Travis Louie's "Monster?", Tin's "Beautiful Imperfections"

Where: CoproGallery

Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
Ph: 310/829-2156
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What: Travis Louie's "Monster?" group art exhibition
Tin's "Beautiful Imperfections" solo show

Music by "Hollywood Squaretet" Food - Kogi Taco Truck

Opening Reception:
Saturday July 11 - 8:00 - 11:30 p.m.
Dates:   Exhibit runs: July 11 - August 1, 2009

Contact:  Gary Pressman, Gallery Director CoproGallery 

Why a show about Monsters?
CoproGallery presents an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and drawings by
artists from film production, animation, illustration curated by artist Travis Louie.

Travis say's "It seemed like a no-brainer. When I thought about curating a show featuring such fine talents I wanted to have a theme that was open-ended but cohesive enough for all these imaginative artists to flex their creative muscles. There are production designers who have created creatures for films and animation as well as illustrators who have created covers for sci-fi, horror, and fantasy paperbacks and movie posters. I put them together with some of the regular artists from this gallery scene to see how they would tackle the theme and am very excited to what these talented individuals have made without the constraints of art direction hanging over them while they produce their work. Often, we see their names in the end credits of films not knowing what they actually did on the show or we see their work as illustrations for bookcovers and magazine articles but take their art for granted.

artists included:
Audrey Kawasaki, Isabel Samaras, Ana Bagayan, Tiffany Liu, Ron English, Jessica Joslin, Vincent DiFate, Miles Teves, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Visell, Dan May, Brian Despain, Kris Kuksi, Chet Zar, James Zar, Mari Inukai, Nouar, Dan Quintana, Brom, Dave Chung, Vince Natale, Mark Garro, Kirk Reinert, Mark Elliott, Attaboy, Annie Owens, Vince Nguyen, Peter Nguyen, Robert Mackenzie, Mike Lee, Willie Real, Amy Botello, Donato Giancola, Davey Wong, Fred Harper,Molly Crabapple, Jason D'Aquino, Francesco LoCastro, Ekundayo, Deseo, Tristan Elwell, Stephen Hickman, Steven Ellis, Mark Texeira, Bob Eggleton, Clayton Stillwell, Bob Lizarraga, Bill Basso, Lola, Dave DeVries, Dice Tsutsumi, Steven Dailey, Tim O'Brien, Tessar Lo, Stephen Price, Jordu Schell, XNO, Genevieve Zacconi, Justin DeGarmo & others

TIN "Beautiful Imperfections"

Tin's earliest influences in childhood were comic books and fantasy cartoons like "Star blazers". Says Tin "I sketched from time to time and did ok in high school art class then I decided to became a fisherman. The dangerous kind like out of the movie "Perfect Storm". I almost died three times and should have lost my drawing hand at least a dozen times. After my last close call with death I decided to become an artist. I didn't look at art as a career though until I was 22".
Tin began doing commercial work and soon burnt out on it. "I was just going through the motions and creating things that didn't challenge me anymore. One day I was finishing a pin-up girl and I remember saying out loud to myself "If I only had a heart" which reminded me of the Tin Man in "Wizard of Oz". That moment I decided to do more interesting works and call myself Tin.
His main influences are Steam punk, a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.
In regards to the title of the show, "perfection" has been misused many times especially in the area of body image. In the past centuries certain body types have been described as perfect, giving woman of all ages a hate or dislike for their body shape, when the fact is NO human is perfect. We can only strive to be "Beautiful Imperfections"