– In response to actor Shia Labeouf’s recent claim insisting his act of plagiarism, abrupt behavior, and retirement from public life was all credited to performance art, Celebrity Artist Daniel Edwards challenges the actor and the public who believes this statement by depicting the actor’s fraudulent cover-up in his latest sculpture that will be the theme of Edwards’s upcoming show this May in Los Angeles, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art.
“I initially defended Shia and felt compelled to respond by questioning the initial practices of us all when first creating art,” said Edwards. “Now, I think he’s using art as an excuse for his negligent practices.”
Shia LaBeouf apologized yet again, this time revealing that his past few weeks of bizarre behavior have all been part of an elaborate performance art piece. The actor had been dealing with a firestorm of backlash since mid-December, when it was revealed that his “HowardCantour.com” short film was lifted material from Daniel Clowes’s graphic novellas without proper credit. LaBeouf offered apologies, saying, “I was truly moved by his piece of work and I knew that it would make a poignant and relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it," before announcing his retirement from all public life.
The life-size statue by Edwards titled “Double Double Shia,” depicts a double image of Shia Labeouf bare-chested in matador pants while holding a shotgun as Dora the Explorer’s Swiper sits on his shoulder. “Daniel created a double image of Shia to symbolize Shia’s plagiarism,” said Cory Allen. Explaining this week his recent bizarre behavior was ‘performance art’, LaBeouf posted on Twitter, "The problem with American artwork, is a problem of subject matter. Artwork keeps getting entangled with the problems of America itself.”
“Originally, I was disappointed that no one came to Shia LaBeouf’s defense, as all artists lift ideas and do cover versions of their favorite artists and influences,” says Daniel Edwards. “He seemed to be an artist focused on his enthusiasm for a subject, who just needed an assistant to help him issue proper credit.”
“Shia not taking responsibility for his actions is what’s wrong with America today and will be the subject matter for Daniel’s upcoming show in Los Angeles,” said Cory Allen.
Daniel Edwards’ works include “L.A. Fertility”, the nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian with her belly fully accessible for gallery-goers to rub for ‘good luck,’ and the prenatal portraits of angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates”, which depict Baby Kimye and the royal baby.
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Los Angeles – In response to actor Shia Labeouf’s recent tweet claiming to retire from public life, artist Daniel Edwards has depicted the actor in his latest sculpture; to be given to Labeouf as a ‘going-away gift’ with hopes the actor will later come out of retirement to continue his off-screen work, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art.
Shia LaBeouf had been dealing with a firestorm of backlash since mid-December, when it was revealed that his “HowardCantour.com” short film was lifted material from Daniel Clowes’s graphic novellas without proper credit. LaBeouf offered apologies, saying, “I was truly moved by his piece of work and I knew that it would make a poignant and relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it," before announcing his retirement from all public life.
The life-size heroic bust titled “The Last Tweet,” derives its name from LaBeouf’s last words on Twitter, saying, “I am not famous anymore,” a comment reflecting the actor’s desire to exit from public life. The bust depicts Shia Labeouf bare-chested, revealing two tattoos of iconic cartoon thieves, Dora the Explorer’s Swiper and McDonald’s Hamburglar. “If Shia LaBeouf succeeds, he would be the first celebrity famous for not being famous,” said artist Daniel Edwards.
“I’m disappointed that no one seems to be coming to Shia LaBeouf’s defense, as all artists lift ideas and do cover versions of their favorite artists and influences,” says Daniel Edwards. “He seems to be an artist focused on his enthusiasm for a subject – he just needs an assistant to help him issue proper credit. It is exciting that he is creating work and drawing inspiration from other talented artists. He deserves much more encouragement than what he is receiving.”
LaBeouf’s attempts to prove his contrition drew even more criticism when he started cribbing apology language from other high-profile Twitter users, including a “Celebrity Big Brother” contestant accused of racist comments.
