For each show, Gas commissions an artist to produce a fundraising edition that helps cover the essential costs of exhibition production. Editions are always affordably priced in order to remain accessible.
Artist Ian James pivots toward a near future in order to envision how market forces collide with an understanding of well-being. This car air freshener is part of a suite of new commissions for take care, that serve as a mini-campaign obliquely advertising imaginary products. Applying techniques of commercial photography, and channeling the desires imbued in such glossy images, the artist uses depth, surface, and shape to twist each composition’s implicit message of health, spiritual awakening, or renewal. James reveals the malleability of such messages, as well as our own aspirations.
Car Air Freshener (Scent: Sandalwood)
Edition of 100
$10 (+ Shipping and Sales Tax)
Ian James is an artist based in Los Angeles, working primarily in photography. He holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. He has participated in exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Holiday Forever, Jackson, Wyoming; Self Actualization, Houston; the UNLV Barrick Museum, Las Vegas; and Roberts & Tilton, vacancy, and REDCAT, Los Angeles. He has been an artist in residence at SÍM in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the Wassaic Project in New York state. James is an adjunct assistant professor at Otis College of Art and Design and adjunct faculty at Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College. ianjamesinternetwebsite.com
Cara Benedetto, Women as Lovers, 2018
Using the same printing techniques as movie posters or advertisements, and structured like a “how to” guide similar to many listicles online, under the header “How to Survive Romantic Love” the poster provides tips for the modern-day lover. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, an emblem of gender, sexuality, vengeance, and power, is in the background. The text considers the historical and social construction of “romance” with an understanding of the climactic urges and apocalyptic fantasies tied to the acceleration of culture and production. Referencing the 1975 novel Women as Lovers by Elfriede Jelinek, Benedetto places women squarely at the center of an impossible equation in which no human can survive.
Edition of 50
20″ x 24″
$50 (+ Shipping and Sales Tax)
Cara Benedetto is an artist and writer. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2009. Her work has been exhibited at Metro Pictures, New York; MOCA Cleveland; and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland. She is represented by Chapter NY, New York, and Night Gallery, Los Angeles. In 2014 Benedetto was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, and a recipient of a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. She is the author of two romance novels, The Coming of Age (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, 2014) and Burning Blue (Badlands Unlimited, 2015) and the editor of Contemporary Print Handbook (Halmos, 2016). Benedetto is an assistant professor in Print Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. carabenedetto.com
Roy Martinez, Fuck tha Patriarchy, 2017
Bumper sticker created by Los Angeles artist Roy Martinez. Put it on your car, skateboard, stroller, etc.
Edition of 100
8″ x 2.40″
$8 (+ Shipping and Sales Tax)
Roy Martinez was born in Chicago, ILL in 1984, raised in Tejas, and currently resides in Los Angeles. First generation Mexican Zacatecanx-American born, queer, genderfuk. Interdisciplinary artist, with disciplines ranging from ceramics, sculpture, screenprinting, and installation work. Concentrating on cultural identity, gender identity, sexuality, femme-ness, oppression within US society via pop culture/representation, and technology in relation to art production/accessibility. They also run an online store that carries different items, ranging from artist produced zines and prints, to their own lyfestyle brand: Lambe Culo. They have received their BFA from CalArts ‘16 and are currently a CalArts MFA ‘18 Candidate. http://www.lambeculo.com/