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?
Registration for the 2012 Drawing Us Together visual arts exhibit and competition for young and emerging artists, grades 6-12, is open now through May 4th!
My artwork over the last decade has dramatically changed. I was very recently asked by a friend of mine, Toni Adzar the owner of Groundfloor Gallery, to put together a show for this coming Art Walk-Thursday the 8th. It is aptly named “Collection” and has examples of my work from the last decade or so. Some of the work has been shown in the past, and some of it has never seen the wall of a gallery.
Our next show at Cella Gallery titled “ Femme Fatale” features the work of 35 artists hand picked by curators Nicole Bruckman and Stephanie Chefas.
It’s all very well trying to analyse the brain’s response to a painting, but you can’t choose a Turner Prize winner by giving the judges an MRI scan IT SEEMS as if every other week there is a news story about how scientists, with the help of magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography, are “unlocking the mysteries” of art. It has even spawned a hideous new neologism – “neuroaesthetics”, formally defined in 2002 as “the scientific study of the neural bases for the contemplation and creation of a work of art”.
The recession reminded me of a valuable lesson. Every artist I know fell into one of two camps. Some told me they have not sold many paintings since the economy began to go sour in 2008. Others have told me they are having their best years yet.
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Do I have any business trying to do steampunk art? You might wonder why I’d even ask. If it’s popular, why not at least try? Well, the truth is that I probably will try, since it feels like a natural segue from what I’ve been doing already. But my hesitation has to do with my lack of mechanical aptitude and interest.
With the state of the U.S. economy hardly booming, how have Los Angeles' art galleries weathered the storm, and how has the credit crunch affected the rest of the country's and the world's art communities as a whole? When consumers see their pay checks having to stretch further than ever before, it's hardly surprising those little extras we might usually splash out on fall by the wayside. Perhaps you now make your coffee for the commute at home instead of popping into Starbucks - every little counts, after all. So if we're all tightening our purse strings on even the smallest of items, those higher-priced pieces like artwork that we'll occasionally buy must really be suffering.
Fashion- The Fashion Design program of the Art Institute of California- Hollywood will showcase fashion designs of advanced students as well as recent graduates. Designs will range from the sublime to avante garde and everything in between. The fashion shows will take place in front of the Ai Campus on Lankershim Blvd. Two show times: 2pm & 5pm.
Interior Design- The Interior Design program of the Art Institute of California- Hollywood will showcase three dimensional computer renderings of hospitality, restaurant, and loft spaces. The architectural interiors utilized 3D Autocad and Revit computer programs. The department will also showcase examples of student work from Lighting Design. The interior design gallery will be showcasing at suite 131 loft on Weddington Blvd. The gallery will be showcasing from 2-6pm.
Set & Exhibit- The Set & Exhibit Design program of the Art Institute of California- Hollywood will be showcasing student work at the Magnolia address. The promotion of Set & Exhibit Design will be showcased from 12-4pm. Photography- The Digital Photography program of the Art Institute of California- Hollywood will showcase images of students from all levels of the program. Images will range from basic photo classes to advanced techniques in imaging and photo manipulation. The gallery will take place in front of the Ai campus on Weddington Blvd. The gallery will showcase from 2-6pm.
Film- The Digital Film program of the Art Institute of California- Hollywood will be showcasing student work with a 60-minute film festival of student shorts (all under 10 minutes) with a Q & A afterwards with various student directors and their crews. The Film Festival will take place at the Ai campus in room 108/109 at 1pm. The digital film program will also conduct a demonstration of the TV studio, demonstrating multi-cam recording and the Green Screen techniques used to create some of the visual illusions seen in everyday TV and film production. The demonstration will be given by TV Studio instructor, Nicole Block at 3pm in room 108/109 at the Ai campus.
Culinary- The Culinary program of the Art Institute of California- Hollywood will be showcasing culinary cuisine in the VIP area of the festival from 3-6pm.The Art Institute of California- Hollywood will be showcasing the restaurant Fifty2Fifty with appetizers at 4pm inside Fifty2Fifty Restaurant at the Ai Campus.
