Learn the basics of stamp carving and printing in this fun workshop! In this class you will learn how to carve linoleum and will have the opportunity to carve your own stamps, based upon designs provided or ones you come up with yourself. After completing your stamps you will be taught how to use them print your very own designs and patterns, taking home many beautiful and creative prints!
This April Laguna Ink Spot celebrates Earth Day with an earth-friendly exhibition about the pollution in our oceans. The exhibit will feature large-scale hand printed murals that show how the consumption of single-serving plastic products leads to pollution in the oceans. Relief printed works by artist and curator Heather Bowling will also be on display.
Join us opening night, Thursday April 2nd from 6pm to 9pm, for an interactive printmaking experience and contribute to the murals within the gallery! And of course, there will also be food, music, and good company!
Exhibition Dates: February 21st, 2015 - April 18th, 2015 Opening Reception: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
History Repaints Itself is a group exhibition that endeavors to bring attention to the ever-present influences of our past and underline the importance of art history and its allusions. Featuring artwork that re-imagines or references iconic and historically significant artworks, this exhibit produces a fresh and scholarly look at both the past and present. The goal of the show is to highlight the impact that historic artists, movements, and styles still have on art today by presenting artists who are making work in the lineage of ‘the Masters’.
The curators hope to encourage a dialogue about important topics in today’s art world, such as the definition of “high art”, appropriating the past, and the continually regenerating themes throughout art history. The show includes interpretations of works by famous artists such as Warhol, Kahlo, and Picasso as well as artwork inspired by historical and cultural movements. This exhibition features some of the innovative and intriguing ways in which artists approach and reproduce classical works, giving light to their own contemplations and ideas about these works in a contemporary setting.
Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery and Day Job Projects team up again for a special October exhibition featuring the horror art of Stephen Von Frankenstein! Dismember the 80's opens on Thursday October 2 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm! This reception will include Halloween treats, pumpkin carving, and even a costume contest with prizes! So be sure to put on your best scary face and join us in kicking off the Halloween season!
In this workshop, attendees will learn the art of relief printmaking while navigating the treacherous waters of the issue of pollution in our oceans. More of a creative environment than a structured classroom, the event will include two interactive elements. First, viewers will be invited to assist in creating a life-sized replica of a trash gyre. Participants will be taught how to both carve and print linoleum blocks with imagery of plastic trash found in the oceans; which, once printed, will be added to a wall mural of a gyre. The second activity will allow visitors to learn how to use a printing press and leave them with a memento of the event - a print to take home with them, as a reminder to use and consume less plastic goods. Participation is free to anyone interested to attend, all material and supplies are included. Come by and take part in this fun and educational environment where art and science collide!
Workshop hours: Saturday, September 6th 5:30-8:00pm, Monday, September 8th through Thursday, September 11th 10:00am-4:00pm.
Join Day Job Projects for the opening reception of TattooPOP! featuring charming vintage inspired paintings by Laguna Ink Spot and Gallery resident artist Evie Yapelli!
Evie Yapelli is a tattoo artist and painter from Chicago, now living and working in Orange County. Her work reflects the Traditional American style of tattooing with the added influence of vintage illustration, and she uses traditional tattoo flash techniques in her Pop Art paintings. TattooPOP! marks Evie's second solo show at Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, and their second collaboration with Day Job Projects!
Day Job Projects presents #tagsforlikes
By Casey Kauffmann a.k.a. @uncannysfvalley
Opening Reception: Saturday August 2nd 6-10pm
Uncannysfvalley is an Instagram project by Casey Kauffmann featuring digital collages created using various photo editing apps on an iPhone. The Uncanny Valley is a term in aesthetics referring to the feeling of revulsion when observers are exposed to reproductions of humans and human behavior. Think puppets, animitronics, 3D animation etc. In this body of work she extends the concept of the uncanny valley to the discomfort that appears by seeing the reflection of our own desire for validation digitally. It’s in social media where this primal need for approval manifests itself most explicitly. Instagram accounts are curated archives that reflect our lives, not as they are, but as we want them to be perceived.
#tagsforlikes refers to the iconic hashtag which is used to accumulate likes and followers, and is often accompanied by #follow4follow #likeforlike, etc. The hashtags, these words with a purpose, connect users whose intention is to achieve fame, approval, and instant gratification.
This sort of awareness, and overt display of our needs, also known as #thirst, is often discouraged, not only socially but by our sense of pride. What is counterproductive about hiding our desire for approval is that that same desire is a driving force behind aesthetic proliferation. Through collaborative projects with followers, the excessive use of hashtags, and use of low accessible source material uncannysfvalley allows the artist to embrace her desire for the love of an audience and utilize that desire to fuel her process.
As a consistently exhibiting artist for the past several years, Will Koffman is a well established figure in Orange County's fine art scene. His bold technique of creating art with household bleach has captured the imagination of curators and collectors alike. This exhibition, 'A Line in the Dark' will be the first show of new bleach artwork from Will under the representation of his new gallery and tattoo studio, Laguna Ink Spot and Gallery. This show is the first of many to come from the collaboration between Laguna Ink Spot and Gallery and Day Job Projects. Please join us for this special occasion!
The event will start at 6 PM. At 8 PM the artist will give a brief talk and presentation on his Bleach Art technique, culminating in a giveaway of very rare limited edition prints from the artist. Any who attends the presentation will be eligible for the print giveaway!
Show and Tell: Artists Outside the Classroom is a group exhibition of degree-holding artists, featuring works created in the mediums in which they obtained their degrees.
Artists include: Heather Bowling, Caesar Alzate, Anna Bae, Tiffany Ma, Alice Emmons, and many more.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, June 13th from 5pm until 9pm.
Exhibition dates are Friday, June 13th through Friday, June 27th, 2014.
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 12pm til 4pm, Saturdays by appointment only.