Fine Art Series

Danielle Bonnet+ Neal Breton: Hot Neon Nights

November 24-December 24

I come from neon roots in Las Vegas Nevada, my grandparents ran a neon repair shop for any busted neon signs around Sin City, I was always trained to spot & notice neon signs for the potential for them to repair. After moving to Los Angeles neon became ever present to me, there is a bright glass tube glow all over the city. I got a curiosity itch on how neon signs were made that has spiraled to me devoting nearly all my free time to mastering the dying craft. I currently am undergoing an apprenticeship under Juan Ortega to become a proficient neon glass bender. All I aspire to do with my time is make new neon art. 

Driving around Los Angeles with a neon eye in mind one will discover an abundance of psychic shops that utilize neon signage to attract & draw in ambitious fate seekers. There is something inherently magical of bright glowing glass tubes indicating a psychic is present. These signs are my contemporary take on that glowing magic. Instead of $10 hand reading deals or $20 tarot reading specials – I wish to offer a free fortune telling service to all seeking answers for something out of their immediate control. I wish to note that there is no domination over its fate outputs besides perhaps that of divine destiny. We live in a Psychic City – I hope you find the answers you are looking for.

 

Neal Breton, a New Hampshire native, has been a
professional artist for over twenty five years. He studied
painting at Pasadena City College in the Mid-90’s under
Douglas Bond, a successful and published artist known for
his realistic representations. After living in the suburbs of
Los Angeles, he now resides on the Central Coast in the
quirky beach community of Los Osos.

Statement:
My work seeks to make a direct connection between color,
pattern and space. Blending the idea of contained spaces
with repetitive patterns and gradation, I further push the
idea of depth and the concept of physical form. The colors
and patterns serve as the alphabet to my visual language
in which viewers create their own narrative.

 

Lesley Goren: Pattern Play- A California Story

October 20-November 16 2018

Lesley Goren's paintings explore the wild landscapes of California and their native flora. Trough the use of saturated colors and detailed patterns she depicts the profound beauty of these landscapes. Her work recreates the feeling of constrained chaos found in these relatively untouched places. Lesley's work shows specific plants and specific places in a world that is increasingly becoming homogenized and monochrome. With these paintings she hopes to inspire people to connect to their natural surroundings and help preserve them. Lesley Goren is an artist and illustrator living in Topanga Canyon. She is interested in "place", be it the woods, the city, or somewhere in between. Her paintings and drawings are an exploration of what makes a certain area unique. Especially of interest are places in and around Los Angeles County- the extremely diverse neighborhoods located within LA, the architecture, the landscapes, and the wildness which dots and surrounds the city.
2019 Meet the Jury: Stephanie Unson

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world: 

From hand-sewing rag dolls as a kid (I learned to use a sewing machine when I was 20!) to creating oversized ceramic sculptures in undergrad, I’ve been a maker for as long as I can remember. i majored in Studio Art at UCSB, and spent my 20s studying ceramics and design in Florence, Italy. and now, as an associate marriage & family therapist and art therapist, I help clients use the artmaking process to work through their issues and cultivate personal growth.

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

I find inspiration in the chaotic clash of ideas that can arise from multicultural exchange. Thanks to the many cultures that coexist here in LA, we have the opportunity to learn from and grow because of our experiences with people from various backgrounds. 

Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art?

I can find almost any creative outlet (be it music, puppetry, or knitting, just to name a few) taught and practiced here in LA, and having access to such a breadth of expertise can really inform one’s artistic repertoire. Plus, bearing witness to countless artists doing their thing and putting it out there inspires me to try and do it too.

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all)

My favorite anime is Food Wars (Shokugeki no Soma); seeing food so lovingly rendered has really inspired me to experiment with my cooking. My favorite dog breed is the corgi, and I hope to adopt one in the future! And, since I walk everywhere, one of my favorite places for a good long walk (and play Pokemon Go, A.K.A. my personal Fitbit) is Echo Park Lake.

Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles?

I love how accessible art here is to the general public. It’s not only in museums or in private collections, but also brightening your commute with an uplifting mural or inviting passersby to leave their mark.

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?  

I want to get to know the artist through their words as much as through their art. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury?  

Getting to experience lots of inspiring art, obviously!

Q: Where can we find out more about you? 

My Instagram handle is @cinghialetta. Feel free to follow! It’s mostly me crowing like a proud mama over culinary experiments, along with artmaking and wandering about in the city.

2019 Meet the Jury: Fin Lee

 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world:

I'm a Queer first generation Korean American who is a freelance illustrator. My (favorite) past clients have included: Lady Gaga, Samsung, Planned Parenthood, NY Times in forms of: fashion illustration, digital art, commercial, and editorial. I very much connect to my line work and anyway I can express my self through it, I find it a blessing to share.

