Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Pledge" for All In for the 99%

acrylic, charcoal, ink on canvas

This painting was inspired by mom, who is an oncology nurse, and also after having taken part in a benefit art show this last weekend for my friend whose mom is dying of cancer and her insurance company has refused to pay for all of her treatment.

My mom's motto and advice to me has always been "don't get sick" - due to her first-hand knowledge of how wretched our healthcare system can be, with bureaucratic bean-counters making life-or-death decisions instead of doctors. This is something we all should be aware of and fight against, regardless of political beliefs. When you're lying there in a hospital bed you are at the mercy of a private system driven by greed and profit, no matter who you voted for.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

All In For the 99% Art Show/Event this Saturday

This Saturday I'm excited to be taking part in All In for the 99% with a new painting. If you are as frustrated as I am by the unbelievable heartlessness and greed that seems to reign supreme in governing our nation (not to mention the ridiculous 'war on women' in our healthcare system) then please come and be a part of this great event.

Join Us!
Rebuild the Dream, Civic Action,
Russell Simmons, Occupy the Dream, SEIU and
Courage Campaign



Saturday, March 31, 2012
10:30AM - 6:00PM

400 S. La Brea Ave (enter through the back alley)
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Artists, musicians, writers and activists unite to amplify the voices of the 99%, demanding and end to Citizens United and calling for real campaign finance reform. The ALL IN FOR THE 99% gallery will be open to the public with music, readings and visual art from over 100 of the nation's most revolutionary artists including Robbie Conal, Swoon, Chris Johanson & Johanna Jackson, Cheryl Dunn, Sage Vaughn, Glen E. Friedman, Shepard Fairey, Alia Penner and on and on.

Over the course of the day, we have activist trainings by Rebuild the Dream, Jason Alexander as our on-site "roving reporter" for Funny or Die, DJ sets by The Embassy, a Funny or Die short film fest (you can imagine where that will go), and a pop-up Stories Bookstore. Further, readings and performances curated by Slake Magazine include Val Kilmer as the ever-relevant Mark Twain, Natasha Vargas Cooper and Sam Slovick among others, attorney and activist Van Jones will speak about Rebuild the Dream and a performance by The Voice finalist Vicci Martinez. KPFK will be broadcasting live.

Schedule of Events!
10.30am:               Roving reporter for Funny or Die - Jason Alexander
10.30am-1.30pm:    DJ sets curated by The Embassy
11am:                    Aerial art project with Interconnected (all welcome to join, just show up with friends and family)
12.30pm-1.30pm:    Activist training led by Rebuild the Dream
1.30pm-2.30pm:     Funny or Die curated short film screenings
SLAKE Magazine readings
          - - Val Kilmer performing as Mark Twain
          - - Reading by Natasha Vargas Cooper
          - - Reading by Erin Aubry Kaplan
          - - Reading by Vanessa Carlisle
          - - Reading by Sam Slovick
          - - Screening of short documentary "OCLA" by TakePart
          - - Elise Whitaker, Margot Paez and Julia Wallace: Why We Occupy
          - - Recording star and The Voice finalist Vicci Martinez performs
4.30pm-5pm:  Van Jones to speak
5pm:               Activist training led by Rebuild the Dream
5pm-6.30pm:  DJ sets curated by The Embassy

Brought to you by:
Rebuild the Dream, Civic Action, SEIU, Occupy the Dream, Courage Campaign, CWA, Apple Via & Co, New Image Art, Spaceland, Slake: Los Angeles, KPFK, Evolutionary Media Group, Greco Decor, the Embassy, Art Not War, FitzGibbon Media, Color of, Good Jobs LA, Time for Change Foundation, POWER, CHIRLA,, and ACCE

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Art show/Auction Benefiting Aichu Yeh Cancer Fund Tonight

Tonight come buy art @ Art show & Auction Benefiting the Cancer Fund of Aichu Yeh, my friend the lovely and talented Akiko Stehrenberger's sweet momma.
3/24 5797 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 7-10:30pm
I have donated my painting "Tres On'nanoko" from Sweet Streets 2011 group show.
Tres On'nanoko

12 x 12, acrylic on wood
Created for Sweet Streets II at Gallery Nucleus

Saturday, March 3, 2012