Preview: 12th Annual BLAB! SHOW Group Exhibit @ Copro Gallery [Santa Monica]

Flyer image by Chris Mars
“Chapter 31, Paragraph 3”
oil on panel
11″ x 11″

Since it’s humble beginnings as a self published zine in the 80sBLAB! magazine has gone through a handful of changes and risen into a highly respected annual anthology of comics, as well as a vehicle of exposure for talents in the contemporary graphic design, illustration, printmaking, and associated art worlds.  This year marks the 12th annual BLAB! SHOW group exhibit, which will be opening this Saturday, September 9th at the world famous Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.  Curated by Blab! founder, Monte Beauchamp, the exhibit will showcase works by many of the artists who have been featured in both his publication and/or the gallery, respectively.  Among the over 4 dozen contributing artists are such Monster Fresh favorites as Victor Castillo; Charlie Immer; and, previous interviewee, David MacDowell.

In addition to being an already impressive assemblage of some of the new contemporary/pop-surrealist art world’s elite, this year’s exhibit “will feature a select cache of original drawings by Emil Ferris from her fictional graphic diary, My Favorite Things is Monsters.”  Blab! will serve as Emil’s “first North American exhibition of Original art.”  According to Deadline Hollywood, Sam Mendez (American Beauty, Road To Perdition) is in early talks to potentially direct a film adaptation of Ferris‘ critically acclaimed release, the rights to which were acquired earlier this year by Sony Pictures in a bidding war.

Here is a list of folks providing pieces for this event…

LIST OF CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS
Adrian Cox, Amandine Urruty, Amy Crehore, Bill Carman, Bob Eggleton, Brian Smith, Casey Weldon, Charlie Immer, Chie Yoshie, Chris Mars, Dan May, Dave MacDowell, Frank Forte, Glenn Barr, Greg Clarke, Gretchen Lewis, Hanna Jaeun, Jana Brike, Jason Limon, Jay Ferguson, Joe Sorren, Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Julia Haw, Ki Sung Koh, Lola Gil, Luke Chueh, Marc Burckhardt, Matthew Schommer, Naoto Hattori, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Nouar, Owen Smith, Peter Ferguson, Robert S Connett, Ryan Heshka, Scott Rohlfs, SHAG, Shark Toof, Tim O’Brien, Tom Bagshaw, Travis Louie, Victor Castillo, Vikram Madan, Yoko d’Holbachie, 

Check out a selection of preview images below, after the following event details.

WHAT:

12th Annual Blab! Art Show
group exhibit

WHEN:

Saturday, September 9th, 2017
8pm-11:30pm

WHERE:

Copro Gallery
Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5
Santa Monica , CA 90404

 

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Opening is all ages
Many artists will be in attendance
Emil Ferris will be signing copies of My Favorite Things is Monsters
Exhibit runs until Saturday, September 30th
Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat. 1 – 6pm

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/154180055166298/


Dave MacDowell
“Houston We Have A Problem”
Acrylic on Canvas
24″ x 24″

 

Matthew Schommer
“Bjork”
Ink and graphite, Stonhenege paper
18″ x 18″

 

Martin Wittfooth
“Branded”
Oil on canvas
36″ x 60″

 

Amandine Urruty
“Party Time”
Charcoal on paper
19.7″ x 19.7″

 

Charlie Immer
FLUID SERIES
“Dinner Time”
oil on panel
16″ x 20″

 

Tim O’Brien
Jack Johnson
Oil on panel
20″ x 16″/ Framed: 25″ x 21″

 

Gretchen Lewis
“Cosmogonia”
Oil on wood panel
12″ x 12″

 

Peter Ferguson
T”he American Devices”
Oil on panel
15″ x 16″

 

Amy Crehore
“Birdwatchers”
Oil on linen
14″ x 14″ (Frame: 17-¼ x 17-¼ inches)

 

Emil Ferris
“The Break Up”
Ballpoint on paper
12.5″ x 16.75″

Dead C

Located in Seattle, Dead C is the founder/editor, as well as the principal writer and photographer, of Monster Fresh. Creating the site in 2007, he did so with a specific dream in mind. Unfortunately, being a muscle relaxer-fueled fever dream, it’s hard to recall all of the details.

I remember that my mom was there, but it wasn’t actually her in the dream, it was actually 70s heart throb, Jan Michael Vincent. And everything took place here, in this room… but it wasn’t actually here… it was different. The colors were washed out and, for some reason, there was a raccoon kicking it with us and it was wearing a holographic monocle.

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