Our friend Brendan Monroe has a solo show entitled Insides currently up at Richard Heller Gallery down there in Los Angeles... Below are his photos and words of the installtion... Be sure to see the show. It runs till Novemeber 11th.
Hello, There's a bunch of photos here. I'm not sure if there is too many and not sure what's interesting or not interesting. . . Thank you for checking this out either way.
I'm going to start with packing up on Monday the 8th. I started taking apart my sculpture.
Packed up the moving truck, I was surprised how much of it I filled. Evah helped me put a bunch of paintings in boxes, I was relieved I didn't have to do that.
Got to the gallery at about 2pm on Tuesday, having left at about 7am from Berkeley.
Then it was time to put the whole thing back together.
The next day I went to UNO(uno.la) to pick up some interns that my friend Josh lent me. That's Chlöe on the left and Josie on the right.
Porkchop and Cody
So we went back to the gallery and I got them going on some work.
The plan was to blow up a ton of these balloons then shove them between the outer fabric and a sheet of thin plastic protecting the inner walls. Then after that coat the whole thing with Elmer's glue and let it all dry over night for a hardening shell type effect. I'm so happy I had the interns to help, that was very rad, thank you again Chlöe and Josie.
Late that night and after 3.5 gallons of glue all went well, thankfully.
At some point Richard had a guy, Luke, come in and hang the show. Super nice to come in and see it all hanging and realized. The big painting in the frame was about 100lbs.
Some folks came to check it out the day before the opening. That's Jeremy Kove of Munson Industries and Billy O'Callaghan and Mark Gross in the background.
And then some people started going into my sculpture. At this point I was feeling so relieved of all this pressure and work from the last 4-5 months and stress. Though I was still nervous for some reason about the opening. It was nice to have a few good reactions to it all the day before.
Richard and I just before the opening.
Ashley, the super rad and friendly gallery assistant with a really nicely patterned dress.
Deth and Marci came. They and some others drove all the way down from the Bay area. I was so grateful to have people come that far.
Kids were having a blast with the sculpture.
Jeremy Mora came and gave me a greatly packaged gift. The gift itself was of course very rad too.
My family came from San Diego, Aunt on left, Sister, Mom on right, Grandma in the middle.
Rob Clayton has this same picture of me.
We also had dinner. Deth ordered this crazy chunk of meat.
Delicious Wurst und Sauerkraut.
Then on Sunday, we had some tasty coffee and saw some cool ghost pastries. I have no idea what they were made of.
Then we drove home.
If you are interested in seeing more of the show, there are some more images on richardhellergallery.com. If you are in the LA area, please go check it out in person, it will be much different there than here online.
Thank you again for checking this out.
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