Daniel Rolnik

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If you’ve never been to Tucson, AZ before, make sure you arrive on the first Saturday of the month for their art walk* – as I did upon my serendipitous landing. Since I knew absolutely no one in town, I booked a cheap hotel room. Lo and behold, there happened to be a tattoo convention happening in the conference center. Now, I’m scared of tattoos, but art is art, even if it’s on the skin, and so I decided to check it out. I threw my bags into the room. Then I stepped into the overwhelming... [more]
The most exciting thing about the art world is that there’s still a lot to be discovered in the real world. Whether it’s artists, galleries, or installations – a lot of the best stuff cannot be found through Wikipedia pages or Google searches. For example, if you find yourself in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin and conduct a local search for “cool art” online – you’ll wind up with links to the sculpture garden and annual painting festival. However, you won’t be led to the exciting pop-up gallery... [more]
Casey Gray’s studio is in a warehouse overlooking the shipyards of San Francisco, CA. It was once a recording studio and remnants of those days still linger. Like the Jerry Garcia-inspired tracking room with its tie-dyed walls and black-light posters or the original album artwork hanging around the space. Basically, Casey’s studio is that of a visual artist’s dream: tall ceilings, loading gates, and the immortal presence of rock star lore. Everything you see in Casey Gray’s paintings are done... [more]
I don’t think it’s fair to call Logan Hicks a street artist. It’s too confining for the man who spends hours cutting paper into fine details or risks his life climbing skyscrapers to get a photograph that no one else can capture. I don’t know. That’s just my take on it. Labels confuse me anyways, because I recognize artists based on their own achievements and not their achievements when compared to others. And quite simply, Logan Hicks can’t be compared to others, because no one does what he... [more]
Surprises, Surprises!: The Season of Spring opens at Flower Pepper Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
adrienne adar, Isabelle Alford-Lago, Kelly Allen, Douglas Alvarez, Luis "Guava" Arevalo, Manly Art, Anthony Ausgang, Aaron Axelrod, Camille Banchad, Kristin Bauer, Lukaz Belcarski, Jud Bergeron, Terri Berman, Jon Bernad, Mark Bieraugel, Om Bleicher, Jason Brammer, Aaron Brown, Nicole Bruckman, Erin Burrell, Julian Callos, Miri Chais, Salao Coboi, J.A.W. Cooper, Jennie Cotterill, Dr. Cream, Graham Curran, Jessica Dalva, Jamie Dean, Comet Debris, MARY DELIOUSSINA, Tami Demaree, Michelle Devereux, Leah Shane Dixon, Bob Dob, Keith Dugas, Ears, Mike Egan, Jay Erker, HAUNTED EUTH, T. Fail, Fausto Fernandez, Erik Flores, Robert Fontenot, GATS, Lauren Von Gaugh, Toby Goodshank, Dev N Gosha, Pamela Grau, Kio Griffith, Kimberly Hahn, Sarah Harkey, Yuri Hasagawa, The Radioactive Chicken Heads, Hieronymus, Michael C. Hsiung, Teddy Kelly, Claudia Kleefeld, Lizzi Kreteller, Laura Krifka, Allison Krumwiede, Alexander Laccarino (That Kid Who Draws), Poppy Lawman, Mashanda Lazarus, Lyndsey Lesh, lilstickyrice, Bradford Lynn, Rebecca Manson, Jacob Arden McClure, Liz McGrath, Ryan McIntosh, Scott Mcpherson, Mega, Brook Meinhardt, Trace Mendoza, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Andre Miripolsky, Rick Morris, Jules Muck, Malka Nedivi, Max Neutra, Anne Faith Nicholls, Cosmic Nuggets, Numskull, Liberated Objects, Orson Oblowitz, Quam Odunsi, Almighty Opp, Sinae Park, Gina Phillips, Chilin's Pinstriping, Emmett Potter, Little Friends of Printmaking, Javier Rameriz, Erwin Recinos, Joseph Remnant, Chris Rexroad, Mike Reynolds, Homo Riot, Rebecca Rose, Adam Roth, Kevin Russ, Jay Ryan, Huseyin Sami, Alex Schaefer, Ellen Schinderman, Reed Seifer, Septerhed, Allison Smith, Ellen Stagg, JT STEINY, Jon Stich, Malcolm Stuart, Camilla Taylor, Ghost Ghost Teeth, Ben Tegel, Quentin "Shplinton" Thomas, Moss All The Time, Brad Tinmouth, Jesse Tise, Mark Todd, TSF, Ethan Turpin, James Van Arsdale, Collin van der Sluijs, Jacob van Loon, Porous Walker, Cam Wall, Clark Walter, Victoria Warehem, Esther Pearl Watson, Bruce Lee Webb, Nervis Wreck, XVALA, alisa yang, Jeni Yang, Amy Yung, Zio Ziegler at Flower Pepper Gallery March 1st, 2014 - April 4th, 2014
