THIS presents Gold Coast

"GOLD COAST"THIS Los Angeles is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based artists Danny Gibson and Mike Bertino.The show will run from Aug. 31st through Sept. 21st 2012, with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 31st from 7:00 to 10:00pm."Gold Coast" is a conversation between the two of us, about our experiences growing up, and living on the West Coast as adults, and specifically in California. It's a weird place where people come to turn their dreams into reality. To become superstars, rock stars, tech stars, etc. etc. But it also has a weird vibe of eternal sunshine, pot smoking hippies, yoga, board shorts, and lazy vacation style living. Because of the influx of so many different kinds of ambitious people, the result is a hipster/cool/chic/elitist cultural blender that chews up to then re-apropriate whatever gets thrown in. In the process the sub genres and indigenous art that come in contact with the "Gold Coast" gets bastardized into the fold as well, creating a new style of cultural irrelevance that is based on aesthetic appeal and a laissez faire type attitude. - Mike BertinoDanny and Mike met in San Diego, while attending a city college graphic design coarse. From what I gather, Mike sat up front and talked about art and other cool things, while Danny hid in the back just trying to get through class without anyone noticing. Before they met, Mike would walk into the coffee shop where Danny worked and "peddle his TRIGGER comics to the poor people sitting at peace enjoying a book." Mike remembers the first time he saw Danny "Like a caricature of some high school stoner metal head burn-out. A Mexican Spicoli mashed with Slayer. I drew him in my sketchbook with a Megadeath shirt and a beany sporting a pot leaf patch on it. Years later I found the drawing and we had a good laugh about that." When Danny moved to LA for art school, Mike soon followed, then he moved to San Francisco and so did Mike.Daniel Gibson is from Imperial Valley Ca. and lives and works in sunny San Francisco. Danny doesn't have a website, but here is some older stuff: Bertino moved to LA in 2005 from San Diego to earn his BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He now lives and works in San Francisco.

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