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Featured Artist: Terry Richardson

Terry Richardson is that rare sort of artist who inspires as much debate as his work: he seems to be one of the most outlandish individuals walking the earth today. This “American original” was born in New York to fashion photographer Bob Richardson, but grew up in Hollywood, where he started shooting while still in high school. He shoots using a kind of snapshot aesthetic befitting his candid personality and, though his work has been featured in such publications as Vogue, i-D, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and Purple, Richardson seems to remain under the radar. Continue reading

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First Annual Black Book Sessions (UPDATE: Event coverage)

Those of you kind enough to recall the recent event at Known gallery I mentioned, take note: not only is this another twofer, it’s on the same night as the opening at Known. Best of all, the two are only a few blocks away from each other. This should prove to be an amazing event. Gallery 6ixty6 is hosting a gala of its own, also on the 22nd of this month, the first part of which is a showing by MZK crew, such legendary Los Angeles graffiti artists as TEWSR, and special guests photographer Spencer 14.2.1 and artist Dytch 66.

The second helping of creativity comes in the form of the first annual Blackbook Session, a live drawing exhibit by the artists listed below. For the uninitiated, a black book is a sketch book that graffiti artists regularly use, sometimes for collecting different artists’ works. This could be a chance to go home with a one-of-a-kind creation, guys. The event is sponsored by Copic Markers, a sign that the work will be of the highest quality. As always, bet on me being there, and come say hello.

Details are as follows: Continue reading

Slayer: “Beauty Through Order”

I don’t think I need to say anything about this new Slayer video directed by Ben Hibon, but I will anyway: It’s fucking amazing!

A collaboration between More Soon and Ben Hibon. Produced by Blink.

Watch it and decide for yourself.

Rumble: New works By Pose and KC Ortiz (UPDATE: Event coverage)

Though this show is better known as Rumble, Pose’s new series of works, it actually bears two names, the second of which is Forced Rebellion. The second title refers to a series of new works by photographer KC Ortiz. Through they seem to be advertising them as two separate shows, they have the same opening and running dates. Both artists are also represented by Known Gallery, so I guess they’re just milking every drop they can out of this one.

No matter what the behind-the-scenes madness of this show may or may not entail, I would highly recommend going to this event. If you’re not already familiar with Pose and his amazing works, you can watch him paint here. One better, you can watch him paint and talk about this upcoming show here. I’m not going to get into talking about their works too much, however–we can do that after the show, which I will no doubt be covering. Continue reading

Goings On About Town (UPDATE: Event Coverage)

There are two really amazing events going on this weekend, both of which I would recommend. If you play your cards right, it shouldn’t cost more than fifteen bucks to attend both–talk about a recession-buster.

Harry Kim’s Dirty Hands, about the life and art of David Choe, will be showing from tomorrow, April 30th, through May 6th. They even have special early bird prices to save you even more dough. You can check out the film’s trailer here and follow this link to find out when and where it will be shown near you. It’s being put on by Upper Playground, so there should be a lot of other fun to be had in addition to the film.

Also not to be missed is a solo show by Kopye. His art can be seen primarily in the streets of his native Los Angeles as well as freight trains traveling through the U.S. and Canada. Now you’ll be able to see it up close and in a more relaxed environment. The event is being held this Saturday, May 1st at a DBRLA. For more info I would recommend going here. Continue reading

Featured Artist: Walter Kitundu

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece about sound sculptor Gerhard Trimpin, after which I went on a sort of hunt for other sound sculptors/artists and found quit a few, none of whom stood out to me all that much. This morning, however, I happened to come across Walter Kitundu–funny how the stumbling is normally where the gems are found.

An artist is the brain of  the individual more than the tools he uses or even the creations he shares. Kitundu is a perfect representation of that: he is an amazing thinker. I often tell people drooling over my camera equipment while out shooting events that the camera isn’t what’s important: I could be using a one-time-use camera and, in the end, you would never know the difference. What really matters, artists like Kitundu show us, is knowing your craft like second nature. Continue reading

David Choe: Nothing to Declare (UPDATE)

One of my favorite artists in the world, David Choe, has been working his ass off to fill the 8,000 square-foot space that is Lazarides Gallery for his upcoming show, Nothing to Declare, opening the 23rd of this month. If you’re not already familiar with his work, or his incredibly interesting life for that matter, take a look at the trailer for the film Dirty Hands, spotlighting Choe here.

Choe is a true inspiration to me and I’m sure many others. In my opinion, his work is more a documentation of an event or emotion he may have been going through while creating it, not just some cool idea for an image or message he may or may not be trying to convey. There is such raw energy in his pieces; watching footage of him paint drives me to run outside and start getting some work done myself. Choe is a master of the creative mindset, showing his skill in any medium–from spray paint, oils, and watercolor all the way down to his own blood and urine. The following is a statement from the artist regarding the works for his forth coming show: Continue reading

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