Work by Michael Weber has been chosen for display this month on two video billboards above 1 Oak, the restaurant at 9038 Sunset Blvd. near Doheny, as part of a project between Art Goes Electronic and the City of West Hollywood’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.The Jumbotron screens will feature ten of Weber’s paintings in a rotating slideshow 20 hours a day. Weber says that his images are influenced by glassblowing techniques and optical illusion.
“Digital painting avails an artist with an unlimited toolbox, every color in the spectrum and every brushstroke know to man”, Weber said. “Although conventional painting will always have its place, I am a digital painter.” A graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York City, Weber has plied his craft in advertising, entertainment, publishing and art. He is the author of two books.
The 1.6 mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard known as the Sunset Strip is famous for its music venues, comedy clubs, hotels and long history of creative billboard advertising. “The video billboards, located in the heart of the Strip, provide a unique opportunity for artists like Michael Weber to display their art on digital billboards, in a place that is viewed by tens of thousands of people daily said Joanne Goodman AGE’s co-founder and curator.
Each month the Art Goes Electronic works will relate to a different theme. The themes are: January – Street Art, February — African American History Month, March – Women’s History Month, the Oscars (artwork relating to “Hollywood”) and Cesar Chavez Day (artwork created by or depicting Latino/a people, April – Month of Photography in LA/Earth Day, May 2014 – Senior Month (artwork created by or depicting seniors) and West Hollywood Russian Cultural Festival (Artwork created by or depicting Russian/Eastern European people), June – One City, One Pride Queer Arts Festival and Pride Month, July — Open themes and Independence Day, August — – Sunset Strip Music Festival, September — open themed month and WeHo Book Fair, October — Disability Awareness Month (artwork created by or depicting those with disabilities, November – Transgender Awareness Month (artwork created by or depicting transgender people) and December- World AIDS Day and Human Rights Month.
Artists can find information online about applying to exhibit their work.