Opening Saturday, June 9th, 2012, from 7-10pm is ‘Wasted – the Great American Pastime’, presented by Dave MacDowell at WWA Gallery, a most intoxicating tribute exhibit about “being under the influence.” What better way to view this amazing show than by possibly being under the influence after the one-of-a-kind pub crawl from 3-7pm the day of the opening. (Details to follow.)
From Van Gogh to Kurt Cobain, mind-altering substances have always had a symbiotic and torturous relationship with the Arts. As both muse and disease, they can be the catalyst for creativity while simultaneously destructive to the maker.
Celebrated and glorified yet vilified and abused, the convoluted but immeasurable impact of these substances on American culture and counterculture cannot be ignored. Ever more true in a society fascinated by celebrities, whether it’s gawking at photos of a starlet’s latest drunken escapade or singing about rehab, we revel in dysfunction – it’s time to admit it.
Allison Summers – Pickled Liver
‘Wasted – the Great American Pastime’ is a tongue-in-cheek yet candid look at our complex relationship with drugs and alcohol through eye stimulating contributions by over 70 fine artists and creative professionals. Nothing was deemed off-limits or taboo, we only requested they ‘paint responsibly.’
A wide range of mediums and aesthetics are represented, with 70 participating artists in this unique exhibit that will be on view through June 30, 2012, in Culver City. A number of artists will be in attendance opening night. For a list of participating artists, please visit: WWA Gallery.
Here is a preview of some of the artist’s work…
Aunia Kahn – Character Divertissment
Crystal Barbre – Rainier Girl
Jim Mahfood – Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Matt Dangler – Space Cadet
Kelly Hutchison – George Tokin’
Joseph Reynas – Mans Ruin
Ken Keirns – Closing Time
Leslie Ditto – It Really Tied The Room Together
In addition to a fun night of art, WWA Gallery has partnered with Rush Street, City Tavern, Backstage Bar and Grill, and Rocco’s Tavern to put together a one-of-a-kind pub crawl for patron’s to score deals on original artwork. Each of the participating establishments have specials available to our collectors from 3-7pm the day of the opening. All one has to do is visit a few of them and show us your receipts at the opening reception of ‘Wasted’ to be eligible for our show incentives:
Click HERE for the full Wasted Pub Crawl details and map.