Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Save the Date - October 22nd

POPgallery officially opens its doors with Meaningful, an exhibition highlighting four of the artists that inspire everything we do at The POP Studio. It comprises a selection of paintings, works on paper, photography, mixed media, and ceramics by four Los Angeles-based artists. In these strange and uncertain times, we are all searching for a deeper meaning. Above everything, friends are meaningful to all of us, and our four inaugural artists are all friends from our past, present & future.

Inaugural Group Exhibition:

Adam Silverman
Alexis Hartman
Katsuo Design
Mike Piscitelli

October 22 – November 30, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 7-9pm.

about POPgallery:
We love art. We love imaginative thinking, organic experimentation, collaborative environments and the incubation of new ideas. Art inspires everything we do, and inspiration is a vital element of our daily needs. POPgallery provides an environment dedicated to artists, both emerging and established, whose work we are honored to present. Artists in all mediums are invited to show here, and our space functions as a vessel for the artist’s vision. One hundred percent of the profits from the space go directly back to the artists.

Meaningful will be on view at POPgallery (3505 Helms, Culver City, CA 90232) from October 22, 2009 through November 30, 2009. Gallery hours by appointment, please feel free to contact us Monday through Friday, 11am to 5pm.

For further information please contact Ann Gordon...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Western Spaghetti by PES

So Hannah sent me the new stop motion animated men's film on the J Crew website ( She said that it reminded her of the stuff Hershel used to do for us at Modern Amusement. So I sent it on to Hershel and then he sent me these gems...

Check out all his amazing stop motion films at

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


All I have been doing is loving my family, working a lot and occasionally getting out of the house. Waves have been fun too. But the deadlines are looming, and time has been pressure. So these images remind me of the balance I always strive for...

Friday, September 18, 2009

But we can dream Unconventionally

So I tried to make a case with some highly respected peers of mine, that the sun "rose in the west and sets in the east." I threw this claim out over an early morning Latte as if it had always been this way. Call it exhausted delirium from sleepless nights with Costa Cat or just magical thinking. Either way, the central point was trying to flip the idea of the rising sun to this idea that the sun always rises around the world, but no matter what the weather conditions are globally, the sun is always shining on California.

So I endured the friendly ridicule around the table after my ridiculous proclamation, and five days later, it is still quite the topic. So I ask you, why is it so crazy to think the sun might just change it's mind one evening when it tucks it's head behind the Channel Islands and dips into the Pacific. Maybe the Sun will want to switch things up, and take a different course tomorrow. Nick, you might eat this one some day...

Until then, Nick sent me a friendly reminder which I have posted above..."we can't be very unconventional".

Quote by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Costa Cat Correspondences...

I've been living under a rock...

And haven't been doing much sleeping thanks to Costa Cat or surfing thanks to the studio, but I did discover Sea Surfboards through my mate Damo's blog... I'm sure my mates will tell me that I am way late on this one, but either way, I am inspired to get some more wave craft...

Anyway, my B Day's in October and anything below will do just fine!

Oh yeah, for girls wrestling dead sharks go to...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Hannah!

You're 30 Years old today - WOW! Thank you for our two beautiful children and the seven best years of my life! You inspire me everyday in everyway!

Viewing People, Viewing Art

Is that Ry???
So it looks as if the first annual Malibu Art Fair went off successfully and our very own new addition to the POP studio, Ann Gordon was there to cover it for her own blog called These were some of my favorite images from her posts on the events in Malibu, but I would head on over to her blog and take a spin through the various other shows she covers. You might feel like an art voyeur of sorts - viewing people, viewing art.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Free City Collective 67/68

The Free City Collective
San Francisco - Fall 1967 to Spring 1968

In the summer of 1967, the Diggers gave away their last, final, possession — their name. Henceforth, they called themselves The Free City Collective. One of the last events that the Diggers (under that name) created was the Death Of Hippie in October, 1967. The name "diggers" had become so widely used that it was like a ripple wave in a pond. People called themselves Diggers all over the map of the now burgeoning counterculture, in the same way that the Berkeley Provos had adopted the name of the Dutch group the previous fall.

The Digger vision, which had loosely been "Free Street" now expands into the vision of the Free City, which included not just the Haight-Ashbury but many other of San Francisco's unique neighborhoods: the Mission, Fillmore, Chinatown, Castro, Potrero Hill, Noe Valley. The Free City Collective, ever life-actors looking to expand their art, brought their events to the stage of the larger urban context. Free City Convention, Free Poetry Readings on City Hall Steps, Spring Equinox to Summer Solstice. These were the cycle of events that the Free City gang created to put forth a newer more communal energy. Free Food Distribution was the new Free Food program. Instead of free food distributed to groups of strangers in the parks, the Free City Collective began distributing free groceries to the communes in the City. The Food Conspiracy later took up this need, albeit on a "for-pay" basis.

The energy of Free was transmuting itself from the street back indoors inside the walls of the new communal spaces that had popped up all over the City, usually in old Victorian houses that badly needed the loving care that the hippie counterculture bestowed on San Francisco's "Painted Ladies."

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