Process: Artist Lecture Series are a series of talks held by local Long Beach artists who discuss their process or art in a non-academic setting. The lectures are always informative, and include a wide variety of speakers. Held at the Artist Co-Op on Gladys (1330 Gladys Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804-2436), these are a lot of fun and allow attendees to meet local artists as well as other people who embrace and support the arts here in Long Beach. There is an informal social hour to kick things off, and if you have never been, well, you need to go. Watch our calendar for upcoming lectures.
At the 19th installation of Process, Cody Lusby, who is a painter focusing on contemporary realism, talked about his recently completed Rose Park Mural Project.
“Roses for Rose Park is a large scale community mural of an ensemble of multi-colored roses (meant to represent the area’s diversity) in the alley adjacent to 2925 E. 6th street, located in Historic Rose Park in Long Beach, California, between Orizaba and Temple streets. Painted in a contemporary stencil format in dialogue with the street art movement, the project’s goal is to reinforce community identity and beautify the neighborhood.”
From Cody’s website: “Cody is a painter focused on contemporary realism. His work is divided into different series. Each theme has multiple paintings focused on modern and present concepts. Though the bodies of work vary with ideas, the main focus is to evolve painting forward. To create this progression he has three consisting elements running through his paintings. Time represented by segmentation, motion expressed by the blurring of the painted subject matter and place solidified by a photo collaged background.
“Originally from the Pacific Northwest (B: 1978, Portland, OR.), Cody was raised in the Southern California. He attended Orange County High School of the Arts. In 1996, on a scholarship he won through the “Festival of the Arts,” he attended Laguna College of Art and Design. After college Cody worked a variety of art related jobs picking up skills and techniques that are vital to the quality and professionalism that define him as an artist.”
“In 2009 Cody landed his first solo show, “Mustachio Rides Again” with the gallery called Art from the Hive in Santa Ana, California. In that show he displayed how he metamorphosed from his classically trained roots into a contemporary realist. Since that first solo show Cody has developed his artwork into a full time career.”