The Secret Lives: Third Painting Complete!

I’ve just finished the third painting of my new series, The Secret Lives. This series is made of Tangles, but these Tangles have secrets… secrets which will only be revealed at the opening (TBA). This is a sneak peak…

Canvases Stretched and Ready

I’ve completed 10 canvases — 9 @ 39 x 39″, and one @ 60 x 60″. It really was a lot of work, but in the end, I’m glad I did it. I think these paintings will have even more depth, knowing that every aspect of them was created by the artist. Now it’s time to start painting!

Orange Tangle — Sold!

Orange Tangle, the painting that everyone seemed to gravitate toward at the Icons & Tangles show, has sold. It is hanging in the residence of a Hollywood director, and appears to be taking to its new home. It seems the presence of Danny DeVito in it sealed the deal! Perhaps we’ll see it again some day at my retrospective… but until then, rest assured that it will be well taken care of and enjoyed.

Canvas Stretching Underway

With the stretcher bars complete, it’s time to put them to use! I’m stretching canvas over them, but you won’t see any staples here, only nails. That’s right, I’m going old-school, complete with rabbit glue. As an 18-year vegetarian, I was conflicted about using it; however, after trying the synthetic stuff, there was no other way. Sorry rabbits.

Making Stretcher Bars

In preparation for my new series of paintings, I’ve been hard at work building all of my canvases from scratch. I have to admit, I was hesitant to do it. Not because I couldn’t, but because I wasn’t convinced it was the best use of my time and effort. After extensive discussions with a friend, I decided it was the only way to go. Starting with a trip (or two) to the lumber yard, followed by lots of measurements, I cut down the wood into stretcher bars with my mighty mitre saw. Next comes assembly!

It’s that time again

This holiday season, get the art lover in your life something special. Are you the art lover? Now is a good time to treat yourself! I’m going to have screen prints and drawings available in the Holiday Salon in the L.A. arts district. Entertainment and refreshments will be there too, so a good time is practically guaranteed. See you there!

Icons & Tangles Opening Night

Here are some pictures from opening night. Thank you to every one for coming out, and special thanks to Name of the Moon and David Scott Stone for performing, and L’KEG for hosting!

Icons & Tangles: Paintings by Andy Carey and Carrie Rose

What: Icons & Tangles
Paintings by Andy Carey and Carrie Rose
Date: September 19 — October 17, 2009.
Opening Reception: September 19, 2009; 7 pm — midnight,
with musical performances by Name of the Moon and David Scott Stone.
Closing Reception: Saturday, October 17, 2009; 8 pm — midnight.

Location: L’KEG Gallery
311 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

About Icons & Tangles: Icons & Tangles deliver a vibrant perspective of fame — from visionaries to celebrities. Andy’s Icons are portraits of exceptional individuals that made resounding impressions on him, reduced to the pure geometry of vividly colored discs on canvas. Carrie’s Tangles consist of outlined masses of celebrities, overlapping and intersecting, forming a frenzied labyrinth of people that maybe aren’t so exceptional after all. Together, Icons & Tangles pull you and push you through a galaxy of stars, both luminous and lackluster.

About Andy Carey:
Andy Carey was born and raised in Greater Boston. Attending Montserrat College of Art, he studied both fine art and graphic design, receiving his BFA in Graphic Design. Andy moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and has taken part in group shows, solo exhibits and events while working on commissions.

About Carrie Rose:
Carrie Rose was born and raised in Detroit and its surroundings. She attended the University of Michigan, receiving a BFA with concentrations in printmaking and photography. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, she switched to painting, featuring her work in many group shows throughout the city. Carrie Rose lives in Silverlake, works at her Glendale studio and freelances as a graphic designer.

About Name of the Moon:
Name of the Moon spontaneously create thematic tone sculptures that tap into the energy, time and space of a performance. Embracing moments of chaos as well as the emergence of structure, Name of the Moon can be beautiful, bombastic, ambient or alien.

About David Scott Stone:
David Scott Stone is a Los Angeles based experimental artist with an emphasis on electronic composition. He has also recorded and toured with bands such as The Melvins, Fantomas, The Locust, Unwound, No Age as well as his former bands Slug and The Get Hustle. He builds many of his own instruments that he performs with that can range from traditional guitars to regenerative electro acoustic (electric thundersheets) and modular synthesizers systems. and

Making Frames

I’m framing most of my Tangles (except for the 5 x 8 footer) for the upcoming Icons & Tangles show, and I’m doing it myself. It’s a lot of work, but they’re going to look great.

