AJ Fosik - "Lamplighter to the Promised Land" @ Guerrero Gallery


While Sunday Morning was in town, we got to wintess the week-long installation process and opening night for AJ Fosik's latest jaw-dropping solo show at Guerrero Gallery
"Lamplighter to the Promised Land, AJ Fosik’s second show at Guerrero Gallery of new sculptural works, explores and challenges the concept of belief as virtue. A self-taught artist, Fosik mirrors the transformative process in sculpture of this genre seen in many religions that elevates simple materials of wood, paint, and nails into glorified beings: from statues in Judeo-Christian religions to Hindu incarnations of the spiritual deities or persons they represent. These sculptures also serve as a metaphor for AJ Fosik’s belief these sculptural emblems of religions are at many times a “hucksterism of the holy classes.” 
Consisting of hundreds of individually cut pieces of vividly varnished wood paused just at the beasts’ most fearsome climactic stance, baring jagged teeth in mid-roar, Fosik’s totemic characters are reminiscent of early American Folk Art, while drawing inspiration from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and religious iconographies. They are “a celebration of the power and potential of human ingenuity and creativity.” Concurrently, according to Fosik his creatures also “stand as a reminder that dogma is a corruption of the creative impulse.” As they are conglomerations of multiple systems’ definition of the unknown, they do not point at finger at any one canon, but through genuine scrutiny shake general beliefs and doctrines and challenge preconceived notions of faith and its power.
In the Project Space at Guerrero Gallery, a series of illustrations by New York City-based artist and tattoo artist, Daniel Albrigo examines the visual cues and imagery of  an iconic cartoon images he grew up with, particularly that of Felix the Cat. Through his creative process, Albrigo reduced the image of the Cat down to its most charged elements like its wry smile and the pie-eyes, common in the design of cartoons of the 1920s. the classic Americana happy face pyramid structure in the center of the room ensconced by Felix’s smiling faces in the visual works on the wall bridge two eras of illustration and visual language. Albrigo’s works affirm the smile remains a universally recognized symbol that has been relatively unchanged throughout modern visual culture that everyone can recognize and identify. However, in many ways like Fosik’s works, the proliferation of such a superlatively benign image like smiley face in the exhibition space also calls attention to its very plasticity. When inundated with over and over again,  the smiley face and these eternally happy creatures can possibly change its meaning to become something unknown, strange and reveals its unheimlich qualities."  -Review by SF Art Enthusiast
Photos by: Tabatha Rosado and Katie Pilgrim


Pay Attention: Your Weekend Agenda!

Hey Southeastern folks and friends, there are some cool events going on that you should make a priority this Friday and Saturday.

FRIDAY - August 19, 2011

Lifted Lab will be hosting a pop-up gallery shop inside of the CiderHouse in Knoxville, TN during the DNAEBEATS show. We will have a booth with art work, prints, tee shirts, jewelry, and more.

Artists contributing to the gallery shop:
Daniel Maw with Jarred Elrod (Drugtown)

112 Ramsey Street Knoxville, TN 37921
August 19, 2011 from 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM

In Charlotte, NC at Black Sheep, INFAMOUS JEANCLAUDE will be debuting new works at the much anticipated "Two Eyes, Two Minds" solo show. Please peep our previous blog about this show to get more info.

"Two Eyes, Two Minds"
Opening: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM
1504 Camden Road, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC

SATURDAY, August 20th:

Fireproof Gallery in Knoxville, TN will be opening its third showing of "Black and White" with a warehouse-style dance party from musical guests TEAMS, Fine Peduncle, Persona La Ave, Walsh, and DOLPHYNRYDYR. Lifted Lab artist, ZACH WIDGREN has been working non-stop on this space, adding to and altering it each week. Check out pix from the previous show, and you'll see why you need to come by this weekend.

Saturday, August 20th from 10:00 PM - LATE
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street
Knoxville, TN 37917

HAPPY WEEKEND, Y'ALL! See ya around town...


We are very excited to announce the latest show from Infamous JeanClaude will be opening this Friday, August 19, at Black Sheep in Charlotte, NC. The artist explains the title for this show, "Two Eyes, Two Minds:"
"My works in "Two Eyes ,Two Minds" deal with the relationship between man and consciousness. My aim with this series is to forward and develop my ideas visually on observation, self building (self investing) and manifesting goals."

Since the conception and development of Lifted Lab, Infamous JeanClaude has shown a growing interest and awareness of Consciousness.  His earlier works reflect his observations of how others' motivations, insecurities, adoration, and so forth are communicated through emotion. As he continues to develop his artistic style and study of the mind, we've started to see more introspection. Over the past two years, Infamous JeanClaude has witnessed his pursuit of understanding and creative dedication manifest an abundance of intended opportunity, which continues to unfold each day.

