"GUNNING FOR TROUBLE"
Featuring Jim Mahfood and Justin Hampton
Los Angeles, CA October 12, 2010 - SubSpace art is proud to announce an exhibit of works
from Justin Hampton and Jim Mahfood - AKA Food One. The exhibit will feature new works from
both artists, widely known for their illustrative, poster, grafitti and comic-based art. Their collective
images pull from a wide variety of popular and underground elements of music, visual art, comic
art, manga and film. Doors will open Saturday November 13th at 7pm with a free live concert
from the supergroup, Sweethead, comprised of Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age)
with Norm Block and Eddie Nappi (Mark Lanegan band) and vocalist Serrina Sims. Also included
are performances from Lonnie Marshall and The Lil’ Big Ups plus local L.A. funkateer, DJ Expo,
will be serving up an original mix of 1960s - 70's classic R&B and soul.
Jim Mahfood aka Food One, is an illustrator/comic book artist/muralist/live art rocker residing in
LA. He is the creator of the art style known as Visual Funk: a hybrid mix of comix art, graffiti,
manga, street art, and funk culture. Jim single-handedly introduced live art to the American comic
book scene. He has worked for every major comic book publisher and his illustrations have
appeared in magazines like Playboy, MAD Magazine, Star Wars Gamer, BPM and the Hollywood
Reporter, to name only a few.
His freelance clients include Colt 45 (ad campaign 2007-08), Armani, View Askew, MTV,
Hollywood Records, Disney, Cartoon Network, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Bongo Comics,Heavy
Metal Magazine and more. His painted murals can be found on the Spike TV building,Munky King Toys, IGN.com, and on Comedy Central’s Sarah Silverman Program.
This exhibit will feature the unveiling of Mahfood's original sequential art pages from the
"Kickpuncher" comic book (as written by Troy Barnes) that was included in the Season One
DVD set of NBC's hit comedy show, "Community".
Justin Hampton has been creating high-impact imagery since his arrival on the art scene in 1990.
He got his start in Seattle working for famed graphic designers Art Chantry and Jeff Kleinsmith at
The Rocket, a monthly music magazine that was ground zero during the 'Grunge' era. Almost two
decades later he is renowned as one of the leaders in the modern rock poster scene and has
garnered international attention. His bold line work and sublime color palette mixed with a vivid
imagination are unmistakable. His work can be seen in various galleries in Europe, Asia and
Australia as well as the in the states. Hampton's work has been published in many books including
the definitive tome of the gig poster genre “The Art of Modern Rock”. Recently, Justin was
prominently highlighted in the documentary movie “American Artifact, the rise of American rock
poster art.” The film was recently added to the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in Cleveland. Hampton's collaborative poster for the movie with his cohorts in Post Neo
Explosionism (or PNE) was also added to the museum's archives.
Born in Santa Cruz California, his influences are pop culture based from street art and Skate-Punk
to contemporary comic book artists like Jack Kirby and Mike Mignola as well as the post
impressionist work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He has screen printed images for the likes of
Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Nick Cave, Ween and
Motorhead to name a few. He has been the primary artist of Queens of the Stone Age since
2002. Hampton designed artwork for the now infamous 'Grey Album' for famed producer Danger
Mouse. His posters have also appeared in various television shows and motion pictures.
Hampton's latest film poster for Todd Phillips' The Hangover further solidifies Justin's dominance
in the world of poster iconography.
SubSpace art is located at the peak of Culver City's Downtown district. Across from the historic
Kirk Douglas Theatre and Sony Pictures in The Culver Plaza - widely recognized by its eye-
popping Ed Massey mural. Our most recent exhibit, Up:Rising, features the works of both known
and rising artists. (exhibit runs through October 26th, 2010) You can view art and additional
gallery details at www.kristopherkreeft.com or on the SubSpace art Facebook page.
Sponsorship for this show is made in part by Kristopher Kreeft Design, Poison Tree Records /
Truly Colossal Music, Mezza Grill, Kanooz and The Vapor Spot. Our sponsors are committed to
raising awareness and funding for The Hollywood Rock Academy (HRA) - a non-profit school
that provides kids and teens with professional music instruction, instruments, recording opportunities and performance experience at major concert venues. Much of their curriculum is centered around teamwork and leadership skill development. Their students give back to the community through proceeds from benefit performances and album sales.
Auction and raffle items will include two autographed guitars. The first is a Telecaster signed by
Coldplay, the 2nd is a Stratocaster signed by Green Day. Several other amazing fine art and music
gifts will be given away to guests of our show opening. 100% of auction proceeds will benefit HRA.
SubSpace art offers the Culver City community and the general public a dynamic roster of
engaging and thought-provoking exhibitions. With its emphasis on experimentation and
interpretation, and its focus on exploring art in its historical, cultural, and social contexts.
SubSpace provides free cultural events and fundraising for local charities.
General Information: SubSpace art 3855 Hughes Avenue - Culver City, CA 90232
Telephone: (310) 895-0904 | E-mail: email@example.com
Hours: 10am to 7pm Tuesday - Saturday / closed Sunday & Monday
Free general admission with exception to special events.