Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Young Shall Inherit the Earth




Students at Maryland schools are walking out of classes today to take their message directly to the NRA sponsored representatives in Washington DC. As the Parkland survivors have demonstrated, now is the time for action against gun violence.








Tuesday, February 20, 2018

March for Our Lives Donations




Please donate on the March For Our Lives' GoFundMe page. According to their mission statement, the campaign was started by Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

"Our team has been working hard since day one. The funds will be spent on the incredibly difficult and expensive process that is organizing a march like this. We have people making more specific plans, but for now know that this is for the march and everything left over will be going to the victims' funds."
Not including Oprah, George and Amal's donations, as of Feb. 20, the campaign has raised more than $1million towards its $1.5 million goal. 




Saturday, February 17, 2018

Emma Gonzalez Calls Out the NRA!





Yuzuru Hanyu Wins Gold Again!








Monday, February 12, 2018

Chloe Kim Proves That Immigrants to the US Bring Gold!






Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.


Michelle Obama's official portrait, painted by Amy Sherald,
unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.









Barack Obama's official portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley, 
unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.






Sunday, February 11, 2018

Figure skater Mirai Nagasu is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics




Figure skater is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics.

Adam Rippon's Olympic Debut Is Glorious




He Called Her "Lightning"












Gregg Chadwick
Lightning (Edith Desch)
36"x 24" oil on linen 2018




Jersey Memories - Grandma Desch


by Gregg Chadwick

When I was little and my dad was off in Vietnam during the war, we lived in a small, rented carriage house behind a big estate. On the way to school each morning we would walk by the train platform full of commuters waiting for their ride into the city. I knew my Grandpa Desch drove trains and I often wondered as we passed over the tracks on the bridge on Ridgewood Avenue whether he was in one of the engines down below. It's only thirty minutes by train from Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to Penn Station in Manhattan. Yet, there seemed to be a world of difference between my town with its quiet gas-lamp lit streets and the bustling avenues in New York City. The train was the artery between those two worlds and I never forgot it. 





The kitchen in Garwood was where Grandma Desch would spread her warmth. 

In a similar fashion, the quiet evenings at the house where my dad's parents lived in Montclair were a world away from my mom's parents' boisterous home in Garwood. Being one of eleven children, my mom was thrown into a swirl of hugs, greetings, questions, and desires the minute we walked through the door of the Desch home. Small in size, but full of warmth, my grandparents' house was a neighborhood gathering place. A black and white TV was usually on in the living room with a ballgame playing or often on weekend afternoons a pulpy science fiction film. Grandpa would often hold court here on his days off from the railroad. I remember Grandpa mussing up my hair when we arrived in a warm hearted gesture that implied get comfortable and join the fun. I was considered shy as a kid in this environment, and with my Southern California accent, I wasn't quite a true Jersey kid either.  If the living room was Grandpa's domain, the kitchen in Garwood was where Grandma Desch would spread her warmth. Usually wearing an apron, Grandma's world extended from the stove, to the sink, to the screen door leading out to the second story porch. Her meals were hearty and reflecting our Irish/German roots ranged from corned beef and cabbage to sauerkraut and sausages. My favorite breakfast at her house was a plate of browned potatoes fried up in her cast iron pan. 


"What's your exit?"

I remember Grandma giggling one morning when I spread mustard on my bread instead of butter because of a billboard I saw along the New Jersey Turnpike that depicted buttered bread with such a mustardy yellow that I thought it had to be a French's condiment ad. The New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway run the length of the state and at first meeting folks from Jersey often ask,"What's your exit?" Grandma and Grandpa Desch lived off of Exit 136 in Garwood, New Jersey. When we drove there from Exit 148 in Glen Ridge we would often detour through Irvington to grab an Italian hotdog or sausage at Jimmy Buff's. 




Gregg Chadwick
Jersey Rain (Jimmy Buff's)
30"x 40" oil on linen 2016


There are a few classic New Jersey staples: pork roll sandwiches such as Taylor Ham, saltwater taffy at the Jersey shore, and Italian hot dogs at roadside restaurants up and down the state. But, it is the smell of Taylor Ham cooking on a griddle that always brings me back to Grandma's kitchen.


