Thursday, April 19, 2018

Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Sunday, April 15, 2018

1911 - A Trip Through New York City (speed corrected w/ added sound)

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Manuel Olivier Remembers His Murdered Son and Inspires Us to Fight Gun Violence

by Gregg Chadwick
(all photos by Gregg Chadwick)

Today in Downtown Los Angeles, an empowered crowd joined Parkland, Florida father Manuel Olivier as he created a moving artistic tribute to the 17 shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - poignantly including his son Joaquin Olivier. The group included Stoneman Douglas students and their families, past Stoneman Douglas graduates, and concerned community members.


Manuel Olivier began with a blank surface set in place outside the Standard Hotel on 6th Street. With a deft combination of wheat pasted paper elements, brushwork, and bold spray painted passages, Olivier created the framework for a memorial to those senselessly cut down at their High School in Florida.



Manuel Olivier creates a moving artistic tribute to the 17 shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - including his son Joaquin Olivier



Once the artwork's structure was in place, Olivier moved to a more performance based piece, paint dripped like blood, loud hammer thrusts burst the surface of the painting echoing like gunshots off the buildings surrounding the outdoor space, and the gaping wounds were filled with sunflowers.


Olivier filled the gaping wounds with sunflowers. Life, death, and renewal. 




Olivier then implored us to fight for change and said that his son Joaquin would always be marching and fighting with us. Olivier's clear backpack was a rebuke to the politicians who offer only pollyannas and ineffective symbolic gestures.

Then Marjory Stoneman students and family who had flown out to Los Angeles from Florida, picked up crayons that Olivier had placed in clear buckets attached to the artwork and wrote their tributes to the slain students on this new remembrance wall. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg, who with Jaclyn Corin, Emma González, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind has led a nationwide movement against gun violence since the shootings in Parkland, picked out a red crayon and wrote a quote from MLK onto the artwork - “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl,  but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  





David Hogg quotes MLK in honor of his slain HS friend
- Joaquin Olivier:




“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl,  but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”   ― Martin Luther King Jr


Today in we joined Parkland father Manuel Olivier as he created a moving artistic tribute to the 17 shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - including his son Joaquin Olivier




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Thursday, April 05, 2018

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Monday, April 02, 2018

Behind the March

March for Science Los Angeles: Rally and Science Expo

by Gregg Chadwick

Gregg Chadwick
Evidence Based Science
30"x24" oil on linen 2018

Evidence Based Science!

I'm getting ready for the April 14, 2018 March for Science Los Angeles: Rally and Science Expo.

Mark your calendars for the second March for Science Los Angeles event! This year instead of marching we are focusing on programming and our Science Expo. With the event we hope to bring people together around science, point to concrete policy options and give people tools to explore science and support evidence-based policies throughout the year. The Science Rally will run from 10 AM - 11 AM. We are proud to announce our confirmed speakers include Astrophysicist and Curator Dr. Laura Danly, Malik Ducard of YouTube, Dr. John Fleming of Center for Biological Diversity, Dr. Carlos G. Gutiérrez Professor of Chemistry at Cal State LA, Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital LA, and Neurobiologist Dr. Tepring Piquado. 

Our Science Expo booths will be open from 9 AM - 4 PM and will be centered around celebrating science through science education, communication, policy, and outreach. From 11:30 AM - 4 PM, Nerdist's Science Editor Kyle Hill will MC the expo stage, which will feature live interactive demos, science-inspired music, and include a series of focused sessions. Session topics include: What citizens need to know about science, How to get Involved in Policymaking, Environmental Justice: Can you make a difference?, and Inspiring the next STEM generation in LA. 

