations, Victorian athletes and fancy men with dead prey, or imaginary and real animals struggling with their environment. Michael C. Hsiung currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he continues to draw, show his work, sell prints, collect old books, and manage his website. He has done illustrations and artwork for the following: Dr. Martens, Dwindle / Enjoi Skateboards, Oxford American Magazine, Ling Ling Magazine (Spain), JupiterImages, LA Records, and Los Angeles bands Division Day and Henry Clay People. He has shown with various galleries, including East of Eden at Barnsdall Park, 2008 Helsinki Biennial, and most recently GR2's Year of the Ox group show.

Matthew Feyld’s “Untitled” at Thinkspace Friday March 13th

I’m back. After some more computer programs and what not . . . Anyhow, if you are around in the Los Angeles Area, then I highly recommend you stop by Matthew Feyld’s Untitled solo show at Thinkspace. About a year ago, I contacted Matthew on flickr to buy a piece and the one I wanted was in a show, which sold it. I’m now kicking myself because Matthew is in high demand these days.
(posted by Michael C. Hsiung)


UNTITLED (NEW WORKS)
New works by Matthew Feyld
matthewfeyld.blogspot.com/

Opening Reception: Friday, Mar.13th 7-11PM
On View: Mar. 13th – Apr. 3rd, 2009

(Los Angeles, CA) Thinkspace Gallery is proud to present Untitled (New Works), the second solo exhibition with our gallery from Saskatchewan based artist Matthew Feyld. This exhibition will feature new paintings on wood panel and canvas along with works on paper and an installation. In addition to Untitled (New Works), we will also be presenting the debut solo show, The Sins of Atticus Finch, from Virginia based artist David MacDowell in our project room.

Untitled (New Works) from Matthew Feyld:
Matthew Feyld is a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (home of Olympia brewing) based artist. His drawing process is a combination of imagination and reality. Feyld’s work creates an on going narrative, often drawn from real events, and experiences leaving a large amount of room for interpretation. Ink, watercolour, and acrylic are the tools he uses to create a world where both human and animal share more than just their boots.

Feyld has exhibited with Krets (Malmo, Sweden), Together Gallery (Portland), Cinders (Brooklyn), Giant Robot (NYC, San Francisco), Rough Trade (London, England), Grasshut (Portland), Tag Art Gallery (Nashville), The Untitled Gallery (Melbourne, Australia), BLVD. Gallery (Seattle), Third Drawer Down Gallery (Victoria, Australia), Galerie Rouje (Quebec City, Quebec), Boontling Gallery (Oakland), Mendal Art Gallery (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), and several others. His work has been published in the NY Times Magazine and Ruby Magazine and has been included in numerous art fairs including last years Bridge Art Fair in the UK as well as the Aqua Art Fair and Gen Art Vanguard during Art Basel in Miami.

Artist blog: http://matthewfeyld.blogspot.com
Artist Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/driftwould/
Sneak Peek of Untitled (New Works): http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157613106721561/

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Year of the Ox @ GR2 opens Saturday, March 14

Come by and check out the show. I’ll be there sweating profusely as people look at art.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Year of the Ox art show opening

Group show at GR2

March 14 – April 15, 2009
Reception: Saturday, March 14, 6:30 -10:00

GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
gr2.net
(310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to host Year of the Ox, a group art show celebrating year 4707 on the lunar calendar. Pieces will include illustration, oils, pencils, prints, watercolor, sculpture, and other media–all dedicated to the hardest-working animal of the Chinese zodiac cycle.