An accumulation of memories

After painting my grandfather in Jersey Central Engineer (Arthur Desch), I was asked by my Uncle Jake to paint a companion piece of Grandma Edith Desch. His wish to honor both of his parents with my paintings of them was of great interest to me. In artworks such as these two portraits, venturing back into my childhood memories is an essential part in crafting a painting. Sadly, my grandmother passed away in 1976 and time has faded even the photographs we have of her. I would have to dig deep and remember the woman that my grandfather nicknamed Lightning. Hearing my extended family's stories of their times with the Desch clan helped me settle upon an idea for my portrait of Grandma Desch. She needed to be in her kitchen and she would need to have a warmth of spirit. Her painting would be built from an accumulation of memories. 


 Gregg Chadwick (center), his brother Kent Chadwick, 
and a group of Desch cousins in Garwood, New Jersey 



Gregg Chadwick
Jersey Cantos
16"x 20" oil on linen 2016

















Friday, February 09, 2018

New Music to Chase the Blues Away - Dominique Fils-Aimé | Home





Nameless, Dominique Fils-Aimé's new album of contemporary soul/R&B (influenced by Billie Holiday, Etta James & Nina Simone).

Sunday, February 04, 2018

What Martin Luther King Actually Thought About Car Commercials





Please listen as Martin Luther King Jr pours shame on Dodge RAM.




Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Resistance Revival Chorus' cover of Leslie Gore's #YouDontOwnMe





Video directed & animated by Raphael LaMotta




The Resistance Revival Chorus' cover of Leslie Gore's is streaming on all platforms. Download it for free & please consider making a donation to support . Download it here: Donate here: Art:


Monday, January 29, 2018

Walk-through of "Points of Departure" at the Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica





Points of Departure 
(An exhibition curated by Maurizzio Hector Pineda) 
A film by Collin Stark

"These studio artists offer a visual mediation of time, site, and process. In this time of maelstrom and uncertainty, Points of Departure offers a visual respite for viewers to depart from the daily noise of contemporary life." - Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Curator

Participating artists; Janine Brown, Stephanie Cate, Gregg Chadwick, Claudia Concha Perea, Lola del Fresno, Wendy Edlen, Judith Golden, Deborah Lynn Irmas, Christiane Johnson, Sheila Karbassian, Sally Lamb, Jackie Nach, Maddy Le Mel, Luigia Martelloni, Susie McKay Krieser, Malvina Milliron, Shae Rocco, Paula Rosen, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Gwen Samuels, Rebecca Setareh, Elham Sagharchi, Diane Silver, Pamela Simon-Jensen, Doni Silver Simons, Collin Stark, Joan Wulf, Karen Woo and more.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Please Join Me today - January 28th at stARTup Art Fair in Venice CA for a Panel Discussion

Artist as Entrepreneur: 
Becoming the CEO of Your Life
(Panel at stARTup Art Fair)

Please Join Me today - January 28th at stARTup Art Fair in Venice CA as I chat about artistic goals and strategies. Moderated by stARTup Art Fair Founder Ray Beldner, this panel discussion will feature 2018 Clark Hulings Fund Business Accelerator Artist Fellows Juliana Coles and Gregg Chadwick, with CHF board member Steve Pruneau. Sponsored by the Clark Hulings Fund we will delve into what it takes to move an artist’s goal from theory to already accomplished. The Clark Hulings Fund (CHF)  helps professional visual artists compete in an increasingly complex marketplace by providing them with strategic business support, training, and targeted financial assistance.
More at: Artist as Entrepreneur - Becoming the CEO of Your Life

What:  Artist as Entrepreneur: Becoming the CEO of Your Life (Panel at stARTup Art Fair)
Where: Kinney Hotel, 737 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292.
When:  Saturday, January 28, 2018  at 2::30 pm         
Website: https://www.startupartfair.com/la/programs/

Link to my recent Clark Hulings Fund podcast with Daniel DiGriz.