“Shia’s original apology was brilliant,” said Cory Allen. “He was accused of lifting it from the Internet, which is a great bit of irony befitting of the contemporary dialogue in art.”
Other works by Edwards include “L.A. Fertility”, the nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian with her belly fully accessible for gallery-goers to rub for ‘good luck’ and the prenatal portraits of angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates”, which depict Baby Kimye and the royal baby.
NEW YORK (December 24, 2013) - Artist Daniel Edwards’s latest is a ‘commemorative’ bust of Phil Robertson for Duck Dynasty supporter and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for his role in defending the Duck Dynasty star after he made a number of homophobic comments that led to his suspension from his A&E reality show. The work will be unveiled online this week, announced Cory Allen Contemporary Art.
The sculpture titled D*ck Dynasty features a likeness of Robertson’s head and shaft-formed beard positioned over two spherical shaped ducks’ heads. The Robertson bust depicts him wearing a thorny-crowned pattern on his headband, and the ducks hold a saddened expression with the Marriage Equality symbol reflected on their eyes.
“The kind of comments Phil Robertson made should be the kind of words from which everyone would want to get some distance, I’d think. It is weird and appalling that the governor of Louisiana is not ashamed to say he stands by such comments that graphically and impolitely compare orifices in regard to sexual gratification to make his point.
Robertson was quoted in GQ Magazine saying, "It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."
“Cudos to A&E for sidelining Phil Robertson - if they stick to it,” said Cory Allen of Cory Allen Contemporary Art. “This could be a defining moment for viewers challenged to decide on which side of tolerance they stand in regard to basic human rights.”
NEW YORK (December 18, 2013) –Artist Daniel Edwards depicts Jay Z as a Care Bear pal with Funshine Bear on the rap mogul’s shoulder wearing Leather Boxing Shorts from the Shawn Carter and Barneys New York collection in his latest work, accompanied by six holiday ornaments to be auctioned on eBay, with a share of the proceeds going to an organization that supports the ACLU’s policies against racial profiling. The work will be unveiled online this week, announced Cory Allen Contemporary Art.
“Jay Z cares,” said the artist in response to Jay Z’s involvement with Barneys earlier this month to form an advisory council concerning racial profiling, as a result of the ongoing negative press surrounding Barneys’ racial profiling allegations following the release of Jay-Z’s BNY SCC: A New York Holiday Collection. “Jay Z also shared valuable insight regarding proposed guidelines for future interactions between Barneys and the NYPD,” added the artist.
“With the Barneys controversy, I felt Jay Z was being victimized a little bit. He was the only person associated with Barneys who was being criticized for not breaking ties over their racial profiling policy, which is not fair,” said Daniel Edwards.
Edwards’s sculpture titled Brooklyn Monument: Jay Z Cares, depicts a smiling, Brooklyn cap-wearing Jay Z surrounded by the Care Bears in clothing from his collaboration with Barneys New York: Tenderheart Bear sits atop Jay Z’s head in a Barneys New York NYC NYC Tee; Do Your Best Bear wears the Mixed Exotics Brooklyn Cap by Just Don; Funshine Bear models En Noir Embroidered Leather Boxing Shorts; and Share Bear with Hublot Watch emblazoned belly wears The Elder Statesman Cashmere Ski Mask. The artist also created six holiday ornaments, which include a tribute to twerking, to be auctioned on eBay with a share of the proceeds going to an organization that supports the ACLU’s policies against racial profiling.
“A Brooklyn-conscious ‘celebpreneur’ hired Daniel to design a line of ornaments that Jay Z wanted to include with his collection, but Barneys New York wanted to feature only clothing,” said Cory Allen of Cory Allen Contemporary Art.
“We are still searching for an organization with which to share proceeds. We are inspired by the ACLU’s Campaign Against Racial Profiling,” said Cory Allen.