Holidays + Art = Good Cheer

I’m going to have small, original work available to purchase in the Old Bank District Holiday Block Party, in downtown Los Angeles.
December 6, 2008
6pm to midnight
401 S. Main St. 90013

I Heart L.A.

It has taken me a while to come to terms with it, but I’m ready to proclaim my love for the fair city of Los Angeles. What better way than with a painting, Large Grass Tangle, in I Heart L.A. at Monkey House in Silverlake? The opening reception is January 24, from 5 to 9 pm. 1618 Silverlake Blvd. 90026. Are you ready to confess your feelings for her?

Two Shows!

It’s November. It’s time for art shows. I’ll have work in:

1. Re-Discovery Tour: The 16th Annual Showcase of Artists’ Homes and Studios.
Kelly Thompson’s house and studio is once again transforming into a gallery for one day only, and some small Tangles will be there for the occasion.

Sunday, November 23, 2008, 10 am to 5 pm
Presented by the Arroyo Arts Collective
Tour begins at Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90042


2. 99 Red Balloons
Opening: Saturday, November 8, 2008
7 to 10 pm
Cactus Gallery
4534 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA 90041


For one night only, my large Black and White Tangle will be hanging in the Old Firehouse in downtown Los Angeles. Now this isn’t just any old firehouse… it’s the old firehouse that had its moment of fame in Ghostbusters! It is a really charming place, but insists on no autographs. So come enjoy the art and ambiance, and leave your 8×10 and sharpie at home!
Thursday, October 8. 8 pm through midnight.
Due to unusual circumstances, contact me for the address and codeword for entry!

Mariah Carey?

I have never considered myself a Mariah Carey fan. I have nothing against her, I’m just not a fan. But when a Tangle painting artist hears the siren song of “Mariah Carey themed art wanted” it’s just irresistible. So I pulled out the paints, and created a glorious 40 x 40″ Mariah Carey Tangle, to be featured at a private MC themed party! The undoubtedly splendid event took place June 21 at MJ Higgins Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. If you couldn’t hit the high notes, you weren’t getting in… and that includes this artist!

You say you’re a huuuuuge Mariah Carey fan, and you just have to have this painting? My deepest condolences, but it is no more… it was painted over! Can you guess which Tangle covers it?

Rock Rose Show

So this show is called “Bustin’ Out.” While I’m not crazy about that title, it’s at Rock Rose Gallery. I like rocks, and I like roses… so why not? The concept of the event is for all of the artists to create something totally different from their usual. What will I have? Think 3D, but other than that, you’re going to have to come see for yourself!

Saturday, June 14, 6 to 9 pm
Rock Rose Gallery
4108 N. Figueroa
Highland Park, CA 90065

I’m a friend of Mt. Washington

I had a Tangle in the Friends of Mt. Washington Elementary School Silent Auction extravaganza. It sold and raised money for a great cause: art programs and teaching assistants for this public school. I’m a big believer in public schools and art education, so I was very happy to help out. It was a fun night too, thanks guys! (below: the featured Tangle; patron leaving with Tangle in hand.)

I Heart L.A.

It took me a while to accept it, but this Michigander really does love L.A., and I’ll have a painting in the show I Heart L.A. to prove it. It’s at Monkey House in Silverlake, and the opening reception is January 24, 2008, 5 to 9 pm. It’s about time you come to terms with your affection for the fair city too, so come on out to enjoy it immortalized in art.

Yours to Discover

Fellow artist Kelly Thompson is turning her house into a gallery as part of the 15th Annual Discovery Tour (a self-guided tour of artists’ homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock & Mount Washington), and she has invited me to take part. I’m going to show my big, new Peach Tangle for the first time and have a bunch of prints hot off the Gocco available too. So come on by to see some art and meet a bunch of crazy artists (myself included).

The 15th Annual Discovery Tour: A Self-Guided Tour of Artists’ Homes and Studios.
Sunday, November 18, 2007, 9:30 am to 6 pm
Presented by the Arroyo Arts Collective
Tour begins at Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90042

Snap to Grid

The piece below will be in the Snap to Grid show at LACDA. Here’s what you need to know:

September 13 to October 4, 2007
Reception: Thursday, September 13, 7 to 9 pm (and it’s Art Walk night)
Location: 107 W. Fifth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013