On January eighteenth, smacked dabbed in the middle of Los Angeles' official Art Month, the Moods of Norway debut their art collaboration with London-based art gallery owner, Paul Stolper and his cadre of generation-defining artists, such as Damien Hirst, Sex Pistol-graphic artist fame, Jamie Reid, and Gavin Turk.
Thanks to the Moods of Norway, these generation-defining artists and taste-makers will make their Los Angeles debut at the LA Art Show later that night.
This is also the first time the Moods of Norway's 1947 tractor and pitch fork, dipped in sky blue, will make its official debut at the LA Art Show...under disco lights, in the West Hall in the B Area, numbered C181.
Since Damien Hirst is Mr. Stolper's client, the Moods of Norway proudly displays Mr. Hirst's two, new latest collection, the foil-print collection of butterflies, "The Souls," and the gold-foil block print of skulls, "The Death or Glory" series, inside the boutique and the storefront.
In honor of this cross-cultural exchange that is the LA Art Show. Stefan Dahlkvist (one of the Moods of Norway trio) and Stopler sat down, inside the party limo, explaining how their collaboration come about...
With the Moods making in-roads in Los Angeles' fashion, music, and culture scene, they figure this will be a great introduction for Stolper in the Los Angeles art market. It is ripe for Mr. Hirst's gorgeous but dangerous foil prints in butterflies and skulls. If not bought, they'll make great fashion prints...and trends.
For Dahlkvist, this is a great place for showcase Norwegian heritage and culture in a modern and international setting...the post-modern, agricultural blue tractor under the fun-loving disco lights.
For Stolper, it is also a fun way to raise funds for his neighborhood library that recently shut down.
By asking Jamie Reid, the man behind the Sex Pistols' graphic album covers and posters, to specially design affordable prints, costing only $50, this enables free education to the people, a very punk idea.
He said it is his purpose in Los Angeles to save his library. Both Dahlkvist and Stolper believe that decent education is international and a birthright.
Stolper, "We deserve a free and decent education. Jamie Reid did all the artwork for the Sex Pistols. That's why it so super-duper of him to do this print for us. It's so great to jump on the tractor wagon again...to let us seize that beautiful window space on Robertson to highlight the Jamie Reid again."
That being said inside the Moods' party limo, the city issued a parking ticket...another cross-cultural exchange.
Whether you purchase a Damien Hirst at the LA Art Show or donate a couple of dollars for a limited-edition Jamie Reid poster to save Paul's local library, you will be participating in a cultural crossroad that is the LA Art Show.