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

Hands down, my mother. For many children of immigrant parents, we know how much the idea of the "American Dream" lingers on to our futures but my mother has been such a great supporter of all that I have done and I wouldn't have been able to without her support.

Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art?

I grew up in the Los Angeles County so it very much informed my art, whether I knew it or not. I went away for some college years and so once I came back, I found a new relationship to it. The landscape and communities have changed but my book worm artistic weird self is still here.

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all)

Artist: Yoko Ono

Writer: Susan Sontag

Quote: "Everyone deserves a chance to fly"

Movie: Harold & Maude

Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles?

There is never a shortage of new ideas and new voices.

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you? 

Authenticity.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury? 

Seeing what new works people have been creating!

Q: Where can we find out more about you?

Instagram: @lostboyillustrations

www.lostboyillustrations.com

Meet the 2019 Jury: Joey DeRuy

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world: 

My first works (realism-graphite on paper) were accepted into a gallery by age 14. At age 16 I was getting hired by businesses for illustrations used in their branding campaigns. I was published in a national magazine by 18. IV been Hired by the states to make public works. I have won awards nationally, and shown internationally. I have been a full time painter for over 20 years.
Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?
Engaging the spectrum that makes up arts, observing  culture, books, and ancient history. Sitting about town sketching on verandas and taking in the environment. Location is based off mood or type of project and usually outdoors as I’m in the studio painting otherwise. Most ideas are already in my mind, I go about to distract myself with the visual happenings to allow my mind to aerate.  
Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art?
Los Angeles facilitates a light hearted, visual grandeur that allows the mind to build in unexpected ways. There is a calm that comes from working with and around other artists for a clear vision. LA gathers the creative, allowing the creative process to maneuver with freedom, while Lending professionalism and the ability to maintain that consistent creative process
Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all)
The museums, festivals, markets & fairs, and beach.  
Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles?
There is land space and the appreciation of art that allows projects of any size
Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?  
The work. I’m not really a writer, I’m a painter. I think the work should be able to speak for itself. If an image is worth 1000 words, it’s not up to me to project or force my intentions onto another’s experience. It the work means something to that person different then intended who am I to limit that. I might become privy to a perspective that brings inside that might have been stifled had I limited on others experience.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury?  
 The experience of people’s reaction to the work in real time. Getting out of the studio for some casual fun. 
Q: Where can we find out more about you? 
There are interviews , contact information, CV and social media profiles listed on my website joeyderuy.com
(photo by Owen Kolasinski)
Meet the 2019 Jury: Molly Schulman

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world: 

I am originally from upstate NY where I studied art at Bard College. In the years since I’ve lived here I have become interested in bridging the gap between the art world and the rest of the world by confronting the institutions that tend to dictate and perpetuate certain constructs. I co-created Maiden LA which just wrapped up it’s 3rd year. I am also the proud mother of my 1-year old daughter, Ida.

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration? Right now, because of a project I’m working on, my biggest inspiration is museum store merchandise. 

Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art? How has it not? 

Living in LA is what motivated my project Maiden LA. Maiden LA is a county-wide art survey that aims to dissolve hierarchies in the art world with its inclusive decentralized format. In response to the Hammer Museum's biennial Made in LA, Maiden LA serves as a way to expand the Hammer's definition of LA artists, offering a program that includes absolutely everyone who applies to participate.

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all) 

Walking LA, Langer’s, palm fronds, Ida

Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles? 

Oh, Los Angeles, I love you so. There is an endless stream of exciting work being shown in LA. I can hardly keep up with it all. There is an infectious energy here and I'm so happy to be a part of it. 

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?  

I definitely like when I'm presented with something I haven't seen before. Originality and a strong point of view capture my attention. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury?  

I love seeing what artists are up to!

Q: Where can we find out more about you? 

www.mollyschulman.info

 

Meet the 2019 Jury: Rhea Butcher

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world: 

My name is Rhea Butcher and I am a stand up comic, originally from Akron, Ohio. I went to The Myers School of Art at the University of Akron with a BFA in Printmaking. I also attended and dropped out of The University of Notre Dame's MFA Printmaking program. I specialized in screenprinting, photography, painting, and ultimately: video art. This is what lead me to a path of performance, a removal of process or technology and simply speaking and being on stage. I take a printmaking approach to all of my expression: thought, idea, process, repetition, distribution.

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

I have had many people who have inspired me over the years but as of this current moment, the present is my biggest inspiration.

Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art?

