Above Image Courtesy LA Art Show. All Other Photos by Geoffrey Dicker Except Where Noted
This is a Guest Post by LA-based Correspondent Geoffrey Dicker
The WorleyGig has gone bi-costal! The Summer Edition of the 25th Annual LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center has returned as one of the first major art events in Southern California since the pandemic started in 2020. I attended the VIP preview on July 29th to catch a glimpse of what’s on view for West Coast readers of The ‘Gig.
Damien Hirst, Gold Cat From Egypt (Ai Bo Gallery)
The show features an eclectic mix of art, including favorites such as Damien Hirst, massive installations such as The Grind by G Bauerbach (pictured below) and the hottest commodity in the art world, the ubiquitous NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens).
Full Disclosure: If you are an avid fan of Worleygig.com, you are aware that Geoffrey Dicker is my BFF/Partner In Crime, and that we have experienced many, many crazyfun adventures together; most of which are documented with photographic evidence right on this very blog! So, you already know that Geoffrey is one rad dude whose devil-may-care attitude carries over into every facet of his ass-kick in his life. Good for him, I say! Good for everybody!
With that introduction, it is my pleasure to announce the publication of Journal of Grievances, Geoffrey’s latest book and first novel! Warning: this book is recommended for immature audiences only, as it is riddled with ridiculous amounts of adult language and thoroughly twisted situations. Journal of Grievances is a ‘raw and uncensored’ look into the controversial ups and downs (both in and out of the bedroom) of a struggling, single gay male writer living in New York City!
Told through daily journal entries in a year-long approach to turning The Big Four-Oh, the Journal’s protagonist spills his guts with hilarious observations as he waxes philosophically: analyzing his raunchy sex life, drug addictions, debauched relationships, life encounters, and his frustrations with society. With razor-sharp prosaic hooks and brutal honesty, our narrator navigates through relationship drama and job-loss as he struggles to find his place in the world. Or maybe not.
Geoffrey suggests that if you are easily offended by profanity or graphic depictions of gay sex, please do not buy this book. Alternately, he advises the reader to flip to any page and promises that within 2 sentences, he or she will be laughing. “I’d like to think of this book as a gay loner version of Sex and the City meets Curb Your Enthusiasm meets Catcher in the Rye — in other words, it’s completely fucked up!” Journal of Grievances is an unconventional coming-of-age story with no filters and absolutely zero fucks given! The supporting characters in the story remain nameless, because what matters is how their words and actions affect our anti-hero. “Despite the story containing generous helpings of extreme gay sex,” Dicker continues, “I think the anyone – straight or gay – will be able to relate to the situations and moral dilemmas in which the main character often finds himself.”
“I’ve read so many books that never teach me anything new, make me think differently, or, at the very least, make me smile, Dicker continues. Journal of Grievances will bring each of these experiences to the reader, hopefully repeatedly. There are 11 months of daily journal entries, and one month’s entries made up of random ideas; including a short story told almost exclusively via use of the F-word.” Ant any rate, he promises, “You’ll never be the same again, after reading Journal of Grievances!”
Journal of Grievances is Released Today, September 20th, 2016, and is Available to Purchase From Amazon at This Link!
Geoffrey’s neighbor has the most adorable dog, Teddy (pictured above). Teddy (pronounced “Teddeeeee!”) is an inquisitive and friendly puppy, and thus is fond of traveling from his owner’s apartment over to Geoffrey’s via their adjacent balconies. Here we see Teddy posed ever so cutely in a terracotta planter. “Teddeeeee!” we called out to him, but he would not come into the apartment for a visit. Not on this occasion, anyway.
Do you enjoy meeting Famous People? I’ll tell you who does: my friend Geoffrey. Geoffrey has met more famous people from every possible facet of celebritydom than most actually famous people have met – I’d bet money on it. Go ahead and Google the name of a famous person and hit “Images,” and you’ll likely find a photo of that celebrity with Geoffrey among the first 5 results. JUST BEING SERIOUS.
Being almost singlehandedly responsible for reviving interest in the art of taking the celebrity selfie, Geoffrey has spent the past five years documenting his near-daily photo safari conquests on his wildly popular blog, According 2 G Dot Com, where he shares them with a global audience for the enjoyment of everyone.
Recently, because not everyone can figure out how to click on a hyperlink, Geoffrey wrote and published an indispensable tome for the celebrity–obsessed and social-mediaphiles who simply cannot stop Instagramming photos of their lunch, entitled I Won The Internet!: Daily Wit, Wisdom and Selfies, According to G. This book is outstanding on so many levels.
