Greetings From the OC
Opening Reception | Thursday, March 6, 2014 : 6-9pm
Special Musical Guest | DJ Burnout
Show runs March 6 – March 30, 2014
1st Thursdays Art Walk | March 6, 2014
“Greetings from the O.C.” is a reflection on my journey in a move from Chicago to Orange County seven years ago. The show contrasts the idealistic surf culture of the 60’s with the materialistic culture that exists as represented in the popular “Real Housewives of Orange County” series. – David Blake
About the Artist: http://ar4t.com/artists/david-blake/
David Blake’s visually appealing, abstract pop/street artworks offer bold commentary on the various complexities and ironies of popular culture. His mixed media paintings have been shown in group gallery exhibitions in Southern California and Nevada, as well as a solo exhibition in Las Vegas in 2012.
Fusing a love for musical icons and a cross-examination of politics with reflective expression on the rebellious attitude of punk rock and street art, his screen-printed layers of resin and vibrant oil-infused resin form a signature style that wakes up the senses. Representations of pop culture icons chained to their thrones for all time, as well as the poignant immediacy of current affairs, aim to point the finger back at society.
David Blake is originally from the Midwest, where he was raised on a healthy diet of rock ‘n roll and small town boredom. He got his feet wet in the Chicago gallery scene as a self-taught artist, taking on screen printing after studying Andy Warhol and observing early 2000s Parisian street art first-hand. In addition to various exhibitions, David has contributed artworks to fundraisers for the Japanese Red Cross, Wounded Warriors Project, and Little Kids Rock. He currently lives in San Clemente, California with his wife Kim and daughters Frankie & Hunter Tru.