Anthony Lister, Superhero Street Artist, Launches Junk Food Art House at HVW8 Art + Design

Anthony Lister, Superhero Street Artist, Launches Junk Food Art House at HVW8 Art + Design
Anthony Lister

Friday night at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, SoCal-based vintage T-shirt company Junk Food Clothing debuted "Junk Food Art House," a new series that draws on collaborations with both established and up-and-coming creative professionals. To help launch the multidisciplinary initiative, Junk Food enlisted Australian street artist Anthony Lister, whose specialty is customizing DC Comics superheroes such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Batgirl and Aquaman.

Opening-night festivities followed a three-week guerrilla street-art campaign in which Lister's posters could be spotted all over town, and marked the release of both a T-shirt and a limited-edition collection of posters featuring Lister's artwork. Given that it's presented by a clothing company, it was no surprise that the launch of Junk Food Art House featured a well-dressed crowd of women in too-tall high heels and glammed-up men with expensive highlights. Oh, and even a superhero or two.

(Left to right) Anthony Lister, Gregory Siff and Roger Gastman
(Left to right) Anthony Lister, Gregory Siff and Roger Gastman
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MOCA's Art in the Streets co-curator, writer and publisher Roger Gastman and actor/artist Gregory Siff (dressed as the Flash) turned up in support of Lister at the launch of Junk Food Art House.

Detail of a mural by Anthony Lister
Detail of a mural by Anthony Lister
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Lister created custom murals for the gallery, including large-scale, site-specific artwork on the patio. He also covered an old-school ice-cream truck (and mobile pop-up shop) with his signature illustrations. Guests watched Lister in action on video, and even had the opportunity to interact with the artist himself, who flew in just for the occasion.

Gregory Siff, aka the Flash
Gregory Siff, aka the Flash
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Yes, the Flash smokes, and double-fists his liquor. Beneath the superhero costume is artist Gregory Siff, who painted the 6th Street mural at the Standard Downtown, and whose own artwork can be seen at the street-art gallery, LAB ART.

Anthony Lister, Superhero Street Artist, Launches Junk Food Art House at HVW8 Art + Design
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Lister made at least three shirt changes. Here, he may fear no art, but he might be fearing the photo-bombing Flash.

Lister again
Lister again
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Lister stopped running around for a moment and sat down to draw inside a young fan's sketchbook, bringing art out from the streets and into the pages.

More of Lister's artwork
More of Lister's artwork
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"I have chosen to use comic book characters as a metaphor to reference ancient mythological battles between heroes and villains, authority figures and survivalists, pseudo-equality and the general human condition today," Lister says.

"Junk Food Art House Presents Anthony Lister" is on view through August 29. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, 661 North Spaulding Avenue, Los Angeles. (323) 655-4898, www.hvw8.com.

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