 


#MeToo- Art and Feminism Now (Full Video)



Krista Suh and Yareli Arizmendi get to the heart of the matter at #MeToo- Art and Feminism Now
photo by MarySue Heilemann
On Saturday, January 27th 2018 a vibrant panel discussion on #MeToo - Art and Feminism Now was held from 1-3pm at the Santa Monica Art Studios. 

We gathered as artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers and more to help discuss ideas on how to build a path forward. 

Kathleen McHugh, Chair Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA, Moderated the panel discussion.

The panelists included:

Actress/Writer Yareli Arizmendi (Like Water for Chocolate, A Day Without a Mexican) More at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0034976/.Artist/Activist 

Michele Pred (Represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery) More on Michele Pred at: http://michelepred.com/home.html.“Ms Pred's work is an important offering for its relevance to the times."- Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor 

Krista Suh - Krista is a feminist, artist, Hollywood screenwriter, and co-creator of The Pussyhat Project. She's based in Los Angeles. Her new book, DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World will be released in January. Krista will be selling and signing copies of her new book after the panel discussion. More on Krista Suh at http://kristasuh.com/.

Kim Schoenstadt Contemporary Artist "This event was an opportunity to take a snapshot of all the female and female identifying working artists in the LA contemporary art community. It was an opportunity for us to capture a moment where we stood with each other in all of our diversity." More on Kim Schoenstadt at http://www.kimschoenstadt.com/about/ and https://www.nowbeherela.com/.

Organized by contemporary artist Gregg Chadwick http://www.greggchadwick.com/.

Kathleen McHugh, Krista Suh, Yareli Arizmendi, Michelle Pred, Kim Schoenstadt with her daughter at #MeToo - Art and Feminism
photo by MarySue Heilemann

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Remembering David Bowie at the Neutra Institute

by Gregg Chadwick

Bowie Intergalactic Tribute Art Exhibit at the Neutra Museum
(Curated by Dulce Stein)



Gregg Chadwick

Changes: David Bowie
41”x25.5” pastel on paper 2017

My pastel on paper artwork Changes: David Bowie will be on exhibit in a David Bowie tribute international multidisciplinary group show at The Neutra Museum in Silverlake.
My artwork looks back on Bowie  when he released his haunting song Where Are We Now? which is as much a painting in soft greys as it is a song. A quiet rhythm of drums and synth warp and weft with minor key piano chords and Bowie's plaintive, elegiac voice.
Set in a Berlin of memory and dream, Bowie's voice and lyrics question the themes of human bondage, release, freedom, doubt, ageing, and death. Bowie lived in West Berlin between 1976 and 1979 in the Schöneberg district in a house with Iggy Pop while Brian Eno and Tony Visconti were helping record Bowie's Berlin trilogy of albums Low, Heroes, and Lodger in the now legendary Hansa Studios. Years later, Bowie looks back in "Where Are We Now?" and echoes his words about Low, "Berlin has the strange ability to make you write only the important things. Anything else you don't mention."
The political and the personal merge in my pastel painting of Bowie. We are left with existential questions and are reminded that bodies age, marriages end, friendships dissolve and memories fade. But Bowie's quietly defiant voice does not give in to any dying of the light.

What: Bowie Intergalactic Tribute Art Exhibit at the Neutra Museum
Where: Neutra Museum, 2379 Glendale Boulevard, Silver Lake, California
When:  Opening Night - Saturday, January 27, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
               Exhibition runs from January 27 - February 11, 2018
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/330235890792196/

MORE ART HERE at the Santa Monica Art Studios

by Gregg Chadwick

MORE ART HERE



Gregg Chadwick

City Lights (Chaplin's Night)
48”x36” oil on linen 2017

This weekend stop by the Santa Monica Art Studios for our 2nd Annual Open Studios event: MORE ART HERE. Situated across the street from Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair, and accessible via shuttle bus from the stARTup Art FairMORE ART HERE provides an opportunity for you to see what is cooking in my studio. In my fourteen years at the Santa Monica Art Studios, I have opened my space to visiting collectors, art writers, students, local groups, scholars, and international guests. Visitors to my studio have included a bus load of Japanese nursing students from Tokyo, a group of academics from the University of Verona in Italy, professional art conservators from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Getty Museum, a group art meditation session led by noted art writer Peter Clothier, as well as numerous visits by Santa Monica students interested in the arts and culture. 
At the Santa Monica Art Studios, I am part of a community of artists - driven to create, share knowledge and experience, and help the community at large. 

