GCS Santa Ana is very excited about our MARCH 7th, 2015 art show. CODAK Smith will be our featured artist of the month. Its hard to describe the amount of talent this guy has. His work has inspired and intrigued us for some time, and we are thrilled that he can come share his skills with us here in our gallery. You can check out his work here. CODAK will have a solo show here in our gallery, he’ll be signing prints and blackbooks, and we’ll have a new GCS x CODAK tee released to coincide with the event. Stay tuned for more info….
Love is in the air as GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery gets ready for the second installment of “All Our Love” art show. And with a roster of artists like this, whats not to love. We hope that you and your loved ones can join us for ART WALK DTSA feb 7th, 2015. As always, the art show is free and all ages. Music, refreshments and artists will be on hand for the nights festivities. Event starts at 7pm and goes until 11pm. For those that cannot make it out that night, the art will hang for the rest of the month.
Times have been hectic. Things change. But one thing remains the same… GCS is still here for you. HA! OK, lets not get to deep and emotional. We fell off a bit on keeping up our blog posts, but here we are. So we’ll be pulling double duty, posting current and up coming events as well as returning to the previous year that was unfortunately neglected. So bear with us until we get caught up. As always, you can keep in contact with our FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages. Thanks for taking the time to read this and let us know how we are doing…
You have to give it up to The Observatory for throwing these $5 shows with top quality acts. Despite the fact that it was a tuesday night, the main room was at near capacity for KRS ONE . Backed up by his son on the decks, KRS gave the crowd a great show as usual. Classic tracks, fresh freestyles and a few newer pieces had the paying customers flipin out. Big ups to Out Da House productions for promoting a great show, big ups to Ian and everyone from The Observatory for a another fun night and big ups to KRS for being the legend that hip hop needs right now.
Oct 25, 2013… Well known and industry respected video project named “The Cypher Effect” came out to the GCS in Santa Ana to shoot their latest episode. The project combines hip hop mc’s from different areas into an old school cypher in order to showcase their talent for the wider audience. On this occasion, the shooting of the cypher was open to the lucky people that came to our gallery to witness the show. As ususal, all the acts did amazing work and can be viewed here. The art work in the background is courtesy of artist Haunted Euth, make sure you check out his work.
Well, it doesn’t happen often. not sure of the cause, maybe it was the itis that you get from Thanksgiving dinner. Or perhaps the fact that the long weekend started on Weds night and by Saturday night people are beat, spent and over all rundown from too much food and drink. Whatever the case may be, the attendance to this in store was light but consisted of good people, down for the cause and great music. Big thanks to Longevity , GEL ROC and Mes1dge for rocking the mic.
NOV 25, 2013… Deltron 3030 hits The Observatory this Monday night while on a tour marking the release of their new album “Event 2”. Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator played along with a live band while Kid Koala manned the turntables. We’re very happy to catch this show…. another success for The Observatory. Big thank you to Ian from The Observatory and Droops from Out Da House…
NOV 23, 2013…. GCS was host to the ‘Classic Icons – a visual representation’ art show that was put together by KENOS ONE and SHUCKS ONE. These guys are great artists and have been good friends of the GCS for some time now and we were excited to host the event when the plan was hatched a few months back. The idea was to celebrate the iconic personalities that served to influence KENOS and SHUCKS’ art over the years. Mainly consisting of portraiture, the show was made up of legends from the worlds of music, sports and comedy.
Opening night was a success, attendees had the gallery jammed packed for the entire 4 hours. The artists had a good little write up in the OC WEEKLY in the week leading up to the show. The art show will remain in the gallery for the remainder of the month and will take a portion of the gallery for the next art walk. So stop in and see what SHUCKS and KENOS has new for you!
Sunday October 27, 2013. The Yost theatre in Downtown Santa Ana played host to “Night of the Living Dead” featuring Ghost Face Killah and Sick Jacken. The event that brought together two heavy hitters from The Wu Tang Clan and Psycho Realm came together was the work of Out Da House and Ad Hoc production companies. This sure was an event to remember. Lets hope Wu Tang x Psycho Realm happens again real soon.
For those of you that are familiar with Noa James, Curtis King, Stevie Crooks and the rest of the gang, you know that they usually tear stuff up in Pomona and the surrounding areas. Now we have worked it out to bring them to our OC location… I hope this provides them with a new fan base. I’m sure they’ll win some hearts and minds that night.. as always, free and all ages… DEC 13th, 2013.. 7pm…
GZA blessed the stage at The Observatory Santa Ana on Monday, Nov 4th, 2013 for a rare OC appearance. Slated as a fan appreciation show, the tickets to this joint were only $5, an incredible steal for a show of this callibur. And dispite the inexpensive entrance, GZA still rocked the crowd with all the great music that makes Wu Tang fans as die hard as they come.
Big thanks to Droops from Out Da House Productions for promoting another great show. Thanks to The Observatory staff for letting GCS roll through with our camera to document the great show. Enjoy!
Not necessarily brand new, but we thought we’d let you know about the 2ill x GCS SA collab tee offered exclusively through the GCS clothing store Santa Ana…. classic graff style rock letters breaking up the monotony of the mind….
