My Art Show Went Really Well!

Wow, what a night!

After 4 months of planning and a ton of work, I finally had my art show! I had everything laid out at home, it took a while to print, mount, and hang everything, and the flyers made were wrong, and there was little to no press about it, or the two bands playing.

In the end, the opening night of the show went great! Most of my friends were able to make it, even people I hadn’t seen much in the last 6 months, and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive from the crowd! The bands Red This Even and Ninetwelve played, they did a great job! Red This Ever really dug my stuff, which was pretty cool.

I sold 5 prints myself, I have one more in the wait, and demand is pretty high. My boss even bought 2 of my pieces, which simply floored me! It was incredible, very flattering, and I’m enjoying my little moment right now.

If you live in the area or will be in Philly during the weekend or from now until mid-June, the show will still be up, so please feel free to come down and take a peek.

THE YOUTH IS REVOLTING! – The Art of Larry West at Digital Ferret Records


THE YOUTH IS REVOLTING! – The Art of Larry West at Digital Ferret

Nearly 200 people turned out to the first art show of Philadelphia-native Larry West, turning it into a massive success for all involved!

Fed by a steady stream of blog posts, flyers, and sheer word-of-mouth, Digital Ferret Records 4th Friday event featuring the artwork of Larry West and the bands Red This Ever and Ninetwelve went off without a hitch! Larry, best known for his 2007 mayoral run, came into his own as an artist with pieces that showed not only his political side, but also a focus on artwork that drew influence from artist Pushead and Roy Lichtenstein, a style he likes to call “Sub-Americana”.

Larry came in dressed in all black with goggles on his head. When asked why, he stated, “Its because the art scene in this city seems to be littered with people who try too hard to be ‘hip’. Too many pastels, too much of the same… this is me, in essence, rejecting it with something better. This is my personal revolt.”

West went on to sell a record number of pieces that night for both himself and Digital Ferret. West received strong criticism during the lead-up to the show from Obama supporters for including his piece depicting Obama with the word “Obey” behind him in a piece he calls “False Messiah”.

“I’m very happy with this turnout!”, West remarked. “I’m just thrilled so many people enjoyed my work!”

On top of a strong opening night, the show will run from today until June 24th, 2009 at Digital Ferret Records at 732 S 4th Street.

Larry West’s artwork can be viewed at his website:

About Larry West: Larry West is best known for his 2007 run for Mayor. He has since then taken a larger turn towards his artwork, and still comments constantly about politics in Philadelphia, and the world.

Just Got the Flyers for My Show!

I’ve had a really, really, weird week up to, and including today. I’ve had a feeling of impending doom mixed with malaise mixed with other things. Really, I’ve just been kinda depressed. I have a little over a week left before my show and, so far… I have nothing. Nada. Everything is planned out, but nothings printed, I still didn’t even order my business cards, and I don’t feel like I measure up as an artist as I should. I think a lot of artists go through that last bit.

So today I got a call from Digital Ferret saying the flyers for my show came in! BLEW ME AWAY! I couldn’t believe it! Something like that… well, I’ve been planning this show since February, and after a while, the show becomes more of an “abstract thought” than a tangible thing. Getting the flyers for your show in your hands… well, it makes everything a lot more real!

Only 10 days to go, and I’m getting really psyched now!


Ladies and Gentlemen, you have been warned!

Yes, I am pleased as hell to present to you the flier and the line-up for “The Youth is Revolting!”, my first art show EVER! It is being presented by the greatest music store in Philadelphia, Digital Ferret, as part of their 4th Friday Series! As an added note, I want to point out that even if you can’t come out to the show, please come down during the month of June one day and look around.

The line up is as follows:


ninetwelve (Lukotyk Records)
red this ever (from Baltimore!)
DJ Boston

I had never heard either band until today, and I can honestly say nintetwelve are the most interesting. They only have one song on their profile, but it’s really good. It’s dance/electronica mixed with industrial. I think it was inspired by Aeon Flux, one of my favorite shows of all time.

So, that said, this is going to be one heck of a show! I’ve been planning it since late-January and its actually nearly done in terms of planning. What’s left it putting it all together. I’ll have a lot of posts about putting an art show together which, in the end, I want to turn into one really good, really smart article.