This week, I would be honored to have you join the long list of visitors to my studio #15 at the Santa Monica Art Studios. 

Hope to see you soon!


What:  MORE ART HERE
            (New Paintings by Gregg Chadwick in Studio #15)
Where: Studio #15, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave. SM 90405 
When: 
               Thursday, January 25 12-6 pm
                Friday, January 26 12-6 pm
                Saturday, January 27 12-6 pm
                Sunday, January 28 12-6 pm  
Website: www.greggchadwick.com
Link to my recent Clark Hulings Fund podcast with Daniel DiGriz.

Cost: This event is free 

MORE ART HERE is located across the street from and concurrent with Art Los Angeles Contemporary and just a short shuttle ride away from the stART Up Fair LA in Venice.

Complimentary Shuttle between MORE ART HERE and stART Up Fair at The Kinney Hotel and will be available hourly. The shuttle stops will be located on the west side of 3026 Airport Avenue and The Kinney Hotel, Venice.

Points of Departure at the Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica

by Gregg Chadwick

 Points of Departure 
(An exhibition curated by Maurizzio Hector Pineda) 


 

Gregg Chadwick

Flor De Asfalto (for Sergio Arau) 
50”x80” oil on linen 2018
(Installation View)
"These studio artists offer a visual mediation of time, site, and process. In this time of maelstrom and uncertainty, Points of Departure offers a visual respite for viewers to depart from the daily noise of contemporary life." - Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Curator

My painting Flor De Asfalto (for Sergio Arau) is featured in the Arena 1 exhibitionPoints of Departure. With his music, words and images, Sergio Arau has inspired me to create a series of paintings that feature him as the main character in my painted movies. Rock Star, actor, director, screenwriter, and artist Sergio Arau has often performed while wearing gear honoring Mexico's most famous wrestling star El Santo (The Man In the Silver Mask). Known as lucha libre, Mexican wrestlers such as El Santo are defenders of the poor and vulnerable. By taking on the persona of the Luchador (wrestler), Josh Kun writes in Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America, Sergio Arau and his bands have mixed "the traditional with the contemporary, the rural with the urban, the American with the Mexican, the charro with the rockero."
My painting Flor De Asfalto (for Sergio Arau) carries Sergio Arau into a Los Angeles seemingly pulled from the lyrics of his songs or gathered from scenes of his films that were left on the cutting room floor.

Gracias Sergio!
On the Curator: Maurizzio Hector Pineda is an emerging curator from EL Salvador who currently lives and works in Southern California. His most recent curatorial post was at the Torrance Art Museum as an assistant curator. During his tenure at the Museum he co-curated The Gildless Age, 2016 and developed the 2017 SUR: Biennial with a focus on Cuban contemporary art for the TAM. 

What:   Points of Departure
Where: Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave. SM 90405 
When:  Opening Night - Thursday, January 25, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
                with a performance by Doni Silver Simons at 7:30 pm
               Thursday, January 25 12-6 pm
                Friday, January 26 12-6 pm
                Saturday, January 27 12-6 pm
                Sunday, January 28 12-6 pm  
Website: www.greggchadwick.com


Cost: This exhibition is free 

MORE ART HERE is located across the street from and concurrent with Art Los Angeles Contemporary and just a short shuttle ride away from the stART Up Fair LA in Venice.

Complimentary Shuttle between MORE ART HERE and stART Up Fair at The Kinney Hotel and will be available hourly. The shuttle stops will be located on the west side of 3026 Airport Avenue and The Kinney Hotel, Venice.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Women's March 2018 Los Angeles - 600,000 Strong!

by Gregg Chadwick

I loved my day on the streets of Los Angeles with 600,000 members of the Resistance. I am filled with hope. Thank you to all who took part.












