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M-modern and Sven Kirsten present: THE CONTEMPORARY IDOL - Palm Springs, Feb.17th
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-19 09:27 am   Permalink

That is Michael Uhlencott by Eric and Chris Reccardi next to him. Chris is also a musician and currently working on a new album with Elliot Easton and the Tiki Gods.

O.K., here we go. I got some pics off before the doors opened, but I did not document ALL and everybody's, it was little time. First the exterior:


Tiki Tony hypnotized by the search light!

This photo best encapsulates the look I was going for:


Mod sculpture, Jazz, and some cool Witco-esque Bosko art

Here's a "group shot":


L to R: Michael Uhlencott, Miles Thompson, Cass, Crazy Al (on black velvet!), and El Gato Gomez below


Lake Surfer's Tangaroa Twins


Eric October (Aloha Jhoe's design on the left)


Doug Horne's Mod Cat


"Polynesiac" Jim De Pompei's lamp idols


Moritz R.'s (next Tiki Mag and BOT cover artist!) red and green wahines


COOL sculpture (L - R):
Kirby, Eric October, Danny Gallardo, and my fave Kirby, the shrunken head bird


Shag's the Idolator

Then...THE MASTER:

Oceanic Arts' Leroy Schmaltz came thru with three marvelous pieces!

Here is another: Two of Tikidom's ancestral artists right next to each other:


Leroy by being THE last original active carver , and Keigs by being William Westenhaver's direct heir!

The best thing was that Leroy actually made it out there, here he is on the right in the red shirt:



More later. Modernism Weekend is still on!


 
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tomsartproject
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Posted: 2012-02-19 10:43 am   Permalink

Such an awesome show. Thanks for the pics bigbro!
So much amazing work to cram into the eyeholes in a short time,
it's good to have documentation. Deserving of a catalog methinks.
Congratulations to all the artists, sooo energizing and inspiring!

Cheers!
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heylownine
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Posted: 2012-02-19 10:55 am   Permalink

Wow, thanks for the photos. Everyone's art looks incredible. Depending on how long the show goes I hope to get out to see it in person.

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Wildsville man
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Posted: 2012-02-19 11:51 am   Permalink

I was able to walk it yesterday morning before another Modernism Party took over the gallery.

I have to believe this was the BEST show I have ever seen on the whole TIKI culture.

Great artist from across the worlds and spanning generations.

Also,seeing some of the artist break there own styles to try something new was a breath of fresh air.

Thank you to all the artist who make this seen so credible.

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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2012-02-19 12:28 pm   Permalink

Wow.

Very impressive.
Wonderful pieces by all involved. So cool to see everyone's style shine through and also capture the theme of the show.

Thank you for sharing the photos Sven! All the artists should be very proud of their work.

And Leroy... words fail me. We all have so much to learn from him. He is a master, and still doing amazing things with wood.


 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2012-02-19 1:37 pm   Permalink

Thanks Sven & congrats to all the Artists ,Very nice job!

 
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Me Myself and Moai
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Posted: 2012-02-19 1:49 pm   Permalink

From alpha to omega....a GREAT show. It was wonderful seeing friends, and the artwork and enthusiasm with the Martini Kings providing the "soundtrack". Great job Sven and M Modern.


 
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WooHooWahine
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Posted: 2012-02-19 1:52 pm   Permalink

Mahalo! Mahalo! Mahalo to Sven, All The Artists, and to Jay and The M Modern Ohana who put on such an Incredible Show.










 
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2012-02-19 2:49 pm   Permalink

WOW Amazing art!

 
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Luki
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Posted: 2012-02-19 3:37 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much for all the pix.

Did Michelle Bickford make it there with any of her work? I was hoping to see pictures of what she brought, if she did make it.

This would've been a very cool show to attend; so many great artists and, from the images, some great work! sigh

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-19 4:41 pm   Permalink

Oh wow, thanks everybody, I'm glad you likey! The opening was well attended, and everybody got a buzz out of the energy.



It was great to have so many artists from the show in attendance, plus have many artists that were not in it come and visit, also.
The Martini Kings were the perfect cultivate sound track for the evening, and Truus' Musica Exotica added that avantgarde touch.

I was thrilled to have author Alan Hess attend, he (together with Leroy) is one of my spiritual forefathers, his book "Googie" (1985) got me and many of my friends into Midcentury Modern architecture, and coined the term:


Here's Alan chatting with my wife Naomi, another one of his fans. I got to introduce Alan to Bosko, whose new works he really liked:



Here are two wild and crazy guys in their favorite artists' shirts - (whose works were also IN the show):

Sven & Sabu in Dawn & Shag rags

Here's a close up of Kirby's dangling head:


And here a close photo of Leroy's amazing wood collage!



He still got it!





 
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2012-02-19 5:29 pm   Permalink

blown awayby the sculptures, I hope someone post more pics of them sans people and from differnt angles with dramatic lighting, hint hint
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OceaOtica
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Posted: 2012-02-19 6:59 pm   Permalink

Had a wonderful time at the show and in Palm Springs in general! We overslept at the hotel and made it to the show 2 hours and 45 minutes late, so were grateful the doors stayed open late till a little after 12. Airator in hand, dispensed Ron Abuelo 12 to artists and a few attendees; bottle was empty in approx. 20 minutes. Sven was grinnin with a second cup in hand. Thanks to Sven and all who had a hand in putting the show together, and to those who came out to check it and visit.
We dropped by the gallery on Sunday and took some snaps, though did not get a good photo of the sculptures as Danny's beautiful carving was being hauled out as we entered, and missed a few of Bosko's pieces as well. Hopefully this gives out of towners a good eyeful.
There were two Mary Bickford pieces in the gallery, beautifully done, one of which sold on Sunday while we visited with Dre.
last photo is my pieces, of which i did not get to photograph completed before the show, they are 2 feet high, depicting Asaro Mudmen in traditional poses










 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2012-02-19 9:34 pm   Permalink

WOw that Kirby piece is really stunning!

 
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Tiki Shaker
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Posted: 2012-02-19 10:10 pm   Permalink

Amazing show and a fantastic weekend. Congrats to Sven for curating this amazing show and congrats to the artists for creating so many amazing pieces. The art, the music, the drinks, the people... it was a fantastic time.

 
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