*Purchase official march apparel using the link below to avoid any other illegitimate sites and ensure your donation supports the march! https://www.customink.com/fundraising/mfs-la-2018…& *For the price of a cup of coffee, you can help us reach our fundraising goals. If everyone planning to attend donated $5 we would reach our goal today! Every little bit helps, use the link below to donate! https://www.laallianceforscience.org/support-us/…& *Follow our facebook page for updates and other exciting news! https://www.facebook.com/marchforscienceLA/?source=email& We can't wait to see you there!
Can you join me? Click here for details and to RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/…/march-for-science-los-angeles-r…&
Thanks!

Friday, March 23, 2018

March for Our Lives

by Gregg Chadwick


Gregg Chadwick
Don't Shoot
Monotype and Ink on Paper
22"x22"
2018


“Don’t Shoot” was created in solidarity with Saturday’s #marchforourlives and in response to the horrific, senseless gun violence in America. The youth have stood up against the NRA and I applaud them. I will be at the March on Saturday and then make it back for the Santa Monica Airport Artwalk. May we join in the spirit of nonviolence and togetherness. #art #artandsocialjustice

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mystery Train at The Other Art Fair



by Gregg Chadwick



Absolutely loved showing my art at the inaugural Los Angeles edition of The Other Art Fair. The attendance was amazing. My sales were strong. Fielding follow up transactions this week. To top it all off, the TOAF staff and volunteers were amazing and the camaraderie between the exhibiting artists was exceptional. Kudos to Nicole Garton, Sophie Lucas, Ryan Stanier, Emma Warren, Briana Salatino, Gina Hewitt, et al. Next stop Chicago, Los Angeles again, and more.

Saatchi Art's The Other Art Fair (TOAF) is artist centric and artist empowering.  Once accepted into TOAF you become part of a global community of artists who have taken part in numerous fairs across the globe from Los Angeles, to Brooklyn, to London, to Sydney. Chicago is the next new destination. In this community, artist relationships provide important knowledge and a supportive community.

As an exhibiting artist at TOAF - you make all the decisions - what work to bring, how to hang it, what price points to emphasize.
The fair is professionally run and effortlessly hip. The vibe is fun and again artist centric.
The combined forces of Saatchi Art and TOAF have an amazing PR engine. Visitors came to downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) in droves for the fair. It was packed and people bought art.



Gregg Chadwick's booth from above at The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles 2018
photo by Mei Xian Qiu 


Radio, Radio 
I took part in an art centered radio show today with Gwenda Joyce in which we talked about The Other Art Fair and also the stARTup Art Fair where I spoke on a panel  in January. Ryan Stanier, founder & general manager of The Other Art Fair, and Ray Beldner (stARTup Art Fair founder) along with artists Dana deKalb, Gwen Samuels, and myself filled out the program. As Ray Beldner reminded us, "Art is about story." At The Other Art Fair and stARTup Art Fair, visitors are able to interact with the artists directly, share stories, and create new ones.

Direct link at: The Art Ambassador . Recording will be available to listen to starting on Friday, March 21, 2018. 



Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Cinematographer's Dream

by Gregg Chadwick


Gregg Chadwick
Cinematographer's Dream
30"x40" oil on linen 2018   

I created Cinematographer's Dream in honor of the first Women Illuminated Film Festival which takes place March 12, 2018 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York, parallel to the United Nation’s 62nd Annual Commision on the Status of Women (CSW).
The one­ day event showcases documentary, short, and feature length films by women filmmakers, grappling with the most pressing issues of our time.

The Women Illuminated Film Festival is particularly timely, as this year’s CSW review theme is “participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.”

My painting Cinematographer's Dream is part of a series of  artworks on the history of the movie business and Los Angeles. Set in the early 21st Century, Cinematographer's Dream depicts a world on the cusp of change. Inspired by Oscar nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who shot MudboundFruitvale Station, and Black Panther, as well as the filmmakers featured in the Women Illuminated Film Festival, my painting looks forward to a more inclusive future.

