Art Show: Fantastic Heroes – pieces by Emily Bee

FANTASTIC HEROES
Vinyl, Paintings, Sculpture, Plush and Prints by Emily Bee
at The Trace Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

If you are interested in purchasing a piece from ‘FANTASTIC HEROES’, please contact Regina Schibli at The Trace Gallery by phone (+41 78 684 30 64) or by email (regina@thetrace.ch) for availability.  Prices are all in CHF (Swiss Francs). An international currency converter can be found here.

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Art Show: Cee + Emily Bee’s ‘Fantastic Heroes’

The Swiss hip hop magazine 14K took some great pics from the opening night of ‘Fantastic Heroes’ at The Trace Gallery. I’ve posted some below, but you can check out the rest of the pics here!

It was an amazing opening night + lots of people showed up!  I got to meet so many people (who were forgiving enough to speak English with me – thank you!). I chatted all night, but the night went by so fast… I wish I had more time to talk with more people!  My friend SmallStuffPepe came by and it was really nice to see him again (he took some pics of the opening, featured on Toysrevil’s blog here).   Lots of other artists came by to check it out, including Swiss artist Michel Casarramona (it looks like we are in very serious discussions below.. haha!).  Drinks were supplied by Hendricks (gin + tonic + cucumber = awesome), which was a nice treat!

The owners of Trace Gallery did an incredible job organizing the show, and I really can’t thank them enough. Their generosity was unending, and I came away from Zürich with the impression that the people there are very warm and friendly.   They made my time there very precious, and I can’t wait to go back. And of course a big thanks to my partner in crime Cee, who was wonderful to finally meet! It was great chatting with him about art, he’s a very energetic and inspirational person. I hope I get to work with him again in the future sometime! 🙂

Art Show: Seven @ Ayden Gallery

Ayden Gallery is hosting a show called ‘Seven’ next month, in celebration of their 7th anniversary! Over 50 artists will add their personal touch to TOMS shoes. TOMS is a very noble shoe company: “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” Some of the big names in the show are: Ben Tour, Camilla d’Errico, Lani Imre, Kristian Adam, Mandy Tsung, Peter Ricq, Peter Taylor and Peeta. The shoes will be on display and up for auction through the month of February. All proceeds go to charity. More info in this article.

Ayden has asked me to participate in the show! Here are a few shots of my TOMS shoes. I chose to work with my size; Women’s size 7. You can see I’m adding the base colour in the top right-hand pic. More sneak peeks coming soon… 😀


Art Show: “Art Jam 5”; live painting at the 9 Lb Hammer in Seattle

This past weekend I went down to Seattle to participate in ‘Art Jam 5‘; a live painting event with a bunch of local artists hosted by artist Augie Pagan. It was held at a pub called the 9LB Hammer. “To keep the event affordable and open to the general public, no piece of artwork sold for over $50.” (more info + pics in this article). The place was jam packed! Lots of art apprecianados bumpin’ to the music, chattin’ over drinks and watching the artists paint. The place had great energy, and was perfect timing for me to start painting again after fracturing my drawing hand (blog post on that coming soon, I promise)!


[My card suit monsters meet Lawrence’s heart pantied Alice]

I collaborated with Lawrence Ruelos on an Alice In Wonderland themed piece. I haven’t really done a collab before.. and definitely not in front of a crowd. It was fun tossing around ideas with Lawrence and watching our pencil sketches come to life as we lay down the paint in our different yet cohesive styles. I was a bit nervous going on stage at first because I’m not one for the spotlight, however the excitement of both the opportunity to paint + to collab with Lawrence outweighed any apprehension I had. My first time painting in front of a crowd + my first time painting after my hand fracture = big accomplishments for me! Lawrence had painted in the previous Art Jams so he was a pro. 😉 We painted for about an hour and unfortunately it wasn’t enough time to finish our piece (we had to wrap it up to let other artists have a spot at the easel), but I’m happy with how our piece turned out anyways. 🙂

The last time I was at a live painting event was this summer at the San Diego Comic Con where I watched Dave Flores, Joe Ledbetter, Angry Woebots and Yoskay Yamamoto breathe life onto large scaled canvasses at Munky King’s Omi mask launch party. I was glued to the spot at that event… it was hypnotizing watching my art idols create their signature styles right infront of me. So to have the opportunity to be an artist in an event was huge for me + I can’t thank Lawrence and Augie enough for having the confidence to give me a chance. 🙂 Our piece sold to one of Lawrence’s awesome girlfriends who skates for the Jet City Rollergirls (derby girl, wut! wut!). It makes me happy to know the piece is going to one awesome chika! 🙂

Dev, Augie and Shane White collaborated on this sweet monster piece.

Yet more awesome paintings! It’s exciting to me that everyone has the same tools… canvas, brushes and paint + yet there is so much uniqueness + variety in each individual piece. /art dork   This event is such a great idea. I hope there are more in the future!


[Moi Painting my monsters, Photo by Lawrence Ruelos]

Art Show: Sweet + Toxic – Conjoined Deer Twins Plush

Sweet + Toxic were made for the Robots + Monsters group show at Ayden Gallery in Vancouver, BC. Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 7-11pm. Exhibition runs until Nov 14, 2010

Sweet + Toxic follow their hearts with full force. Their intense love brings them both the most sweetest joy and the most toxic pain. Most of the time the candy coloured duo have a happy outlook on life with their strawberry pink palette and kawaii fabric details.  Their favourite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake and they fight over who gets to eat most of the whipped cream.

I just wanted to say thanks to my Bro who helped me with the finishing details due to my injured hand. Thanks Jess! 🙂

Plush Art Show: Animus + Euphoria + 2 Deer for Plush You 2010

These plushies of mine will be on display at Plush You this year. The opening reception is this Friday from 5-9pm at Schmancy in Seattle, WA. Stop by if you’re in the area!

Animus + Euphoria
Animus’s name was influenced by ‘Animus Vox’, one of my favourite songs by Glitch Mob. As well as symbolizing masculine energy, Animus also means ‘strong dislike’ which I find a contrast to really liking the song Animus Vox! So I thought it was fitting to call the sad-faced sister ‘Animus’, while the happy-faced sister would need to have a positive name — ‘Euphoria’. Their contrasting names were also inspired by the rabbit print on their bellies. The print shows a happy idealistic union of two rabbits. I wanted the sisters to reflect the reality of this union — happy and sad.  One cannot know happiness without experiencing sadness. There are two sides to every coin and these sisters know that very well. Sometimes Animus leads + days are sad. Other times Euphoria makes all the decisions and days are happy. They don’t always agree with where they are going, but they must work together to find a balance in order to move forward. Animus + Euphoria remind us to take each day one step at a time, and to embrace the ups and downs in life.

Strawberry Death Cupcake Deer + Cherry Death Cupcake Deer own the gothic lolita themed cupcake shop in Deerville. They decorate their cupcakes with tiny plastic bats, hissing cats and smiling jack-o-lanterns. Their favourite holiday is Halloween and they cannot wait for it this year because they love dressing up!