Los Angeles is such a misunderstood city. Often the industry of Hollywood overtakes the reality of the place. This is why being in the present is so important in Los Angeles. What is right in front of you is what is in front of you.

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all)

I enjoy looking, slowing down, breathing, watching the light move across the earth, seeing stars and planets in the sky. The fade of paint in the city, the succulents that thrive in the harshest of climates. The film "Annihilation."

Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles?

I love the feeling. There is no feeling like that of being here in this place. There is just SO MUCH here. You could spend a lifetime in LA and only see a hundredth of what it has to offer. The art here is reflective of that.

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?  

An understanding of the artist themselves, where they are in their work.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury?  

I just love being around art when I can be, so I look forward to experiencing as much as possible.

Q: Where can we find out more about you? 

You can find me on Twitter & Instagram: @rheabutcher and also on my website: www.rheabutcher.com. You can also see me perform all over Los Angeles, and listen to my many podcasts.

 

(Photo credit: A.W. Klass)

 

Meet the 2019 Jury: Billy Kheel

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world:

I am a Los Angeles based artist that has been working with fabric and applique for the past eight years. I originally started working with this material because of my interest in sport memorabilia (such as felt pennants and banners) and a close proximity to the fabric district in Downtown Los Angeles. I have shown in group and solo shows both nationally and internationally, but I love showing work in Los Angeles the best. I was also recently a maker on NBC's Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

I find inspiration in the most unlikely places. I'm inspired by sports culture. I have also been inspired by taco trucks, strip mall signs and the Los Angeles River, which most people find kind of disgusting. This is part of the reason I like to use fabric in my work; the soft craftiness of sewed fabric can be inviting, even if the subject matter is a little difficult or gross.

Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art?

Living in Los Angeles constantly informs my art. I am inspired by the history, culture, architecture and geography of the city itself and that manifests itself in my work. Los Angeles is also a hub of creative energy right now as artists from all over the world have come here (probably because its still cheaper than other big cities) and meeting other artists and getting feedback and seeing their work informs and inspires what I am doing.

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all)

The Los Angeles River, bicycle riding, tacos, beer, instagram, football, art shows, rap music, exploring LA, my wife and kids.

Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles?

I think LA is such an inspiring city for art because the art scene (or various art scenes, really) is so open and democratic. There are artists here with Yale MFAs and others that learned their art doing graffiti and skate graphics - and sometimes they'll be in the same show or building together. I find this extremely inspiring.

I also have found that there are amazing opportunities to learn in Los Angeles, even outside all the great universities here. I've taken classes on sewing plush in an abandoned warehouse and performance art classes in a garage with a teacher who was in the Whitney Biennial. Its just insane and really great. I try to pay back by doing workshops and visiting artist classes all over the city.

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?

I want to be surprised and have to think about it for a while afterwards. I also like when artists surprise me with use of materials.
 
Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury?

 I am excited to take part on the LACS jury because LACS is a unique and exciting place to show art on the Eastside of Los Angeles. There are not that many art galleries on this side of town but there are a lot of artists and a lot of inspiration for great work here. LACS is such an active force and it gives artists (and artisans and foodies) a great place to show work and connect.

Q: Where can we find out more about you?

Watch Making It on NBC.com or Hulu. You can also check out my website (bkheel.com) or check me on Instagram at @bkheel.

 

Meet the 2019 Jury: Faye Orlove

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world: I'm an artist and activist from Boston and before that Maryland. I've been a longtime supporter and advocate for marginalized voices, especially womxn, in the arts. I went to school to study film editing and ended up learning more about being a good person and standing for something. I think my position in the world and the privileges I've been afforded give me a responsibility to embolden others. 
Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration? Kim Kardashian. And also my friends and anyone who works tirelessly on a dream that doesn't fit into a linear capitalist ideal. Working hard inspires me. I think it's the thing that inspires me most.
Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art? I've always been in love with pop-culture but living in Hollywood has given me an even stronger sense of its glamorization. A lot of my work draws ties between history, sociology, and the people we chose to idolize. Every moment can be written to fit a certain narrative, it's interesting seeing the world behind the lens. The world on the perimeter of what people chose to present.
Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all) My favorite activity is napping and being with my cats. I also like cleaning a lot. I also like to study the suburban moms who engage in Multi-Level Marketing on Facebook because I find it fascinating.
Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles? That I'm here too. And a part of it. And can offer a space through Junior High that helps artists in LA get recognized for a lot of uncompensated labor. 
Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?  Earnestness. I think. I just want to hear about their drive, why people do what they do, and how they acknowledge their privileges (or lack thereof) that allow them to navigate the world as they do.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury? Meeting new people! Bolstering the voices of womxn and marginalized artists.
Q: Where can we find out more about you? fayeorlove.com or @fayeorlove! Or come find me at Junior High in East Hollywood (don't call it EaHo).

