If you’ve noticed a strange sparkle in the eyes of wild animals and passersby and a smell of meat wafting through the air, don’t worry, you aren’t losing your mind. It’s just that indescribably awesome Pop Surrealist artist Mark Ryden (previously featured here) has a breathtaking new exhibition, entitled The Gay 90′s: West, which just opened at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. The gallery walls were painted pink to better show off the soft palette Ryden’s gorgeous paintings.

“Ryden’s latest neoclassical and pop surrealistic works are populated by young girls, religious icons, and street peddling Abraham Lincoln in 1890s America. Each piece is framed in Japanese wood, an art in its own right, ornately carved in bas-relief with motifs like birds, leafy branches, and the faces of his characters.”

In addition to all of the fascinating paintings, sculpture and sketches, Ryden also released a limited edition, translucent red vinyl LP, entitled “The Gay Nineties Olde Tyme Music”, featuring covers of the song “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)” performed by artists such as Tyler the Creator, Weird Al, Katy Perry, Nick Cave, Kirk Hammett, Mark Mothersbaugh and more. Profits from the sale of the LP will go to Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that revitalizes music education in disadvantaged schools.

Visit Juxtapoz to listen to the covers and watch the wonderfully strange music videos that go with them.

The Gay 90′s: West exhibition runs through Saturday June28th. But don’t worry if you can’t make it down there in person. Visit Hi-Fructose and the Kohn Gallery website for additional images.

And if that’s still not enough Ryden for you (and we totally understand), you can purchase a big beautiful book containing work from Ryden’s 2010 exhibition, The Gay 90’s - Old Tyme Art Show, over on Amazon.

[via Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz]

  • Daisy Bell
  • IBM 7094
In 1961, a computer sang a song for the first time.

Daisy Bell by Henry Dacre (1892)

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do,

I’m half crazy all for the love of you.

It won’t be a stylish marriage -

I can’t afford a carriage.

But you’d look sweet upon the seat

Of a bicycle built for two.

Yup, that’s the song HAL sings in 2001 when he’s shutting down.

Friday nights were usually very crowded, and that night was no exception. The saloon had finally closed for the night at 1am, and Lucina had to stay behind to clean up and make sure the place was presentable. Thankfully, after a year and a half of working there, she was used to it and knew how to make it look it’s best.

The building had a speaker system for whenever their live musician, Robin Chaput, wasn’t there. So Lucina had plugged in her personal music player, and had her music playing over the speakers. She was singing along to the songs that she knew, and singing less to the ones she didn’t.

Suddenly, a song that Robin sang often started playing. Whenever “Bicycle Built For Two” started playing, Lucina had a weird habit of playing it on repeat and having fun with the song. It always put her in a good mood, and she learned all the words very quickly.

Lucina rushed over to the speaker system, pressed the button to repeat one song, then continued singing as she cleaned.

“Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do. I’m half crazy, all for the love of you.” Lucina was cleaning the tables and swaying her hips a little as she sang. She thought she was alone, which was the only reason she did this.