Graphic Design- The Graphic Design program of the Art Institute of California Hollywood will be showcasing student art work at suite 113 loft on Weddington Blvd. The gallery will be showcasing from 2-6pm. Multi Media- Media Arts & Animation, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Game Art & Design, Visual Game Programming departments of the Art Institute of California- Hollywood, will show a Media reel of student work from the following departments: Media Arts & Animation, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Game Art & Design, Visual Game Programming, the reel is a combination of student work submitted for festivals. The showcase will be showing the student reel from 2-6PM, in the Mariposa room at Ai Campus on Nov. 12th
The Student Services department of the Art Institute of California- Hollywood will offer “Creating Tomorrow’s Artist” – kid’s workship 1-5pm taking place in front of Ai Campus on Weddington Blvd.
If you would like more information about Ai, visit the booth for The Art Institute of California- Hollywood by the main stage to get your photo taken in the photo booth with friends!
Daniel DeBevoise, Guest Blogger
During the summer, NoHo Gallery LA exhibited a series of photographs highlighting past NoHo Arts District Festivals. I was impressed by the number of people frequenting the gallery who appreciated this retrospective and expressed strong desires to see a revival of the festivals. The festivals did so much to benefit the NoHo theatres, galleries and small businesses,in general. Fortunately, the Experience NoHo Arts Festival coming up this November 12th is a much needed boost to the NoHo community.
I know it has been awhile since I have been the one writing my blog. I hope you enjoyed all of the amazing artists that filled in for me. I know I did.
Now I can tell you where I have been and what I have been up to. I have been knee deep in creating a comprehensive Arts Festival for the district! It is a long story as to how we got here but one I think that is worth sharing.
Today, the splendor of Graffiti is at an all-time high, vying for its share of the white cubical space of “Fine Art” galleries and public space in general. However it is the misuse of the term Fine Art that is acting as a negative charge towards something as positive as Graffiti. I have heard the term used to describe art other than Graffiti, in hopes as to separate styles of art and hinder its positive impact on both the “Art World” and our cultural fabric as well.
Self-supporting aerosol art organization promises to continue giving artists the materials and a chance to shine in a world of wasted potential and unyielding politics
ArtStorm – THE ART OF KINGS – founded in Los Angeles in 2001, is celebrating ten years of dedication to providing free canvas, paint and safe and legal locations for young people to pursue the aerosol and marker urban art form.
Oscar Wilde said “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist not the sitter.” I may not have agreed with this when I first started creating, but now, almost 20 years after I first picked up a camera, I can see its truth looking back on my body of work and its evolution.
In my continuing quest to unravel the super graphics laws that are currently restricting murals in Los Angeles I have come across the key issue that continues to plague City Council. How do you distinguish Art from advertisement?
At first glance this seems to be easily done. One is created to advertise a product, the other is created to ............... You see where I am going with this. The reality is billions of people through out time have devoted countless hours trying to understanding the meaning behind the Art they are confronted by on a daily basis. From the Romans who would use Art to “ advertise “ their patrons social status to the Catholics who have created Art to propagate christianity. The lines between Art and advertisement have always been blurry.
With the success of MOCA's current exhibit "Art in the Streets" the flood gates have been opened to the many complex issues of the street art movement. A movement that has taken every major city in the world by storm.
My hope in this series of blogs is to open a dialog, take you through the issues one step at a time, and shed light on how other major cities have handled the issue of street art. I think the best place to start the discussion is with "murals" commission by private property owners on commercial or residential property.
I have heard the question raised over and over again " Why don't street artists just ask permission from the property owners? ". In reality many artists do ask, however in the city of Los Angeles, artwork murals on private property that is in view of the public is ILLEGAL regardless of whether or not the artist has permission, or if the property owner has commissioned the work.