More at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-illuminated-film-festival-tickets-43139246648
https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Cinematographer-s-Dream/25560/2454484/view

Friday, March 02, 2018

Looking Forward to Seeing You at The Other Art Fair

by Gregg Chadwick

 "...the distinction made between past, present 
and future is nothing more than a persistent stubborn illusion"

            "the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious...
             whoever does not know it and can no longer marvel, 
is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."

-Albert Einstein


My studio is full of new paintings that will make their premier at Saatchi Art's The Other Art Fair. Time, movement, memory, and technology all weave their way into my artworks. 

Art critic Alex Bigman wrote this about my art - 
“Gregg Chadwick begins with a Greek conceptual dyad pertaining to that slippery core of existence: Time. The ancients defined chronos as sequential and chronological time, kairos – the time in between. Chadwick paints in oil in various sessions, superimposing images upon one another and in effect capturing the ghostly effect of kairos. The palette is muted; the atmosphere vaporous, beautiful and melancholy. With any luck, Chadwick hopes, the works will disturb viewers' sense of time's linearity, offering the conundrum of a simultaneous past, present and future instead.”

Gregg Chadwick
The Time Between (Kairos)
48”x36” oil on linen 2018
I am also excited to report that Kathy Leonardo has listed The Other Art Fair, and my participation in the fair, in her latest hot Art Events for March:
March 15 - 18, 2018:
Saatchi Art presents the Other Art Fair. Making its debut at The Majestic Downtown, the Fair showcases work by 100 emerging artists, each hand-picked by a Selection Committee of art world experts.

Gregg Chadwick
City of Mirrors (61 vette) 
24"x30" oil on linen 2018

Artist Gregg Chadwick will be exhibiting a selection of artworks from his traveling exhibition Mystery Train, which examines the mythos of America as seen through the physical and cultural history of the railroad in the United States. The artist will also be featuring a new series of works that engage the viewer in the story of Los Angeles, reaching right up to the Women's Marches of 2017 and 2018. A new series of works on paper as well as small sized paintings will also be on view.

Enjoy a private View, Thursday March 15th: 6pm-10pm - limited tickets available Show times are 

Friday March 16th: 3pm-10pm; Saturday March 17th: 2pm-10pm; Sunday March 18th: 11am-6pm; Admission range from $8 - $30 per person CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. The Majestic Downtown, 650 South Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014; http://www.theotherartfair.com/

THE OTHER ART FAIR 
PRIVATE VIEWING COMPLIMENTARY TICKET
                                                                              
Thursday, March 15: 6 to 10 p.m.   
 (Private VIP Viewing)

Please enter your details at the link below to secure your complimentary Private Viewing ticket to The Other Art Fair.    
        
 Please click link to RSVP for FREE tickets using GreggChadwick as your private code - http://la.theotherartfair.com/rsvp    
                                                                      
This Private Viewing invitation provides access to the fair between Thursday March 15 - Sunday March 18. 

You must RSVP before March 15, 2018 to register for the Private View. 




The Other Art Fair 

at the Majestic Downtown
650 South Spring Street 
Los Angeles, 90014 


Gregg Chadwick
Skate Light
16"x20" oil on linen 2018





Monday, February 26, 2018

The Resistance Turns to the Arts

Gregg Chadwick speaks at the AACN Symposium at UCLA
on Art as a Tool for Social Justice

by Gregg Chadwick
Last Thursday, I spoke at the AACN Symposium at UCLA on Art as a Tool for Social Justice. It was an honor to speak at my alma mater. UCLA's proud history of advancing civil rights was a prime reason I attended the university as an undergraduate. I was inspired by the heroic stories of  UCLA alums: 
Jackie Robinson as he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
Kenny Washington as he broke the color barrier in the National Football League in 1946
Ralph Bunche at the UN.  And as I learned later the advocacy for social justice by UCLA Nursing Grad AfAf Meleis.
With millions of others, I marched on January 21, 2017 in the #WomensMarch. Our crowd in Los Angeles numbered around 750,000. This year on January 20, 2018, I marched again, and the crowd was estimated by L.A. Mayor Garcetti at 600,000. Artists often use their creations as a sort of reflecting device that mirrors and focuses the viewer’s attention on social and political change.  As Marvin Gaye sang so poignantly- “What’s going on.”


