Press for Crazy for Cult 2008
Interviewed By Blair Butler for G4
Geek Out: Gallery 1988 ‘Toys’ Show interview with Blair Butler for G4.
Some of the top artists in the country do work influenced by their love of toys.
Misha’s interview starts at the 2:42 time.
A Print of Misha’s “Donkey Kong’s Last Supper” was bought by Christina Aguilera and was featured in the February 25th issue of People Magazine.
“Under The Influence: A Tribute to Stan Lee” January 2008
CRAZY for CULT 2007 Press
Blair Butler geeks out about Misha and Crazy4Cult:
An excerpt from the MTV Movie Blog:
Another painting, by an artist known simply as Misha, was a take-off of “The Last Supper,” but with Mooby the Golden Calf at the center position, his disciples – all characters from the films of Kevin Smith – flanking him on either side.
With several paintings of Jay and Silent Bob, not to mention Smith’s other work, the “Clerks” writer was by far the most cited inspiration, (”I’d paint that too if I knew the director was coming,” Smith deadpanned.) but paintings honoring the New Jersey native were far from the only works on display. “Office Space,” “The Professional,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Donnie Darko,” “A Christmas Story,” and “Edward Scissorhands,” were just a few of the flicks artists re-imagined in their own unique styles.
Here’s Misha talking about how she drew inspiration for “Mooby’s Last Supper:”
“I did a lot of listening to [Smith] talk, a lot of listening to podcasts, voiceovers from the actual films, stories,” she said. “It’s funny, because you’re painting Ben Affleck’s face and you’re listening to a story about him, so there are a lot of little jokes within it, wink-winks. You’ve got Rufus [the 13th Disciple], who has finally made it to the supper where he belongs. Kinky Kelly and the Sexy Stud – he brought a date – Hooper X pinching Banky’s butt, Dante and Randall, of course, overlooking Alyssa playing with her fingercuffs. Then Stan Lee. Stan Lee is God.”
Stan Lee is God, or will be soon enough at any rate – when Gallery 1988 debuts its next show in January 2008, showcasing works inspired by the comics legend.
Smith, incidentally, bought Misha’s piece…and 22 others.
Published by Shawn Adler on Thursday, August 2, 2007 on MTV Movie Blog
Full story here;
Kevin Smith and Misha in front of her Piece “Mooby’s Last Supper”
And here’s a picture of Zak Knutson, the donkey f*cker from “Clerks 2,” pointing this himself in Misha’s “Mooby’s Last Supper.”
It was cool to see him excited to be “immortalized” (his words) in a painting. The banging a donkey thing is just a detail.
Tattoos and twisted irreverence
The art of Misha
By Alie Ward, Metromix
June 29, 2007
She’s got pink hair, a face studded with metallic adornments and a chin tattoo that would make an Algonquin chief proud. But just one name: Misha.
The one-word wonder is a conspicuous presence in the L.A. art scene, having shown at high-profile, low-brow galleries like La Luz de Jesus, Project:, Thinkspace and the roving once-a-month-collective, Cannibal Flower. Balancing dual careers as a tattoo artist and painter, she’s been prepping for Gallery 1988’s “Crazy 4 Cult ” group show, which corrals L.A.’s best underground artists around the theme of cult movies. We forced her to sit still for a few minutes and chat.
How do you feel about the L.A. art scene?
I love it! I was really surprised that the art scene in L.A. was so warm and welcoming. When I first moved here, another artist told me about Cannibal Flower, so I submitted some work and they took me in. I owe a lot to Cannibal Flower for giving me the exposure that led to other shows in other galleries.
Any new inspirations lately?
Alice in Wonderland, Old 8 bit games, half-skull girls and classic horror monsters. My work has gone from looking like a tattoo, with thick outlines, to looking more like a painting. In the past my tattooing has inspired my paintings, but lately my paints have inspired my tattoos.
And you just landed a gig at the esteemed Zulu tattoo shop on Crescent Heights?
Yeah, I’ve always wanted to work in a shop like this. This is what I’ve been aiming for all along. I love the vibe.
What are you planning for the Cult Classics show at Gallery 1988?
“Our Lady of Transsexual” is a tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show done in the style of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Another is “Mooby’s Last Supper” a take on Davinci’s Last Supper, using characters from several Kevin Smith films. I love taking famous works of art and twisting them into different themes. They make me giggle.
See her works of twisted irreverence at Gallery 1988 ’s Crazy 4 Cult show, which opened July 17, and runs through August 10th.