Other works by Edwards include “L.A. Fertility”, the nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian with her belly fully accessible for gallery-goers to rub for ‘good luck,’ and the prenatal portraits of angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates”, which depict Baby Kimye and the royal baby.
LOS ANGELES, CA. (May 23, 2013) – A nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian with her belly fully accessible for gallery-goers to rub for ‘good luck’ is set for L.A. exhibit. The nude statue joins the celebrity baby sculptures created recently by artist Daniel Edwards; celebrating the beauty of celebrity pregnancy. The recent work, part of the artist’s “Celebrity Baby Boomer” series that began with the 2006 controversial sculpture “Monument to Pro-Life”, which depicted a nude Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, will be displayed at LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA).The life-size full-figured nude Kardashian sculpture titled “L.A. Fertility” stands curvaceous and proud, with lactiferous breasts, protruding navel and legs akimbo, and features a voluminous belly “designed to entice visitors to give a respectful rub for good luck and success,” says publicist Cory Allen.Other works in the exhibit will include bronzes of Baby Kimye, depicted as a chubby-cheek-cherub with a swirl design pattern shaved in the hair and the Royal Baby, slumbering peacefully in the crown Queen Elizabeth wore as a princess, cast at the Cal State foundry currently managed by Edwards. The artist’s prenatal portraits of the angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates” will also be on display. “I was inspired by the beauty of Kim Kardashian and felt quite put-off by the media’s criticism of her weight gain during pregnancy,” said artist Daniel Edwards. “Such criticism should be off limits.”“We live in a media-absorbed culture where anyone can access and share a celebrity’s most intimate moments,” said Cory Allen. “Daniel visually captures ‘that’ intimacy.” The Venice Family Clinic's annual fundraiser, the Venice Art Walk & Auctions, recently featured limited edition prints of Edwards’ Baby Kimye sculpture printed by L.A. based Intellectual Property Prints. Proceeds went to provide health care to families in need.“L.A. Fertility” will debut at LAB ART Gallery, on June 5th, 2013 at 11:00 AM, located at 217 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit www.cacanet.com.
LOS ANGELES, CALI. (May 2, 2013)
– The leaked 3D ultrasounds of Socialite Kim Kardashian and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine ‘Kate’ Middleton have been fabricated into works of art by Celebrity Artist Daniel Edwards; concluding the artist’s “Celebrity Baby Boomer” series that began with the 2006 controversial sculpture “Monument to Pro-Life”, which depicted a nude Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, at select venues in the Los Angeles area this summer, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA).
The prenatal portraits of the winged celebrity fetuses titled “Special K and Little Grape”, depicts the unborn babies of the expecting parents of Hollywood Supercouple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and British Royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton. Baby Kimye (Special K) is depicted as a chubby-cheeked-cherub with angelic curls, and ‘Ks’ shaved in the hair. The royal baby (Little Grape), who resembles Prince William as an infant, sucks its thumb and wears the crown Queen Elizabeth wore as a princess for King George VI’s coronation. The slumbering pair floats in harmony, appearing as womb-mates.
"I drew upon the artistic influences of Hans Holbein, King’s Painter to King Henry VIII and contemporary baby photographer Anne Geddes," said Daniel Edwards, “but the current ultrasound technology helped me to create the portraits of these babies while they are still in the womb.”
In preparation of the statue for the celebrity babies, the artist made pilgrimages to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. to study Hans Holbein’s Portrait of Edward VI
as a Child from 1538, and to New Zealand to meet with Anne Geddes.
“The media frenzy and the public’s fascination with celebrity babies has hit a fever pitch with Britney Spears, then Suri Cruise, Octomom, and Angelina Jolie’s twins, to which, Daniel has created all into works of art,” said Cory Allen. “And it is no wonder we see a spike in teen pregnancies when sensational headlines about celebrity pregnancies occur.”
“Special K and Little Grape” will soon debut later this summer at select locations in Los Angeles, California, to be announced June 2013. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit www.cacanet.com.