Margy Waller on her blog The Bright Ride has a powerful post up entitled Artistic Resistance In Our America .  Poignant and on point.  She points to Jeffrey Kahane's minor keyed interpretation of America the Beautiful. In our time, where does art stand in the current climate of Resistance against violence, racism, sexism, and anti-LGBT bigotry?  As I said at UCLA, art possesses an uncanny ability to communicate ideas and feelings that journalism  sometimes struggles to convey. It seems that especially in times of struggle or unrest, art helps us connect to the personhood of others. Jeffrey Kahane helps us connect to the intertwined history of the United States. Kahane seems to play a lament, not for our lost innocence - as Americans we never were innocent with our history of enslavement and brutal conquest. But instead, in Kahane's notes, I hear the slow, dogged pursuit of justice. In my mind's eye as Kahane plays, I see the heroic faces of the justice workers who have come before us and the faces of the current generation of students fighting oppression, gun violence, and tainted water supplies. As Margy Waller writes,"We will resist. We will return.Thank you, Jeffrey Kahane—for a moment of stunning artistic protest."

From Teen Vogue 
Photo by Michele Sandberg/Getty Images

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
                                                     Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Young Shall Inherit the Earth




Students at Maryland schools are walking out of classes today to take their message directly to the NRA sponsored representatives in Washington DC. As the Parkland survivors have demonstrated, now is the time for action against gun violence.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

He Called Her Lightning












Gregg Chadwick
Lightning (Edith Desch)
36"x 24" oil on linen 2018




Jersey Memories - Grandma Desch


by Gregg Chadwick

When I was little and my dad was off in Vietnam during the war, we lived in a small, rented carriage house behind a big estate. On the way to school each morning we would walk by the train platform full of commuters waiting for their ride into the city. I knew my Grandpa Desch drove trains and I often wondered as we passed over the tracks on the bridge on Ridgewood Avenue whether he was in one of the engines down below. It's only thirty minutes by train from Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to Penn Station in Manhattan. Yet, there seemed to be a world of difference between my town with its quiet gas-lamp lit streets and the bustling avenues in New York City. The train was the artery between those two worlds and I never forgot it. 




The kitchen in Garwood was where Grandma Desch would spread her warmth. 

In a similar fashion, the quiet evenings at the house where my dad's parents lived in Montclair were a world away from my mom's parents' boisterous home in Garwood. Being one of eleven children, my mom was thrown into a swirl of hugs, greetings, questions, and desires the minute we walked through the door of the Desch home. Small in size, but full of warmth, my grandparents' house was a neighborhood gathering place. A black and white TV was usually on in the living room with a ballgame playing or often on weekend afternoons a pulpy science fiction film. Grandpa would often hold court here on his days off from the railroad. I remember Grandpa mussing up my hair when we arrived in a warm hearted gesture that implied get comfortable and join the fun. I was considered shy as a kid in this environment, and with my Southern California accent, I wasn't quite a true Jersey kid either.  If the living room was Grandpa's domain, the kitchen in Garwood was where Grandma Desch would spread her warmth. Usually wearing an apron, Grandma's world extended from the stove, to the sink, to the screen door leading out to the second story porch. Her meals were hearty and reflecting our Irish/German roots ranged from corned beef and cabbage to sauerkraut and sausages. My favorite breakfast at her house was a plate of browned potatoes fried up in her cast iron pan. 

"What's your exit?"