Posted 2/27/14
The irrepressible Daniel Rolnik is at it again. He's curated a huge group show over at Flower Pepper Gallery that sounds like it will be a very fun event. Daniel told us, "The idea is that all of the artists made an original piece and then also included surprises with it. So when you buy James Van Arsdale's ninja star, it actually comes with a ninja star! And other cool stuff like that! Julian Callo's piece comes with three one-of-a-kind zines. It's pretty spectacular!" The not-to-be-missed... [more]
Going Feral: Spotting Bigfoot at Modern Eden Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michael Alm, JAW Cooper, Peter Gronquist, Caitlin Hackett, Kikyz1313, Anita Kunz, Christina Mrozik, Michael Page, Jason Wheatley, Zoe Williams at Modern Eden Gallery January 18th, 2014 - February 8th, 2014
Posted 2/4/14
“Feral Creatures” is an art exhibition at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA curated by Stephanie Chefas, an independent writer for Hi Fructose and her own blog, Platinum Cheese. The show features 10 artists in total, including J.A.W Cooper who who was on the art adventure with me to Arkansas and Peter Gronquist who took Art Basel Miami by storm with his life-sized sculpture of a man exploding from a car window after a collision with a majestic long-horned buck. I thought there was no... [more]
I’d like you to walk with me through the underground art world of Las Vegas. A place where the only slot machines are the ones smashed to bits and shoved in sewers. Where two distinct entities, both repelled by the strip and on opposite ends of it, come together in harmonious magnetism. The likes of which we’re not used to in our homogenized societies of malls that look the same and songs that sound the same and art that we’re told is great and eventually believe to be, even though it’s not... [more]
The Orgone Accumulators curated by Daniel Rolnik Opens Next Week!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Airom, Isabelle Alford-Lago, Airom Bleicher, Frank, Mark Hanauer, Austin Irving, Kate Jackson, Thomas Wittaker Kidd, John Knuth, Poppy Lawman, Ryan McIntosh, Courtney Reid, Chris Rexroad, Gay Summer Rick, Daniel Rolnik, ghost ghost teeth, Christine Wu at bG Gallery February 7th, 2014 - February 19th, 2014
Posted 1/30/14
Daniel let us know about a new show he's curated at bG Gallery in Santa Monica: "I don't know why I chose the artists in this show really, I can't deconstruct it in any logical way. It's a very illogical process. Maybe that's why I named the show The Orgone Accumulators. That's an illogical process too, but people swear by it. I tried to get an actual accumulator for the show, but no one would let me borrow theirs. I even emailed the museum in Maine and they sent me this super paranoid response... [more]
No Art For Sale: Phlegm, “The Bestiary”, at Howard Griffin Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Phlegm at Howard Griffin Gallery February 1st, 2014 - March 4th, 2014
Posted 1/28/14
The street artist PHLEGM will be having a solo exhibit at Howard Griffin Gallery  in London from February 1st March 4th. It’s a show loosely based on bestiaries: “books containing pictures and moralizing stories about real and imaginary animals.”* A fitting theme for the artist, whose animal characters drawn throughout streets of Europe are done in a signature palette of black and white. Phlegm has also proclaimed on his website that: “No art will be for sale. This is an ephemeral art event... [more]
Ghost Ghost Teeth: Getting shows is the easy part   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
ghost ghost teeth at Pehrspace in Echo Park November 26th, 2013 - December 28th, 2013
Posted 1/5/14
It isn’t only street artists that use aliases; it’s also illustrators and fine artists. Simon Tran is an artist that goes by the name Ghost Ghost Teeth. And while he’s probably done some art on the street, he’s mostly known for his gallery work on found pieces of wood, legal murals, as well as being a fixture in the underground music and art scene of Los Angeles. Before Simon moved up to the Bay Area to attend school, he identified himself with one gallery named Pehrspace. It’s a small place... [more]
