LA: Scion “ZPFfffft!!!” ft. Gary Panter, Bob Zoell and Devin Flynn
by Winston "Stone" Ford
SCION INSTALLATION L.A. GALLERY PRESENTS “ZPFfffft!!!”
A Group Exhibition with Gary Panter, Bob Zoell and Devin Flynn
Opening Reception June 19, 2010, 7-10 p.m.
On view June 19 Through July 10, 2010
Scion Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave (at National)
Culver City, CA. 90232
Gallery Phone: 310.815.8840
“ZPFfffft!!!” brings together three generations of artists. Panter explains, “Devin and Bob and myself of are representatives of nearly equidistant generations, and it is interesting to see how artists of successive generations evolve the problems of iteration and mediums and the game of making art, to produce objects that prompt the mind and slow the moment of the encounter.”
The exhibition will include a 23-foot wall covered in Panter’s playful chalk drawings, as well as a series of small and affordable works; two 6-foot-by-12-foot paintings by Zoell; and a number of new works from Flynn, among other surprises.
The title of the show, “ZPFfffft!!!,” is an invented onomatopoeic word. “It combines the first letter of each of the artists’ last names, is short and graphic, suggests something fast and on a trajectory, or maybe a brushstroke or a champagne cork whizzing by,” Panter explains. “Minds react to imagery, clear or vague, invoking multiple associations, individual and cliched, or collective or topical associations.”
The opening reception takes place on June 19, 7 – 10 p.m. at the Scion Installation Space, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The reception is free with complimentary valet parking and an open bar. All artists will be present, and available for interview. The exhibit will run until July 10.
About the Artists
Gary Panter made underground comics a viable art form. His hit-comic Jimbo first appeared in the 1970s, and he continued to break ground with his extended graphic novels Dal Tokyo and Cola Madness. Panter has created award-winning album artwork; his set designs for Pee-wee’s Playhouse won him three Emmy Awards; and his commercial work has been featured in Time, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and The New Yorker. In 2006, Gary was a featured artist in the touring exhibition, Masters of American Comics, and in 2008, he was the subject of a one-man show at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum. He currently lives in New York and teaches comic-book illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Bob Zoell has had a 45-year art career in Los Angeles and has been the recipient of the Pollack/Krasner and the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants, as well as serving as visiting faculty in advanced painting at UCLA. He has shown his work and lectured in Japan, France and throughout the U.S. He is also a regular contributor to the New Yorker, with seven covers to his credit.
Devin Flynn is an animator by trade. He created his own market by doing animated music videos for friends in bands like Providence’s own Lightning Bolt, which earned him some notoriety and resulted in various opportunities like a regular slot on Wondershowzen, video in the Liverpool Biennial, title sequence for The Aquateen HungerForce Movie, and an opportunity to curate multimedia shows at Anthology Film Archive and Deitch Projects. All of these experiences contributed to and culminated in a stream of consciousness web series on Adultswim.com called Y’all So Stupid. Flynn is currently focusing his attention on making work primarily for galleries. Aside from drawings, an experimental video project is scheduled to debut in August 2010.
More information on this exhibition is available at http://www.scion.com/space
About Scion Installation L.A.
Dedicated to fostering independent artistic expression, Scion Installation L.A. is space that allows artists to explore their creative visions. Scion Installation L.A. hosts art shows and art-related events for cutting-edge contemporary artists from across the globe. One-hundred percent of all sales go directly to the artists. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment: 310.815.8840.
Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., was developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind. Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The brand features three ground-breaking models with a wide array of standard features: the xD urban subcompact five-door, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle and the tC sports coupe. Scion launches the all-new, premium micro-subcompact iQ in early 2011. The Scion brand often applies new practices in all aspects of its business and pushes the creativity envelope with non-traditional advertising and marketing to engage young consumers. Scion also supports originality through its programs in the artistic community. For more information, visit www.scion.com