LOS ANGELES, CALI. (January 17, 2013)
– Street Artist XVALA, famous for invading the residential trash of celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber and tech icons Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, has set his sights on Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan, and Taylor Swift for his latest exhibit “The Tonight Show with Celebrity Chimp” at Lab Art Gallery in Los Angeles, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA).
To represent the past, present, and future of celebrity arcs based on their individual confrontation with hardship in the spotlight, XVALA has invaded the residential trash of celebrities Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan, and Taylor Swift, for his latest series of paintings.
A limited edition series of paintings imbued with reflecting powder created from broken down glass that was collected and mixed from all three celebrity’s residential trash comprise the exhibit, which features a work of LA street art by the artist, appropriated by NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno for use as the backdrop for musical guests. “The appropriated image is the artist’s signature piece,” said Cory Allen about the chimpanzee head image with Google-eyes and heart-shaped smeared lipstick, called Celebrity Chimp. “The artist is re-appropriating it from The Tonight Show.”
The paintings are stamped with the official ‘Tonight Show’ logo.Artist dumpster dives Hollywood to make a statement
“Celebrities’ personal lives become talk show related material to shape ratings - my work represents celebrity downfall and how a star can rise again,” said XVALA. “Lindsay Lohan could learn from Robert Downey Jr. and Taylor Swift could learn from Lohan.”
“A celebrity’s personal life has become more entertaining than their professional work,” said Cory Allen. “Hopefully the next generation will value art over entertainment.”
The artist is dedicating his ‘Tonight Show’ to programmer and internet activist, Aaron Swartz, in a heart-felt response to his passing. “Aaron’s legacy has had a huge influence on my art,” said XVALA.
“The Tonight Show with Celebrity Chimp” will debut at the world’s largest street art gallery, LAB ART Gallery, on January 26th, 2013 at 7:00 PM, located at 217 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit www.LabArtGallery.com
LOS ANGELES, CALI. (September 27, 2012)
– In wake of the recent Foxconn riot, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Post PC artist XVALA will debut his latest sculpture of the Apple-banned Steve Jobs action figure in an upcoming gallery show at AIS Editions in the Los Angeles’ Brewery Arts Complex.
“Think Different” a sculpture of Steve Jobs dressed in his traditional turtleneck and Levi jeans attire, with iPhone 5 presented in hand, was fabricated from M.I.C. Gadget’s Steve Jobs action figure that was discontinued after legal threats from Apple’s lawyers in 2010. In 2012, China’s toy manufacturer, In Icon, experienced the same pressure from Apple’s lawyers, cancelling the production of their Steve Jobs action figure, as well.
“The production of this sculpture will continue with or without Apple’s approval,” said Cory Allen.
Coated in an Apple White finish, the sculpture is cast in the artist’s patented plastic porcelain, mixed with a recycled resin made up of Steve Job’s residential trash, the artist collected from the tech icon’s home several months before his death last year.
“The ‘Jobs’ sculpture represents the pros and cons in pursuing the quality of life,” said Cory Allen. “Unfortunately, there are adverse effects bestowed on a global population when supporting a vision.”
Inspired by Steve Jobs’ Einstein-like achievements to ‘Think Different’ and the recent riot at Apple’s Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn; whose been known for their inhumane labor issues that has resulted in a growing number of suicidal deaths, the artist created the sleek sculpture to be mass produced in an appropriate work environment, encouraging Apple to impose the same standards on Foxconn or to completely disconnect their working relationship.
“Either waiting in line or in an assembly line, Apple is to die for,” said XVALA. “Unfortunately, Apple thinks it’s all the same.”
A limited edition series coated in Apple Black will serve as a motif for the past suicides at the Foxconn factories that continue to grow.
“It’s easy to agree to the end-user license agreement,” said XVALA. “But harder to take the time to read what agreement all entails.”
