In The Life Media joins Ed Hardy in his California studio to discuss his early days under the guidance of another self-invented legend, Sam Steward. Steward lived as an out gay man decades before the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. His far-reaching impact includes detailed journals and recordkeeping which were invaluable to the studies of Alfred Kinsey and artistry that inspired Ed Hardy.
- DEH Archive
The Unruly Art of Don Ed Hardy is a site-specific installation created by Hardy for the Artists Gallery. It will include cast resin work layered with vintage Hardy acetate tattoo stencils, porcelain pieces with cobalt handwork, original prints, and large-scale original brush paintings. Also included will be a replica tattoo shop in a tiny closet space in the gallery: much like ones he observed in the 1950s complete with sheets of “flash” (painted designs), ink, and tattoo machines, it will reanimate the aura of that art in a bygone era.
Hardy has produced a substantial body of original paintings, sculptures, and prints that are informed not only by his lifelong involvement with tattoo, but also his far-reaching knowledge of historic Japanese forms of expression and Western and Asian art history. Hardy’s art draws on multicultural iconography and vernacular sources such as low rider car culture, surf culture, and comic books, along with tattoos.
The Unruly Art of Don Ed Hardy
June 9 – August 25, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
SFMOMA Artist Gallery at Fort Mason
Track 16 Gallery is geared up to present a new exhibition of work from Don Ed Hardy titled “Tat Cat Shack“. In addition to a classic tattoo shop booth setup, the exhibit features an abundance of tattoo related works on paper.
The exhibition runs from THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 through SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011. Regular gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 12 – 6 P.M.
Don Ed Hardy will be in person on Wednesday, February 2 at 7 P.M for a book signing, interview with writer/curator Kristine McKenna, and screening of Emiko Omori’s documentary “Tattoo the World”.
TRACK 16 GALLERY
Smart Art Press
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
UPDATE: Also included is an additional article with an interview with Ed Hardy prior to the opening of the Robyn Buntin Gallery show. Click here for the interview!