HUMAN CONNECTION BY ELIZABETH HUEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Elizabeth Huey‘s paintings explore human connection and healing. Central to Huey’s practice is an engagement with passion and delirium and our society’s extraordinary attempts to create or cure these conditions. Her figures are often immersed in scenes of rehabilitation and recreation.

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Huey draws imagery from her own photographs as well as an ever expanding collection of found photos, googled snapshots and historical research to delve into the complexities of her subjects. One gets the sense that myriad forces – from nature and architecture, to culture and history – are at work in the minds of each protagonist. The surprising spatial arrangements and disjunctive scale shifts in Huey’s work support a hypnagogic sense of seeing things from the inside out. By bringing together these disparate players in the worlds of her paintings, she creates dynamics, both visual and psychological, that are altogether new.

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Photography by Lissy Elle

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“I am someone who likes to pretend that I don’t care what other people think of me. I like to pretend that I make my art for ME, and no one else. But there comes a point in every artist’s life that they crave recognition. Admit it. Be not ashamed. This is only human.” And in that, we sort of like Lissy Elle.

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Herbert Baglione in Mexico City

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I have a lot of difficulty on painting in the streets for no reason. I end up creating thousands of barriers that prevent me from doing something just for the pleasure. But, since my last trip to Europe I have noticed the power that the streets have, and I’ve forgotten. The communication with the people in the neighborhoods is a very valuable thing.

After one month there, I’ve stayed a few days in São Paulo, breathed my daily carbon monoxide and traveled to Mexico so that I could give death a kiss.

You know that feeling when sometimes you need to be in another place to see where you came from and what made you happy? It was that kind of feeling I had in Oaxaca. I can try to describe it saying that I died and there they gave me a new opportunity to reborn.

At the party of the Dia de Los Muertos I felt all the passages of the soul. In the color and simplicity of the people’s houses I saw similarities with the Brazil I like.

I’m far from being mystical, but I feel that in many places I’m not there by chance.

Strangely, the stone streets, the wind and the lights reminded me of the places that I consider the best to paint in São Paulo. Parque São Lucas, Vila Ema, Vila Prudente, Ipiranga and Mooca (neighborhoods in São Paulo) are the places that I miss and every time I go there, my heart beats differently.

I remembered some paintings I did with Boleta and Vitché, our wanderings and endless conversations.

It’s different when you are invited to paint with another artist that you don’t have the intimacy, and your work flows so naturally that scares. So it was with Lakra.

The first thing I admire about someone, regardless of their art, is their simplicity in life in general. I identified immediately with him and this was a safe step for our work. In fact, in this kind of experience, the least important thing is the result. The process is priceless. The people who passed by, the conversations during painting, a child dressed as Spiderman seeing everything with curiosity, filming and photographing friends. All those things show that it meant something else other than what was recorded on the wall. —Herbert Baglione

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When the cobra man in Casablanca tells you turn your camera off

Homrbe de vibrora from mrevelli on Vimeo.

This is what happens when you send a member of the founding Citrus Report team to Morocco with a video camera whilst watching a cobra man do his magic… you get your shit turned off. He does not look happy, and nor do the people.

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“YOU CAN’T WIN” SAN FRANCISCO TO PORTLAND – DAY 3-4

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A new update from PEZ and Joshua Blank on their route to their FIFTY24PDX show on September 2nd:

After we arrived in Eugene the first place for food we found was called Big Apple supper market in this photo you could see our bikes parked outside. We feasted on 2 dollar sandwiches which where huge, I had pastrami and Pez had turkey and provolone. We met another back packer who told us that we should find a place to stay on couchsurfing.com. However, we decided to start heading north of the city to find a place to camp. With out a map we were spun around and met a nice couple that gave us directions to a campsite and a route with which to begin out journey.

The place we camped was filled with scary looking biker couples and people in RV’s. We set up our small one-person tent and where the only cyclists at that site. Our tent was missing some essential parts but we improvised with branches torn from trees and twigs found on the ground. It was hot, even at night and sleep was less then replenishing. We woke late in the day around 10 and it was already getting hot. We posted some records, and explored the wooded area.


This is Steven Nicolas. He has the worst case of a rare disease, in which his body is filled with lethal neuro toxins. He had lived in San Francisco briefly but could die from touching just about anything. He really likes rock music and claims to have a computer file of it that you could spend your whole life listening to and never hear anything. We tried to give him a zine but he refused to touch it.


