La-La Land announced today the grand re-opening of it's gallery doors to the public with a specially curated art and ephemera show that spans the decade in Hollywood that artist Kii Arens created some of his most iconic Rock images.
HOLLYWOOD, CA: If you listen to music and attend concerts, it's likely that you're familiar with Kii Arens' arresting visual work on album covers, posters, billboards, music videos, and more. Arens had already been a successful touring musician and designer for Woodstock '94 when he based in Los Angeles in 2004 and opened La-La Land Gallery at 6450 Santa Monica Blvd. The gallery was known for exciting shows featuring fellow artists Shepard Fairey, Chris Reccardi, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Niagara, and many others. By 2008, Arens was, himself, creating a growing volume of works and, by necessity, the gallery was closed to the public to become Arens' private studio.
In the past ten years, Arens has been busy at his studio, famously working on an ongoing project that combines Arens' love for music with his fine art practice. He has created over 250 limited edition concert prints for Goldenvoice, which spurred clients that include Dolly Parton, Beck, Redbull, The Hollywood Bowl, Radiohead, Tame Impala and many others. More than that, he began a series of groundbreaking music video projects (with collaborator Jason Trucco) for Devo, Glen Campbell, Queens Of The Stone Age, and many more.
"There's a real connection between an artist and his environment. I'm pleased to see this exhibition of works, most of which were created right here in the space which they are now exhibited, available for people to check out," says Arens, "Pleased that LaLaLand has re-opened as a public space, a brick and mortor home for people who love art, Rock, drinks, and snacks."
KII ARENS' ART OF ROCK: LA- LA-LAND CELEBRATES A DECADE OF POP ARTIST'S PAINTINGS, POSTERS, AND MORE opens tonight, Friday, November, 28th at the gallery located at 6450 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038.
The opening will showcase the wide and differing body of Kii’s work, including over 250 concert prints he has been creating since 2008, non-music related prints, and a handful of brand new, never before seen, works. The show also features products from many of Kii’s friends, collaborators, and fellow artists. Works from Popkiller, Ameoba, Totally Blown, DKE Toys, LA based clothing designers, vinyl, art toys, books, and oddities of all kinds. Along side the artwork and merchandise will be drinks, snacks and a tasty DJ.