Portrait of America – Opening Reception Nov 26th, Angel Orensanz Foundation & Joy Wai Fine Art Gallery

Daniel Ash- Freedom Ain’t Cheap (2012)

Opening Reception of Portrait of America starts this even Monday November 26th,from 6:00 to 10pm at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, NYC. The show will continue at the Joy Wai Contemporary Fine Art Gallery 122W 18th St New York NY. 10011 from November 29th – Dec 31st, 2012.

FAULT has had the pleasure of featuring some of the artists’ and their work (whom are part of the group collective) in past Issues including: Will Sergeant, Giuliano Bekor, Jen Starr and Ramses.

One of the featured artists will be Daniel Ash who is a founding member of the groundbreaking Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Daniel Ash distinguished himself in the world of alternative rock during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Ash was born in Northampton, England, on July 31, 1957. As a child, he recalls being driven by a love of rock & roll, Ash began playing in cover bands: “The first gig I ever played was in the Glasgow Rangers Workman’s Club.” That show ended in a fracas. Ash had become friends with Peter Murphy in his teenage years: “We were two oddballs in the class who didn’t fit in.” Ash went to art school and Murphy went to work in a printing factory. They met up five years later and Ash suggested forming a band.

Rigging up a makeshift rehearsal space, Ash played an echo 12-bar blues, while Murphy sang a series of newspaper articles. “After 15 seconds,” Ash says , “I knew we’d have some sort of success. Four weeks after, we formed Bauhaus, and we recorded ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’.” That song, issued in 1979, became the cornerstone of the goth rock movement. After nearly five years of trailblazing recording and performing, Bauhaus broke up and Ash put together Tones on Tail with Bauhaus drummer Kevin Haskins. After several EPs, the full-length Pop, and a club hit in “Go!,” the group mutated into the highly influential Love and Rockets in 1985, when Bauhaus bassist David J came on board. The band became one of the biggest alternative bands of the ’80s, issuing respected LPs like 1986’s Express and 1987’s Earth, Sun, Moon, and finally enjoying a worldwide Top Ten hit with 1989’s “So Alive.”

Daniel Ash has been creating sound art and visual art work for over 30 years. His artwork has graced the covers and inside sleeves of the records he has recorded including Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets. He is a participating artist in the New York City group exhibition ‘A Portrait of America’ presented by the Joy Wai Gallery in Chelsea, curated by LA-based conceptual artist Ramses. In Daniel Ash’s mixed-media painting ‘Freedom Ain’t Cheap’ (2012), the artist appropriates a U.S. flag image and infuses the right-hand portion with a cluster, bordering on chaotic, of stars and blemished tripes, supplemented by a single flying saucer, referencing his own alien status in the U.S.

FAULT is pleased to be one of the Media Sponsors as well we will be covering the show and interviewing Daniel Ash for FAULT issue 14.

Joy Wai Gallery – “Portrait of America” – Opening Reception November 26th

 

New York, NY – Following the momentous occasion of Barack Obama’s re-election, the Joy Wai Gallery will proudly present A Portrait of America: Commemorating Visions of Hope, Loss and Celebration: 2008-2012, a group exhibition curated by LA-based conceptual artist Ramses Granados. Bringing together an eclectic international group of visual artists, musicians, photojournalists and cultural luminaries, A Portrait of America will offer a unique window into our past and present states of mind, and a time when hope bettered our fears. Opening reception will be taking place Monday, November 26th, from 6:00 to 10pm at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, NYC.

Giuliano Bekor, One (2012). Photography, 30X40 inches

Comprised of 45 works by 19 artists, this exhibition is a celebration of the country’s vast perspectives and experiences, and the political climate that has been shaped in the last four years. Joy Wai and Ramses Granados have curated a selection of artists who collectively speak to the American experience like no other, with a mix of adoration, loss, critical analysis, and tongue-and-cheek humor. The roster includes Daniel Ash (painter/musician, of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets, UK), Will Sergeant (painter/musician, of Echo and the Bunnymen, UK), Shawna Ankenbrandt (photographer, US), Giuliano Bekor (photographer, US), Courtney Chavanell (photographer, US), Wen-Chi (painter, US), Cheryl Farber Smith (sculptor, US), Julius B. Fill (painter, Czech Republic), Jeff Forney (photographer, US), Victor Holt (photojournalist, US), Christian Hooker (painter, US), Phantom Street Artist (graffitist, US), Ramses (conceptual, US), Xany Rudoff (mixed media, US), Paul Seftel (mixed media, US), Jen Starr (photographer, US), Aki Takematsu (photographer, Japan), Bruno Tamiozzo (photographer, Italy), and Joy Wai (photographer, US).