Halsey - A Story Like Mine




Friday, January 19, 2018

Let the world see you roar.




Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Martin Luther King Day!



Gregg Chadwick
An August Dream
18"x36" oil on linen 2009















Monday, January 08, 2018

You Are Invited to a Vibrant Panel Discussion - #MeToo - Art and Feminism Now on Jan 27, 2018


Michele Pred 
#MeToo 
November 2017
Neon on Vintage Case
16" x 16" x 8"
Courtesy the Nancy Hoffman Gallery




"We stand on the precipice of a very dynamic time, and it’s up to us to decide whether this is a moment or whether it’s something that really instigates systemic change." -Ava DuVernay, speaking about the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. (InStyle, Jan 3, 2018)

Artists often use their creations as a sort of reflecting device that mirrors and focuses attention on social and political change.  Beyoncé 's powerful song  ***Flawless  features writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's fierce appreciation of feminism in the 21st century. Actresses and their allies wore black to the Golden Globes to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood. At Art Basel in Miami, Michelle Pred and Pussyhat Project founder Krista Suh led a parade against patriarchy. The Time's Up website challenges us with a call to action: "No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse."

Carrying these thoughts forward, on Saturday, January 27th 2018 a vibrant panel discussion on #MeToo - Art and Feminism Now will be held from 1-3pm at the Santa Monica Art Studios. 

We will gather as artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers and more to help discuss ideas on how to build a path forward. 

Krista Suh and Michele Pred at the Parade Against Patriarchy. Photo courtesy of Ventiko

Kathleen McHugh, Chair Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA, will be moderating the panel discussion.

The panelists include:

 Actress/Writer Yareli Arizmendi (Like Water for Chocolate, A Day Without a Mexican)  More at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0034976/.Artist/Activist 

Michele Pred (Represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery)  More on Michele Pred at: http://michelepred.com/home.html.“Ms Pred's work is an important offering for its relevance to the times."- Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor

Krista Suh Krista is a feminist, artist, Hollywood screenwriter, and co-creator of The Pussyhat Project. She's based in Los Angeles. Her new book, DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World will be released in January. Krista will be selling and signing copies of her new book after the panel discussion. More on Krista Suh at  http://kristasuh.com/.

Kim Schoenstadt Contemporary Artist "This event was an opportunity to take a snapshot of all the female and female identifying working artists in the LA contemporary art community.  It was an opportunity for us to capture a moment where we stood with each other in all of our diversity."  More on Kim Schoenstadt at http://www.kimschoenstadt.com/about/ and https://www.nowbeherela.com/.

Organized by contemporary artist Gregg Chadwick http://www.greggchadwick.com/.


Our panel discussion #MeToo - Art and Feminism Now will be held on Saturday, January 27th from 1-3pm in the Arena 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90405.

#Me Too - Art and Feminism Now is FREE. We ask that you please RSVP at metooartandfeminismnow@gmail.com.

#Me Too - Art and Feminism Now will be part of our satellite art event MORE ART HERE running concurrently with the Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair across the street from the Santa Monica Art Studios at Barker Hangar. A few artists planted seeds for this event last year by asking all studio mates of Santa Monica Art Studios to open their studios during Art Los Angeles Contemporary’s 2017 Art Fair. With the success of 2017, we’re back and invite visitors to this year’s weekend of MORE ART HERE.

Where: 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA      
When : January 25-28, 201812 pm-6 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

Panel discussion #MeToo - Art and Feminism Now will be held on Saturday, January 27th from 1-3pm in the Arena 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90405.

Cost: This event is free 

MORE ART HERE is located across the street from and concurrent with Art Los Angeles Contemporary and just a short shuttle ride away from the stART Up Fair LA in Venice.

Complimentary Shuttle between MORE ART HERE and stART Up Fair at The Kinney Hotel and will be available hourly. The shuttle stops will be located on the west side of 3026 Airport Avenue and The Kinney Hotel, Venice.