 

Diana Kohne Unsung LA
September 22-October 12

 

Diana Kohne is a Los Angeles based painter and printmaker. She has focused on LA infrastructure and landscape since she moved here permanently in 2009, after graduating from the College of Visual Art and Design at the University of North Texas. Her work has been shown across LA, as well as nationally at spaces like the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space. Her work appeared in print in Full Blede and New American Paintings magazines, and is a part of the Fredrick R. Weisman art collection.
Kohne’s recent work appreciates the compositions and the unique quality of light found in the Urban Los Angeles landscape as she moves between capturing the city’s dusty, baked exteriors and urban vignettes; light poles, railings and dumpsters. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband and son. 

Sanae Guerin: Depths of Field

August 18-September 13, 2018

Sanae Robinson Guerin is a creative director in advertising, a yoga
retreat junkie, and an artist working in many mediums: paint, glass,
wire, photography and paper. She is also a Los Angeles native. Upon
returning to her family home after a long stretch living in NYC she
found a new appreciation for the city by starting a Painting a Day
watercolor project. She paints familiar vistas (and not so familiar
ones), landmarks, landscapes and macro details that are often
overlooked or taken for granted. You can see her daily art (and food)
postings on IG @itsanae Welcome to the watercolor series, Depths of
Field.

Eva Hill: Overheard

July 14-August 11, 2018

Eva Hill is an animator and illustrator based in LA. She's currently getting her MFA in animation at USC, and illustrating her second book for HarperCollins. Eva's previously worked for HuffPost and New York Magazine, and continues to do freelance animation while in school. 

Overheard is a show based on the Instagram account @overheardLA. Eva's goal with the show is to create works of art that reflect some of LA's most outlandish conversations, while also making people laugh (and maybe cringe). 

 

Wendy Crabb: The Storm is Coming

June 2-July 8, 2018

Lately, I’ve felt a storm of ugliness sweeping through society.  The people in charge are actively dismantling protections for our most vulnerable.  But then, people started banding together to protest with marches and calls.  The storm started to feel positive, especially after the kids stood up.  A brilliant, positive storm front is on the rise.  And hopefully, it will wash away the ugliness.

 

Elizabeth Caparaz: Animal Style

April 21-May 25 2018

"Inspiration for my illustrations comes from my passions. These days my biggest passion is my almost two-year-old daughter who influences pretty much everything that I do. With our frequent trips to the LA Zoo and her relentless curiosity for animals, it's only natural that this series is influenced by our shared love of animals."
"Animal Style is a progression of my cat series. These stylized animal portraits explore leisure and lifestyle. This new series portrays my interpretation of animals as experiencing recreational pursuits and just being themselves. Each image tells a story separately and together. My hope is that this work will make people smile."

 

Thaïs Castralli: Crossing the Frame

March 24-April 12, 2018

Los Angeles County Store will be showing an installation of work by Thaïs Castralli, opening on Saturday, March 24 from 6-8pm. The is the kick-off for what will be an ongoing series that aims to place in front of the camera the women who work behind it. 

Before taking each portrait, photographer Thaïs Castrale interviews the filmmaker to learn more about challenges faced in their home town or country and their journey to becoming a filmmaker. 

“There is a community of young female filmmakers in Los Angeles who every day arrive from different parts of the world hoping to work in the medium of film and to be respected for it” says Thaïs.” While many of their aspirations at first glance appear similar, no two stories are alike. Today a new generation of artists believes that in order for one woman to succeed all must be recognized.”

Thaïs is a Director of Photography from Brazil she dropped out of med school to pursue filmmaking. Thaïs worked for the Leica Camera headquarters in Brazil before moving to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute, where she received her MFA in Cinematography. She lives in Los Angeles and works as a photographer of both still and moving pictures. 

 

Danielle Spires: Slaughterhouse

February 24-March 16, 2018

Danielle Spires (b. 1981) is a Los Angeles-based artist who specializes in
photography and alternative printing practices. Spires draws inspiration from the
concept of suffering as it relates to day to day life, as well as her deeply feminist
roots. Integral to her own formation as an artist, each photograph embodies life
with a severe chronic illness and the struggle with bodily autonomy as a patient and a woman. Spires’ fascination with how lifelong hospitalizations shape how we see
ourselves can be seen in both the subject matter and writing behind the pieces.