Contributors will include (but are not limited to) the following:

Apak!
Andrice Arp
Charlie Becker
Robert Bellm
Christopher Bettig
Bigfoot
Aaron Brown
Buff Monster
Shawn Cheng
Catia Chien
Luke Chueh
Eleanor Davis
Dutch Door Press
Katherine Guillen
Clement Hanami
Brent Harada
Lizz Hickey
David Horvath
Michael Hsiung
Levon Jihanian
Kaori Kasai
Dan-Ah Kim
Le Merde
Benjamin Lee
Daniel Lim
Little Friends of Printmaking
Justin Morrison
Joel Nakamura
Kiyoshi Nakazawa
Tom Neely
Mylan Nguyen
Martin Ontiveros
John Pham
Silvio Poretta
Jesse Reklaw
Albert Reyes
Brian Rush
Shizu Saldamando
Emilio Santoyo
Ryan J. Smith
Deth P. Sun
Ryohei Tanaka
Daria Tessler
Elisabeth Timpone
Joe To
Edwin Ushiro
Michelle Valigura
Amanda Visell

A reception for will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, March 14.

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New Drawings by Michael C. Hsiung

Here’s some new drawings I have been working on and finishing up. Both involve “bears” however you want to define that term. Ha-ha. My subconscious is f**ked, I know.

How brave and noble warriors find burial.
9 x 11 in., pen on Classic Cream, 2009

More ingenious ways of using a beanbag to dissent
9 x 11 in., pen on Classic Cream paper, 2009

Find more demented stuff at my website – www.michaelchsiung.com

Thanks Dasco for that Slayer video. Are we totally internet blog flirting? Uhmm.

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Opening photos from ALL MESSED UP at CrossRoads School

Pearl and I went over to the opening for All Messed Up, a group art show curated by Crossroad high school students. The show featured works by Patrick O’dell, James Gobel, Pearl C. Hsiung, Gustavo Herrera, Chris Oatey, Edgar Heap of Bird, Ken Garduno, and Jon Pylypchuk. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of this show because, let’s be honest, what was your art taste like as a high school student? If I could go back and curate a show in high school, then you’d see Pushead, Frank Franzetta, and like Garfield. So, it’s safe to say, that these high school students did a great job.

Yeah, that is Patrick O’dell cradling his little puppy!

Here’s a piece that is by Artist Edgar Heap of Birds.

I really enjoyed the combination of words and colors in this piece. It’s beautifully seductive in that I’m like wow I’d love that pattern . . .  oh wait, there’s words like vagina, round, fruit.

I’ve got to apologize for the blurry photos. I mean it wasn’t like they had a wine bar! Drive by of Pearl C. Hsiung’s piece.

Okay, Pearl also had a video installation piece, which I did a terrible job of photographing, but you can see them online.  It isn’t this one, but so you get an idea.

More blurry photos.

Detail, texture.

Photographs by Patrick O’dell.   The picture below is seriously crazy.  This guys collection of Barbie Dolls is past disturbing.

Well not if you use a sharpie and right that on your ass.

Works by Ken Garduno, who has an upcoming show at Black Maria Gallery called Channels, which is a not to be missed show.  Click here for more show info.

Artist Pearl C. Hsiung and Ken Garduno, whose Channels will be opening March 14th at Black Maria Gallery in Atwater.

If you haven’t seen James Gobel’s works, then I’d advise you to search it out. It’s amazing.  Cloth, felt, and lots of glue gunning.  Difference between this and what your grandma makes?  Pure craftmanship.  Meticulous!

It was great to see lots of artists at the opening.

Artist Ken Garduno and Melaine from (Black Maria Gallery)

(Blurry photos and Broken English by Michael C. Hsiung)

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Ugly Cassanova – Things I Don’t Remember

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Opening Photos of Gavin Bunner’s It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World at Tinlark Gallery

I recently went to check out Gavin Bunner‘s It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and Mors Voluntaria and Other Misfortunes in the project room by Alison Byrnes at Tinlark Gallery. I’ve been lucky enough to have attend two really good shows, Beautiful / Decay Retrospective and this one at Tinlark. Tinlark is located in this little plaza on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Gavin Bunner is a terrific artist whose works are so filled with dynamic, storytelling, humor, and beautiful compositions that I was definitely awe-struck seeing them. I first met Gavin during a group show I participated in at the Carmichael Gallery. Later, we hung out here and there. One night I think we played Farkle and I made him a hamburger on the George Foreman grill. I’m good for that.

