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Raf and friend photo by Tim Barber

Raf and friend photo by Tim Barber

OHWOW: Scott Campbell’s Noblesse Oblige

Scott Campbell, Studio View, 2011

Los Angeles is a bit of a dichotomy to those who don’t really understand its inner makings.  For face value, it’s all about show business.  It’s celebrity and it’s fame and it’s fortune.  But there’s more to it than just that.  Over the past few years, its art scene has been slowly moving to its forefront and bringing with it the rising stars that have been begging for the spotlight.

This past weekend, our very own Al Moran launched his brand spankin’ new OHWOW! Gallery with the a solo exhibition of recent works by Scott Campbell entitled Noblesse Oblige which features the intricate and highly detailed works of this former tattoo artist.  Campbell highlights tattoo iconography in delicate reformations via the use of copper, 24K gold, currency, ostrich eggs and neon.

The 4,000 square foot, Rafael de Cardenas designed space, perfectly highlights Campbell’s work.  Blocks of currency sheets are cut to form 3-D images of skulls, demons and cobwebs.  Neon signs portray whimsical depictions of carnal debauchery.  Copper plates are etched with stories only the “naked” eye can see.  Cracked ostrich wield rock ‘n roll insignia worthy of Axl Rose’s forearm rather than the inside of an egg.  The exhibition highlights Campbell’s “nobility” in the form of his tattoo artist roots.  When you’re next in LA, try to ditch the paparazzi and pop through OHWOW!

Scott Campbell
Noblesse Oblige
March 19 - April 22, 2011 

OHWOW Gallery
937 N. La Cienega
310-652-1711 

We revealed the new STND X OHWOW Shop at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach during Art Basel, but now we have these swanky new pics from Floto Warner to really show off the space. “Friends with benefits takes on a whole new meaning” says W Mag of the the shop, and they’re right. The space was designed by Rafael de Cardenas, of Architecture at Large and features all kinds of quirky, pretty, exciting products from our community of artists, designers, and plain ol’ friends. Find Julia Chiang’s apples, jewelry by Anna Sheffield, books by KAWS, Andrew Kuo, and much more.