Ramses-‘Objects of the New landscape’

Ramses‘ ‘Objects of the New Landscape’ exhibition kicks off on June 30th at The Naiakan Fine Art Gallery, with the opening night featuring an artist reception, a live performance by The Meek and a DJ set by Dark Angel.

Starting at 7pm and continuing until 11pm, get down to see some exciting work and listen to great music. However, if you can’t make it to the opening night, you have until July 30th to check it out!

For more information on the work featured, head over to the Ramses Media website, http://www.ramsesmedia.com/

Singapore Sling at Substrate Gallery in Los Angeles – Short Film by Director Phillip Lopez

 

FAULT was pleased to be Media Sponsor of the Singapore Sling performance held at Substrate Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles. An amazing night of music, art and a true collaboration of global talent. Look out for our interview with the Singapore Sling and coverage of the show which was shot by FAULT favourite Photographer James D. Kelly and will be featured in Issue 11. We would also like to give a special thanks again to film-maker Phillip Lopez :

 

* Thanks to Angel Martinez and Kamran J. Fulleylove – for their assistance as well.

Artist Will Sergeant of Echo & The Bunnymen – Los Angeles Debut – My Own Worst Enemy Exhibition May 18th – June 16th

FAULT is pleased to announce we will be interviewing Artist Will Sergeant of Echo & the Bunnymen for our Issue 11. Sergeant’s Exhibition: My Own Worst Enemy opening reception will be held on Friday May 18th from 7pm-11pm at Substrate Fine Art Gallery located at: 709 North Ridgewood Place in Los Angeles. Please read our interview with Will Sergeant about his upcoming debut HERE. More details of My Own Worst Enemy to follow. To see more of Will Sergeant’s work: Will Sergeant

 

THE MEEK – Performing at Psych Fest April 27th -29th

Psych Fest will be held in Austin,Texas April 27th through 29th, 2012. The Los Angeles space-rock band THE MEEK will be making their 3rd appearance at Psych Fest and performing the song “Grave” that apprears on the new 7 inch record. This new track was recently released by The Reverberation Appreciation Society. The song “Grave” was also showcased in short film screened at ACE Gallery for world renowned fashion designer Henry Duarte. Filmed and directed by artist Ramses at Substrate in Los Angeles. THE MEEK a FAULT favourite and ones to watch.

FAULT Favourite: Will Sergeant of Echo & The Bunnymen Art Exhibition Debut in Los Angeles

Will Sergeant -The Vanity of Plumage (Red White and Blue)

Will Sergeant songwriter and guitarist with Echo & The Bunnymen has recorded music and performed world-wide for over thirty years. He has produced solo and collaborative works since the 1980’s including both national and international artistic projects.

Sergeant recently held his first solo art exhibition “My Own Worst Enemy” at The Penny Lane Gallery in Liverpool, UK. Next month the artist will be making his U.S. debut of “My Own Worst Enemy” in Los Angeles at Substrate Fine Art Gallery. FAULT had the pleasure of speaking with Sergeant about his creative process, inspirations and what viewers can look forward at his L.A. art opening this May 2012.

FAULT: Hi Will how are you?

Will: Hi Fault I’m very well and excited to be showing in LA.

FAULT: What are some of the inspirations behind your work?

Will: I have been a fan of art all my life. As a kid, a trip to the Walker Art Gallery was essential. I was in Liverpool centre, I loved the atmosphere, the stillness and smell. It grips you forever.

I always liked the modern art rooms so much better than the rooms with huge paintings of The Duke of Wellington or some old King. I can appreciate the skill behind the work.I can see the time and the patience that goes into such a masterpiece, but I’m afraid they generally leave me cold and unmoved. In the same way that say a classical guitarist can play amazingly technically well, that’s great but not for me. I need something a bit less.

I have always been into the more abstract elemental works as this allows your imagination to build its own meaning from what you can see. In art, I like pieces that ask a question or leave you wondering what was going on in the mind of the artist.

What you are drawn to, tends to seep into your psyche and in time gets to filter through into your own work. It is the same with music. I always go for things that are not that palatable. More extreme, the jagged and the downright weird. I don’t know why it just is, that’s the way I am.

FAULT: How would you describe your aesthetic and painting methods, and is there any relation to methods of creating music?

Will: I make music mostly in an experimental way. I like to create new sounds by using effects and hitting the strings with different things. Pieces of metal, pens, etc. I will use whatever is necessary to achieve my desired goal. I am always on the hunt for a new tone.

