Soul Flow 2.0 (2007)


Heres a rip of one of the signs we had on the wall at the show.. Its like a press release, but better.


More Collaborative Absurdity from Justin Parr & Ed Saavedra

Last April, painter Ed Saavedra and FL!GHT Gallery founding director / artographer Justin Parr weren't keen on moving their same "old" individual art pieces to yet another venue.  Soul Flow was an attempt by the pair to conceive, produce, frame, and mount fresh collaborative work in less than five days. Parr supplied ten 8.5 X 11" archival prints of his photographs, which Saavedra then "interrupted" with miniature paintings or sketches. The resulting body was dispersed to private homes, high-end head shops, FL!GHT Dry Goods, and the Alameda Museum.

     Soul Flow 2.0 emerged from the fog of Contemporary Art Month's deadlines, memorial services, convergences, multiple exhibitions (including Montreal’s Speed of Dark at Fl!ght) Parr's paparazzo gigs, and Saavedra's untimely move from his studio of more than three years.  It began with stacks of pure Parr, ultimately distilled to fourteen pieces molested by Saavedra in the original manner (direct painting on the print, or cutting out a miniature from a separate page, and then placing it.) Two additional pieces were Saavedra paintings interrupted by Parr, and then re-worked by Saavedra.

So that brings us to the dog:

1.     Saavedra painted a three-eyed pit bull on plywood slightly under four feet.  He then cut it out on a band saw, and attached a board to prop it up.

2.     Parr photographed an unnamed juvenile feline.  Prints (including reversals) were mounted on plywood, and cut out.

3.     Hot water, wine, bubble bath, ten pounds of dry ice, hot water, the most beautiful two girls in the world, a fan, studio lights, and a herd of "fake" animals were assembled in an electric pink room with the two styling, and Parr snapping more than 600 frames.

4.     The following night, Saavedra be-headed the wooden bitch, painted on her all night and the next day, and sold her as "Pit of Anonymity" a  few hours later at Blue Star's "Red Dot."  This is the only non-collaborative piece in the show.

     The new, improved, free-standing, bubble-bath-resistant "Katzilla," was created post-shoot, especially for this exhibition in a signed / numbered edition of seven. Number 1/7 is only available at and through Ortiz Contemporary.

     A spoof spray-painting on canvas Parr did (of his least-favorite postcard / paintings from FL!GHT's Mark Mothersbaugh one-person show) for silly filler in the "Doggliness" shoot is now barely visible under  Saavedra's cut-out of an unnamed musical genius.