Tim Biskup (b. Santa Monica, CA. 1967- ) is a fine artist who lives and works in Southern California. His art has graced the walls of galleries and museums worldwide. His history in the illustration, animation and graphic design worlds lends his work a polish and style that often belies its conceptual underpinnings. With recent forays into the writing of theoretical text, and performance art he seems determined to remind his audience that he has a lot on his mind. But he's not just musing. His theories and actions, while quite well thought out, verge on nihilism and anarchy, matching the visual intensity of his paintings, sculptures and prints. A recent NYC solo exhibition featured a 60 page manifesto that railed against the established art world as a "post-art wasteland populated with pathetic vampires struggling to maintain the illusion of their own relevance". At a performance in Rome earlier this year, the artist, to the surprise of the audience, revealed a giant catapult and began firing upon his work, destroying an entire courtyard full of his own symbolic pyramid sculptures.
In 2007 Biskup began a project called "Ego Killer", in which he offers "Nice" caricatures at a price or "Mean" caricatures for free. Participants always opt for the latter which gives the artist a free hand to insult them with his interpretation of their visage. The results of these experiments, which have occurred mostly in nightclubs and bars have been wide ranging, from hugs and laughter to tears and even threats of physical violence!
In addition to designing the poster, tee shirts and other graphics for this event, Tim will be presenting an exhibition of his work in our on-site gallery. The show will be a decidedly casual affair where you will be able to interact with the artist and play with the art. The idea is to let go of the stuffy-ness of the traditional art gallery and embrace the recklessness of life. The title of the show, "Art-Snob Eat Shit", is not just a tip-of-the-hat to John Zorn, but a comment on the elitism that pervades the art world.