Juxtapoz also just posted a fresh set of ’20 Questions’ with the man, check it out here.
ARMSROCK’s statement on his new series for “A Horrible Jungle”:
Because I used to regard art and its attached institutions as a method and a space, through which and where I could examine and convey things, I have become a collector of information and images. Because I was secretly hoping that the collected amount of visual debris and human byproduct would yield some kind of answer from which I could wrench out some kind of sense. Therefor it seems only natural to me, that I would set out to create an archive. Most of everything I do seems to be connected to the assembling of information for this notebook on the human condition. Therefor it is not easy for me to identify or name the specific nature of this archive. It is a traveling black box…
It is a unsorted pile of vicious and unvictorious information that they brought in the newspapers, the books, the televisions. It is an echo of something that they shouted in the streets, and it is the smell of smoke from its own burning. It’s a theatrical violence report. A letter of acknowledgment of my own subjective fear andfascination combined with that which is dreadful and violent, grotesque and morbid. It is a paradox. It is pathos. It is a collage of registrations and colliding observations. An examination of the riddle that lies within that which is made visible as well as a study of invisible mechanisms. It is an attempt to,create comprehensibility while also striving to break it apart. An axis of accumulated signals and mis-communication…
To “know” each thing and its form. To make “signs” of the multitudinous, the incomprehensible, the impassable. To make these thing graspable. All the while acknowledging their fleeting and in-graspable nature. An attempt of decoding through the creation of form in imagery. To strive to identify those abstract powers that propels us into action. To make the human figure into a tool, as it has been so often and for so long, through which the language of form can transmit the identity of ”deed”. It is an attempt to keep nihilism at bay, and positivism in check.
ARMSROCK is featured in a new interview with Walrus TV that was just posted today. The streets are his canvas and the people that populate our cities his focus. His last words in the interview some up what he’s all about, “Make things, do something, creating something with your hands”. In a constant state of evolution, it’s always exciting to see what he’ll be coming up with next. Speaking of what’s next…
‘The End of the World Came and Went Without Mr. Jones Noticing a Single Thing’ opens this week at Andenken Gallery out in Denver and serves as a notebook on human folly and viciousness. A lumber-room of violence and power structures. A diagram of fear and disintegration. Reports on the end of the world as a continuous and very contemporary motion.
The good folks over at Vimby.com posted their interview with ELBOW-TOE & ARMSROCK today. They swung through during the set up and on the opening night of our big ‘Mostly Memory’ exhibit last month. The short feature came out just great – thanks Vimby!
We’re closed today, but please know that tomorrow, Fri, Jan. 2nd from 1-6PM will be your last chance to view ‘Mostly Memory’ from ELBOW-TOE and ARMSROCK + ‘Life Sentence’ from Jon Todd @ Thinkspace
“Armsrock and Elbow-Toe exceeded expectations with their two person show and made their mark on Los Angeles by ‘getting up’ all over the city. Armsrock pushed the bounds with his unrelenting portrayal of atrocity victims. The works were a gripping depiction of not so distant events which prompted viewers to pause for a moment of reflection. Elbow-Toe took his fine-art work to another level in this show. His characters were intricately rendered and flawlessly executed. The combination of his street work and fine art background were reflective in the emotional embodiment exhibited by his characters.” - Arrested Motion
Thinkspace – 4210 Santa Monica Blvd in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles