If you dig the Tiki Bar Culture-inspired art by the artist known as SHAG (AKA Josh Agle) and you happen to live in or near Palm Springs or Los Angeles, California, then you are in luck! Those who wish to fill their homes with Shagadadelic accessories bearing the way-groovy designs of SHAG can visit the The SHAG Store to purchase original, limited-edition prints as well as lamps, cocktail glasses, handbags, jewelry and throw pillows, among other goodies!
This Pink Elephant Throw Pillow measures 16-inches in diameter, with a Fez-adorned Pink Elephant on the front and a solid black fabric back. Contact the store to see if it’s in stock, or can be purchased online!
The Most Beautiful Daughters (after Balthus) By SHAG (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)
Do you enjoy the artwork of Josh Agle — AKA SHAG? I sure do. In fact, the very high point of last week’s art crawl was the opening reception of SHAG’s latest exhibit, All My Bones at Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s 23rd Street space. Nicole and I enjoyed looking at the paintings and pretending they depicted favorite scenes from episodes of Mad Men. When you look at the photos in this post, I think you will understand why.
The Endless Staircase
With a distinct style influenced by mid-century modern design, Agle paints with a keen attention to figure and form. Depicting stylized subjects in affluent settings he invites viewers into a playful yet satirical world, confronting themes of fame, youth, revelry and excess. With a paradoxical central narrative influenced by Biblical stories, All My Bones epitomizes the artist’s retro aesthetic and expands upon his sophisticated iconography.
The Queen of Sheba, featuring Don Draper, Megan Draper and Roger Sterling!
Spy Pic of SHAG (second from far left) taken by me at the Opening Reception. He was very nice!
The Golden Calf
Rendered with vividly saturated colors, crisp shapes and fluid line work, Agle’s works sardonically look at consumption and consumerism. His extravagant subjects are surrounded by lavish architecture, fashion and furnishings but are apathetic toward their opulence, predominately portrayed as expressionless and emotionally detached.
Macaah and Absalom
The pieces in All My Bones were inspired by a book of Old Testament stories Agle had as a child. He recalls, “What seemed like straightforward morality plays told in simple language and pictures meant for children turned out to be complex, grotesque and ethically confusing stories when I read them in the Bible as I got older.”
The Most Virtuous Family (Note: Possibly the First Depiction of a “Selfie” in an SHAG Paining!)
In this series demonic characters, blazing flames and kingly lions are placed within the hedonistic atmosphere of a SHAG painting with the goal of reinterpreting these fables in such a way that will keep the imagery as morally ambiguous as the source material.
Installation View Left to Right: Ahab’s Wife, Woman with False Idol III, Ethbaal’s Daughter
The detail in these paintings is just fantastic and photos cannot even do them justice, so if you are intrigued you need to check out this show in person.
Dagon’s Pad (Note: SHAG Autograph Procured at the Opening)
All My Bones by SHAG will be on Exhibit Through June 13th, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at
557C West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Thursday’s Girl by Shag (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge)
Retro-Modern Design, Tiki Bar Culture, Cocktail Parties and Vinyl Records. Everything fabulous and swingin’ that made the late sixties and early seventies the best time to be alive are reoccurring themes in Thursday’s Girl, the new series of paintings by artist Josh Agle, known as Shag, on exhibit now at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.
Detail from Party Scene, Above. Notice that the men in this painting have horns on their heads. I will let you figure out what that is supposed to mean
There’s a party — or party vibe — of some kind going on in nearly every painting: whether it’s a large gathering of hedonistic revelers, the exterior shot of the house inside which the party is happening, or simply Thursday’s Girl shown playing her guitar as she relaxes with a martini and her cat.
Each painting has a QR code next to it which, when scanned, will tell you something cool and informative about what is going on in the painting. I couldn’t read these little secret stories, however, because I have no smart phone. Don’t forget to bring your Smart Phones!
Painting Detail. There is probably a Key Party going on inside this house.
If you read the official Press Release on Thursday’s Girl, you will learn that “this series of paintings were inspired by All Tomorrow’s Parties, the classic Velvet Underground song in which lyrics written by Lou Reed spoke to New York’s downtown art scene found in places such as Warhol’s Factory.” The underlying theme turns out to be kind of a bummer — like a visual depiction of Poison’s “Fallen Angel,” if you will — but I didn’t want to focus on that. To me, these paintings were like a cross between Disneyland and Mad Men — two of my favorite things in the world. So, I choose to remain ignorant of their darker meaning.
I think we can agree that this is supposed to be the Velvet Underground.
And the party was not just going on within the art. As the minutes ticked on, Saturday’s opening reception turned into quite the social scene. I was very happy to run into artists Beau Stanton and also Joseph Arthur, whose current exhibit is still up at Able Fine Art. Party at Jonathan LeVine!
You should definitely go see this exhibit while you can, because it is just amazing. Shag Rocks!
Thursday’s Girl By Shag will be on Exhibit through May 4th, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.