ARTIST STATEMENT:
“Slaughterhaus” is a new series based off of my personal experiences with a
debilitating illness that led to frequent surgeries, and the comfort I was able to find
in my bedroom. I showcased women who tend to take solace in their bedrooms,
away from the traumas and tribulations of daily life.
Each lenticular print features a portrait of a woman in her bedroom juxtaposed with a still life photo of discarded slaughterhouse meat. The stark contrast of serenity with beautifully staged yet grotesque slaughterhouse meat encapsulates life with a disability; often suffering is married with creature comforts. This contrast also illustrates the impersonal nature of hospitalizations while patients are stripped of their independence.
The focus of my work generally revolves around the unease and isolation a woman
feels living with a chronic health condition in a deeply patriarchal society that often
misunderstands life with a disability. I strive to showcase suffering; after all, it is
something we will all endure. I use both film and digital photography along with
alternative printing processes to give a subtle nod to advertising printing practices
from my childhood such as lenticular printing.

 

Emily Keating Snyder: Ladies of the Canyon

January 13-February 6 2018, 2018

My acrylic and embroidery paintings are based on a love of pure color. One central paint color is accented by embroidered elements stitched in complementary and contrasting colors that play off of each other and the background, bouncing light and color to the eye. In other pieces, embroidery is used alone to create graphic patterns as a kind of modern folk art.

I work with unstretched canvas, making it part of the content itself as opposed to just a support. These pieces are a mix of paint on canvas and embroidery on fabric, blending fine art with folk art. In “Ladies of the Canyon” I also wanted to incorporate embroidered words, allowing the viewer’s mind to create its own images based on them.

I love that each person’s image of a word is different. To me the words, “ladies of the canyon” evoke an image of beautiful hippies living their free and simple life in the woods. The phrase is a reference to the Joni Mitchell song and album. Her music so much embodies my romanticized image of Los Angeles and the magic of Laurel Canyon in its musical heyday.

 

The abstract pieces in this collection are then an interpretation of these words. One is a stylized view of Laurel Canyon Blvd. on the map and the others feel very closely connected to folk crafts of 1960s and 70s.

 

Mike Matola: Line by Line

December 10, 2017-January 9, 2018

Mike Matola HAND WRITES complete movie scripts, albums, and books to create portraits of their subjects. Each piece roughly takes eight working hours to six months depending on the piece. His hand hurts only when he stops. He makes lots of mistakes. If you find one you can get the print for free. He has been doing it for a few years now. It started when he needed a birthday gift for a friend. He hand wrote out the entire Radiohead albumography to create a portrait of Thom Yorke. She loved it.

follow him on instagram: @mikematola
more of his work: linebylineposters.com

 

 

Timothée de Place: City Views

November 4-December 3

Driving in LA, I have come to appreciate the parts of the city that are largely overlooked. I am interested in how nature and man-made structure interact in the urban setting. These places are largely an afterthought as commuters focus on getting to their destination, but if you look around, there lies something appealing in the harmony.

Inspired by the Southern California light, I use bright saturated oil paints to bring attention to my subject. In this, I aim for the viewer to look at these urban landscapes in a different way.

Wendy Crabb: Endangered

September 16-October 29

With the state of the world today, artist Wendy Crabb wanted to tell a story about endangered animals.  Her new show Endangered takes this on.

“Our current government is actively removing protections for our environment and I wanted to address this injustice by shining a light on the situation,” she said.  “By using everyday items, the paper drawings allow me to explore ideas using shapes and patterns.”

In this way Crabb transforms something that might be thrown away into something pretty and evocative of a beautiful animal that needs our protection.  “I’ve always been fascinated with magical realism, especially in relation to animals and the natural environment. With this new approach of using paper, I hope to bring a new dimension to my body of work.”

Las Fotos Project: Neighborhood Identities

August 5-September 10

 

 

LA 35 by Kevin Michael Klipfel

June 24-July 31

This set of images is from an ongoing series for which I've used "LA35" as a

title. Since moving to Los Angeles, I've spent many nights watching films at the

New Beverly Cinema, where each movie is still projected on film rather than

digital, and each film’s title is typically placed on the marquee under the heading

"In 35 mm." This phrase stuck with me, and inspired me to create a series of

photographs exclusively on 35mm film. This seemed to reflect not only my own

love for this medium and the LA movie-going experience, but also the spirit and

history of Los Angeles and its industry relationship to the medium of film

Rather than creating a documentary record of various L.A. neighborhoods, I was

interested in capturing a kind of underlying beauty of Los Angeles, the more

abstract or conceptual poetry of the colors, shadows, and reflections in the

billboards and advertisements lining Sunset, the shop windows of Rodeo Drive,

or the mass of tourists on Hollywood Boulevard crowding the Walk of Fame.

These pictures are spontaneous moments captured walking primarily through

these areas of the city, as well as my own neighborhood, Los Feliz.

