For the birthday of my long-time patron, super-supporter and friend, this year I gave Jen “Pink Tangle.” It now resides in Atwater Village (LA, CA), and I’m thrilled it does! Thank you for everything Jen!
So my temporary desert studio space came to be because my friend Jason had just purchased a home out there, and then immediately went on tour with Redd Kross for three months (he’s the awesome guitar player!) and let me set up shop while he was away. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity, and to thank him, I gave him this painting I created while I was there… which I titled “Mojave”, of course! So happy for it to be in its birth place!
As many of you may know, I had to leave my beloved Equestrian District studio last year. It was a difficult loss. In Los Angeles it’s hard to find affordable studio space, so I tried to make due at home — but home wasn’t cutting it! An opportunity just presented itself that I can’t pass up — free temporary studio space in Yucca Valley. The Mojave Desert is one of my favorite places, so having a reason to go so often is going to be a dream! I can see Joshua Trees from my window! I’m in love!
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news “Tan Tangle” and “Blue Tangle” are officially “lost”. I brought them to the UPS store in Los Angeles (on Virgil at the intersection of Sunset and Hollywood. Yes, I’m naming names) to ship to a patron in Michigan. After a couple of weeks of them not arriving, I followed up with the UPS store and UPS HQ — which was not an easy or pleasant experience. Long story short, they had no record of my package ever even getting on a truck and leaving the store — which seems to suggest the package was taken from the store. I’m an honest, hard-working person, so I don’t want to suggest it was an employee, but… all I can say is the package was about the size and weight of a flat screen TV. They were (under) insured because I thought no way would they lose a package this size — but at least I got something. Anyway, if by chance you ever come across these paintings, PLEASE report it to me! No questions asked, but I would very much like them back.
When I was in college, one of my favorite films was Naked Lunch. Michael, who acted in it, just purchased my painting, “Canopy.” He has been working passionately on environmental issues through Climate Reality Project, so this abstract painting of trees at sunset really spoke to him. Thank you Michael! I hope you love it for years to come!
Courtney asked about commissioning me to paint the pictures seen over Amèlie’s bed (in her favorite movie, Amèlie). I had to tell her I was too busy, but would love to when I free up… knowing full well I was going to paint them and give them to her as a Christmas present. She has been such a super supporter and patron for so long, it was time to give back! I think they turned out quite well!
Just in time for the holidays, Troubled Tangle is now available as a print!
It’s a high-quality, signed and numbered archival giclée print on bright white, 24 x 24 inch cotton paper (image size is 22 x 22 inches). A great gift for art lovers, the celebrity obsessed… or for yourself!
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of selling a painting! Troubled Tangle was purchased from the Bury the Lead show at Art Share LA, and moved to San Diego. I would like to thank Art Share and the collector, who was nice enough to share this photo of it in its new home. I think it looks great!
The opening of Bury the Lead at Art Share LA was fantastic. The show featured an eclectic and excellent group of artists, and I’m proud to be one of them. Thank you to everyone who came, including my parents (who came all the way from Michigan!), and thank you to everyone at Art Share. It was a great night.
I’m happy to announce five of my paintings from Tangles: The Secret Lives are going to be in the Bury the Lead show at Art Share LA.
OPENING: September 10, 2016, 7-10pm
SHOW RUNS SEPT 7 — SEPT 25
ART SHARE LA
801 E. 4TH PLACE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90013
Tangles: The Secret Lives (7 total so far) were just photographed by the fine folks of Static Medium ( http://www.staticmedium.com/ ). Limited edition archival prints will be coming in the near future. Stay tuned!
For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on another painting, also part of the Tangles: the Secret Lives series. I don’t want to titillate you too much too soon, so I’m censoring how much I tell you about it… but suffice it to say, it promises to be very stimulating!
I have a piece in this show, up now. Check it out!
