We did a studio visit a while back with Meryl Pataky and have since been in awe of her work. After seeing firsthand the time, money, commitment and volatility of working with a medium such as neon, this girl deserves some major props.
“North Hollywood has this street vibe you often see in Venice or Silverlake, but dated and nostalgic – with cool alleys and wide streets,” says L.A.-based photographer Alexander Jacob about the hood he shot Ford model Cristal Serrano in. A match made in Instagram, the two decided to put together a test shoot near her digs in NoHo; sans MUA and stylist, they pulled it off in this fresh and sun-kissed photoboard. Check it out.
Matthew Tammaro‘s photography makes you feel like you accidentally stepped into his private little world. His images scream the free-spirited road trip vibe, with a playful sexual tension that emanates from a diverse mix of female muses. A recent transplant to L.A. from Toronto, it seems like his aesthetic will fit in just fine.
Greg Gossel caught my eye a while back with his incredible collage of Bill Murray, a part of an exhibit called “Bad Dads, A Wes Anderson Tribute” at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. Well, he’s back in the city for a sexier show “Head Over Heels” at White Walls, and I got the chance to visit with him as he was setting it all up. His work is a confluence of layers of hot models, combined with his signature use of typography. He also took me around the corner to check out his piece on the street, which was grabbing a lot of attention as we were shooting. His background in design is apparent in his work, and it will be a fixture at White Walls until June 29, so if you are in the area, it’s definitely worth a gander. Have a read of the interview:
There’s something about pretty girls covered in paint, flirting and laughing. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but there is definitely something. This editorial by young photographer Rebekah Campbell (she’s only 20) plays with the art of body painting in this way, and the result is super cute. We like the minimal styling, the short shorts and underwear look, and of course the girls take the cake. They look like they’ve been besties forever.
Photographer Aaron Feaver has sparked the summer fever in us with this exclusive editorial, and right in time for Memorial Weekend we find ourselves ecstatic with the thought of long days at the beach, pool parties and bubbly in the sun… Bring on the animal prints, sexy bathing suits, bold floral pants and of course, short shorts! We say if you don’t have Monday off, play hooky!
Photographer: Aaron Feaver, Feaverish Photography
Styling: Taylor Sheridan
Hair & Makeup: Maddie North
Model: Brooke Nesbitt
I can’t recall when I first stumbled onto Shane Small‘s work, but I remember instantly falling in love with his clean, sexy style. I follow a lot of illustrators online: I am amazed by the raw talent constantly flooding the interwebs, but coincidentally, Shane’s graphic illustrations stuck with me. Perhaps it’s because he photographs most of his subjects himself, which I appreciate (I think it’s the photographer in me), or perhaps it’s his thought process all the way through the illustration to the end. Regardless, his work speaks for itself. Have a read of the interview:
Meryl Pataky is one of those artists that you just want to hang out with. Her studio, which she shares with a handful of other artists, was once the Hamms Brewery storehouse, with a storybook tower that held the brewery’s malt and barley. I first met Meryl at the Mark Warren Jacques White Walls show about a month ago – she had collaborated with him on a piece, adding one of her neon creations to one of his paintings. We hit it off, and as I’m super fascinated with the process of making neon art, we agreed on a studio visit.
Oakland-based apparel company SuRu has a cool mantra. Baba Afolabi, Nigerian born but Oakland raised, wants the world to know that SuRu is about diversity and multiculturalism, and he’s designed his brand to represent this. SuRu in Yoruba, his native language, means “Patience” and in the Japanese language means “To do.” Despite the geographic distance between the two cultures, the words come together to mean “To Do Patience.” This is a quality that speaks to the core of the SuRu brand, representing all of the colors of the world. Also, Baba has an affinity for the number five, a lot of his designs incorporate cities spelled with five letters.
Mark Warren Jacques was born and raised in Colombus, Ohio, but he screams West Coast. He credits the mystic, more spiritual aspect of his work to his Midwest upbringing, but his time spent on the West Coast, mainly Portland, has certainly shaped him as an artist. This body, titled “Small in a Big Way” opened on Friday in the White Walls Project Space, and the small pieces pointedly hung together formed a larger entity that really worked for his audience. In fact, he sold a good amount of his psychedelic pieces, while touring the gallery, skateboard in hand.
On a steamy spring bluebird snowmobiling day in the back country of the Sierras, specifically North Lake Tahoe, Xena totally stole the show. Xena’s the dog, half husky and half malamute, but totally a baby. There’s something about hanging in the snow way up in the mountains, dog in tow, with her running wildly beside the snowmobile but never losing the scent or the crew.
We can always expect great things from British indie arts project “Occupy” when they do new print releases. They’ve got a stellar roster of artists with diverse and marked styles, and who doesn’t love a new limited edition art print on the wall? I know I do. What’s your fave?
When I first came across Joseph Loughborough‘s work, I spent quite a bit of time looking at his portfolio. At first, I was a little jarred by the eerie nature of his vision, depicting lonely characters in black & white, often emaciated macabre figures with a look of near death in their eyes. Or maybe they had no eyes at all, like ghosts in the night. But I kept going back to it, more intrigued, and what was once a sense of discomfort for me turned into a kind of raw beauty, and I appreciate his work more every time I look at it. So much so that I had to learn more about what makes the man tick.
Always inspiring, White Walls SF Gallery threw a hell-of-a-party on Friday to celebrate its ten years in existence. The party also marked the opening of a new, grandiose space at 886 Geary in San Francisco, where curator and owner Justin Gairla pulled out the big guns with works by artists such as Shepard Fairey, ROA, Russell Young, Miss Bugs and Casey Gray, to name a few.
We’re digging this free-spirited editorial by LA-based photography duo Villanueva and Stone. Featuring Next LA model Chaun, ”The Other Path” does a kind whirlwind day-in-the-life tour of Hollywoodland, but in a more subtle sort of way, like it could take place in any city in America. Have a look:
I first met Jenn Porecca when we teamed up for the Live Fast Mag group show, “Untamed.” I had the precarious job of transporting her painting in my Eurovan from San Francisco to Los Angeles for install, and despite harried traffic conditions, I made it there in one piece. Jenn arrived the following day for the show, and we all took in some art, imbibed on champagne and networked with the pretty fantastic people who came out for the event.
I have since been keeping an eye on Jenn’s dreamy portraits of women, which she claims to take marked influences from surrealist art and film, vintage fabric patterns, comics, religious iconography and silhouette animation. Luckily for the folks in San Francisco, her solo show “Love in Absentia” opens this Saturday at the Luna Rienne Gallery in the Mission.
With Love In Absentia, Porreca explores the challenge of doing something as simple as loving each other in the chaotic and complex modern world. With everyone’s reality becoming increasingly fragmented, she attempts to connect the viewer with the universal stream of consciousness through the line in her work. The tension and release of painterly expressionism juxtaposed with the sharp, controlled line represent her search for balance in the duality of life and death. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the work from the show, as well as images of Jenn in her Los Angeles studio.
Stop by Luna Rienne Gallery at 3318 22nd Street @ Valencia this Saturday (3/2/12) from 6 to 9 p.m. for the opening of Jenn’s show “Love in Absentia”. You’ll get a chance to meet the lovely artist and maybe get inspired by her love-fueled works.