Live Fast Mag Presents: “Untamed” at LUX / EROS

Live Fast Mag is pleased to team up with LUX / EROS Gallery in Venice, California to present Untamed, a group show featuring the work of Chad Muska, Jason Lee Parry, Jenn Porreca, Atiba Jefferson, Arto Saari, Ali Gallagher, Alexis Gross, Abby Wilcox, Dennis Martin, Paulo Diaz, Molly Stone, Danielle DeFoe, Justin Fry, Cody Comrie, Rick Kosick, Desanka Fasiska, Charis Kirchheimer, Kit Scarbo and Faith-Ann Young. The opening reception was held on Saturday, July 21 2012 from 7 to 9pm; the exhibition will remain open for viewing by appointment through August 10, 2012 and 10% of sales will benefit Keep a Breast, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. LUX/EROS is located at 2118 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA. For purchase inquiries and appointment requests, email us!

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JASON LEE PARRY

Jason Lee Parry is a 31 year old photographer who currently lives in Los Angeles, California. As a child, he lived in over fifteen states. He first picked up a camera when he was fifteen and since then has not stopped creating images that evoke undiluted sexiness mixed with a feeling of youthful freedom. With his specific artistic style, he offers something different to the world. These days it seems that just anyone can snap a picture and call themselves a photographer, but Jason has a talent for telling a story and capturing an authentic response from his audience. He is self taught and originally from Portland, Oregon.

>>> our interview with Jason

I’ll Keep You Wild, 2012

Edition of one

Giclee print on archival paper

26”x38” framed

I’ll Keep You Wild, 2012

Edition of one

Giclee print on archival paper

26”x38” framed

CHAD MUSKA

Pro skateboarding icon Chad Muska recalls art being a monumental part of his life for as long as he can remember. From his graffiti and sketchbook days as a teenager, Muska was introduced to graphic, logo, shoe and apparel design during his rise to fame as a professional skateboarder. After tearing his ACL, art quickly started to rival skateboarding as a personal outlet, until it became an obsession. The artist’s inspirations are purely instinctual, proclaiming insightful messages of overcoming obstacles.

>>> our studio visit with Chad

Pain Reflector, 2012

Mixed media on wood

44”x62”

MOLLY STONE

As a child growing up in Vista, photographer Molly Stone used to steal her dad’s old Pentax camera and pretend to shoot photos of her dogs and random things around the yard. Now based in Los Angeles, 23 year-old Stone has made quite a name for herself and her dreamy fashion portraits, depicting quiet, reflective & intimate moments amidst the earth’s elements, creatively fit the bill for both the fine art and commercial sides of photography. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego.

>>> our interview with Molly

Untitled, 2012

Edition of 5

Giclee print on archival paper

23×23 in 24×26 frame

Untitled, 2012

Edition of 5

Giclee print on archival paper

23×23 in 24×26 frame

DANIELLE DEFOE

Hollywood-based photographer, multimedia artist and muse Danielle DeFoe is what we call in french “une étoile montante.” Originally from Atlanta, she studied at Central Saint Martin’s in London and consequently obtained her BFA from The School of the Art Institute in 2007. Red is often a theme in DeFoe’s work; she salutes glamour, grime, kink, and passion. She enjoys exploring uninhibited, voyeuristic narratives, flamboyance and hedonism, often including herself in her own work. She loves being in front of the camera almost as much as being behind, using self as subject.

Currently she has an editorial out for Schön! Magazine’s Showbiz issue and can be seen modeling in Ellen von Unwerth’s  Do Not Disturb solo show in London, as well as for photographer Marlene Marino for Purple Fashion Magazine’s A/W 2012 issue.

>>> our Danielle DeFoe interview

CHARIS KIRCHHEIMER

Believing that there are no rules to good photography, only good photographs is the creative mantra of Charis Kirchheimer. This Miami based photographer understands there is no one size fits all formula to her craft and that every situation and every subject is different. She prides herself on being able to tailor her style to whatever is on the other side of her lens in order to better capture its essence. With her own ad hoc photo studio, Charis has managed to shoot Miami’s most influential artists giving us an insiders perspective on a city flourishing with talent. She has collaborated on numerous art projects, including the infamous Black Sunday as well as one of Miami’s preeminent art collectives known as The Overthrow. Her work has been featured in publications such as Ocean Drive Magazine, 944, The Miami New Times, Live fast mag, BeScene Mag, Architectural digest, Italian blog Camera Obscura and Missbehave.

