The following is a press release from the City of West Hollywood.
Leading up to the fifth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) August 16 – 18, Gibson GuitarTown II on The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood will unveil another round of nine 10-foot tall guitar sculptures. Artists including John Kosh, Risk, Roberto Chojniak and Nic Adams created art sculptures celebrating Stevie Nicks, SSMF 2012 honoree The Doors, SSMF 2012 street festival artist Zakk Wylde, legendary photographer Jim Marshall and more for the third group of guitars to make their way onto Sunset Boulevard. The pieces will be revealed at an exclusive invitation-only event hosted by Hornburg Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip at their luxurious Jaguar and Land Rover showroom on Friday, August 3. Legendary musician Donovan, who is the subject of his own guitar, will be on hand at the unveiling.
The artists and their guitars that will be featured in Gibson GuitarTown II are:
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
Nic Adams participated in the first found of GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip in 2010. His Ozzy Osborne-inspired guitar included unique photo manipulation with a bold overlay of flames and Ozzy inspired motifs. This year he returns to the project to honor the 40th anniversary of the Rainbow Bar and Grill.
With twenty years experience creating mosaics in Los Angeles, artist Roberto Chojniak joined the 2012 GuitarTown project with great enthusiasm. “I am so proud to be honored with the opportunity and can’t wait to add my Stevie Nicks guitar to the legend of Les Paul, Gibson and the City of West Hollywood known for its constant creativity” said Roberto. “I chose Stevie Nicks because when I think of American female rock and roll singers, I think of Fleetwood Mac and then I think of Stevie Nicks. I remember her dynamic images as a singer, her body language, the flowing clothes, singing from her soul. A happy image, a smiling face--wearing red velvet.”
Acrylic on Fiberglass
John Irwin is a Southern California native with a passion for music, the arts and action sports. A 2001 graduate of Saugus High, Irwin was heavily involved in the Hollywood rock scene, continuing on to graduate from CSUN with a degree in Graphic Design. A dedicated guitarist for over 15 years, Irwin mixes his passion for music with his career, having worked with rock legend Zakk Wylde on everything Black Label Society for over three years.
THE COSMIC ESSENCE
Acrylic and graphic image wrap
Winner of three Grammy Awards and six nominations for art direction, Kosh is the former creative director for Apple Records and designer for The Beatles. While creative director at Apple he was responsible for design, promotion and publicity for Beatles & Co. His clientele expanded to cover the cream of the British rock bands including The Rolling Stones. He handled John Lennon’s WAR IS OVER crusade and the infamous Abbey Road and Who’s Next? album covers. Artist clients include Jimmy Buffett, Cher, Dan Fogelberg, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Eagles (including Hotel California), ELO, Randy Newman, Pointer Sisters, Linda Ronstadt, Spinal Tap, Rod Stewart and James Taylor. His album graphics have been exhibited at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum. For the GuitarTown project, Kosh created an inspired graphic depiction of 2012 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee Donovan.
I FEEL GOOD
Based in Los Angeles, Miles Regis is a Trinidadian artist whose work is inspired by diverse cultures from around the world. His thematic focus for this exhibition is the legendary James Brown. Over the years, the USC graduate has honed a technique that incorporates drip painting and collage work that is both unique and striking. With a style reminiscent of many of history’s great master painters, Regis' imagination is saturated with notions, ideas, and images reflective of a world filled with conflicting interests. With a broad and enthusiast appeal, Regis’ work has appeared in association with CNN, Intel Corporation, The Coachella Music & Art Festival, NextAid World’s Day, CCH Pounder, Nicolette Sheridan, American Rag Cie, Manifest Equality, Senegal’s La Musee Borindar, Adobe and several art communities around the country and abroad. He has also teamed with numerous non-profit organizations to gain support for issues such as AIDS/HIV Awareness, LBGT Equal Rights, children’s art education, underserved community development and foreign relief efforts. In 2010, Regis partnered with The Remedee Foundation in effort to bring art, film and technology together for youth education in underserved communities around the world. For more information on the artist, visit MilesRegis.com. Miles Regis is represented by the Joanne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach.
ROAD HOUSE BLUES
Spray paint on Fiberglass
In a career spanning 27 years, RISK has impacted the evolution of graffiti as an art form in Los Angeles and worldwide. RISK gained major notoriety for his unique style and pushed the limits of graffiti further than any writer in L.A. had before: He was one of the first writers in Southern California to paint freight trains, and he pioneered writing on “heavens,” or freeway overpasses. At the peak of his career he took graffiti from the streets and into the gallery with the launch of the Third Rail series of art shows, and later parlayed the name into the first authentic line of graffiti-inspired clothing. Road House Blues celebrates The Doors, who have earned worldwide notoriety for being one of the most influential rock groups of all time. The band was formed in Venice, Calif., and remains a vital piece to the legacy and history of The Sunset Strip. It was on The Strip that The Doors got their start at the London Fog before moving down the street to perform as the house band at the Whisky A Go-Go. A show at the Whisky in August 1966 helped them land a deal with Elektra Records, which would propel the band into international music icons.
