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Pacific and Northwest: the art of Bwana Spoons and Tripper Dungan at Daniel Rolnik Gallery

I am super stoked about the next art show at my gallery “Pacific & Northwest: The Art of Bwana Spoons and Tripper Dungan” because the artists are creating a world for you to jump into. As a collector of their work, I can tell you from first hand experience it makes you feel really fucking happy to be alive. Actually, that’s not strong enough. It deserves ALL CAPS. YES! BWANA SPOONS AND TRIPPER DUNGAN MAKE ART THAT MAKES YOU REALLY FUCKING HAPPY TO BE ALIVE!!! If you like to be alive, enjoy tripping out (with or without drugs), and want to smile with that little tickling feeling that makes you feel all warm and cozy inside, then come by my little clubhouse of a gallery in Santa Monica facing the ocean on July 18th. Heck, jump into the damn ocean if you so well please and then come in to say hello feeling all refreshed.

Bwana Spoons is a painter, designer, toy maker, silkscreener, and zinester whose work has been featured on shoes, skateboards, t-shirts, baby strollers, and in gallery shows throughout the US, Tokyo, and Paris. All of his paintings, maps, sketches, short comics, and more – are dedicated to Forest Island, the outrageously colorful land of Bwana’s imagination! His motley cast includes whale-gators, super-cicadas, wild killers and tapirs, arrow-shooting, basket-weaving love tribes, an ex-hobo mushroom farmer, and one wacky bat who plays drums in a metal band and would do anything for a jelly-filled bagel. For “Pacific & Northwest” at Daniel Rolnik Gallery, Bwana Spoons is introducing new characters from the prehistoric time period of Forest Island – including skateboarding triceratops and flying pterodactyls.

Tripper Dungan - tarantulla - daniel rolnik gallery
Tripper Dungan is a puppet-maker, musician, tiny house builder, and painter currently residing in Portland, OR. His art career was born at the age of 4, when he got in trouble for coloring in his brothers He-Man book. Thus, spurring an ever-growing appreciation for creation. His latest project was an installation named Lookie House that was successfully funded via Kickstarter. The installation consisted of a house-shaped structure built on a plot in downtown Portland that guests could interact with in a fully immersive experience. For “Pacific & Northwest” Tripper put together a series of new paintings utilizing found wood, neon paint, and a stereoscopic technique – meaning that when viewed alone, each painting is fun, but when viewed with our special 3D glasses the characters in his worlds literally pop out and start conversing with you.


Daniel Rolnik Gallery
1431 Ocean Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

“Pacific & Northwest: The Art of Bwana Spoons and Tripper Dungan” opens (Sat) July 18th, from 7:00pm – 11:00pm

The show runs from July 18th – August 15th



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