“Think Different” will debut at AIS Editions on October 13th, 2012 at 8:00 PM in the Brewery Arts Complex at 642 Moulton Ave in Los Angeles, California. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit www.cacanet.com
LOS ANGELES, CALI. (September 6, 2012)
– Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Post-PC Artist XVALA has casted a chocolate sculpture from items found in Justin Bieber’s residential trash can that will publicly debut this Saturday at AIS Editions in the Los Angeles’ Brewery Arts Complex.
“Banana Split: A Memento for Celebrity Exes” is a life-size chocolate sculpture of a banana stuffed in a hot dog bun, partially inspired by the media’s relentless coverage of celebrity split-ups and the inevitable outcome of the fledgling relationship of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
“XVALA wanted to produce a piece that articulates society’s interest in the destruction of celebrity relationships for some time now”, said Cory Allen. “Conceptually, it was the perfect marriage discovering the items he needed in Bieber’s trash.”
“The banana and bun combination is a collective implication of social media’s imitation of pop culture,” said XVALA. “When our personal relationships are exploited, we become intimate with everyone.”
The sculpture was fabricated into chocolate from two of the moldy items selected and salvaged by the artist when he stole the pop star’s residential trash can last month to construct the Bieber robot “BieberBot”. The mass produced chocolate memento will be accessible to celebrity exes at the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013.
“The ‘Banana Split’ will only exist as a print,” said XVALA. “Consumption is the art, and it should be divine...and mass produced.”
“We are currently working with several network channels on distributing interests of making celebrity consumption of failed relationships a fine art in chocolate form,” said Cory Allen. “Hopefully this will help promote the bad tastes of our culture.”
“Banana Split: A Memento for Celebrity Exes” will debut with the “BieberBot” in XVALA’s “Funny Games” show at AIS Editions on September 8th, 2012 at 8:00 PM in the Brewery Arts Complex at 642 Moulton Ave in Los Angeles, California. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visitwww.cacanet.com
LOS ANGELES, CALI. (August 28, 2012)
– Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Post-PC Artist XVALA steals pop star icon Justin Bieber’s residential trash can, which will serve as the key mainframe for the first fine art Google App robot that will be made available to the public online and in an upcoming gallery show at AIS Editions in the Los Angeles’ Brewery Arts Complex.
“BieberBot” a life-size robot primarily constructed of Justin Bieber’s residential trash can and topped with a crate taken from Facebook headquarters’ cafeteria, was partially inspired by the YouTube conception of the pop star and the social media phenomenon that has ultimately transmuted cultures globally.
“Justin Bieber’s profile is a spawn of social media and cloning him would make his status widely accessible to the public,” said XVALA. “I want to create a monster with technology like Dr. Frankenstein and Google.”
XVALA created the “BieberBot” as his first Google App; a 3D induced application signifying the NEXT step in App Evolution and the loss of control of personal data. The robot is coated with the same paparazzi-proof paint used on the pop star’s chrome Fisker Karma sports car that made headlines earlier this year. The artist also salvaged and preserved the pop star’s personal trash from the trash can, to be part of several new pieces that will be disclosed later this week.
“We make our trash public domain, not realizing that our trash defines us more than social media,” said XVALA. “I want to exploit what people can’t Google.”
“XVALA’s use of information and how he accesses it is commentary on how we give into the convenience of technology, but don’t realize how much we give away…or, throw away,” said Cory Allen.
Within a few days of XVALA stealing the pop star’s trash can, word had spread through the LA community and had gained the attention of Flula Borg, a German DJ and performance artist who has gained prominent attention on YouTube like Bieber. DJ Flula met with XVALA and covered his work in this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR1pzjr1KG4
The “BieberBot” will debut as part of XVALA’s “Funny Games” show at AIS Editions on September 8th, 2012 at 8:00 PM in the Brewery Arts Complex at 642 Moulton Ave in Los Angeles, California. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit www.cacanet.com