The NoHo motto is: “NoHo is only as great as its people.”
Meet Corban D. Lundborg, a North Hollywood visual artist who recently painted the murals at AMP Rehearsal Studios in the NoHo Arts District. Grab a pour over or some awesome coffee from Amp Coffee LA and enjoy the art…and music. Corban’s background is quite unique and an inspirational story of exploring the world and letting your calling develop organically.
Q: How did you collaborate with AMP Rehearsal?
A: I was brought into the Amp Rehearsal/Coffee renovations shortly after returning from East Africa, after being deployed as a combat photographer for eight months. My friend was leading the coffee expansion and was kind enough to bring me in as the artist.
Q: Why did you choose the singers/groups for your murals?
A: Amp Rehearsal has a long history in the neighborhood. Musicians of all ages and genres rehears there. We wanted to cover that large spectrum of age, style, history and influence through the walls. We envisioned it to be a space for inspiration and hope.
Q. Growing up did you create art? When was the moment you knew you wanted to pursue art?
A: Growing up, I was always ahead of the curve when it came to art and creativity. I was introduced to graffiti at a young age through older kids at the skate park. I took to the streets pretty young and ended up getting in a lot of trouble. Through high school I was in legal and academic trouble. I started taking art classes because it was an easy “A” for me but I didn’t see value in creativity. At the time, a career in art was not in the picture.
At the young age of 18, Corban enlisted with the United States Air Force and arrived at his first assignment in South Korea where he served as a Chemical Warfare Supply Specialist. He started a tattoo apprenticeship on the weekends in Seoul at a tattoo shop called Tattoo Korea, and this experience reignited his love for the arts. He was then assigned to Aviano Air Base in Northern Italy for a three-year tour where he started painting canvases and started his brand, COLD Studio. After four years of honorable active service in the Air Force, he decided to move back to Minnesota to start college and teach youth art classes. He did a year-long art tour across the country living and working out of a mobile studio. Corban has had the opportunity to travel around the world, visiting nearly 60 countries learning about art and culture.
He is currently a Staff Sgt. in the Air Force Reserve as a photojournalist at the 4th Combat Camera Squadron based out of Charleston, South Carolina where he travels to monthly for routine duty.
Q: How did you get the position in the reserves as combat photographer?
A: I was in my final year of high school and lacked vision for my future. I didn’t have money or the desire for more classrooms. I was longing for adventure, so I enlisted in the Air Force. After four years of serving overseas on an Active Duty tour, I found a new love for art and travel. My first military job, logistics, was not exciting or creative enough for me so I transferred to the Air Force Reserve where I retrained into photojournalism. At that time, the historic 4th Combat Camera Squadron had been shut down but shortly after graduating from Defense Information School (DINFOS) the squadron was reactivated in Charleston, South Carolina, where I quickly applied for a slot.
On November 5, 2019 Corban was featured on NBC’s “The Kelly Clarkson Show” where she shared his MRE coffee art collection. He used instant coffee from his “Meals Ready to Eat” field rations to paint memories of his East Africa deployment.
Q: MRE coffee pieces, brilliant! How did this come about?
A: I was in East Africa with a lot of inspiration but little supply. I turned to the materials around me and started making art, the coffee looked better on paper than it tasted.
Corban’s COLD Studio is now based out of North Hollywood where he creates art full time. He and his wife Anele also run a media company called CALM Collective where he works as a creative director and cinematographer. “I want to create motion pictures and tell stories on the big screen,” says Corban. The husband and wife team are working on producing their first movie together.
Q: What’s your favorite medium?
I enjoy learning and exploring new mediums but acrylic with spray paint has been my favorite fix. I like to work quick and acrylic allows me to do that.
Q: What public art would you like to see in the NoHo Arts District?
A: I believe NoHo Arts District could evolve into a leading creative space in this city. Very few places in the world have so many artistic people and opportunities packed into one community. North Hollywood holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. I would like to see this neighborhood embrace its creatives.
We always ask successful artists what advice they can give to aspiring artists. You never know what may resonate and inspire others to create their art. “My advice to an aspiring artist is value,” says Corban. “Understand it. Value time, friends, family, faith. Humility is important. Remain a student of life, there is something to learn in every situation. Find community and live generously.”
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