Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"INLE" Group Exhibit opens March 11th


INLE flyer

INLE

Over 100 artists interpret the anti-hero of

Richard Adams' Watership Down


Curated by Greg "Craola" Simkins

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 11th

7-10pm



Gallery 1988

7020 Melrose Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 937-7088




Participating artists include:

Aaron Jasinski, Adam Hathorn, Alex Garcia, Alex Pardee, Amanda Louise Spayd, Amy Sol, Angry Woebots, Annie Owens, Anthony Ausgang, Attaboy, Audrey Kawasaki, Augor, Axis, Beast Brothers, Bob Dob, Brandi Milne, Brian Colin, Brian Despain, Buff Monster, Camilla d'Ericco, Carrie Ann Baade, Charles Wish, Chase Tafoya, Chet Zar, Chris "Devious" Gliebe, Chris Ryniak, Christian Rex van Minnen, Colin Christian, D. Ross Scribe, Dabs & Myla, Dan May, Dan Quintana, Daniel Danger, Dave Correia, Dave Flores ATC, Dave Pressler, David Choong Lee, Deph, Dytch 66, Eric Merrill, Eric White, Fred Harper, George Thompson, Graham Curran, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Gris Grimly, Gunnar, Haste, Jason Daquino, Jason Limon, Jason Maloney, JAW Cooper, Jean Labourdette (Turf One), Jeff McMillan, Jeff Soto, Jeffery Page, Jen Lobo, Jenny Mollen-Biggs, Jeral Tidwell, Jeremy Fish, Jersey Joe Rime, Jesse Smith, Joe Capobianco, Joe Hahn, Joe Ledbetter, Joe Vaux, Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez, Johnny Vampotna, Jon Beinart, Jordan Buckley, Josh Keyes, Joshua Clay, Kevin Knight, Kevin Dickinson, Kevin Peterson, Kris Lewis, Logan Hicks, Luke Chueh, Lyte, Man One, Mark Bodnar, Martin Whitfooth, Matthew Bone, Maxx 242, McEvoy & Rodriguez, Meggs, Mia Araujo, Michael Page, Michel Gagne´, Mike Mitchell, Mike Stilkey, Misha, Miss Mindy, Molly Crabapple, Naoto Hattori, Nate Van Dyke, Nathan Pearce, Neko, Nicholas Charles, Nicnak, Nome Edonna, Peekaboo Monster, Persue'/BunnyKitty, Peter Gronquist, Rask Opticon, Retna, Revok, Robert Bowen, Roland Tamayo, Ron English, Rory Keating, Sam Flores, Scott Belcastro, Sergio Hernandez, Shaun Kasl Singer, Shawn Barber, Skinner, Skot Olsen, Sram, Steven Daily, Tara McPherson, Thomas Lynch III, Tomi Monstre, Tony Curanaj, Travie McCoy, Travis Louie, Tyke Witnes, Vic Back, Yosuke Ueno, Zoso











After planning this exhibit for over a year, I can't believe it's right around the corner. I'm honored to have such a fine group of artists contribute to their talent to the INLE exhibit I'm curating at Gallery: 1988: LA on March 11th.

Who or what is INLE?
In 1974, Richard Adam's wrote the beloved classic "Watership Down". It is a tale about overcoming the obstacles of life that try to beat you into submission and coming out on top, told through the unlikely embodiment of rabbits. Upon reading the book at a young age, one particular thread stood out to me. The story of "The Black Rabbit of Inle". It was on page 280 of this book that my Grandfather had gotten for me on a road trip that the story of Inle´ unfolds. The fear he induced in the rabbits who told tales of him is not much unlike our own fears of death and what is unknown. I always questioned was their fear based upon him or the inevitability of their own demise, and was it something to fear or welcome after a long life lived? With this book began my over 24 year obsession with using rabbits as a tool in my art. Upon relating my memories of this book with some artist friends of mine, I wasn't surprised to find they had similar attachments to the story and subsequent movie and that it too was a huge influence on their work.

The question is asked over and over "what inspires you and your art?". Well here is one aspect, and In my attempt to keep this story alive and in honor of Richard Adam's timeless story we are proud to present "INLE".

-Greg "Craola" Simkins

4 comments:

Mark Wroblewski said...

I think I just had an artgasm. I soooooo wish I could be there. Sucks I'm all the way on the east coast...

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Love rabbits, love Watership Down, love art, wish I could attend!

My Beauty Bunny said...

LOVE it! I have a Black Rabbit of Inle tattoo in memory of a friend who passed. I'm definitely going to come check this out!

AdamsWench said...

GREG THANK YOU FOR
answering my question.your art really touches me,
i have over come obstacles in life and people have said i am amazingly strong. i am a black rabbit ,
thank you for doing Monte Pittman amazing album cover .between your drawing and Monte Pain Love and Destiny CD epic
THIS IS AMAZING CREATION IN HARMONY
Audrey