“JACK” & JIM MARSHALL TRIBUTE GUITAR
Founded in 2004, Signature Creative is a creative marketing agency specializing in interactive solutions, brand management and experiential solutions providing intelligent, intuitive interactive experiences that engage, inform, and inspire. For Gibson GuitarTown II, they’ve designed a guitar based upon the work of famed rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall, in collaboration with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. Jim Marshall captured some of the most iconic images in American music history. This guitar highlights his photographs of The Rolling Stones while they were at Sunset Sound during the Exile on Main Street recording sessions in 1972.
Acrylic on Fiberglass
Todd Williamson lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited around the world and is collected by some of the top collectors and museums. Todd’s guitar is a tribute to the great influence of the British bands and singers that have influenced him over the years.
GIBSON GUITARTOWN ON THE SUNSET STRIP launched in August 2010 featuring more than 20 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars strategically placed on the legendary Sunset Strip. Each guitar sculpture celebrated a musician, personality or artist unique to The Sunset Strip’s history. As intended, the 24 guitars were auctioned off this past December 2011 after their yearlong “tour” with 100% of the $54,360 in profits going to charity. The public art project is now in its second phase with the first nine of 20 guitars-on exhibition throughout The Strip now, including works from renowned artists Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Free Humanity, Smog City and DeeKay, and celebrates top musicians, including Van Halen, Rage Against The Machine and Jane’s Addiction, among others. The additional nine guitars will be on display at the August 18 Sunset Strip Music Festival street fest and will be placed on public display following the festival at the end of August.
Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is supported by the Sunset Strip Business Association, Gibson Guitar, Hornburg Land Rover on The Sunset Strip, City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau. All art guitars were created by local and nationally recognized artists and celebrate people and places that have shaped The Strip. As with the first two exhibits, these guitars will eventually be auctioned with proceeds benefiting charity. The August 3 unveiling is hosted by Hornburg Los Angeles on The Sunset Strip and Jack Daniel’s.
GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is administered by the Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic division of Gibson Guitar Corp. For a map and photos of the guitars, please visit www.thesunsetstrip.com/guitartown. For additional information, please visit www.gibson.com/sunset-strip and www.gibsonfoundation.org.
About Gibson Foundation
The Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic division of Gibson Guitar Corp., with a mission to make the world a better world for children through its initiatives such as GuitarTown, Music Rising and Soundwaves, as well as through its support of music & the arts, education, health & welfare and environmental causes. www.gibsonfoundation.org
About Gibson Guitar Corp.
Gibson Guitar Corp. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Cerwin-Vega!, Dobro, Kramer, Onkyo, KRK Systems, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Stanton, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar and www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar.
About The Sunset Strip
The Sunset Strip is a 1.6 mile stretch along Sunset Boulevard that runs through the heart of West Hollywood. From its beginning as an unregulated "strip" of land along Sunset Boulevard outside Los Angeles' city limits, The Sunset Strip has served as a notorious entertainment destination for celebrities, tourists and California residents. It is an iconic locale where fashion, music, architecture and a unique history combine. The Sunset Strip has birthed countless music and entertainment careers, and it continues to blaze its own path as a leading destination with a vibrant and entertaining landscape made up of more than 150 restaurants, shops, nightclubs and hotels. The Sunset Strip became part of the City of West Hollywood when it was incorporated in 1984. For more information about The Sunset Strip, please visit www.thesunsetstrip.com.
About Hornburg Land Rover and Jaguar on The Sunset Strip
Since its opening, Hornburg Sunset has built its reputation on quality customer service and extensive product selection. Ideally located on the Sunset Strip, the award-winning franchised Jaguar and Land Rover dealer continues to deliver the product and service that the brand is famous for. The dealership is located at 9176 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069. For more information, visit www.hornburgLA.com
About The West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau
The West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau is a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the City of West Hollywood as a “living forward” visitor destination to business and leisure travelers by promoting awareness of the city’s unique location, image, businesses and industries and by providing support for the city’s economic development efforts. For more information on West Hollywood’s cutting edge businesses or to plan the ultimate getaway, please visit www.visitwesthollywood.com. For the latest offers and tips on living like a West Hollywood insider, visit www.WHinsiders.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westhollywood and Twitter at www.twitter.com/westhollywood.
About the City of West Hollywood
West Hollywood is also known as “The Creative City,” due to its rich history as a hub of entertainment, dining, fashion, design and architecture, is home to such iconic global destinations as Sunset Boulevard; Santa Monica Boulevard, the historic “Route 66;” and Melrose Avenue (The Avenues of Art, Fashion & Design). Originally, an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, the 1.9 square miles between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, known as West Hollywood was officially incorporated in 1984. West Hollywood is passionate and creative in its approach to City government and has established itself as a leader in many of the critical social movements over the last twenty years. The City has led the way in the fight against HIV and AIDS; rent control and affordable housing; LGBT rights; human rights and civil rights; women’s rights; Seniors; protection of our environment; and animal rights. For more information about the City of West Hollywood, please visit www.weho.org