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In Focus: White Walls SF 10 Year Anniversary

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.

Artist: Casey Gray

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Exclusive Editorial: “The Other Path” by Villanueva and Stone

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:

Makeup by Ash Mathews. Villanueva and Stone have also done some cool photo work for our good friends over at Ben Trovato. Check out their story Cabin Fever.

Art Crush: Jenn Porreca “Love in Absentia”

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.

Portrait by John Coyne

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.

Love in Absentia, Jenn Porreca from Jenn Porreca on Vimeo.

Portrait by John Coyne

Portrait by John Coyne

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.

Art Crush: Ben Franke

Lately, reader submissions have been flooding in, and it’s an exciting way for us to discover new artists. This was one of them, and we jumped at the chance to publish this incredible series “Parkour Motion” by NYC-based photographer Ben Franke.

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Lingerie Guide: Ari Dein SS13

It’s a fresh year, it’s time for some fresh lingerie, and we can’t help but crush on the soft, silky look of Ari Dein‘s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. There’s definitely a place in every girl’s closet for more feminine, not so tight and busty intimates, though don’t be fooled. The pieces are masterfully tailored (and hand-crafted in Manhattan) with hand-sewn ribbon detailing, and they feel oh-so glamorous on.

Art Crush: Bela Borsodi

New York City based editorial and advertising photographer Bela Borsodi never ceases to amaze with his brilliant and often sexually driven images. This series titled “Unconscious Affair” fuses real-life models with hand-illustrated fashion statements, kind of making you wonder what’s going on in his head. It’s the stuff of dreams, right?

Studio Visit: Chad Hasegawa

We’ve been working collaboratively a lot with White Walls SF, because the gallery focuses heavily on street artists, and as you probably already know, we love ourselves some street art. Artist Chad Hasegawa is no exception. I noticed his work about a year ago when I first saw his piece “Mother Market” on 6th & Market, painted on the roll-down of the Luggage Store Gallery. I literally stared at the bear from across the street – with his jaws wide and teeth rearing – and it appeared almost as if passers-by got swallowed from the sidewalk to forever disappear into the abyss of the bear, literally.

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Studio Visit: Erik Otto

San Francisco-based artist Erik Otto has been at it for a while, and it seems with a lot of hard work, the stars have aligned for him and his career this year. Otto works with all kinds of materials, his style is quite versatile, and he feeds heavily on his creative juices and drive to guide him as an artist. He’s been hired for private commissions as well as big city public projects, and he soon jets off for Pow Wow Hawaii 2013 to hang and paint with some of the worlds’ biggest muralists.

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Cool Find: Great State Strap Co.

Unfortunately for the modern Boho shutterbug, most camera accessories feel devastatingly boring… Until now! Introducing Great State Strap Co., a new company you’ll love for their rugged leather camera straps designed by photographers and handmade by leather workers in Portland, with a look reminiscent of the 1960′s saddle bags. You can be sure to amp up your style!

Wanderlust: Dream Picnic In Pahang, Malaysia

There’s nothing more romantic than going on a picnic with your main squeeze, finding that perfect spot to cuddle and drink wine. The thought of it seems almost like a dream sometimes in our fast-paced lifestyles, but it really is important for a relationship to unplug, tune-out and smell the flowers.

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Kickstarter Watch: Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Remember all of the negatives you had back in the day? Digital cameras only took over the photo industry in the last ten years or so, but it seems like eons, right? If you haven’t archived your old film (which most people haven’t), here’s a reason to revisit the best of your negatives, and probably a few long-lost memories… The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner was created to instantly and easily scan, edit and share 35mm film.

It scans directly to your Smartphone with a direct light panel that illuminates your developed film, and works with most color, slide or black & white 35mm film. It’s an analog photographers dream – no wonder the Kickstarter Project is more than 200% funded! I want one!

Art Crush: Zéh Palito

I’ve been kind of obsessed with animals in art, especially street art, and when I found São Paulo street artist Zéh Palito, a.k.a. Danilo Omwisye, it was the perfect match for my curatorial mind. The wildly creative and colorful representations of animals, paired with various shapes and forms radiate a spiritual energy, bringing nature’s finest to neighborhoods all over the world. Have a look:

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Art Crush: 3D Fashion Photography By Matjaž Tančič

The anaglyph – or 3D image in photography – is not something new. In fact, the method has been in existence since the 1850s (though it’s a little easier to execute these days with Photoshop.) In a series titled “Mimicry,” Slovenian artist Matjaž Tančič has added a fun twist to fashion photography with this eye-catching effect, which cleverly accentuates the stark contrast of the city and the country, both with the style and poses of the models.

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Art Crush: Kostis Fokas (NSFW)

Helmut Newton crossed my mind when I first saw Kostis Fokas‘ editorial work, from the focus on the female form to the “shock” factor that he works into his captures. The exclusion of the face and on-camera flash also makes the work a bit jarring, but I’m loving the edgy, sexually charged statement he’s making. Have a look:

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Art Crush: Christmas Gif(t)s

Just in time for the holidaze, London-based artist and designer Ryan Todd has created a platform for designers to showcase festive animated gifs, aptly titled Christmas Gif(t)s, though on the site, the “t” is crossed out. Some of the world’s best designers, illustrators and directors have jumped on board, culminating into a growing online gallery of thought-provoking, comical holiday animated gifs. We just can’t get enough. Think you can make the cut? There’s a link on the site to submit your own design, so get crackin’ because Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Lookbook Lust: Solestruck’s “Love On The Run”

We recently posted a sexy summer exclusive by photographer Magdalena Wosinska about Swedish band Graveyard, and now she’s back with another sultry rock n’roll lookbook for Solestruck. We’re loving the free spirited take on the brand, from her desert-romping, gun-shooting shots to the life in the fast lane on a motorcycle. It’s the look of love, right? Oh and – rad shoes!

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