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War & Peace? Get a Rug!

Scion Presents: Rugs During Wartime and Peace Time, Opens Nov 17

Scion Presents: Rugs During Wartime and Peace Time, Opens Nov 17

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Opening Reception:
Nov 17th, 2007
7 - 10pm
Scion Installation LA Gallery
3521 Helms Ave. (at National)
Culver City, CA 90232

Los Angeles - Oct. 2007 - Scion, in conjunction with Mark Mothersbaugh, one of the founding members of the band DEVO, presents RUGS DURING WARTIME AND PEACETIME at Scion's 4,500 square foot Installation L.A. Gallery. This show is an exploration of the imagery we choose to bring into our homes and how we interact with it for the purposes of comfort and peace-of-mind rather than an esoteric sense of art for art's sake.

Mothersbaugh's love of art started early in his childhood, just after it was discovered that he was extremely nearsighted and legally blind. After he received his first pair of correctional glasses Mothersbaugh had a new view of the world that inspired his obsession with imagery and illustrations. His first works, which he began creating in the late 60s and into the 70s, consisted of many different mediums, predominantly drawing and printmaking. He participated in local showings, and received recognition for his work in his home town of Akron, Ohio.

With DEVO, his most successful music project, Mothersbaugh was able to showcase his artistic abilities on a larger scale, and to millions of people. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mothersbaugh and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band should function in popular culture.

During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, he began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years; a very obsessive habit which still yields anywhere from one to 25 new images per day. These cards were originally created as his personal diaries, and were never intended for public viewing. That all changed when Mothersbaugh decided to share his postcard works in his critically acclaimed solo shows during the 80s and 90s, and then with his gallery tour in 2003 titled HOMEFRONT INVASION! This marked the beginning of many solo shows to come. Mothersbaugh followed the 2003 tour with his BEAUTIFUL MUTANTS tour in 2004, which showcased his photographic symmetrical creations and 'corrected' imagery. The tour distributed many more of Mothersbaugh's works throughout the world, and attracted more first-time gallery visitors and art buyers to his shows.

Mothersbaugh's gallery tours since 2005 have featured new works from both his Postcard Diaries Prints and Beautiful Mutants photographs, giving each gallery a choice of either visual theme. His busy life includes spending time with his wife and children, scoring music for movie, TV, and computer games at Mutato Muzika Studios (www.mutato.com), performing with DEVO (www.clubdevo.com), and creating artwork for his Visual Art Gallery Tours (www.mutatovisual.com).

The opening reception takes place November 17, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. at the Scion Installation LA Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232.

Dedicated to fostering independent artistic expression, the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery is a space that allows artists to explore their creative visions. The new Scion Installation Gallery hosts art shows and art-related events for cutting-edge artists from across the globe. Due to success and growth, the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery recently moved from its Washington Boulevard location to Helms and National in the Hayden Tract area. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and by appointment -310.815.8840. For more information, visit www.scion.com/space.

About Scion:
Scion is the newest line of vehicles from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. Developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind, Scion's mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The Scion brand features three groundbreaking models: the all-new xD subcompact five-door; the xB, an urban utility vehicle with an iconic shape; and the tC sports coupe. For more information, visit www.scion.com.
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