We began our journey North in the scorching heat.

The first town we arrived in was called Harrisburg, small towns in the middle of what seemed to be know where. This tattoo “No Worries” belonged to our friend the Phil the Leprechaun. He offered for us to come eat at his house but instead brought us to Harrisburg Skate Park.

Yeeeeeeeee, Skate or Die


This is what the other people in Harrisburg do for fun.


We took 99E north many miles in the scorching heat until we found this nice little bridge to rest under. There is a record there; if you find it and bring it to our show, we will give you a hug.

Our Next rest was in Halsey, because it was just too hot to ride. They are where some hicks dressed all in digital Camo, and milkshakes. There was no bike lane at this point and many trucks on the road. Therefore, we decided to detour east toward I,5.


The heat was killing us, literally, before I,5 we found a nice little creek covered in trees and stopped there for a few hours while the heat dissipated. While there, a biker couple appeared in yellow raft. They where searching for precious stones and petrified wood in the bottom of the lake. They hung out with us for a while and taught us about the stones they where searching for. They also gave us instructions on the best way to get to our next destination, Albany. Reminder there are records in this creek get hugs.

As we arrived in the southern end of Albany we stopped at a friendly truck stop dinner. Tired from riding in the heat and with night on the horizon, we started planning a place to camp. These fantastic hick truckers told us that we should ask a church if we could camp on their property.

This is the church that we stayed at, I walked in and asked the priest if we could stay in our lawn and him and his army of nuns said that they would have no problem with it. We slept as the sun was still going down. In the middle of the night, I awoke to two wild dogs sniffing around us. I yelled and shined my Cell phone light at them and they ran. It was very magical, they where like ghosts in the night.


We awoke as the sun was coming up, and rode in the cool morning light 29 miles to Salem, mostly on the highway. Today the weather is 20% cooler. It was hectic riding on the highway but we where determined to cover some ground. We arrived in south Salem at 10 AM.

Our breakfast at Mc Donald’s consisted of bacon egg and cheese Mc Griddle’s, three hash browns, coffee and coke. This place was a meeting place for old folks who where offended by the way we smelled. This was not your ordinary Mickey Deez.


Salem is weird.

To be continued………

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“You Can’t Win” San Francisco to Portland – Day 3-4

A new update from PEZ and Joshua Blank on their route to their FIFTY24PDX show on September 2nd.


After we arrived in Eugene the first place for food we found was called Big Apple supper market in this photo you could see our bikes parked outside. We feasted on 2 dollar sandwiches which where huge, I had pastrami and Pez had turkey and provolone. We met another back packer who told us that we should find a place to stay on couchsurfing.com. However, we decided to start heading north of the city to find a place to camp. With out a map we were spun around and met a nice couple that gave us directions to a campsite and a route with which to begin out journey.

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CHOENASKI- a love letter to L.A.

Dear l.a.
It’s been over 2 decades since you saw me skating down Rosewood and Wilton on one knee ,kicking style , on my hosoi hammerhead deck .


On my return to los angeles this year, to celebrate my first art show in 6 years , just for you I have these limited edition t-shirts by THE HUNDREDS, and they’ll only be available at the rosewood store,
The Hundreds
7909 Rosewood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
shop@thehundreds.com
And you’ll also be able to get these super limited CHOE hammerhead decks from giant robot, contact giantrobot.com

I grew up in los angeles watching movies, I’d go out the emergency exit at sparkys in the Beverly center, go up to the roof, and sneak into every movie, one summer I watched point break 10 times. It’s funny to think there’s gonna be a movie about me showing in L.A. but there is, it’s called dirty hands, and it’s coming soon
After a most triumphant run of the film festivals, the film I never want my mother to see, ran a huge party foul by not clearing any of the music rights, the entire movie was cut to the most awesome music, and none of the songs could be used, so we had james jean, joe hahn, hightower, renson and dr. luke come contribute in giant ways to add new next level beats and music to the movie, to the people who already saw dirty hands in the theater that’s the only time youll ever see that version, the new cut has arrived! Upperplayground presents dirty hands,
Dirty hands will be playing for a limited time in theaters ,April 30 to May 6 at the Sunset 5 in los angeles, and then move on to SF for showings from May 21 – May 27. Check Upper Playground for more information as the dates approach.