I Won The Internet! chronicles some of the encounters of Geoffrey as a “Modern Day Zelig” who has met a celebrity born on each day of the year (including Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Morrissey, James Franco, Lady Gaga, Joan Rivers, Bryan Cranston, Jane Fonda and Ringo Starr) and presents his witty and uncensored one-liners and words of wisdom disguised as Status Updates and Tweets.
This rad book contains two sections of thoughtful and hilarious ideas for people to ponder and share online to make them the most popular person in their social media newsfeed. Geoffrey encourages readers to use this book as a guide to put them at the forefront of pop culture.
Know Thy Selfie
The third section is dedicated to Geoffrey’s unique Celebrity Selfies, which showcase only a fractional portion of his impressive celebrity selfie photos, and daunting autograph collection (30 years in the making). Using I Won The Internet! as a daily calendar, readers get the chance to view these superstars and legends-in-the-making in an entirely different light. The book features 365 exclusive color photographs of some of the biggest names in entertainment, music and art. Last but not least, I Won The Internet!‘s original cover art, which depicts Geoffrey as an adorable Cat Meme (because everybody loves cats!) was conceived and created by pop artist Troy Gua.
Pick up your copy of I Won The Internet! from Amazon Dot Com at This Link.
Artist Patrick Hughes and Art Blogger Geoffrey Dicker Pose in front of Hughes’ Work, A Study of the Studiolo (All Photos By Gail)
The Wow Factor is off-the-charts at British Surrealist Patrick Hughes‘ new exhibit, Studiolospective up now at Flowers Gallery.
“My pictures seem to move as you move,” Hughes explains in his artist’s statement. “They come to life when we bring them to life. This is because they are made in perspective the wrong way round, in reverspective. If you bob down in front of them, it is as if you have gone up, and as you walk past to the right it is as if you have gone to the left. I am delighted to bring together paintings for this exhibition, which move between the centuries.”
We had no idea what to expect when we walked into the gallery, but it was immediately clear when moving even slightly from a straight ahead view to a side perspective of any of the works in this exhibit that these are 3D paintings the likes of which I had never seen.
New York Flowers
The above painting, named after the gallery and depicting works by other artists represented by Flowers, is shown here from its head-on perspective.
When you move to the right, you see more of a perspective from the left.
And what the hell is this thing? Kudos to Hughes for giving me nightmares of a Minotaur stalking me in a deserted art gallery!
The above painting is called Pop Up, and depicts an art gallery full of Contemporary Pop Art including well-known works by Warhol, Lichtenstein and Oldenburg.
In this photo you can see how the painting is constructed in 3D and actually extends outward from the canvas. Trippy!
The painting in the center of the above photo (on a green field) is a replication of an original work by Hughes, featuring Allsorts, a Licorice candy fr0m England. I know this because Hughes just happened to be hanging out in the gallery when we were there and he was happy to answer our questions and also signed cards for us and posed for some nice photos. What a super nice and extremely talented man he is!
A shot of this Painting from the side will will give an idea of how Hughes’ works are constructed.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is the three-dimensional reverse perspective, A Study Of The Studiolo, seen in the first photo in this post. In 15th century Italy, a studiolo, (little studio) was a small, often extravagantly decorated room reserved for studying, writing and reading – all correlations with Hughes himself, who is an avid academic. Hughes based his painting on the studiolo of Federico, the Duke of Montefeltro, who commissioned his marquetry studioli in Gubbio and Urbino in about 1480 (Hughes has visited both studioli several times). The Urbino Studiolo in Italy still exists in-situ, while the Gubbio Studiolo was re-installed in its own room in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996. Hughes urged both Geoffrey and I to check out the Studiolo recreation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it is located on the main floor. I don’t know how I’ve never managed to see it after literally decades of visiting The Met, but I will be checking it out on my next trip.
Studiolospective is one of the coolest exhibits in town right now. Be sure to pop into Flowers Gallery before the show closes in just over a month.
Love All Perspective
Studiolospective by Patrick Hughes will be on Exhibit Through June 7th, 2014 at Flowers Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, NYC in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Geoffrey gave me permission (basically, I said, “This is going on my blog” and he said “OK”) to repost this photo of him posing with En Esch (aka Nick Schandelmaier) of KMFDM. It is the best photo ever.