CODY LUSBY Smothers with Butterflies


(photo stolen from Matthew Hodges)

Name: Cody M Lusby
Nickname: Mustachio
Sign: Aquarius/Capricorn

Color: naples yellow
Scent: Bounce “outdoor fresh”
Food: cookies

MAOI: Are you superstitious?
CL: Not really, but I try not to walk under ladders and I don’t like breaking mirrors.

MAOI: If your art was a cereal, what would it be/ similar too and why?
CL: I would have to say “Basic 4” because it is a delicious blend of sweet and tangy fruits, crunchy almonds, and a wholesome variety of gains. Just like my art is a blend of spray paint, collage, acrylic paint and oil paint.


MAOI: When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
CL:The evening to early morning. When the world slows down, its easier to focus.

MAOI: Best (art) show you’ve ever been too?
CL: Recently my most favorite show I have been to was Shark Toof’s “Ping Pong” show at the C.A.V.E. gallery last October.

*Shark Toof (below)
Link to Hi-Fructose Coverage of Ping Pong Show

MAOI: What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
CL: I said I would never do a painting about sports, but a couple years ago I painted the Toshiba Classic golf tournaments poster.

MAOI: Bathroom read?
CL: I don’t read. I play games on my Iphone

MAOI: Most Embarrassing Moment?
CL: Admitting I play games on my Iphone

MAOI: What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
CL: G.I. Joe “knowing is half the battle”

MAOI: What’s your vice?
CL: Whiskey

MAOI: You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
CL: I vomit up butterflies that smother my nemesis with anxiety.


MAOI: Do you remember the first public space you showed your art in? How were your nerves, what was the response.
CL: The first public space I ever showed my art in was the Angels Gate Cultural Center located in San Pedro CA. I was in the 1st grade and created a drawing of George Washington on a horse. I earned a ribbon and the show traveled all across the United States. That little bit of recognition got me hooked and ever since then I have wanted to be an artist.

MAOI: Best advice anyone has ever given you about being an artist, Best advice you could ever bestow?
CL: The best advice I given is “Show your work. Show when ever, how ever, and as often as you can.” The best advice I can give is don’t think to much about what you should paint or what people will think about your work. Just paint and let the cards lay where they lay. It will all figure itself out.

MAOI: Favorite way to find inspiration? What inspires you most?
CL: Take a shower. For some reason I get tons of ideas in the shower. I relax and go in to little day dream. The shower is where it is at.

MAOI: What is your dream gallery/ space to show in?
CL: Venice Biennale would be my dream show.

MAOI: Shameless Self Promotion, what do you have coming up? What are you currently working on?
CL: You can find my work on my website, my shop or friend me on facebook.

Here is a list of upcoming shows where you can see my art in person.
Saturday March 23rd, at “Cannibal Flower”. 1052 S. Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90015 (9p.m. to 1a.m.)
Saturday April 13th, “5 year anniversary exhibition”at the Phone Booth Gallery 2533 East Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803 (7p.m. to 10p.m.)
Saturday April 20th, “Never a Dull Moment” at the Cella Gallery 11135 Weddington St. Suite #112 North Hollywood, CA 91601 (7p.m. to 10p.m.)
Saturday May 4th, “Love, Sex, Unity, Respect” at the PAS and Hibbleton Galleries 223 W Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832 (6p.m. to 11p.m.)
*My Solo Show*-Saturday May 11th, “Goodbye Butterfly” at Design Matters 11527 West Pico Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90064 (7p.m. to 11p.m)

The focus of my newest series is about letting go of anxiety. I chose anxiety for its complexity and it seems every one (including myself) deal with it in one shape or form. Letting go of that anxiety is a magnificent and truly freeing feeling that I had to paint. To illustrate this release I have created images of people vomiting up butterflies. The figures in each painting are blurred, giving and almost etherial look, while the butterfly swarm is static. The figure is created in oil and the butterflies are collage images of what is causing the anxiety. I feel if I create enough of these pieces maybe I too will be free of the butterflies. This new series is called “Goodbye Butterfly”


Its fancy to say “the more I look at the piece, the more I see”. Its sort of a thing in the art world, like “I could stand in front of this piece for hours and find new elements”. (Imagine this in my snootyest voice). The thing is, sometimes that not true. Sure you see a painting in new light, different angels, multiple emotions can arise. But nothing really new reveals it self to you. Sometimes a painting of flowers on a table, is just that, now you just see different textures, lines, etc. This is NOT the case with Cody’s work. Gazing at his pieces, your first pass you might miss there is a jazz club in the girls hair, a dolls head in her dress button. Blending his elements of collage and painting in a way that the first layer is obvious, layers of photographs that enhance the mood of a composition. But look closer, linger longer, and you might make your own unique discoveries. Some artists’ work you want to see in person because it is more impressive do to size, or there is a interesting technique used. With Cody’s work, you want to see it in person to peel off the layers with your eyes and reveal to yourself all the elements that build up to the final composition. Is it a wonderland of nonsense, or help to develop the story with visual adjectives. 

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