In addition to our ever changing art gallery, our sales floor never looks the same for too long. New items come in, previous items get sold out, and GCS continues to find the quality goods to serve you folks. So all you internet customers, this is where our items come from. We don’t have a wherehouse tucked away somewhere, we’re here with our doors open everyday for you- so come in and say hello!
We always say that our gallery space, as nice as it is, is nothing without the great artists and art to fill it. Boy did Mary & The Venus Pixies fill the space. Art Guevara, Jack Martinez, and Steev Moreno make up the art group MVP. They took over our gallery space in september. Glad to have them over. The band El Robo entertained the crowd for a good minute. Black Flys crew was out in full force that night as well.
In celebration of the November Art Walk and Day of the Dead, GCS presented “Bringing Out The Dead II”. An art show that brought out different aspects of life and death and the beauty that comes from both. This was the second year that this theme was explored and it was just as impactful as the previous show. The roster included some artists that are familiar to the GCS audience as well as a few new names. It was non-stop crowds all evening long as the night coincided with the “Noche De Altares” street festival two blocks over.
The legendary visual artist Justin Bua, a.k.a. BUA paid the GCS Clothing Store a visit for a signing to coincide with the release of his new painting “The Boom Box”. A true amercian artist, Justin Bua has become one of the most recognizable artist in the world. He has been a part of countless artistic, academic and commercial endevours touching nearly every facet of the hip hop, music and art world. As described on his wiki page:
his work “is also heavily influenced by Ernie Barnes, the… creator of the “Sugar Shack” painting featured in the opening credits of the television sitcom Good Times (1974–1979) and Marvin Gaye’s album I Want You (1976). The style is recognized for elongated limbs that represent rhythmic movement.” It continues to describe BUA as “Currently, he teaches figure drawing at the University of Southern California, while continuing to be a leading innovator in both the fine and commercial art worlds. Bua’s energetic and vocal worldwide fan base ranges from former presidents, actors, musicians, professional athletes, and dancers, to street kids and art connoisseurs”.
Coming fully loaded with Prints, Reproductions and Posters of his work, this event was a great chance for some of his most hard core fans to purchase directly from the artist these charished items. Fans, art lovers, musicians, fellow artists and performers alike were on hand for the special appreance. They came in snatching up BUA pieces and snapping pictures as momentos of the night and in appreciation to what Bua’s art means to them.
We look forward to working again with BUA on future events and projects… look out for BUA to come to a GCS near you.
NOV 7th, 2013 – Bambu De Pistola from the east bay nor cal returns to the city of Santa Ana to do another in store performance for his fans and hip hop aficionados. As always, GCS welcomes him back with open arms. Free event, all ages. Should be a great night.
NOV 2nd, 2013 brought to GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery the second installment of “Bringing Out The Dead” art show. Our version of the celebration of life and what comes at the end of it. Not your typical day of the dead art show, our hand selected artists put thier own unique twist on the themes and emotions involved with this time of the season.
The roster of artists that contributed work goes as follows: EGADS, Tyoni Aragon, Jonathan Martinez, Mike Giant, Aseph, 3rdi, Steve Tipton, Dino Bowen, Kasey Mahoney, Ducky, Ana Gonzalez, Germizm, BENONE, Alicia Rojas, Alisa King, Charley Reynoso, Bigboy, Heidi Hernandez, Kenos One, Edward Velasquez, FRED ONE, KRAY, DAMET, VGML, Jess Johnson, Nick Macaulay, Trixie’s Pinatas, and Ed Gutter…
The show opened to huge crowds being that the November Art Walk coincided with the Noche de Altares street festival taking place a few blocks away. Judging by the reactions of the crowd, “Bringing Out The Dead” art show accomplished what it set out to do, to be a memoriable part of the day’s experience. Be on the lookout for next year’s art show – we hope it’ll keep growing in impact.
GCS and 455er is once again proud to present “Subterranean Heads 2”. An art show that explores graffitti and street art and the subterranean entities that work everyday on filling that underground space. 1st Saturday art walk always brings out droves of art lovers and with a roster that includes some of the most subterranean of heads, no one should miss this show. The first Subterranean Heads show back in August 2011 was a great success and this one should hit as well. There will also be a spoken word performance by Mike the Poet. Here is an article that describes him if you don’t know him yet.
This Sunday on December 18 the GCS in Pomona is hosting a free in-store performance with 6Blocc, 2Mex, Girl on Girl, Dj Dope-E, Dumbsteppaz, MC Gilead 7, and DJ Wizard! For the first time ever 2Mex and 6Blocc will be performing together! Event starts at 6pm sharp, they both have shows afterwards but this one’s free! (update, show went well.. 6Block x 2Mex didn’t happen though).
Thanks to Jason from To Die For, GCS Santa Ana just received a shipment of Dan Smith’s new art book “With the Light of Truth”. This well printed book is a must have for anyone that collects art books or loves the medium of tattoo art. Withthelightoftruth.tumblr.com describes this book as “a collection of straight edge related tattoos and art and profiles some of the best tattoo artists in the world”. Published by Memento Publishing, this hard cover book contains 248 full color pages with a few blank pages at the end to get those ever so valuable autographs. Dan Smith could have signed it when he was here at our gallery for Tim Shelton’s “Everything Went Black” art show Nov 5th, 2011.