“My drawings and paintings in general are inspired [by] and feel like my personal experiences, reflecting the way I see our culture: horrifying with an awesome and entertaining twist. As a kid I was a self-drugged street dwelling weird-o, a reclusive crappy student and high school drop-out. I was not popular and never fit in. My first drawing that I can remember was of JFK getting blasted, while all of the mothers cried”.
“Many travels to visit folk artists in Mexico, Central and South America have influenced my work. I observed folk artists using the material that were at hand. The colorful environment influences colors and designs.
Paper is my primary material. The pieces are constructed on a wooden armature. I then apply the paper to lightweight cardboard to give the pieces form. In order to give the piece strength, it is stuffed with newspaper.
The textiles and pottery I have collected from Latin American countries inspire the colors, designs and textures used in my art.
I see the work as whimsical and containing the best of life.”
Jason Hadley was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma in a house full of artists and musicians and spent much of his childhood in and around the University of Oklahoma art department where his dad was a professor. After a year of enrollment in the art program at OU, however, he felt like he had been in his hometown long enough and moved to Northampton, MA.
After two years on the east coast Hadley came to Los Angeles and started working in film and television doing props and set decoration. in 1991 he started the band Woodpussy with a crowd of likeminded artists and weirdos. The band was often more art than music with elaborate sets and costumes. When Woodpussy ended, Hadley began focusing on visual art with a musical element rather than the other way around.
He has been actively showing since 2003 in Los Angeles at MorYork Gallery, The Hive, Create Fixate, Cannibal Flower, Blue Space and Art Slave Gallery.
Other shows include The Hive's satellite gallery at Art Basil Miami in 2010.
“Then [Bruce] Rogers brought in Matt Aston to paint the entire set. “his work has this distressed quality in all of his art-work which is what we wanted” Rogers says “But he is also a very well known painter here in la, so the walls are like giant Matt Astons.”
Originally from the small agricultural town of Lodi, CA, his Central Valley work ethic pushed him through junior college (where he worked swing shift in a steel mill) on to SF State University where he studied art and advertising. Rick has shown his work in galleries and public space all over the world – LA, SF, New York, Belgium and Germany. Rick blends his art career with his day job as Chief Operating Officer for Billups (a Portland-based Media Agency) and volunteer work as Board Advisor for Art Share LA. He blows off steam racing stock cars with his dad in Northern California.
Painter. Thinker. Maker. Doer. As an artist exploring the rough and tumble Joshua Tree, Kat Green never seems to have enough air and space and time and light. Nevertheless, she fights the blank canvas good fight every day, religiously. Sometimes, it wins. Mostly though, she does.
“My art is an exaggeration based on the perplexities of reality in everyday life. Not about dreams but about the imagination of the mind in what I see and feel. Some of my painting are true stories and some are fiction or a little of both with a bizarre sense of humor.”
Kelly Witmer is a multi-disciplinary artist splitting her time between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA. Born in a small Amish town in Pennsylvania, Kelly received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with additional studies at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. She has attended several artist’s residencies as well as creating a program for visiting artists in Joshua Tree, called Rancho Paradiso. More of a general practitioner than a specialist, Kelly works in various forms of paint as well as printmaking, ceramics, and glass work. She often combines her interests in 2D and 3D with sculptural canvases and installations. Underlying themes are the usual suspects of memory, irony, media, loss and the wonders of nature and science.
“My work is a reflection of my observations, curiosity about my environment, and contemporary art issues. I'm interested in similarities, differences, irony, interactions, isolation, and challenging accepted conventions.”