>>> our Charis Kirchheimer interview

Natalya, 2012

Mixed media on canvas

8”x12” in 13”x17” frame

Natalya, 2012

Mixed media on canvas

8”x12” in 13”x17” frame

ARTO SAARI

Hollywood-based Finlandian Flip rider Arto Saari is well ordained in the art of photography. His epic captures are inspired by his commitment to bringing out the true nature of his subject. Saari’s early start in skateboarding connected him to influential artists in the industry; he recalls Ed Templeton as one of many friends who challenged him to push his creative boundaries. Nowadays, Arto happily spends most his time working on a photography website, shooting portraits of friends, and skating the bowl in his backyard. His photos have been shown through Gravis’s Creative Departures program in the U.S., Japan and Belgium.

Merkin Swan, 2010

Edition of one

Giclee print on archival paper

24”x36” in 34”x46” frame

Vanuatu Land Diving, 2011

Edition of one

Giclee print on archival paper

24”x36” in 34”x46” frame

FAITH-ANN YOUNG

Sydney-born, half-Japanese artist, Faith-Ann Young is naturally drawn to bold colors and eccentric muses. Having lived in 7 different cities before calling Venice, CA, home, Faith-Ann’s work often blends cultural iconography and social and sexual cues, in order to evoke other-worldly realms while also challenging conventional stereotypes.  Faith-Ann first began taking pictures in New York City, chronicling the gritty, raw, underground music scene in downtown NYC. Her work has since been published in publications such as Rolling Stone, The Economist, Dwell, and Dazed Digital. While Faith-Ann’s photos has previously been exhibited in New York, this is her first exhibition on the West Coast. .

>>> Faith-Ann Young’s LFM column

Akai / Red Lips, 2012

Edition of 5

Giclee print on archival paper

28”x20” in 40”x28.5” frame

I Left You A Note…, 2012

Edition of 5

Giclee print on archival paper

28×20 in 40×28.5 frame

ALI GALLAGHER

Ali Gallagher grew up in Ohio as the middle child of seven children in a close knit family where she started creating at a young age. She received a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning Program (DAAP). In school she studied painting, drawing, wood-working, welding, printmaking, bronze casting, and forging. While she currently resides in Los Angeles, her time is split between NY, LA and Europe where she stays busy designing sets, as well showcasing her visual artwork.

>>> our interview with Ali

Holified, 2012

Oil on wood panel

24”x18”

ATIBA JEFFERSON

Atiba Jefferson has shot some of the hottest players in sports – from basketball’s Kobe Bryant to skateboarding’s Tony Hawk. He has established himself as a standard for action sports photography, and the world of professional photographers. Mostly self taught and completely self-disciplined, Atiba has earned the recognition that he’s got because of his commitment to improve his understanding of all aspects of photography. For many, Atiba is considered the best skateboarding photographer out there.

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Andrew Reynolds FS Flip, 2009

Edition of one

Giclee print on archival paper

22”x17” in 24”x28” frame

DENNIS MARTIN

Hollywood-based videographer and photographer Dennis Martin spent most of the past decade on skateboard trips with a camera and a laptop, learning the tricks of the trade and making a name for himself from his dedication as he introduced to the world the talent of up and coming skaters. He currently runs digitalskateboarding.com and works as skateboarding marketing director for Supra Footwear and KR3W Denim.

>>> Dennis Martin’s LFM column

Lock Up Yer Daughters, 2012

Mixed media on wood

11”x14”

KIT SCARBO

Kit Scarbo is a Costume designer and wardrobe stylist. As a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Kit was trained in fashion illustration. As a costume designer, Kit sketches wardrobe design and interprets character concepts for commercial, music, theater, film, and television media. Recently, Kit has begun the illustrative development and exploration of the mysteries and characters of the subconscious of her own brand, Kit Pistol Design. Incorporating the inspiring elements often seen in her fashion design- such as the Victorian era, science fiction, erotica, and the macabre.

There Is Thunder In Our Hearts, 2012

Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper

16”x 20” in floating frame

ABBY WILCOX

Abby Wilcox has made a name for herself in San Francisco for her unique ability to capture an emotive environmental portrait. But she spends most of her time with her camera attached to her hip, photographing decisive moments, forgotten locations and interesting people. Abby is in love with her two cats, photography, writing, art, snowboarding in deep powder, yoga, healthy and organic food and Radiohead. She’s lived in lots of cool places – she got her BS in journalism at CU Boulder (though her real major was snowboarding in deep powder) and her MFA in photography at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Somewhere in the middle of that, she worked for a small newspaper in Manhattan.