From a technical standpoint, I was also interested in using simple tools that

would put certain minimalistic constraints on the work. I used a 35mm Leica

camera from the 1960’s with one fixed 50mm lens, and shot the work entirely on

35mm Kodak film. The small camera made capturing the detail of large

landscapes or street scenes somewhat improbable, but lent itself to a focus on

the abstract qualities of more immediate, ephemeral moments of experience

quite nicely.

 

"CACtTUS Buds"

June 24-July 31

 

Creative Arts Coalition to Transform Urban Space (C.A.C.t.T.U.S.) is a contemporary art space in Long Beach CA focused on providing emerging artist's a blank canvas for which to take risk and mature. "Cacttus Buds" is hence a poetic gesture condensing the 2017 programing for the Los Angeles County Store to share with the Los Angeles community.  
-Andrew K. Thompson lives and works in Riverside, California. His interest in authenticity and materiality has led him to create palpable photo-objects mixing analogue photographic processes and tech to create hybrid-photographic-paintings.

-Rob Brown is a visual and sound artist who lives in Santa Ana, California. His practice includes drawing, printmaking, painting and sound installation. His current work deals with ideas of systems, structure, logic and perception.

-Gabriel Gaete (Gabotron) is an illustrator and creative from Long Beach CA. His interest range from computer programing to pen and ink studies. Gabotron's dedication to drawing has him discovering a aptitude for order, precision, intermixed with a personal inflection related to his culture and environment.

-Charlie Schneider is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary conceptual artist whose practice integrates ecological, scientific, and social elements. His work centers on impermanence and of human relationships to and within place.

-Jorge Mujica is Mexican artist living in Long Beach CA. His Imagery is created using line drawings influenced by Aztec iconography. The subject matter of each design poetically reflects the exuberance of a physical presence and in this respect act as portraits.
Stephanie Victa is a fashion designer who's humanitarian experience in Haiti and the Philippines has influenced a simple yet practical hand made fashion designs in Denver Colorado.

Paraiso de California by Neal Breton

May 6-June 18

I idolize California’s limitless beauty. Being a lifelong student of comic books, pop art, and urban mark making, I reduce the complex landscape into colorful, lush icons. My intent is to create an escape from the mundane--a window into an oasis, a titillating moment of voyeurism nestled poolside amongst the palms and poppies. 

 

 

hill and dale by Sophia Allison

March 11- April 28

Sophia Allison’s “hill and dale” opens on Saturday, March 11 from from 6-8pm. 

“hill and dale” was inspired by Allison’s daily walks in and around the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles.The shapes of the sculptures reflect a remapping/capturing of the local geography- hills, terrain, surfaces, colors, emotional responses, to the surrounding world.

The sculptures for this exhibition are a continued exploration of interactions with Allison’s personal landscapes- real, imagined and emotional. Last year, she began experimenting with paper making and started using the results to create unique “skins” for her work. Through this process, she adds elements of a location into the mixture of pulp that eventually becomes the paper. 

Additionally the pulp thickness can be changed in order to create a variety of thicknesses with which to work. Due to the unpredictable process of the pulp setting and drying, the paper produced sometimes has a unique, uneven quality unlike the uniformity found in commercial brand paper.

Acrylic LA by Tom Oliver

January 28-March 4

Tom is an artist from Seal Beach. He received his B.A. in Communications from Metropolitan State University, a Film Writing Certificate from UCLA, and an M.U.R.P in Urban Planning from Cal Poly.  His thesis was "The Elements of a Successful Artist Colony." Throughout his career he has written educational films, performed Stand-up Comedy, and worked as the Assistant for the President of Buena Vista Television. Tom won First Place in Young Adult Fiction from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Los Angeles. He currently works as the Associate Planner for the City of Los Alamitos.

 

Congratulations to our 2017 Fine Art Series artists!

