Raleigh Barrett is a vegan Angeleno transplant who has lived in the NoHo Arts District for five years. She certainly won’t be leaving California in the next four years. Raleigh recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Arts specializing in Linguistic Anthropology. While in Chicago, she worked as the Gallery Assistant at the Renaissance Society. Raleigh is thrilled to be back and blogging for the NoHo Arts District.
If you grew up in the 1960s and 70s, you probably remember the Rankin/Bass “Animagic” holiday specials (featuring stop-motion animation with figurines).
Anyone who went to La Luz de Jesus Gallery on October 5 for the opening night of a pre-Halloween art thriller certainly got some of what they came for—skulls and skeletons, a little blood, black lacquer here and there—and I admit that was one of the reasons I went myself.
Riot LA was a comedy festival in downtown LA September 21-23. “The Lot” at Riot LA, set up in a parking lot at 253 South Main Street, was open that Saturday and Sunday.
The night the latest annual BLAB Show opened at Copro Gallery, Bergamot Station was having its 18th anniversary, and the place was insanely mobbed, with live rock music pouring out of wide-open doors and throngs of people winding their way around food trucks and parked cars to get from one gallery to the next. There was plenty of intriguing stuff to see at every gallery, but as soon as I arrived I made a beeline for the BLAB Show because I love it every single year.
Comikaze, held at the LA Convention Center September 15 and 16, was outrageously mobbed beyond anyone’s expectations.
On September 1, I went to the opening reception for two concurrent shows at Thinkspace Art Gallery in Culver City. Both shows introduced me to lots of engaging personalities—human, animal, storybook, cartoon, fantasy, historical, religious, and more-—in settings influenced by urban culture. And both shows were apparently made possible by friendship among artists.
I’m a passionate lover of line art; my favorites range from the medieval etchings and drypoints of Albrecht Durer to pages from contemporary comics. So I was really excited to see Color Ink Book’s 4th Anniversary Show at WWA Gallery in Culver City, which opened the night of August 18th.
I am treating this blog like a diary, and will share whatever issues I’m encountering myself as an artist. Like all artists who are working hard to get their work seen, I do research, meet people in the art world, go to shows for artists and crafters, and have business ups and downs. You’ll get to read about that. And you are welcome to give me feedback.
On July 28 and 29 I saw the work of two artists who make three-dimensional pieces with particular loving care and connect to meaningful personal histories with their art. The first, Matjames Metson, is a self-proclaimed “survival artist” who makes art as a way to cope with his own past; the second, Bob Baker, is a marionette maker and performer with 80 years of professional history to celebrate.
Dedication, what does this mean? If you are listening to the radio at the lovers' hour, then it means someone is playing your favorite song and the DJ has just announced your name over the airwaves and your lover is smiling and you are blushing, cause he/or she remembered you loved it.
Some would call it a muse, that strange feeling you get while you are waiting for excitement. Some think we can find it, if we look for it, and some, find it in a special place that they have created for themselves in a room with books, bean bags, or bar stools and baristas.
Last month we did two major photo shoots for our company, The Mighty Squirm T-Shirts and Art. They involved photographing all our old designs and about a dozen new ones, with five gorgeous models (Jessie Payo, Jared Swanson, Jennifer Kretchmer, Kenzie Alexander, and Dylan DoVale) and extraordinarily talented photographer/artist W. B. Fontenot. I've included a few of the shots so you can share my excitement about how they look.
Agapito Doronio III is a graphic artist & creative director for the Los Angles-based design community, Collective Aesthetics. Agapito showcased his first sculptures and live art back in March 2011 with North Hollywood art gallery Cella Gallery in the exhibit "Scaling the Wall" which was inspired by the urban aesthetic and the ongoing discourse concerning street art and the institutionalization of fine art.
Tell us about your style of art.
Dersk One: The style of art I am most associated with is Graffiti Art. I do paint and produce art in other styles such as photography, cooking, sculpture, and poetry, but working in a graffiti style has been a passion of mine for over 20 years.
As a curator and marketer I am often asked by artists for advice. One of the questions that I find plagues most is if they should continue on their own path or attempt to tap into the current trends?