9.02.2014

heading off to Japan

I'll be heading off to Tokyo, Japan next week for the upcoming 2014 Tokyo Art Book Fair! Stay tuned to my Instagram feed (user name: bridgethevoid) for ongoing coverage of Tokyo art, books, architecture, culture, skateboarding and fun!




8.14.2014

From Beginning to End: Ben Medansky and Louis M Schmidt at Needles & Pens in SF!

Have a look at the install (and some detail) shots of Ben Medansky and I's show From Beginning to End at Needles & Pens in San Francisco, CA! The show opened this past weekend, on August 9, and will be up through the end of September! After a year and a half of thinking about, I'm thrilled at the way it turned out- If you happen to be in the beautiful city of San Francisco, please stop by and have a look! 

Needles & Pens is one of my favorite centers of art and arts publishing, and an eleven-year deep resource for San Francisco's many residents and visitors. The shop has made a huge impact on my life and my art practice, and it's a tremendous honor to have a show of my work upon their walls. I'm just sayin' so you know how I feel about it. Get in there and show some them love! 


Install view


Crimes Against Humanity, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 14 inches, 2014


Install view


Heads, Headstones, Arches #2, Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014


Install view


Heads, Headstones, Arches #1, Graphite on paper, 7.5 x 9.5 inches (approx), 2014


Install view


The Dream of Another History, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014


Install view


Reclining Nude, Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014


Install view


The Omniscient Circle, Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014



Meaningless (Probably) Fragment of History, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 15 x 11 inches, 2014


Install view


Stand Your Ground, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2015


Install view


Build the Unit. Repeat., Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014


Install view


Install view


Classical Architecture, Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014


The Architecture of the Infinite, Graphite on paper, 15 x 11 inches, 2014


Vase with Arches, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 4.5 x 6.5 inches, 2014


Install view



These last three pieces are part of the series, but not in the show. I thought I'd include them here just for kicks. 


Untitled, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014


Untitled, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014


Untitled, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014



If you're interested in any of the work, please contact Needles & Pens (needlesandpens@hotmail.com) directly. If you have any trouble, shoot me an email at louismschmidt (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll be happy to help out.


3253 16th St
SF, CA 94103
619.255.1534
needlesandpens@hotmail.com


8.06.2014

From Beginning to End

From Beginning to End: Ben Medansky and Louis M Schmidt




I'm STOKED to announce this show! Needles & Pens is one of my favorite places in the world and it's a great honor to be showing there, especially alongside a most excellent LA-based ceramicist, Ben Medansky. Check out this hot little mention on him in the NYTimes!

From Beginning to End is a two person exhibition in which the sometimes abstract/sometimes utilitarian ceramic sculptural works of Ben Medansky will be displayed along side Louis M Schmidt’s graphite/ink drawings depicting the complicated interrelations between human beings. Works by these two Los Angeles based artists will be on display through September 30, 2014 in the gallery at Needles & Pens.

Needles & Pens
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, California 94103

See the Facebook event for all the info: 

2.06.2014

FUCK OUR LIVES (Volume One)

Intended as an aesthetic and psychological counterpoint to my current show Cy Twombly Death's Head (see below post) at Park Life in SF, I produced this fast and crude little comic/zine Fuck Our Lives (Volume One) for Printed Matter's 2014 LA Art Book Fair. I made a limited first edition of 50 copies, and it sold out mid-afternoon on Saturday! People were super into it, and extremely into the Xerox posters I gave away with it!

I made another, darker photo book triptych as well, titled Cover Your Breast, which people also responded strongly to. Phew! 

I'm completely humbled by the fair- so many people said I was their favorite booth! I sold a bunch of shirts and photo zines and had a great time chatting with the masses! 

So… maybe I'm funny? I don't know… I'm just stoked that everyone enjoyed it so much! 

Now I just need to find someone to sponsor a larger edition of Volume Two! For that one, I'm thinking I'll double the page count and produce a small signed and numbered Xerox poster edition on heavyweight paper. Sounds like a good art show, too- who wants to do it? 

Check out the pages of the zine: 






















This last one didn't make the cut for the book, but I like it a bunch nonetheless:


1.23.2014

Upcoming: the 2014 LA Art Book Fair!


I'll once again have a booth at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair, which takes place at MOCA Geffen, near downtown Los Angeles, CA. I'll be in the (awesome) "Zine World" side of the fair, alongside a TON of amazing artists and small-press art book publishers. 

I'm releasing an extremely personal, very small-run photo book triptych (three books packaged together) and a couple other things, plus I'll have a bunch of my older work (including Nobody Wins merch) along for the ride! 

As always, the event is FREE and open to the public. Please come say hello!

Fair Hours:
January 30 (6- 9pm)
January 31 (11- 5pm)
February 1 (11- 6pm)
February 2 (12- 6pm)

Location:
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012