Venice art exhibition inspired by band Pixies

“Dig for Fire: an Exhibition of Art inspired by the Pixies," is currently exhibiting at the C.A.V.E. gallery in Venice Beach from Sept. 8th through Oct. 9th and includes a wide range of art featuring abstract images similar to the vision of 20th century painters Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. The C.A.V.E. gallery gives a unique surreal experience and anyone who appreciates independent alternative rock and abstract art will not want to miss this attraction.

Many pieces of art, including a fish made out of bicycle parts, can be manually pedaled to make the fish swim and this gives the surreal exhibit an intriguing atmosphere.

The Pixies are an American alternative rock band that formed in 1986 hailing from Boston, Massachusetts and dominated the underground alternative scene of music in late '80s and early '90s producing widely identifiable songs such as “Where Is My Mind.”

Black Francis, the band's singer and songwriter is infamous for writing about off-the-wall surreal topics that include extraterrestrials and biblical violence influencing musicians such as late singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana.

How many people showed up to the opening of the event surprised Patrick Gannon, curator of the exhibit. Gannon explained that the exhibit took a lot of time and hard work. Each piece in the exhibit took around eight to nine months to complete, making this one of the biggest productions in his gallery.

The C.A.V.E. has held small summer events, but never a themed show. Since this particular exhibit did very well, Gannon said that this arrangement inspired him to have more themed displays in the future.

Gannon also said that the main reason as to why this exhibit was so inspired was because of the main artist, Kevin Titzer. He found that Titzer’s surrealist creativity was very engaging, and had admired Titzer’s work ever since training for the arts.

All of the artists present at the opening were willing to talk about their art on display.

Abbott Kinney is a bohemian neighborhood in Venice originally designed to resemble the Venice Canals and other famous cities of Italy.

The street carries many diversions that include art walks and exhibits as well as bars to explore and admire.