8.03.2015

Yes in My Backyard

I'm very happy to have five recent drawings up at Durden & Ray, in a nice little group show called Yes in My Backyard, curated by Christopher Kuhn. The show features a handful of artists who work in the midcity/Arlington Heights neighborhood of LA. 

Contact me if you're interested in these works, or if you want to see others from the series! 

The exhibition is up through August 29, 2015

Durden & Ray
1950 S Santa Fe Ave
LA, CA 90021

Orange Feet Trampling Green Grass
Colored pencil on paper 
30 x 44.25 inches
2014

This is (Our) Nature
Colored pencil on paper
30 x 44.25 inches
2014

Poem- The Civilization Shapes: Cross (or) Morality Folly 
Colored pencil on paper
30 x 44.25 inches
2014

Green Grass
Colored pencil on paper
30 x 44.25 inches
2014

Human Skull, Drawn with Non-Dominant Hand to Further a Notion of Our Fragility, and Our Inevitable Failure in the Fight Against Death.
Colored pencil on paper
30 x 44.25 inches
2014


7.13.2015

ETSY SHOP NOW OPEN!

Hey Y'all! 

I opened an Etsy shop! 


It currently plays host to 30 or so drawings from recent years- ducks, skulls, crowds, etc.. however, if you've seen work on this blog, or on my Insta feed (also @bridgethevoid), that you would like to get your hands on, please shoot me an email (louismschmidt at gmail) to inquire. I'm running good deals right now- and all orders always come loaded with extras- zines, stickers, buttons, doodles, etc. 

So, I work as an art handler and as an artist's assistant, but I'm still broke as hell and need to hustle real hard at the moment, to raise funds for a bunch of new work… Here's a little sample of what I'm hoping to accomplish:

Two upcoming publication projects, the main one a beefy book of color photos I shot (mostly) around LA over 2014. The other is the mythical book of photos I shot in Rome in 2012, which keeps hitting snags and getting delayed. I'm doing all the layout work and covering all the publication costs myself, hence it would be rad to sell some drawings to support the projects. 

I'm trying to get the LA book done before September, when I'll be traveling to Tokyo for the Tokyo Art Book Fair. The fair is a great opportunity to present my work to a new and welcoming audience, and I think of this as vital to what I do- making low cost zines and drawings and such to reach the broadest possible audiences. 

I'm ALSO hoping to dig into some of my largest pattern drawings yet, which means scramblin up funds for materials (a huge roll of paper, pencils, etc). These things will be epic, and will take an epic amount of time to finish, so I need to get started ASAP!

I deeply appreciate the support- I wouldn't have made it this far without it!

Here are a couple examples of works in my Etsy shop:





6.26.2015

The Nothing That Is, Jug Life and more!

It's been a busy couple of months! I'm very happy to have works in a number of current and upcoming group shows- including The Nothing That Is, curated by Jason Polan and Bill Thelan at CAM Raleigh, which is the first time my work has been exhibited in a museum! 

From this new colored pencil series: 


(The above drawings are all 30 x 44 inches)



Speaking of firsts, I will be exhibiting photographs for the first time in a upcoming show at the Angel's Gate Cultural Center. The three images are from my ongoing series Persons Unknown, and I couldn't be happier with the prints. 





My LA- based artist buddy Andrew Schoultz saw fit to include my work in two shows he's curated this year- some of my graphite patterns in That's My Trip at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York (see previous post) and now some new colored pencil pieces in Jug Life at Park Life in San Francisco. Really stoked about that, and to receive support from Schoultz- it means a lot! 

These two are both 11 x 17 inches: 




I'm working on tons of new drawings and photos, and I have a few other things coming up - some small group shows in Los Angeles, the Tokyo Art Book Fair in September, and some new zines and merch! 

A few more new pieces… these are all very small: 






 

4.01.2015

"That's My Trip" at Joshua Liner Gallery

I'm very excited to be included in That's My Trip, curated by LA-based artist Andrew Schoultz, at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York!

Two of my best pattern drawings have been beautifully framed for the occasion, and the show runs through May 2, 2015. If you find yourself in New York, please swing by and check them out!

Joshua Liner Gallery 
540 W. 28 St
NY, NY 10001
212.244.7415





DUCKS! at Minotaur Projects

I've recently decided to turn my studio into a part-time curatorial concept I'm calling Minotaur Projects. I plan to curate 2-4 shows a year in my space- just enough to satisfy my own curatorial/organizational tendencies, but not so much that I put myself out of my own studio practice. 

The first show is a gigantic group show called DUCKS, curated by Chicago-based artist Ryan Travis Christian. 

It is open by appointment through April 25, 2015. 

