“Forget Nothing” Solo Exhibition at Nych Gallery Chicago

ImageI’m excited to return to Chicago and kicking off the summer with a solo exhibition “Forget Nothing”. The show is a documentation my history, reinterpreting my childhood memories through paint. I am interested in the flux of Southeast Asians experience growing up in the 80’s mixed with hip hop culture and the struggle of urban identity. “Forget Nothing” opens June 14th, 2013 and will run through July 8th, 2013.

(Opening reception with refreshments June 14th, 2013, 6-11pm)

Live music by Dj “?” and The Chancellor 

Nych Gallery 
643 West 18th Street.Chicago, IL 60616
C: 585-208-4593
O: 773-413-9565    



Red Bull Curates Chicago 2012

Last summer I got a chance to work along side some of Chicago’s finest in competition for Red Bull Curates cooler design. It was an honor to be selected by Red Bull to compete, and big ups to the three artist (Hebru Brantley, Don’t Fret, and Goons)  who went ahead to rep Chicago at Art Basel Miami 2012.

UW-Milwaukee 2013 MA/MFA Candidates

UW-Milwaukee 2013 MA/MFA Candidates

Jay Fox
Amy Magnuson
Brooklyn Henke
Chantala Kommanivanh
Joe Grennier

Shot, Edited, and Directed Chantalism

University Wisconsin Milwaukee presents Spring 2013 MA/MFA Thesis Show.

Located at:
Arts Center Gallery (Inova/Arts Center Gallery, On the UWM Campus)
Arts Center Building, 2nd Floor
2400 East Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211 Map
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm.

Opening Reception: March 8, 2013 (5:00-7:00pm)
Gallery Talk will be: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (4:00-6:00pm)

Segmented Real[ISM]

damn wish we had skis (web)Artist Statement

Segmented Real[ISM] represents bits and pieces of my childhood experience. I am interested in reinterpreting the past as an attempt to document my history. The paintings are derived from personal and found photographs representing a pivotal time and place in my life.  I grew up in a very diverse immigrant community in Chicago. At home, I was raised with traditional Lao customs, but actively engaged in hip-hop culture outside my home. This body of work embodies a cultural hybridity; it blends my Laotian up bringing with urban American imagery.

With the guidance of photographs, I am re-experiencing familiar places and visiting familiar faces by the act of painting them. Through this process I am activating one experience to intensify another. These paintings are of children affected by cross-cultural conflicts and tensions that create issues of personal identity. They are of single and multiple standing figures and they are at times confrontational. I handle paint loosely, with a mix of soft and aggressive marks layered with lush drips of diluted paint. The intense, vibrant colors and broken, aggressive marks are used intentionally to disrupt the balance between normalcy and discomfort. The figures in the paintings are treated crudely. Their faces are melting, their mouths are crooked and their eyes are staring right into you. They are ugly, but they are only children.

In this body of work, I am pulling inspiration from my experience with graffiti, both as a spectator, and as a former participant. As a painter I am interested in decaying surfaces that are activated with graffiti. I am intrigued by its complex layers and textures. In these paintings I am reaching for the same effect, a palimpsest of marks on top of marks that build up a history, leaving residues and memories of the past.

My MA Thesis Exhibition “Lawrence & Kimball” Opens April 13th-28th 2012.

Open Reception Friday April 13, 2012
Gallery Talk Tuesday April 17, 4-6pm

Inova/Arts Center Gallery
Arts Center Building (2nd floor) on the UWM campus
2400 East Kenwood Blvd

Hours: tuesday-saturday 11am-4pm
Information: (414) 229-5070

Maintenance Crew “Workman’s Comp Mixtape” Free Download

Workman’s Comp Mixtape is a mixture of unreleased, B-side, best of’s, and pieces of there favorite cuts. Download your Free copy as a Gift from the Mcdonaldlize Society Family.  Super Size It! (click on the picture, it will link you to MediaFire. Peace!

Decay and Fluent are CITY SLICK


City Slick – The Money and His Fool is available now. 17 tracks of that raw from Decay and Fluent. Came out yesterday but we’ve been so busy we updating now. Thanks to everyone who spread the word and supported the Llamas. Yesterday was great but we ain’t done yet. Tell everyone you know to cop it from itunes, cdbaby, amazon or where ever they can get it!

Maintenance Crew Live @ DarkRoom Chicago IL

September 2nd 2011
@ DarkRoom
2210 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Performances from
Tone Liv
Decay (featuring new music from the forthcoming release The Money and His Fool)
Maintenance Crew
Rashid Hadee

Visto and SP1
$8 at the door 21+

Milwaukee: A City Intersected

Opening Reception Featuring, DJ Asher Diamonds
Sept 2, 2011 (5-8PM).
 @ Union Art Gallery2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53202

Artists include:A group exhibition of artists whose work tells stories about neighborhoods, people and communities in Milwaukee. A diverse array of artwork, including graffiti-based art, prints, paintings, photographs and more, including a mural created by youth from True Skool, a Milwaukee organization that provides arts education and community service opportunities to youth.

Michael Arms, N. Adam Beadel, Beata Chrzanowska, Mike Fredrickson, Kari Garon, Michael Goelzer, Mark David Gray, Jessica Kaminski, Chantala Kommanivanh, Sarah Luther, Greg Martens, Chris Miller, Kristopher Pollard, Nirmal Raja, Ric Stultz, Symphony Swan, Erin TerBeek, Dean Valadez, Maikue Vang, Matthew Vrabel, and True Skool.

“The Collapse…” Cd with FREE Poster $10 Bones

Maintenance Crew is back with their fourth installment and the most important album of the decade, “The Collapse of a Mcdonaldlize Society”. The new disc contains 17 tracks with Chantalism & Ubiquity trading words for words. “The Collapse…” is a self produced album with guest production from avant-garde beat makers such as DJ Monky, Selfish (Green Llamas), Visto (Localkats). The album also brings together the collaboration of the hottest tongues in Chicago hip hop, with guest spots from Decay and Selfish (Green Llamas). “The Collapse of a Mcdonaldlize Society”
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