when I was a young lost teen , I overheard a slumlord/pimp tell one of his ho’s “ real g’s never wake up before noon, that’s for all those other mother fuckers out there.” As soon as I heard that ,even though
I really didn’t know what it was, I knew I wanted to be… a real “g” . instead I really got into
Charles Bukowski, like a lot of young lost teens, mostly through my older brother jimmy,
he had shoplifted these Robert crumb comics, where Crumb illustrated some bukowski stories about drinking
gambling and fucking , so of course we were hooked, Soon we were shop lifitng all of Bukowski’ books,
one day while reading one of his books I ran
into this line …”Never get out of bed before noon.”
I haven’t woken up before noon since 1997
because a pimp and bukowski told me so.
Bukowski wrote and said so many things that shaped my world view and opinions on life, Even when I was lost in the jungles and working in Israel , reading bukowski always made me feel like I was back at home in L.A.
he put into words what was so heavy on my mind and chest and that’s what all great artists do.
Here’s one more thing he wrote that changed everything for me.
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.
This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind.
It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is
the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.
And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything
else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight
to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
— Charles Bukowski
Here is a watercolor I did of the late great charles bukowski who saved my life through his words.

my next print will be of this painting,CHINASKI. it will be released Thursday april 15th,2010 ,an edition of 72 at $294. Contact bobby namba at bnamba@live.com , any emails prior to 12:01 am east coast time will be ignored, (18 by 22 inches) expect at least 2-3 weeks for delivery. limit to one per customer, if you send repeated emails to bobby ,harrassing him, you will be deleted from the list, he’s a nice guy so be nice to him, dont be a fucker.
also look out for a superlimited edition zine by me and Jason Jaworski available at my show in l.a. only on the first day, you been warned, awesome books, awesome toys and other awesome shit coming soon, stay posted.

SHINGANIST SHOWCASE 3 TOKYO

昨年サンフランシスコ、ロンドンと巡回したシンガニシストグループショウですが、先日の東京展で無事終了しました。ブック製作の準備も含めると約2年ほど前から動いていた訳ですが、その間、多くの方々にご協力頂きました。ご協力、ご来場頂きました皆様、誠にありがとうございました。シンガニストブログにショウの写真をアップしました。是非ご覧下さい。詳細はシンガニストブログで。昼も夜も濃厚すぎる素晴らしいツアーでした。

This tokyo Show was last show of the shinganist show case tour.
Special thanks to Fifty24SF Gallery, StolenSpace Gallery, THC Tokyo, Magazines, blogs, People who spread information, Our good friends in San Francisco, London, Tokyo,,,and Everyone who came out to the show!

Please check out pics from shinganist showcase tokyo. Click below links.

SHINGANIST Tokyo Show Pics 1, 2,

SHINGANIST www.shinganist.com
SHINGANIST blog shinganist.blogspot.com
SHINGANIST store shinganist.ocnk.net

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Photo by Ken Honda

シンガニスト、ブックリリースグループショウツアーは今回をもって無事終了する事が出来ました。ブックリリース、グループショウ、ご協力頂きましたスタッフの皆様、サンフランシスコ、ロンドン、東京のギャラリーの皆様、情報掲載等して頂きました媒体各社、友人知人、遠路をいとわず足をお運び頂きました皆様、誠にありがとうございました。心より御礼申し上げます。

薄黒、文字図形、野坂稔和、べん、金子潤、黒点、心眼美術出版

This tokyo Show was last show of the shinganist show case tour. But We will continue the collaboration with great artists. Please Check out website, this blog.

Special thanks to, Fifty24SF Gallery, StolenSpace Gallery, THC Tokyo, Magazines, blogs, People who spread information, Our good friends in San Francisco, London, Tokyo,,,and Everyone who came out to the show!

Love from a country of the rising sun.
-Usugrow, Mozyskey, Toshikazu Nozaka, Bene, Jun Kaneko, Blackdot-

SHINGANIST www.shinganist.com
SHINGANIST store shinganist.ocnk.net

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"Faces of Life" solo show in San Francisco – PHOTOS & thanks









So here are some process shots + photos of some of the spraypaint pieces in my show at Fifty24SF Gallery in SF this month. The opening was a lot of fun… A huge THANK YOU to all the people that came out to the show! Thanks as well to Matt, Lynzy and all the other fine folks at Upper Playground that helped make it a success!

Also, thanks to everyone that bought one of the “Song of Songs” prints that weekend, and sorry if you wanted one but missed out. 

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