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Printed Matters @ Subliminal Projects

Tomorrow night over at Subliminal Projects is a great show with new work, a variety of printing techniques, and a book signing for Beyond the Streets.

Let me start by saying that I’m not necessarily a fan of Shepard Fairey, but that’s another story. I do, however, enjoy the work he produces. Printed Matters is a show reinstating the incredible importance of printed media in a digital world. Many say printing is a lost art form; I say we’re too heavily reliant on technology. The argument continues. In this exhibit, we see old and new works by Fairey, which include printing on wood and metal, various paper media, collages, and more. This is Fairey’s first time showing at the new Echo Park location since they moved back in 2008. Continue reading

Artist Visit: Tiki Jay

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend time with Tiki Jay, one of L.A.’s most renowned underground artists. We spent our time in Hollywood, where he and his crew worked together to print his new run of hand-pulled silkscreen posters and stickers on both bleached and unbleached newsprint, as well as some really high quality vinyl. This was the first run of his very first set of screens, making it a rather interesting learning process for all of us. After a few hours of sweatshop labor in the ungodly heat of the studio space, they had their routine down solid, cranking out print after print in a kind of assembly line fashion. It was a sight to see. Continue reading

Constructive Destruction 3

Here is yet another art show not to be missed, and I’ll tell you why: I’m in it. This show, put on by LD LMT, is the debut of the film Constructive Destruction 3, which showcases today’s finest freight train painters. The film is shot by dozens of contributors, including some of the artists themselves. The event will include the premiere viewing of the film and freight train photography by several benchers, myself included. (Benching is a term used to describing the hobby in which you find and explore train yards to view the art painted on them, most often photographing what you find.) This is going to be huge. Great photography, great film, and giveaways by the sponsors, who, might I say, are incredible. You can no doubt expect event coverage to follow, including the usual expansive photo gallery and video walkthrough.

Be sure to check back the day after the show for updates. I fully expect to see all of you there; this could end up being the show of the year. You’ll notice that, unlike every other show I’ve suggested, this one costs money. The $5 entry fee, however, is a small price to pay to see the first showing of this major film, not to mention the great art being showcased and the possibility to win your money back in the form of prizes/giveaways.

For now, check out the full length Constructive Destruction 3 after the jump, and follow this link for directions. Continue reading

Interview: Mike Fearo (DCV, UTI)

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with world-renowned artist Fear. We spent our time chatting about what he has been up to recently, and what we can expect to see from him in the coming future.

the Crossing: Starting off with the basics, what is your name?

Fear: Fear–I go by Fear (Fearo, Fear one)

tC: What crews do you represent?
F: I represent DCV, a crew I started in 1988. I’m also down with UTI and BLA.

tC: And where are you from?
F: I come out of Los Angeles, California. Bellflower to be exact.

tC: Cool. So how long have you been painting?
F: I started painting in 1983, I was painting a kind of street graffiti. It wasn’t what you see today. In 1984 is when I became FEAR ONE. Continue reading

Music Philosophy

Today, we take a quick look at two of my favorite things: music and typography. We travel over to the not-so-cleverly-named Music Philosophy, where music lover and graphic designer Mico tells us,

I am a designer. I like music and typography. So I combined them on this Project because I had nothing better to do.

Mico creates stunning typographical imagery on a weekly basis using his favorite music quotes, from AC/DC to the Moldy Peaches, Jay-Z to John Lennon. While you can submit your own quotes to be rendered, there are currently a few dozen to look through. Mico suggests the bright colors and fun, interesting shapes look great as a mobile phone desktop wallpaper; I say they look great, period. I may have to request a few prints to display as a series. Go explore, find your favorite track, and venture the relm of artistic lettering.

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

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

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

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