"Thirsty" by Funhouse Labs

December 17-January 20

About the artist:
        Does anyone else find it hard to talk about themselves?? 
Hi,  I am Erica Stout. I created Funhouse Labs in May of 2012. 
Funhouse Labs began as a jewelry line, and has since expanded into t-shirts, bags, accessories and (now) contemporary art. 
With everything that I design, color and unexpected juxtaposition play a HUGE role. I take design seriously, but I encourage the observer to NOT take it so seriously.  In this era of fast-paced, critical modern life - I want people to feel joy by experiencing my creations. 
My most popular items are the Dinosaur-in-a-Hoodie characters and the powder coated Bling Rings. 
I started powder coating in 2013, because I was looking for a durable and COLORFUL substance to coat metal jewelry components.  
I am a California native, currently residing in Santa Monica. I attended Cornell University and have a scholoarly and professional background in apparel design. In addition to Funhouse Labs, I also teach college fashion design courses. 
You can see more of my work by visiting www.funhouselabs.com and following me on instagram as @funhouselabs . 
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About this installation:
        This installation features 128 powder coated soda cans. About 80% of them are La Croix and the remaining 20% are a mix of other brands. There is about 3 to 4 pounds of powder, spread over all the cans. 
I really enjoy powder coating, and one day as I was looking at an empty soda I thought, “Hey, that would be funny to powder coat.” So I did it. It came out really pretty actually (the first one I ever did was a bubblegum pink color) and I thought to put some flowers and water into it and re-purpose it as a vase. Then it looked even better. I started gifting these powder coated soda can vases to family and coworkers and everyone who saw them thought they were great. 
This installation is about pushing yourself - whether it be academically, artistically, spiritually or something else. I hope that this installation inspires you to think about ordinary things in new and different ways and to experiment on your own. 
What are you thirsty for???
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What is powder coating?
        Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. This powder is made of polymer particles and the consistency is very similar to loose cosmetic powder. The dry powder is applied with a spray gun using compressed air. The powder will stick to the object being coated because of static electricity...the gun has a power box that emits an electric charge. 
Once the object is coated, it is transferred to a curing oven where high heat causes the powder particles to melt and “flow out” into each other creating a smooth hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.


 

 

 

Día de Los Muertos: Honoring the other side with prints and primal sculptures

November 2-December 9

Since moving to Los Angeles decades ago, artist Melora Walters has been inspired by Dia de Los Muertos. Since 1999 she has carved a new print each year in honor of it. “To me it is the closest ritual to celebrating life,” she says. “All of my art is an attempt to show what it feels like to be alive. I try to capture moments of life. I create my own mythology and document the journey with each piece.”

This show marks the first time she is also showing her sculptures, which gallerist Jan Baum christened “Reliquaries.” Walters herself says the sculptures emerged as an extension of her connection to Los Angeles and her nature beneath and between all the buildings and businesses.

 

Small Works Group Art Show September 24-October 26

Featuring: Yasmine Diaz, Wendy Crabb, Tom Oliver, Sara Franklin, Sanae Robinson, Molly Schulman, Michelle Antonisse, Melora Walters, Melinda Boyce, Lynz Floren, Elizabeth McGhee, Elizabeth Caparaz, Billy Kheel, Betsy Enzensberger, Deborah Reilly, Ricky Sencion, Francesca Quintano, and Erin Arthofer.

To see the art, go here.

For profiles of each artist please visit our Facebook page.

Quiet Snap August 13-September 16 2016

Luis Grané

Born in Argentina, Luis Grané studied medicine and worked in a human anatomy laboratory at Buenos Aires University before studying Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Following his true passion, Luis moved first to London where he worked in advertising for almost 4 years, and then to Mexico, where he worked in visual arts and advertising, and became strongly influenced by Mesoamerican Art.

Luis then moved to Toronto, where he won the Dick Friesen/Zlatko Grigic Award for Excellence in Animation at Sheridan College in 1996, and was recruited by DreamWorks Animation SKG. This meant relocating to Los Angeles, where he has since worked as an animator, visual effects artist, and character designer for DreamWorks, Pixar, Disney, Laika, Sony Pictures, Aardman, and Warner Brothers.

His credits include films as diverse as The Prince of Egypt, Spirit, Spiderman 2 (Academy Award Winner for Best Visual Effects), The Matrix, The Aviator, Ratatouille (Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Feature), Hotel Transylvania, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Boxtrolls, and he collaborated with numerous renowned directors like Sam Raimi, Santiago Segura and Richard Linklater.

While pursuing his creative career in Hollywood, Luis also attended Peter Liashkov’s painting workshops for two years and studied painting with Bonita Helmer at the Otis College of Art.

Luis’ original work as an independent artist has been featured in group exhibits in Buenos Aires, the Cartoon Museum in London, Enisen Gallery, ArtShare LA and The Hud among others in Los Angeles, and worldwide as part of the Sketchtravel Book art project. His work was also selected as the cover of the Totoro Forest Project book, an artistic venture that gathered prominent artists from around the world to save a forest in Japan.

In 2014 he self published a book entitled “Sad Stories”. He won The Tokyo Wonder Site Residence program in Japan to develop a multimedia art project in the summer of 2016.

The work of Luis Grané involves sequences of figures and abstract shapes. He crystalizes moments, imaginary snaps with sometimes cryptic, sometimes clear social and political statements. 