I remember Grandma giggling one morning when I spread mustard on my bread instead of butter because of a billboard I saw along the New Jersey Turnpike that depicted buttered bread with such a mustardy yellow that I thought it had to be a French's condiment ad. The New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway run the length of the state and at first meeting folks from Jersey often ask,"What's your exit?" Grandma and Grandpa Desch lived off of Exit 136 in Garwood, New Jersey. When we drove there from Exit 148 in Glen Ridge we would often detour through Irvington to grab an Italian hotdog or sausage at Jimmy Buff's. 




Gregg Chadwick
Jersey Rain (Jimmy Buff's)
30"x 40" oil on linen 2016


There are a few classic New Jersey staples: pork roll sandwiches such as Taylor Ham, saltwater taffy at the Jersey shore, and Italian hot dogs at roadside restaurants up and down the state. But, it is the smell of Taylor Ham cooking on a griddle that always brings me back to Grandma's kitchen.

An accumulation of memories

After painting my grandfather in Jersey Central Engineer (Arthur Desch), I was asked by my Uncle Jake to paint a companion piece of Grandma Edith Desch. His wish to honor both of his parents with my paintings of them was of great interest to me. In artworks such as these two portraits, venturing back into my childhood memories is an essential part in crafting a painting. Sadly, my grandmother passed away in 1976 and time has faded even the photographs we have of her. I would have to dig deep and remember the woman that my grandfather nicknamed Lightning. Hearing my extended family's stories of their times with the Desch clan helped me settle upon an idea for my portrait of Grandma Desch. She needed to be in her kitchen and she would need to have a warmth of spirit. Her painting would be built from an accumulation of memories. 

 Gregg Chadwick (center), his brother Kent Chadwick, 
and a group of Desch cousins in Garwood, New Jersey 



Gregg Chadwick
Jersey Cantos
16"x 20" oil on linen 2016







Friday, February 09, 2018

New Music to Chase the Blues Away - Dominique Fils-Aimé | Home





Nameless, Dominique Fils-Aimé's new album of contemporary soul/R&B (influenced by Billie Holiday, Etta James & Nina Simone).

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Watch Live - Falcon Heavy Test Flight

Sunday, February 04, 2018

What Martin Luther King Actually Thought About Car Commercials









Please listen as Martin Luther King Jr. pours shame on Dodge RAM.

Monday, January 29, 2018

#MeToo- Art and Feminism Now (Full Video)



Krista Suh and Yareli Arizmendi get to the heart of the matter at #MeToo- Art and Feminism Now
photo by MarySue Heilemann
On Saturday, January 27th 2018 a vibrant panel discussion on #MeToo - Art and Feminism Now was held from 1-3pm at the Santa Monica Art Studios. 

We gathered as artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers and more to help discuss ideas on how to build a path forward. 

Kathleen McHugh, Chair Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA, Moderated the panel discussion.

The panelists included:

Actress/Writer Yareli Arizmendi (Like Water for Chocolate, A Day Without a Mexican) More at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0034976/.Artist/Activist 

Michele Pred (Represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery) More on Michele Pred at: http://michelepred.com/home.html.“Ms Pred's work is an important offering for its relevance to the times."- Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor 

Krista Suh - Krista is a feminist, artist, Hollywood screenwriter, and co-creator of The Pussyhat Project. She's based in Los Angeles. Her new book, DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World will be released in January. Krista will be selling and signing copies of her new book after the panel discussion. More on Krista Suh at http://kristasuh.com/.

Kim Schoenstadt Contemporary Artist "This event was an opportunity to take a snapshot of all the female and female identifying working artists in the LA contemporary art community. It was an opportunity for us to capture a moment where we stood with each other in all of our diversity." More on Kim Schoenstadt at http://www.kimschoenstadt.com/about/ and https://www.nowbeherela.com/.

Organized by contemporary artist Gregg Chadwick http://www.greggchadwick.com/.

Kathleen McHugh, Krista Suh, Yareli Arizmendi, Michelle Pred, Kim Schoenstadt with her daughter at #MeToo - Art and Feminism
photo by MarySue Heilemann

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