Cats Reign Supreme

On February 5, 2014 by PicMonkey

What do four monkeys, hundreds of cats, and a line of art enthusiasts stretching three blocks long have in common? Opening night of Cat Art Show LA! On January 25th, a handful of PicMonkey staffers headed to sunny Los Angeles for the opening of the largest-ever curated collection of feline-inspired artwork. PicMonkey was one of the sponsors for the event, which included the work of over 70 artists. The show was spearheaded and curated by journalist and producer Susan Michals.

photo of 101 Exhibit gallery

Photo credit: hauspanther.com

Yowsa, what a crowd! The place was packed. Cat as muse, cat as predator, cat as radical, cat as celebrity, and cat as vampire were some of the themes in this eclectic, far-ranging show.

 

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Photo via @rocknrollastyle

Rocking one of the posters for the exhibition was a painting titled “A Great Big Giant World,” by Marc Dennis, which portrays the recording artist Snoop Lion as a museum guard, watching over a painting of a kitten. Dennis has said that his painting is “a riff on the incredible, sometimes overbearing Internet love for cats and the passionate respect and love for hip hop. I look at cats as divas, much like hip-hop culture in a sense has become.”

 

Photo of radical cat print

Shepard Fairey, the street artist cum illustrator who created the famous “Hope” poster of Barack Obama, showed “Radical Cat,” a piece which juxtaposes the iconography of black cats with the history of radicalism, marginalization and the Black Panther Party.

 

photo portrait of Patti Smith

Photo via @catartshowLA

Renowned portrait photographer Frank Stefanko offered “The Lookout,” featuring rock legend Patti Smith with her furry friend.

PicMonkey sponsored a photo booth so people could capture their cat ears, cat leggings (yes, for reals), cat tattoos, and cat hat outfits for posterity. Look who posed…

 

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Artist Gary Baseman was joined by one of the many women looking purrfect in cat ears.

 

photo of Susan Avery

The beloved Colonel Meow’s handler, Susan Avery, and friend gave the cool shoulder.

 

photo of Michael Wolf

Artist Michael Wolf suspended work on paintings for a new brewery so he can keep his eyes on YOU!

 

photo of a woman appearing to pounce on her photo booth co-posers

Somebody got pounced on, one second after the shutter clicked!

 photo of woman getting smooched by pals from the cat art show photo booth

Two kisses are better than one!
 

photo of Christa and Lisa from PicMonkey

PicMonkey staffers Lisa and Christa mugged for the camera. Can you guess who’s 5’1” and who’s 5’10”?  (A wooden box was provided for height-seeking peeps.)

 

photo of Christa Jonathan Karen Lisa

Staffers Jonathan and Karen glommed on with smoochie lips and a Larry David stare.

All in all, it was an inspirational show, and a reminder to all PicMonkeyers to feed your creativity with whatever lights your fire: cats, dogs, nature, mustaches, soup cans… anything goes. Brave on, creative makers. Start your next masterpiece!

 

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