¡Resist! Tax Day March Molotov After Party w Billy Kheel
Are you so fed up with the current situation in our country that you would like to grab a Molotov cocktail and stick it to the Cheetocolored Man, but you don’t really have time to serve in jail? Come to the Los Angeles County Store after the Tax Day March on Saturday April 15th and join artist Billy Kheel in pretending to hurl plush Molotov cocktails in a show of legal defiance.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the aesthetic appeal and history of the Molotov cocktail but I realize it might be a little dangerous and illegal to actually start throwing them around,” said Billy Kheel, the Los Angelesbased artist who created this revolutioninspired installation. “The iconography and aesthetics of revolutionary movements inspired me and I wanted people to express this feeling without the resulting violence and jail time.”
Kheel is experienced at bringing contradictions together in his art. His installation, “L.A. River: The Fiber of a City”, transformed the repulsive basin of the L.A. River into a life sized diorama of soft and welcoming stuffed felt. Most Angelenos think of their river as unappealing, dirty, and dangerous. By transposing the river into felt, Kheel softened the harsh reality of this waterway and encouraged viewers to think anew about the L.A. River.
“We are excited to invite everyone to the installation after a long day of Tax Day marching,” said Los Angeles County Store owner MaryAnne LoVerme. “We are also planning to have cold drinks to refresh weary marchers and a Revolutionary Selfie Zone so people can express their rage in a constructive and creative way.”
“¡RESIST! Tax Day March Molotov After Party With Billy Kheel” begins April 15th, with an opening party from 4-7pm. The installation will run until May 15th. 10% of proceeds will go to the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Frogtown.
About Billy Kheel
Billy Kheel is a Los Angeles based artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work has been featured in Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Vice Creator’s Project, KCRW’s Design & Architecture and KCET’s Artbound.