PRIVATE MOMENTS

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A couple weeks ago my good friend Amir sent me a link to these wonderful images of private photo booth moments; captured by Charlotte Niel. I instantly fell in love with them. There are some really great moments; a group of friends crammed together, a kissing couple, a little girl being hoisted up by her father. There is something so innocent and special about each image. I especially love the  bright-saturated  colors. Niel explains, her thoughts behind her beautiful series. 

“How many times have we looked at an old photograph and wondered about the person in the frame? People or family members we never knew, set in places we never visited or that have changed beyond recognition. Photos are often the only means to link us to our past or the past of others. They help us not to forget. They become visual memories. For these reasons, I find it fascinating to watch what happens at photo booths at county fairs. People come with family and friends to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, friendships or just to make an annual visit to the booths. For others, it is just a way to capture who they are or with whom they are at that moment, on their own private stage. The result is a body of work of people who shared with me moments that took place in front of and behind the curtain, documented for unknown viewers. With my camera, it became a transformation of a private moment into a public one.”

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ARTIST CRUSH: URS FISCHER

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Last weekend I visited MOCA with some friends and saw a fantastic exhibit from Urs Fischer. This was such a great exhibit. I loved that all the walls dividing each room were cut out, which created different vantage points from room to room. His sculptures have such life, I especially loved the street lamp.

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Not only was this exhibit in the MOCA on Grand it also continued into the MOCA in Little Tokyo. This exhibit housed thousands (probably even more) of clay sculptures. The story behind this exhibit was he invited over a thousand artists to come and just created sculptures. There is so much stuff everywhere, it was a little creepy. Hands down the show stopper was this beautiful marble sculpture but it really wasn’t marble they were wax. This sculpture is one giant candle, and throughout the exhibit it is lite up creating these beautiful wax drippings. Pieces also begin to fall and crumble to the ground. I have never seen anything like that, it was a really inspiring show. I highly recommend checking it out. 

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ARTIST CRUSH: LIBBY BLACK

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A couple months back, I mentioned my friend Amir’s amazing silent art auction. It was a huge success and I walked away with an amazing piece of art. I am a proud owner of a Libby Black painting. I became familiar with her work through Amir, once I saw her piece on display I knew I had to have it. 

Her sculptures are great, they range from a Louie Voutton trunk to Chanel Schwinn Bike. I also love that she creates these super iconic high fashion labels out of paper and hot glue. I cannot wait for my painting to come back from the framers!!!

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AGAINST THE GRAIN

My good friend Amir is probably the busiest person I know. Not only is he an amazing painter, I felt honored when he did a portrait of me. He also is the creator of the successful magazine and blog Beautiful Decay. He now can add curator and creator of this amazing event called Against the Grain to his resume. Against the Grain is a one-night art auction to raise grant funds for one Los Angeles-based student artist. Which can be used studio practice, tuition, or supplies. 

This event will showcase some very well known artists with amazing starting bids of only $100. How can you not come out and support young artists and possibly get your hands on some great artwork.

The opening reception will also feature live DJ sets, food trucks, and beer tasting by Brouwerij West.

The first 100 people who buy tickets will get a $60 tote bag filled with art supplies.The tickets are only $10 – and can be purchased here.

Against The Grain is presented by Arches Paper, Rembrandt Oil and Blick Art Stores, who has already donated $1,500 towards the scholarship! 

August 25th, 2012 • 7-10pm

Mark Moore Gallery

5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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Alison Blickle. Woman with Peaches, oil on paper, 2012

The Time, oil, acrylic, ink, graphite, paper, 2012

Kevin E. Taylor, "Phase", oil and graphite on paper, 2012

Asad Faulwell, Untitled, oil and acrylic on paper, 2012

NICE DECK

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For awhile now I have been wanting a skateboard, but I am not sure if I want it to ride or use it as a piece of art. I currently have a board on my wall that I created when I was in college. I love vintage boards, so maybe the vintage boards for the walls and a fun Globe cruiser-board to ride. 

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BROTHERLY LOVE

I came across these great illustrations, and after reading the concept behind these drawings I loved them even more. These pieces are a collaboration between two brothers Tom & James. James creates these very intricate images and finds great inspiration in his brother Tom who was born with downs syndrome.

I think this statement from their blog wraps it up best, “Their collaboration is unique as they are sharing experiences between the outsider and “insider” art world. James identifies with Toms abstract use of visual coding and Tom builds around James’ skilled and confident mark making." 

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STEP & REPEAT

I am seeing a lot of patterns lately, so I felt like todays posts will be dedicated to patterns. Yayoi Kusama is a perfect person to start off with. I really want to live in her world, she is pretty fantastic!

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