Other 2014 Group Shows
Josh Agle traveled around North America in 2014 to participate in group art shows – north to Quebec, east to New York, south to Louisiana, and west to California. Out of the twelve group exhibitions, four are covered in other posts –
- POP-Eyeconic: An Exploration of Iconic Pop Characters (Corey Helford Gallery, Mar 15-28)
- Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine (Jonathan LeVine Gallery, May 15-Jun 14)
- 12×12 Art Collector Starter Kit (Corey Helford Gallery, Aug 30-Sep 13)
- MOD Palm Springs (The Curve Hotel and Resort, Oct 9-13)
and the eight remaining shows are listed below in chronological order –
Modern Mambo! Modernism Week After Dark Opening Night
The Caliente Tropics in Palm Springs, California hosted the opening night Modern Mambo Party from 8pm to 11pm on February 13th 2014. Tickets for the Reef Bar event cost $150 USD and included tropical cocktails, live entertainment, and DJs playing mambo music. The six-color Havana Cha Cha serigraph print was released at this event. The print measures 12” by 24”, is hand signed and numbered by Shag, is limited to 100 copies, and cost $225 USD.
Modern Living Expo
The Modern Living Expo ran during Modernism Week 2014in Palm Springs, California from the 15th to the 23rd of February 2014. The event was held at 384 North Indian Canyon Drive, a site between the uptown design district and downtown Palm Springs. The expo showcased the latest in home furnishings and smart home technology as well as the pre-fab housing exhibit. Entrance to the exposition cost $10 USD per person. Shag collaborated with the Mod Fab Group to create three items for the exposition.
The SKORCH Tiki Torch Set is a pair of ceramic white skulls mounted on metal support poles. The internal configuration has flickering eyes, courtesy of electric (E12) flicker-flame light bulbs. The external version has standard torch fuel canisters providing real flames. The set currently retails for $499 for the outdoor version or $599 for the internal version from Mod Fab Group.
The Phaedra Sculpture is 60” high with a diameter of 14″ and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. It is made from a polyester resin composite and has an 8” by 1.5” mounting pole at the base for fitting. Each sculpture includes an inscribed stainless steel id tag and CoA. An exclusive serigraph print is also included which Shag hand signs and numbers and also makes unique by personally sketching a Phaedra onto the canvas of each one. The sculpture is made in a very limited edition of 100 pieces and is currently priced from the Mod Fab Group at $4,700 USD.
The Mini Phaedra Sculpture measures 22” high and sits on a hardwood padauk base measuring 6” by 4”. The sculpture is made from a satin white glazed ceramic and has an engraved stainless steel certificate/identification tag. Note that an orange and black version was later created for the Palm Springs Architectural Design Center. The Mini Phaedra Sculpture is currently priced from the Mod Fab Group at $399 USD.
Dine with the Artists: An Intimate Dinner with Shag and Chef Jon Tice at Tinto
Artist Shag and chef Jon Tice held an intimate dinner for twenty-six guests at the Tinto restaurant at the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, California on Sunday, February 16th, 2014. Award-winning chef Jon Tice prepared a five-course meal including spot prawn ceviche, smoked salmon tartar, diver scallop a la plantxa, baby beet salad, karbuta pork belly, and citrus-flavored gourmet dessert; all accompanied by wine pairings. Each guest was presented with a special signed print created by Shag in commemoration of the first artist pairing dinner at Tinto. Tickets for this first dinner with Shag cost $125 USD per person.
Dirty Dozen Group Show
Tresor Gallery in the heart of New Orleans French Quarter held the Dirty Dozen group art show from the 8th to the 31st August 2014. The exhibition, co-curated by Greg Escalante (Copro Gallery) and David Barany (Tresor Gallery), included twelve leading contemporary artists – Josh Agle, Brian M. Viveros, Sandow Birk, Liz McGrath, Dan Quintana, Jen Lobo, Craig LaRotonda, Chris Buzelli, Emily Burns, Graham Franciose, Vinsantos, and Jacob Harmeling.
Unfortunately, I have no idea which of Shag’s works were shown, if you have more information or any photographs then please let me know.
Tiki Oasis 14
Tiki Oasis is claimed to be the world’s largest Tiki gathering and in 2014 offered four nights of entertainment, a car show, and (more interestingly for this post) an art show. The event started on Thursday 14th August 2014 at the Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego and continued through Sunday 17th at the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel. Tiki Oasis 14 was the 5th annual art show, titled Beyond Squares Ville and ran from the 15th-17th August at the Grand Hanalei Ballroom Foyer at the Crown Plaza Hotel. The Shag Store pop-up store was located in the Kona Coast room, just off the Grand Hanalei Foyer.
Shag showed a limited-edition ukulele with accompanying print in the exhibition. The ukulele and the accompanying print set were restricted to just 125 instruments, with an additional 25 prints available as framed prints. The professional ukulele is manufactured by Luna and screen printed on the front by Shag. It was supplied in a vinyl zippered carrying case in a printed cardboard box. Ukulele Kahakai is a seven-color serigraph print, measuring 26” by 21” and limited to 150 copies. The set was available at the show for $625 USD, rising to $650 USD following the event.
¡Órale! The Kings & Queens of Cool – Lowbrow Insurgence: The Rise of Post-Pop Art
The La Luz de Jesus Gallery and Harwood Museum of Art joined to produce the ¡Órale! Kings and Queens of Cool – Lowbrow Insurgence: The Rise of Post-Pop Art at the Mandelman-Ribak Gallery in Taos, New Mexico, USA from September 20th 2014 to January 25th 2015. Over 150 artists contributed work including Shag’s 19” x 22” acrylic on panel Carne de Amore painting which retailed for US$10,000.
Shag Menu Signing – Tonga Hut Palm Springs
The Tonga Hut in Palm Springs, California celebrated its newly designed drinks menu on Friday, October 3rd 2014 with a Shag signing event. Josh Agle was present from 6 pm to sign the menu and DJ Lee from Luxuria Music provided the accompanying exotica and mid-century music. The entry cost of $25 USD covered the limited number of menus made available plus a drink coupon.
The Égrégore exhibition at the Yves LaRoche Gallery in Montreal ran from October 30th to December 20th 2014. This pop surrealism group show of over fifty artists is based around the concept of egregore which represents a thought form, group mind awareness or collective consciousness – as a result of powerful emotional desires. Shag’s contribution to the exhibition is the original acrylic on panel painting Of Three Minds.