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July 28, 2008
Next week will kick off a group art exhibition sponsored by Japanese magazine Giant Robot and housed at Scion's Installation Gallery in Los Angeles, California. For the event, dubbed "Insiders, Outsiders & the Middle," the automaker cum art curator's 4500 square foot gallery will be house work collected to celebrate the divergence of modern art in popular culture, "as well as the gray areas" that fill the void between experimental, commercial, and traditional gallery art. As the show's title suggests, participating artists are segmented into three categories:

Insiders: Defined as "artists who work so hard in front of their computers that they don't leave their chairs long enough to hang their pieces on walls," these creative types generally eschew galleries and exhibits in favor of a non-stop workload creating designs for magazines (both online and print), merchandise, and other consumerist forms of pop culture. Aside from British artist Adrian Johnson, the Insiders are, like the duo behind ZariganiWorks, all from Japan.

Outsiders: Having seen a surge of popularity with the advent of the Internet, these street artists, like the Parisian Space Invader, are predominantly street artist who wage a never-ending battle to post their work, first against municipal cleanup crews and now, increasingly, against voracious collectors who seek out their illicit art. This increasingly populated niche of renegade artists has begun to make the crossover into mainstream and commercial art, publishing photo books and print collections or, like Tokyo-based graffiti legend Kami, transitioning from the streets to art galleries.

The Middle: Again populated by Japanese artists, with a lone American, Ed Trask (who is also the drummer for the punk band Avail), this group of artists shows no obvious signs of correlation other than their universal disregard for the conventional meanings and boundaries of art. These creative types "belie the image of the stationary artist and pose the question of how they will co-exist in a restrained gallery setting," landing somewhere between The Insiders and The Outsiders.

The event's opening reception takes place from 7 to 10pm on August 2nd at the Scion Installation LA Gallery, with free valet parking and an open bar, and the exhibition will run until August 23rd. To see a collection of images from the installation, click here.

VIDEO: vimeo.com/groups/1368/videos/2773600

SEE ALSO: scion.com/space

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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