Monday, September 12, 2011

"Come Together" at the Andrew Weiss Gallery - Art

WHO: Artists Corey Danziger and Ravi Dosaj
WHAT: "Come Together: SceneFour Collaborative Art"
WHERE: Andrew Weiss Gallery, 179 South Beverly Drive
,  Beverly Hills, CA 90212-3002
WHEN: Public Exhibition from September 15th to November 1st, 2011.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO?: If you are a fan of RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Bootsy Collins, Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down, Matt Sorum of Guns 'N Roses, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction, Frankie "Kash" Waddy of Parliament/Funkadelic and more, this is your chance to see them immortalized in a series of modern art projects. 

     Cory Danziger and Ravi Dosaj are two artists who began their careers in 2004 with The Original Lefty's, an anti-war clothing line that combined political messages with rock slogans. 

   "Come Together" will feature paintings of artists across the spectrum, from Dokken's George Lynch to Angelo Moore of Fishbone, immortalized on canvas next to works of Chagalls and Miros at the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills.

     The two artists have gone on to work with everyone cool, from Nine Inch Nails to Al Gore. Each of these paintings are more than just the typical, "Hey, here's a painting of a rapper because he's a rapper."
     Instead, each piece of art was created as a synthesis of paint and music in close conjunction with the musician being presented on the work. This gives each work a depth and personality beyond the posters you get for $19.95 at Spencer's Gifts.
     Not that I'm putting down Spencer's Gifts. This t-shirt gets me beat up and kicked out of every Tea Party demonstration I try to attend:

     If they are ejecting me for wearing that -t-shirt (which, while Made in China, was at least sold in America) the billionaire running that party must really have a small tent.
     I'm going to show up to the art exhibit because of the delicious irony. Public Enemy's Chuck D conquers Beverly Hills, while RZA's iconic image is presented in the same context as Dali and Picasso. Well, after reading their Wikipedia bio's I'm sure both of them would approve.
     The Village Voice recently named Victory or Death, a collaboration with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, "...the greatest painting of 2010."   

    I'm going to want to see rock genius put to paint for a lot of reasons, but I'm also hoping that in a country as politically charged as the U.S.A., there might be a little truth in those paintings...something subversive for the rock and roll spirit in all of us.

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