Opening June 19, Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery presents “ZPFfffft!!!,” a group exhibition that features classic and new works by Gary Panter, Bob Zoell and Devin Flynn.
“ZPFfffft!!!” brings together three generations of artists. Panter explains, “Devin and Bob and myself of are representatives of nearly equidistant generations, and it is interesting to see how artists of successive generations evolve the problems of iteration and mediums and the game of making art, to produce objects that prompt the mind and slow the moment of the encounter.”
The exhibition will include a 23-foot wall covered in Panter’s playful chalk drawings, as well as a series of small and affordable works; two 6-foot-by-12-foot paintings by Zoell; and a number of new works from Flynn, among other surprises.
The title of the show, “ZPFfffft!!!,” is an invented onomatopoeic word. “It combines the first letter of each of the artists’ last names, is short and graphic, suggests something fast and on a trajectory, or maybe a brushstroke or a champagne cork whizzing by,” Panter explains. “Minds react to imagery, clear or vague, invoking multiple associations, individual and cliched, or collective or topical associations.”
The opening reception takes place on June 19, 7 – 10 p.m. at the Scion Installation Space, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The reception is free with complimentary valet parking and an open bar. All artists will be present, and available for interview. The exhibit will run until July 10.
About the Artists
Gary Panter made underground comics a viable art form. His hit-comic Jimbo first appeared in the 1970s, and he continued to break ground with his extended graphic novels Dal Tokyo and Cola Madness. Panter has created award-winning album artwork; his set designs for Pee-wee’s Playhouse won him three Emmy Awards; and his commercial work has been featured in Time, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and The New Yorker. In 2006, Gary was a featured artist in the touring exhibition, Masters of American Comics, and in 2008, he was the subject of a one-man show at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum. He currently lives in New York and teaches comic-book illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Bob Zoell has had a 45-year art career in Los Angeles and has been the recipient of the Pollack/Krasner and the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants, as well as serving as visiting faculty in advanced painting at UCLA. He has shown his work and lectured in Japan, France and throughout the U.S. He is also a regular contributor to the New Yorker, with seven covers to his credit.
Devin Flynn is an animator by trade. He created his own market by doing animated music videos for friends in bands like Providence’s own Lightning Bolt, which earned him some notoriety and resulted in various opportunities like a regular slot on Wondershowzen, video in the Liverpool Biennial, title sequence for The Aquateen HungerForce Movie, and an opportunity to curate multimedia shows at Anthology Film Archive and Deitch Projects. All of these experiences contributed to and culminated in a stream of consciousness web series on Adultswim.com called Y’all So Stupid. Flynn is currently focusing his attention on making work primarily for galleries. Aside from drawings, an experimental video project is scheduled to debut in August 2010.
More information on this exhibition is available at http://www.scion.com/space