Did you know that fear and excitement are the same emotion? Test it out for yourself. The next time you feel afraid to try something new, tell yourself that you are excited and you will see your life change for the better. I feel that way every time I meet someone new and so I have to make a conscious switch to feel excited to meet them rather than afraid to say hello. And really that’s all it takes to alter your perception of the world – a little hello. So, while some may say that millenials... [more]
Who Are The Next Rebels?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 12/10/13
Who are the next rebels? What art are they creating and how long will it be until they too are adopted by the mainstream, just as street art and lowbrow before that and Futurism before that and so on? The way I see it, the art world is stuck at the moment between crippling exhibits of conceptualism done by artists with degrees up the wazoo and over-simplified, no concept, cutesy trash. There’s nothing rebellious about skateboard art or street art or terrible art with zero value for aesthetics... [more]
I had a vision of driving to the Crystal Bridges art museum in Arkansas, so I loaded my van with camping gear and hit the road from Los Angeles, CA with my girlfriend, the artist J.A.W Cooper, for the 1,400-mile road trip. I convinced Cooper that my real reason for wanting to go was to see the leaves change color in Fall. And after a lucky encounter with a shop clerk at the adventure store and a National Geographic road article about the best campgrounds to see in late October it was... [more]
The last time I got lunch with my friend, he was in the midst of sending applications to McDonalds. Ironically, he was the last person I ever expected this from. The friend I was eating lunch with is one of the most published artists I’ve ever met, with over ten book covers and at least three big solo releases of his own. But what has all that done for him? I mean, right now he’s telling me how it’s literally impossible to feed his family and he’s so desperate for money that in a few minutes... [more]
The following statements are based upon observations I made during fieldwork in Australia – specifically, the cities of Melbourne and Sydney. If you have information that will help further my research, please leave a comment below. I can’t help but compare everything to what I already know. So, when I got off the plane in Australia, I began to decode everything using the ciphers instilled in me by the area where I grew up. But the problem is that when you do that in Oz, you begin to get lost... [more]
Artistic micro-movements are happening more intensely today than ever before. It reflects the way we process information. Where we search for what’s new, rather than keep track of what’s been able to survive. It’s akin to the way we scroll through our Facebook feeds and look tirelessly for exciting information, rather than being satisfied with the first batch of results. SNYDER, umbrella; Courtesy of Melrose&Fairfax   I became entwined with one of these micro-movements simply... [more]
D*Face: It's not just at the moment! It's been a long running fascination and it's not just Lichtenstein! I guess on a simple level it's a literal interpretation of my name, but moreover it stems from my fascination [with] American culture and directly Pop Art; other than the skate graphics I saw in Thrasher magazine mid 80's, it was the first 'art' that my parents showed me that I felt a connection to. I've come to realise that for me Pop Art didn't have a strong enough serious tone or... [more]
Art Basel: the Burning Ring of Fire   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Art Basel June 13th, 2013 - June 16th, 2013
Posted 6/13/13
Whenever I think about art fairs, the first thing that comes to mind is money. Like how Art Basel can cost a gallery well over $10,000 for a small booth, which means they have to sell at least $20,000 worth of art (based upon a 50/50 split with each artist) just to cover their upfront cost. Still leaving the ungodly debt of crating, shipping, handling, installing, flying, eating, driving, drugging, and stain removals to be paid for. Most of the people who attend won’t buy anything besides an... [more]
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