>>> Abby Wilcox’s LFM column

Ethos, 2012

Edition of 5

Giclee print on archival paper

12”x18” in 20”x28” frame

Pathos, 2012

Edition of 5

Giclee print on archival paper

12”x18” in 20”x28” frame

JENN PORRECA

Jenn Porreca is a modern contemporary artist based in San Francisco. Claiming marked influences from the repetitive religious iconography of her childhood, European silhouette and folklore artists of the early 1900s, literature, San Francisco Street Art, Manga, and Japonisme, she paints a delicate world of intricately layered folklore. Jenn’s work has gained more recent exposure thanks to publications and online forums like Juxtapoz Magazine (May and June, 2008), Lost at E Minor, Kotori Magazine, The Philippine Star, Manila, and The Village Voice, New York.

>>> our latest article on Jenn Porreca

Love Cast No Shadow, 2012

Acrylic and oil on wood panel

24×24 in 26×26 frame

CODY COMRIE

The Inspiration for Cody’s work comes from his surroundings, the natural process, animals, decay, the Universe, the way things naturally evolve and change. How every action has a reaction, whether physical or emotional. He looks at the way we exist and how we relate to our surroundings, how we affect the natural world, and how we should be affecting it. It is a constant battle for him to exist within it, always questioning reality.

The process of his is very important. He never knows where to start or where to end, one thing happens and leads to the next, creating something unexpected, something that could never be conceived in the beginning of a piece. This is how he feels his work brings him closer to the natural world, letting the work happen as organically as possible. He’d like to think his work reflects the natural process, letting the work have a life its own, creating itself in a way.

JUSTIN FRY

Justin Fry’s work mixes key elements of these visual languages that reflect his culture and that are used as beacons within the visual white noise that has surrounded him in his life. These elements can combine to create fractured hybrid characters that demonstrate the possibility that we are all now fractured individuals taking on parts of our designed environments. Researching memories has begun to show Justin clues to what effect these cultural surroundings have had on him, both positive and negative. Viewing anything from old cartoons, comics, film, magazines and art catalogs.

Justin hunts for bits of information that he is emotionally attracted to and moves to organise them to be used as a foundation to build a painting upon. These images can be very strong symbols that may hold significant meaning, or they may be attractive to simply because they have been seen many times in life, causing them to have been burned into his subconscious. After collecting, Justin begins to hunt for new uses for this familiar subject matter and begin stretching and distorting the images, using their recognisable features as a place of departure for his creative process. Justin’s paintings are a record of this process.

>>> our interview with Justin

ALEXIS GROSS

Alexis Gross is a photographer, artist, and curator. She has identified with a natural passion for taking pictures and an artful future has become apparent. Her pictures are a true extension of her everyday existence, and it’s obvious to those who know her, that what you see is what you get. Feisty, private, eccentric, and amused by records, marijuana, motorcycles, skateboarding and older men, Alexis is a rare bird. Her connection to the skate industry has provided fodder for a portfolio of unique and absorbing imagery. Lifestyle and portraits showcase a fresh and exciting perspective, and Gross has garnered a great amount of respect from all those she’s worked with, both subjects and colleagues alike.

>>> bio via

>>>> our interview with Alexis

PAULO DIAZ

Paulo Diaz was a central figure in skateboarding throughout the 90′s. At one time he was considered to be one of the best street skaters in Los Angeles, and skated for the best companies. One day without much warning, Paulo left skateboarding to pursue a different path that included world travel, art, and music. It’s obvious through his skating and other pursuits that Paulo is a true artist and for him skateboarding is just one form of self expression that blends seamlessly with his other passions.

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RICK KOSICK

Kosick started out as a freelance photographer for Poweredge and Slap skateboarding magazines and built up fame as a skateboard photographer. Kosick’s photography also caught the attention of the rock band Deftones who contracted Kosick to shoot the cover art to their Platinum-selling album Around the Fur. This cover was voted by Revolver Magazine as one of the greatest metal covers ever. Kosick was later approached by the editor of Big Brother to become a photographer and later head photo editor. Kosick currently works as a freelance photographer and cameraman.

DESANKA FASISKA 

LUX / EROS Gallery was born out of Artist and Designer Desanka Fasiska’s desire to provide an approachable yet progressive platform to support the Arts in Los Angeles. LUX / EROS provides the space to encourage creativity and a sense of community by providing bespoke events and projects, workshops hosted by luminary artists, collaborations, curated retail events and out-reach programs.


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