Definitely make some time to drop in Black Sheep and explore the latest works from Infamous JeanClaude. He will be present for the opening night, and the art will remain up through September. 

"Two Eyes, Two Minds"
Opening: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM
1504 Camden Road, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC

Black and White

Fireproof Gallery in Downtown Knoxville will be opening its 2nd show this evening with new work from ZACH WIDGREN, Katy Smith, Amanda McCall, Preston Proffit, Dave Grimes, and other local artists. There will be a full lineup of local music as well, including Faux Ferocious, Hellbender, Peer Pressure, and Marina Orchestra. Come feast your ears and eyes tonight at the newest and most contemporary art space Knoxville has ever seen.

"Black and White"
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph St. Knoxille TN, 37917

Opening celebeation:
Saturday, August 5, 2011
7:00 PM - Late

Bigfoot x The Flaming Lips

If you've seen the Flaming Lips in concert, then surely that interactive, psychedelic experience is forever ingrained in your mind. Now you can visit the multicolored art that inspires these musicians.  The Flaming Lips have decided to open a gallery space, WOMB, which is located in Oklahoma City and has already been decorated properly with a Maya Hayuk mural outside.

WOMB's virgin show will be installed by BIGFOOT, who is flying in today to begin his work. The gallery will be open during these next few days before Bigfoot's show opening, so anyone is free to drop in and take a peak at the installation process. Bigfoot's show, "Nature Magic," officially opens on August 5. This will be a fun party. 

Hear Wayne of the The Flaming Lips talk about WOMB:

And Rick Stinnett speaks about the BIGFOOT opening:

25 NW 9th St 

"Nature Magic" - Bigfoot solo show
Opening: August 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Golden Doodle Preview Tonight

Fireproof Gallery in Knoxville, TN will be hosting another wonderful group show full of local art scene players including ZACH WIDGREN, Katy Smith, Preston Profit, and Shane Principle. "Golden Doodle" opens officially on May 14th, but will having a preview of the installations tonight for First Friday. Feel free to cruise through, BYOB, and catch sneak peak!

"Golden Doodle"
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

Preview opening: TONIGHT, Friday May 6 at 7:00 PM

Official opening: Saturday May 14 at 7:00 PM

First Friday April: Knoxville

This Friday, April 1, Zach Widgren will showing new work at the Fort Sanders Yacht Club, aka the beloved BARCADE, in Knoxville. Widgren will be graduating from the University of Tennessee in May, so this could be one of his last shows in Knoxville for a bit. Swing through and celebrate with Zach before he takes on the world outside of Ktown!

"They Changed the Honey"opens on Friday April 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Show runs through the month of April. 

721 17th Street, Knoxville, TN 37916 

First Friday Knoxville: Zach Widgren

Zach Widgren pretty much runs the contemporary Knoxville art scene these days...from our perspective, at least! For December's First Friday, you'll have three different opportunities to peep new and old works from Zach, as well as the premier opening of a gallery space he has helped to start.

Fireproof Gallery is a large art space created on one of the levels within the historic Fireproof Storage Building in downtown Knoxville. "Holladaze" will be the first show, which opens Friday, December 3, and will feature art from Zach, Katy Smith, Preston Proffit, John Bagby, Shane Principle, Sonja Foard, Derek Whitlock, Mary Ward, Gribble, Drizzle, and more! This should be an exciting first event, and we're really looking forward to the many art AND music happenings to come.

So, here's the Zach Widgren lineup for December First Friday in Knoxville:

"Holladaze" group show  
Fireproof Gallery
7:00 - 11:00 PM
201 Randolph Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

"Double Ram, Extra Swag" solo show
6:00 - 11:00 PM
32 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

"Coffee Talk" solo show
Coffee and Chocolate
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
327 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Bigfoot Solo Show in SoCal

Bigfoot has been tucked away for months in his mysterious cavern working hard on several projects, but mostly a highly anticipated solo show that will be displayed at Hurley Space in Costa Mesa, CA. The show, "Ominous Compositions From The Magic Mountains," will have it's opening this Saturday and to in order to celebrate things in proper fashion, there will be a KISS tribute band and PBR's on deck. Make sure to stop by and enjoy the newest creations, head bang in celebration, and smash some Peebers with the legend, BIGFOOT!!!

)( Hurley Space
945 Placentia Ave.
Costa Mesa,CA 92627

Opening reception: Saturday, September 11 from 6:00-10:00 PM
Exhibit will run until October 6, 2010.