Gallery1988 & Hello Giggles Present
Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb. 2, 7-10PM
February 2 – 23, 2013
a tribute to one of the big screen’s funniest directors
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 11, 7-10 PM
January 11 – February 2, 2013
214 Pier Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I’m a huge fan of the TV show Freaks and Geeks, so I jumped at the chance to immortalize it in a Tangle. I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this show, and it did not disappoint! This was the first art event I’ve been involved in that actually had a line — a long line — to get in. I’m thrilled to have been a part of it, and to have sold my painting… to none other than Mr. Apatow himself! A huge thanks to him, Gallery 1988, my friends who came out, and everyone else who is always so supportive of my art and activities… Does it sound like I’m accepting an award? Maybe I should skip ahead to some photos from the night!
Judd Apatow fighting Martin Starr for my painting? See for yourself in this video!
I am going to have a painting in “A Tribute Show to Judd Apatow: an art show inspired by a comedic producer”. Mine is a Freaks and Geeks Tangle made special for the event. Here are all the details:
Opening: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7-11 pm. Must RSVP to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
7020 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
The show will be up until December 30, so check it out!
I’ve been working hard on this painting for the Judd Apatow tribute show at Gallery 1988, and I’m pleased to announce… it’s done! Be sure to stop by the opening on December 4 to see it, and all of the other amazing art, in person!
Well it took much longer than anticipated, but The Secret Lives: Self-Destructive Musicians is now complete. It was with much love for these talented, tormented artists that I painted this… and yes, it has its secret too. Their legacies live on!
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I’ve been working on the 6th painting of Tangles: The Secret Lives, and this is my first to feature exclusively musicians. It’s too soon to show, and I don’t want to give away its secrets, but it’s coming along quite well. I’m anticipating finishing within the next month, and then starting another. For those of you keeping tabs, I’m still deciding what to do with “the big one”…
I have agreed to create original work for several upcoming shows at Gallery 1988 in Hollywood. They’re not for a while (so more information will be coming later), but they’ve been having a lot of fun, pop culture-themed shows, and I’m excited to be involved.
It’s not art related, but I have to tell you any way: I ran the LA Marathon yesterday! It was the second for me, and this year’s weather far surpassed the monsoon-like conditions of last year. Thanks in large part to the sunny skies and mild temperatures, my friend Julie and I were able to shave off almost 20 minutes from our previous finish time. It wasn’t easy, but we kept smiling almost the whole time (with the exception of a couple hills) and enjoyed seeing so much of the city on foot, and on a beautiful day. Time to put the feet up for a few days… then it’s back to painting!
I have been battling my 60 x 60 canvas, wrangling with its stretcher bars, trying so very hard to coax it into a nice, useable canvas. It has been plagued by technical problems, but it appears my perseverance has paid of—it has finally snapped into place! Now if I could only decide what to paint on it…
After our 2009 show, Icons & Tangles, Andy Carey and I decided to make paintings for each other in our signature styles. Andy compiled a list of people who are meaningful to him to be Tangled, and I requested an Icon of one of my all time favorite people to have walked the earth: Michael Jackson. It took a while to become a reality, but it happened. Here’s the result.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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. www.AndyCareyArt.com
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. www.CarrieRose.com
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. www.NameOfTheMoon.com
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. myspace.com/davidscottstone and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Scott_Stone
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?
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
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!
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?
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 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.)
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.
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
I’ll have a tiny triptych in the show, Maximum of Maximums, at Me and You Variety Candy
Los Angeles. Here’s all of the info:
Maximum of Maximums: small works by over 60 visual artists
Opening reception: Saturday, August 11, 2007, 6 to 10pm
Partial proceeds from sales will be donated to restore New Orleans wetlands.
Me and You Variety Candy Los Angeles
2752 Clearwater St.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
I’ll have a painting in the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery as part of their Open Call 2007 show. If you’ve never been up the hill to Barnsdall Park, this is a good reason to check it out. In addition to the art, you can enjoy views of Los Feliz and Hollywood, along with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
July 20 to August 26
Opening: Sunday, Jully 22, 2007, 2 to 5 pm; admission is free on the day of the reception.
Just in time for all the July 4th revelry, truXtop gallery presents Flags Unflown. This show includes fifty Los Angeles artists interpreting the theme on wooden panels, all of the same size. I am one of those artists, and my flag, State of Celebrity, won’t be flying—it will be hanging on a wall in the gallery. Here is all of the pertinent information:
Opening reception: Friday, July 6th, 2007, starting at 8pm.
2876 Rowena Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039