The Main Gallery featured several large works by Gavin, which were filled with a variety of scenes of mayhem.  Every scene begins with somewhat of a theme – a marathon, a tennis match, artic wildlife, and then is turned upside down with a few key figures and interactions. Read this great interview on Littlepaperplanes.com and check out his prints that are available for sale here.

College campus or village.  Notice the ninjas.  I would love to have this as a quilt too.

You can see here how the viewer is taken in by the work.

Ha-hah.  Love this.


Homeless puker.

Not homeless, nor a puker.

Ink, gouache and paper.

The man behind the madness, Gavin Bunner and the George Foreman griller.

Project Room:  Alison Byrnes

The project room featured works by Alison Byrnes. Her collection of works were watercolor and ink on paper. They depicted the life and death of famous artists, writers, and Romans who were put to death or killed themselves – Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh, Sylvia Path and etc. A well known fact, of course, that art and artists have a sort of interesting relationship with depression, suicide, and expression.

Anyhow, nice show, nice turn out. Go check it out before you kick yourself in the ass for missing it.

(Pictures and words by Michael C. Hsiung)

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Opening Photos from Beautiful/Decay A-Z Retrospective at Kopeikin Gallery

Last Saturday night (Feb. 21st), I went to check out the much anticipated Beautiful / Decay A to Z Retrospective show at the Kopeikin Gallery. Here are some of my opening photographs, yes many are blurry, no I didn’t forget to include the artist’s titles and etc (good thing I got myself a free magazine). The show was packed with lots of folks and I apologize to the bartenders for not tipping for glasses of wine. (I’m poor!!)

Go see the show it’s up till April 12th.

I didn’t take photos of all the works because you should go see the show yourself or grab the new issue.
Love will tear us apart, 2008
Alex Trochut
C-print 24 x 18; Editions of 3
Courtesy of Artist

Budgie, 2006.
Scott Treleaven
Watercolor, paper, ink. 12.25 x 6.25
Courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Roarz, 2008
Michael Scoggins
Marker on paper. 23.5″ x 17.5″
Courtesy of Saltworks Gallery

Hunters, Monsters, Clergy, Nirvana + Courtney, 2008
Charlie Roberts
Gouache on paper. 11.75″ x 8.25″
Courtesy of Richard Heller Gallery


Doritos Sweet Chili Heat with Dorothy Features, 2008
Eric Yahnker
Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 70″ x 52.5″
Courtesy of the Artist

Shushaton, 2008
Enamel on canvas, 20 x 16 inches.
Pearl C. Hsiung

Skwak The food chain, 2008.
C-print 24″ x 18″ Editions of 3

Hell: Recycling, 2009
Stella Lai
Center panel of a triptych, 10″x14″
Courtesy of the Artist

Things Fall Apart, 2008
Wendell Gladstone
Acrylic on canvas 84″ x 60″
Courtesy Kravels/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

Komandanto, 2008
Scott Anderson
Oil on canvas over board 16″ x 13″
Courtesy of the Artist and Light & Sie

Photos of the crowd . . . blurry after my 3rd glass.

Super nice and the very talented Amir H. Fallah, Publisher / Creative Director B/D.

Amir Fallah and Pearl C. Hsiung

Checking out Ala Ebtekar‘s Untitled, 2008

Pearl and Artist Scoli Acosta

Sabina and Rachel

Rachel and Sean

Beautiful Budweiser

Nash, just finished working on We Live in Public.

Matt, Phil Vera (Crom), and Toni

Then there were some pizza guys…

Where he got this? I have no idea.

Thanks all I got folks. The night ended in a weird encounter with some Bikers at a local bar, but other than that we woke up unscathed.

(words and photographs by Michael C. Hsiung)

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