Is That A Gun My Friend?

April 4th - May 9th, 2009

“Is that a Gun My Friend?” New Works by Parra.

The opening party is Saturday, April 4, 7 – 10 pm and the exhibit runs through May 9. HVW8 Art + Design Gallery is located at 661 N. Spaulding Ave., Los Angeles CA, 90036; open Tuesday to Sunday, 1 – 6 pm or by appointment. Parra will be creating new original works exclusive to the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery.

Music provided by Mr. French (Mathieu Schreyer – KCRW)

32-year-old Dutch illustrator and designer Parra has decorated the Amsterdam underground with his playful, bizarre graphics that span a broad base of themes, from introspective to audacious and bawdy. The mostly self-taught artist channels vintage forms, yet with a decidedly modern, post-pop approach and a distinctive, hand-drawn feel. His vibrant images and typography can be seen on prints in various exhibitions around the globe, on a flyer for a club near you, on the sleeve of a record, or on limited-edition tees and sweaters.

Parra’s characteristic style has also extended into his music career with electro-rock group LeLe. Their most popular track “Breakfast” features Parra’s typography and imagery set in motion to the song’s pulsating beats and comical (and slightly naughty) lyrics. Feel free to check it out, LeLe “Breakfast” at Youtube

More information on Parra can also be found on his website, Rockwell Clothing.