Hollywood Apocalypse!
March 29 – April 19, 2008
Opening Reception: March 29, 7:00 – 10:30 pm
Hollywood Writer Event with Skylight Books: Sat April 5, 5:00 – 8:00 pm (book sale and author reading)

Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, CA 90039
Contact, Zara Zeitountsian
(323) 660-9393
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Hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm; and by appointment

Participating Artists: Darryl Blood, Sam Branton, Molly Crabapple, Scott Ferry, Ken Garduno, Joe Girandola, Kio Griffith, Patrick Haemmerlein, Tom Haubrick, Jason Hernandez, Chris Hill, Aaron Hitchcock, Aaron Kraten, Julie Lee, Kris Lewis, Myne, Dany Paragouteva, Steve Romio, Sam Saghatelian, Mona Superhero, Alex Wiesenfeld, Miss Withers and Jeni Yang.
Hollywood Apocalypse! is a competitive art exhibit open only to artists specially invited by Black Maria. Curated by writer and 3D artist Ray Zone, who originated the concept for the exhibit, Hollywood Apocalypse! gives life to a painting described in the classic Hollywood novel "The Day of the Locust" by Nathanael West, first published in 1939. This exhibition is timed to coincide with the Academy Awards and the motion picture and television awards season. In support of those affected by the writers’ strike, 10% of all proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Writers Guild Foundation’s Industry Support Fund.

Three judges will decide on the top entries:
Patricia Arquette, actress ("Medium" "Lost Highway" "True Romance")
Thomas Jane, actor ("The Mist" "The Punisher"  "*61") and comic book publisher (Raw Studios)
Billy Shire, curator/owner/publisher  (La Luz de Jesus, Wacko and Billy Shire Fine Art)

Tod Hackett, the hero of, “The Day of the Locust”, works at the studio in the daytime and at night works on a painting he calls, “The Burning of Los Angeles.” The invited artists have created their own interpretation of the painting described in the novel.

..."he was able to think clearly about his picture 'The Burning of Los Angeles' ... he could see all the rough charcoal strokes with which he had blocked it out on the big canvas.  Across the top, parallel with the frame, he had drawn the burning city, a great bonfire of architectural styles, ranging from Egyptian to Cape Cod colonial.  Through the center, winding from left to right, was a long hill street and down it, spilling into the middle foreground, came the mob carrying baseball bats and torches. For the faces of its members, he was using the innumerable sketches he had made of the people who come to California to die: the cultists of all sorts, economic as well as religious, the wave, airplane, funeral and preview watchers--all those poor devils who can only be stirred by the promise of miracles and then only to violence.  A super "Know-All Pierce-All" had made the necessary promise and they were marching behind his banner in a great united front of screwballs and screwboxes to purify the land.  No longer bored, they sang and danced joyously in the red light of the flames."

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