I start to play my guitar without the faintest idea of where it will lead. I very seldom pick up an instrument and think I will try and sound like such and such today, I never learn how to play other people’s songs, I have no interest in this.

I just start and see what appears. I generally am able to find something that interests me. I can then develop and expand the idea. And then when it has some sort of form, it can sometimes remind me of something that I like and that will add to the mix and lead me another way. It’s kind of an organic, organised chaos.

When I paint, it’s a similar process and the experimentations continue. Just like guitar sounds I like to see what the paint will do if treat it in different ways.

This is not a hard fast rule. The only rule is no rules really, and I will start sometimes with an idea of what I am after. I will have a sort of plan.

As with ’21st Century Fallen,’ I wanted to comment on the fact that we are now in the 21st century. All my life the 21st century was a sci-fi dreamworld and now it’s here, it’s the same old shit. The world is governed by people wielding a big stick, stealing from someone else with a smaller stick who is in-turn stealing from someone with an even smaller stick. The whole thing is a bit pathetic at this stage in the game. ’21st Century Fallen’ depicts a fallen distorted cross representing for want of a better word ‘civilisation’. We (mankind) could have got it right but I’m afraid humanity has no chance. I was going to make a sequel ’21st Century Risen’ as a glimmer of hope, then realised it was not going to happen, and changed the title to ‘Dream On’. It’s bright and garish and a little bit over the top.

FAULT: You’ve received much critical acclaim for your artwork over the years, what made you ready at this point in your career to have your first major art show?

Will: I have performed at a few sound art events over the years and been involved with the performing side of art with my friend and collaborator Prof Colin Fallows from the John Moores University in Liverpool.

I created a sound art Cassette tape in 1978 before I even knew there was such a thing as sound art.

I have always been into making stuff just for my own entertainment but never thought it would be considered any good so kept it to myself, until now. I usually say “no” to things and I just thought “yes” for a change.

FAULT: You recently had your first one-man art exhibit at the Penny Lane Gallery in Liverpool, can you tell us how that came about?

Will: A friend of mine in Liverpool ‘Howard be thy Name’ had a friend that was opening a new gallery on Penny Lane on the outskirts of Liverpool. He told me that the gallery Owner ‘Christine’ loved my work, she had seen it online and would like me to be the opening show. The great thing about it for me was she’s not a Bunnymen fan. She just liked the art.

I know I will never get away from the Bunnymen Tag but it’s nice to have something that is mine alone.

I said “yes” and have opened up a new chapter in my life that I am enjoying equally as much as when I started to make music.

FAULT: Why did you choose “My Own Worst Enemy” as the theme for this exhibition?

Will: My mind seems to have a mind of its own, beyond my control. I seem to be great at having people perceive me the wrong way. We have made so many bad moves over the years. I decided to call the show ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ because I am.

FAULT: You’ll be debuting “My Own Worst Enemy” at Substrate Fine Art Studio in Los Angeles this spring 2012, how did you come into contact with the Gallery?

Will: A collector of my work and friend of my art cause knew I was looking to find somewhere in the States to do a show. They got to hear about Substrate via Sean from the Flies who knew Ramses had put on a show of Natty Brooker’s work and thought I may fit in. Natty was responsible for the Spacemen 3’s art. I love the Spacemen 3 and all that drone/space rock stuff. In fact, I have just moved into a new studio over the weekend. I was painting this morning and had my iTunes on shuffle and it hit me with a ton of Spacemen and Spectrum tunes as I worked. Back to your question. They checked it out and put me in touch with Ramses and we chatted via email and the phone. We came up with a plan we both liked and that was that. I cannot wait.

FAULT: What can viewers and supporters of both your music and artwork look forward to at the exhibit?

Will: I just hope they enjoy the art and take something away with them to remember. I will be in LA for a few days prior to the show and hope to get to a few galleries myself.

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Will: It’s my Fault that I never had the confidence to pursue my visual artistic leanings earlier. But it’s OK I’m over it.

Will Sergeant’s debute”My Own Worst Enemy”will be on exhibition from May 18th until June 16th at Substrate Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles. For more information please see below:

WILL SERGEANT

Will Sergeant – My Own Worst Enemy – offical invite please click here.

 

FAULT Favourite- THE MEEK – New Release GRAVE

THE MEEK - GRAVE

THE MEEK who are featured in FAULT Issue 9, have just released the A side of their new 7INCH GRAVE. The track is available via The Reverberation Appreciation Society. Check out the new single below and read a portion of our interview with songstress Amy Lee HERE. THE MEEK a FAULT favourite and ones to watch.

THE MEEK – GRAVE