Alternative Press’s 25th Anniversary Art Show begins July 10 in LA

Alternative Press’s 25th Anniversary Art Show kicks off July 10 in Los Angeles.

The entire exhibition will be on view at the gallery from July 10–July 23, 2010. (July 9 is a press preview day).

The event will feature original artwork from Marilyn Manson, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Camille Rose Garcia (The Real Minks), Shephard Fairey, Adam Jones (Tool), Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Derek Hess, Tara McPherson, John Baldwin Gourley (Portugal. The Man) with Austin Sellers, Matt “Portland” Hay (Nora), Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Colin Frangietto (Circa Survive), Shawn Harris(Maniac), Liz Mcgrath & Morgan Slade (Miss Derringer), Anthony Green (Circa Survive), Andy “The Butcher” Mrotek (The Academy Is…), Jordan Buckley(Every Time I Die), Marc “Porter” McKnight (Atreyu) and more.


Cleveland-based national youth culture magazine Alternative Press (AP) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a group exhibition at the prestigious Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles.

The gallery display will be comprised of paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.

AP provided M&C with quotes from their artists:

“Alternative Press were early believers in Garbage and played a large part in carving out a loyal following for us over the years. When they approached me about taking part in an exhibition to celebrate their 25th anniversary, it would have been exceedingly churlish to refuse. I am not a visual artist in any way, shape or form but I am a lover of the arts so I gleefully embraced the challenge of creating something. I tried to think of an opposite to “alternative” which led me to consider knitting something. I then decided to subvert the medium completely thus producing “Peking Noodle (Ode to Louise Bourgeois)”.  Maybe it’s an all seeing eye……….fortune teller to the world, maybe it isn’t.  Art, as they so often say, is in the eye of the beholder!”  –SHIRLEY MANSON, musician/artist (of the band Garbage), title of piece “Peking Noodle (Ode to Louise Bourgeois)”

“The inspiration is the invention of the LP cover.  The 12inch format is something that is not seen a lot anymore and the connection with the vinyl record and packaging is something that strongly affected me as a kid and I’m re-presenting with these pieces.”  –SHEPARD FAIREY, artist, multiple pieces.


“I wanted to be a part of the art show because I thought it would be a great opportunity to show what I do when I’m not making music or performing. Alternative Press has also been a huge supporter of Gym Class and myself. These pieces are a gift from me on their 25th B-Day.”  –TRAVIE McCOY, musician/artist (of the band Gym Class Heroes) title of piece “Untitled 1”


“A lot of my work deals with the observation of people’s relationships and the struggles that the individual encounters in their love life. Also, I have a huge fascination with astrophysics, which is fun for me to incorporate into my work. The idea behind this specific piece was to show the similarities between the macro and the micro, showing that the laws of physics that rule the behaviors of even the tiniest of particles is akin to even the most complex of human emotions shared between two people. The simplest of actions spans all levels of our being, from our emotions down to the very atoms that make up our hearts.”
–TARA MCPHERSON, artist, title of piece “The Attraction and Repulsion of Particles”


“Hem: this is my shield. I think it’s common historical revision to think I moved to L.A. for odd vapid reasons. The truth was I was running away from the worst situations of my life in Chicago. This was my partner in crime. He was my only friend here at the time.No sleep: I used to paint with a friend named KC. Actually, mostly I drove them around and boosted him over fences. When KC and his posse were in town last time I had finished half of this piece–posse really took it over the top. If he’s not next I don’t know who is.”  –PETE WENTZ (of the band Fall Out Boy), musician/artist, title of piece “Hemingway”

“Being a part of this show is a big honor for me as it is always flattering to be asked to show something that you yourself created in such a stellar setting. The fact that it’s for AP’s 25th anniversary makes it even better as they have shown me a tremendous amount of support regarding both my paintings and my music. I am also honored to be sharing gallery space with heroes of mine.   The piece I’m showing in LA is a portrait of my girlfriend (titled “Yankee Rosie) in her “ceremonial” satanic cloak and black rim glasses. To me it represents both her beauty and the threat of the pre-punk movement of Anton Lavey’s Church of Satan at a time when it was very taboo and had a lot to do with aesthetic and color. It was my goal to capture both of these aspects in this piece and I couldn’t be happier to have it involved in this show. I also did a similar piece (titled “The Doktor”) for the New York show that is of Anton Lavey himself and was created as a companion to “Yankee Rosie”). Both were done with acrylic paint and shellac along as well as collage on wood.”
–MATT SKIBA (of the band Alkaline Trio), musician/artist, title of piece “Yankee Rosie”


“Art and music for me go hand in hand- Music enables me to reach into the far corners of my imagination , it feeds my motivation and my muse – AP is like my creative food source!!! Ive found out about so many great bands through their magazine which has kept me working late into the night!”
- LIZ MCGRATH, musican/artist, (of the band Miss Derringer and also a very well respected fine artist)

“These pieces were inspired by my one year old niece and thoughts of the world she’ll be raised into. So many wonderful and incredible things for her to learn/experience, but an infinite amount of horrors awaiting her (and all of us for that matter) at each and every corner. “
–PORTER MCKNIGHT, musician/artist (of the band Atreyu), title of piece “Believe in US, or Die”

“Having the opportunity to be able to create music and art is really great because the two help inform each other so much. All the music I have liked has a strong visual element, be it through lyrics or photographs or logos, branding etc. And a lot of my favorite artwork creates narratives in the viewer’s mind, which as a musician I kind of automatically set to music. Especially growing up in an era where music videos have always existed, the two become almost inseparable.”
–MORGAN SLADE, musician/artist (of Miss Derringer), title “Rise”

“It’s cliche to talk about how music and art go hand in hand, but interesting to think about how no one actually mentions what that means. So let me fill you in: the ability to create something from nothing is the greatest power a human being possesses. “Stairway To Heaven” and a drawing of a wiener in a bathroom stall both came from that same nothing. Consider your mind blown.”
–JORDAN BUCKLEY, musician/artist (of the band Every Time I Die),  title of piece “A Gift to Return, A Lesson To Learn”

“This piece was the album cover for the band Emanuel. Matthew, their vocalist, said he wanted to base the art around a Lamprey. After researching this, which is really creepy and almost represents the Sarlacc Pit monster in Star Wars, I wanted to do my interpretation of this disturbing creature. The idea of my piece was as if you were looking down the throat of a lamprey to see all the rows of teeth, but I wanted to take it a step further and create a gigantic, planet size creature. Looking into the heart of the planet reveals all the chaos and destruction that a lamprey would cause if it were to swallow you up, gnawing at you at each level or ring of teeth. The more you look at the piece, the more you see all that is going on – drugs, sharks, pig fetus, and all.   –MATT “PORTLAND” HAY, musician/artist (of the band Nora, artist Sons of Nero), title of piece “Emanuel”

A New York art show is planned for October–stay tuned for more information.


Friday, July 9 at 7:30pm the show begins
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036