Nearly 200 artists are in the show, including a mountain of personal favorites and heavy hitters: Trenton Doyle Hancock, Robyn O'Neil, Allison Schulnik, Eric Yahnker, Mel Kadel, Travis Millard, Devin Troy Strother, the Clayton Brothers, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, Keegan McHargue, Revok, Andrew Schoultz, Huskmitnavn, Ben Venom, Alex Lukas, Christian Rex van Minnen, Brian Belott, Frank Magnotta, Casey Jex Smith, Jeff LaDouceur, Ted Gahl, Jason Jagel, Richard Colman, Joseph Hart, Paul Wackers, Brion Nuda Rosch, Jovi Schnell, Michelle Blade, Jose Lerma, Frohawk Two-Feathers, Timothy Bergstrom, Kristine Moran, and SO MANY MORE!! 

Email me for a price list or to schedule a visit: 
louismschmidt at gmail dot com


2.26.2015

No Entrance No Exit

Here are a few spreads from my newest publication No Entrance No Exit. The project consists of two photo books (one color, one black & white) packaged together with an eight-page explanatory zine that contains all the image titles, credits, etc. The color book is No Entrance (36 pages) and the black & white book is No Exit (40 pages). 

First Edition 
100 signed, numbered copies

If you would like to grab a copy, you can PalPal $25 to louismschmidt at gmail. This price includes domestic shipping. For international shipments, email me first and we'll work out the appropriate shipping rate! Thanks!

These are my original photographs, I own the copyrights. Please do not repost or use in any way whatsoever without my permission. 




























2.19.2015

NO ENTRANCE NO EXIT RELEASE EVENTS!

NO ENTRANCE NO EXIT RELEASES THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21!

EVENT #1: 
WE'LL RIDE THE TRAIN ROUNDTRIP BETWEEN OCEANSIDE AND SAN DIEGO AND CHECK OUT THE BOOK! THIS WILL BE A SUPER CASUAL WAY TO HANG OUT AND CHAT ABOUT THE PROJECT. 

MEET ON THE PLATFORM OF THE OCEANSIDE TRANSIT CENTER AT 1:45PM AND RIDE THE TRAIN FROM 2-5:30PM. 


EVENT #2:
WE'LL HAVE AN "OFFICIAL" RELEASE PARTY AT THE MISSION AVE BAR & GRILL IN OCEANSIDE, CA FROM 6-8PM!


2.10.2015

No Entrance No Exit release party! February 21, 2015!

I'll be posting some more promo for this in a few days, but for now, mark your calendars! 

I'm releasing my latest project No Entrance No Exit, a book of photos I shot between Oceanside and San Diego, on February 21, 2015! We'll be riding the train for a couple of hours as a release party for the project, then having some drinks and such afterwards in Oceanside!

Check the below details, stay tuned for more info, and please join us!

Made possible by generous support from the Oceanside Museum of Art and the James Irvine Foundation- I'm super excited about this book!




CONS PROJECT ZINE WORKSHOPS!

I'm super happy to get to help my good buddy Andrew Martin Scott (great artist, co-owner of Needles & Pens, owner of And Pens Press) out on these zine workshops put on by Converse! You can sign up for free, win free shoes, make free zines and hang out with free people! Get in there! 



1.26.2015

Interview on the Hammer Museum's blog! Woot woot!

My good pal and self-publishing colleague Darin Klein selected me as one of his favorite exhibitors at the LA Art Book Fair, then interviewed me for the Hammer Museum's blog! I'm flattered, and honored!

Check it out here:

http://hammer.ucla.edu/blog/2015/01/close-to-home-spotlight-on-local-artists-at-printed-matters-la-art-book-fair-2015-louis-m-schmidt/






1.21.2015

2015 LA ART BOOK FAIR!!!


COME FIND ME- I'LL HAVE THE BEST BOOTH IN THE FAIR, AGAIN! 
(DUH!!)

FUCK OUR LIVES (VOLUME TWO) RELEASING IN ONE WEEK!


FUCK OUR LIVES, VOLUME TWO!! 

I'm super excited for the 2015 LA Art Book Fair, because I get to release Fuck Our Lives Volume Two! 

36 glorious black and white pages. Sometimes depressing, sometimes hilarious (and always fucked up) social satire about modern life in America (and maybe elsewhere?). 

Printed in an edition of 100. And like last year, I will have limited quantities of signed, numbered and hand-embellished mini-posters (11" x 17" xerox copies on card stock) of each of the pages in the book. $10 will get you a mini-poster, a copy of the zine, AND a button and skull sticker. HOLY SHIT!

LIMITED QUANTITIES ON EVERYTHING- GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN. 
(Seriously. I'm not foolin'.)



I'll also have mountains of awesome new buttons, skull stickers, and some older zine inventory- including "Skulls"- the all-skull drawing zine I released at the Tokyo Art Book Fair a few months ago!

I'M BRINGING SOME ORIGINAL DRAWINGS, TOO. 
$100 is all you need to take one home.

Come to MOCA Geffen the weekend of January 30, 31 and Feb 1 and join in the festivities!