Grané's practice coalesces around the exploration of the development of a visual syntax that finds its source in the iconography of Mesoamerican art, Mexican muralism, and the street art of the U.S. west coast. His images often consist of strong shapes surrounded by decorative patterns arranged in distorted landscapes.

Frenemies

June 25-August 5 2016

Janne Larsen

Natural Enemies
This installation consists of 4 large-scale paintings and sculptures of transparent
replications of common plants that cause allergic reactions (poison oak, ragweed,
birch trees, black bent grass). The paintings consist of the most allergen causing
plants in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles has so many incredible green spaces
filled with amazing plants, trees and wildlife. It surprisingly defines much of my
existence within this metropolis known for many other things. Unfortunately, this
same space that gives Los Angles that majestic sense of finding something hidden
and secret is a major source of allergies for many people. With global climate
change, and more carbon dioxide in the air- these conditions are more conducive to
these types of plants. Los Angeles, home of Hollywood, car culture and celebrity
culture is also home to a thriving community of allergen causing plants.
Let’s be clear: These plants are the enemy. The body’s definition of an allergic
reaction is to put up every defense because something is clearly attacking it. Can the
body be more Hollywood? The body’s allergic response is pure melodrama and
quite funny really. How did this strange mutation evolve from our survival skills?
Surely, plants had it out for humans. It seems really human centric to be at odds
with your environment. The pinnacle of egoism: The world is against you! Just you!
Using humor this series takes the body as landscape to another level: The body is
the entire perspective with skin covering the background and the offended plants
covered with the gold bling of reality TV shows. Death clearly lurks in the shadows-
ever threatening. While the paintings threaten the walls, in the middle of the space-
like any melodrama are the seemingly pure and innocent. Like some humans, who
think they are completely without wrongdoing, sits these offending plants that
cause all this suffering. The Silicone replicas of these 4 allergen-causing plants are
potted safely and proudly displayed with 4 of each forming a neat square we can
safely walk around and look at. In any melodrama is the blameless victim and they
are usually in the middle of the room.

 

Dogs of L.A.

May 7-June 17 2016

Marisa de la Peña

I have been a dog person all of my life and I can say proudly that I am also an Angelino. I love being able to explore this huge city and especially more with my dog, Klaus. This led me to create this series of paintings and objects to showcase the diversity of this massive city and its canine inhabitants. I wanted each painting to be a visual representation of the dog, the neighborhood and their personality. Collaged and painted in gauche, each portrait displays the dogs in an abstracted version of their life. Subjects were documented and owners interviewed so that each portrait felt authentic and true to the dog. This project was an amazing experience because I discovered so many new facets to LA and realized that the diversity of dogs really parallels that of our own city.

 

 

YOU'RE TEARING ME APART! 

Katharina Stenbeck

Artist Bio

Katharina is a multidisciplinary artist from Stockholm, Sweden working out of Los Angeles. She draws from her background in experimental theatre and performance, funneling her expression through painting, installation, video and music. Her works are often rich in symbolism and subtle humor. 

Artist Statement

As a young girl in Sweden in the 90’s, the myth and allure of James Dean cast a spell on me early. My first introduction to his work was through Rebel Without a Cause, the acclaimed feature about teen angst in 1950’s America. Set in Los Angeles, the film appealed to me through its mid-century homes, pencil skirts, cigarette packs stored in rolled up T-shirt sleeves and intoxicating glimpses into American high school culture. The grand emotional peaks and valleys of the actors’ portrayals, taking on deeply painful and complex topics, spoke to me as I navigated my own juvenescence. That James Dean, the enigmatic lead, playing Jim Stark in his now iconic red jacket, had passed away in a car crash at the age of 24 (one month before the theatrical release of Rebel Without a Cause) only added to the mystique. 

The film’s knife fight outside the Griffith Observatory, a building that meant nothing to me as a young Swede, now has newfound meaning since I relocated to Los Angeles and, on a daily basis, see the observatory overlooking the city from its hilltop.

 

My installation, titled You’re tearing me apart! (one of the most quoted lines from Rebel Without a Cause), showcases 11 interpretations of James Dean’s head in papier-mâché. The heads are suspended above a miniature landscape featuring the Griffith Observatory, with its telescope pointed up at the sky. 

The installation is a meditation on and celebration of what some might consider the golden age of Los Angeles cinema, as well as a reflection on cultural icons and movie stars. James Dean’s heads become interchangeable with the stars in the sky above, as the Griffith Observatory keenly watches, a symbol for the eyes of the entire city.

 

 

 

Pixelated City

 Andy Bauch

 


Los Angeles County Store will be opening a show of Andy Bauch’s new work on Saturday,February 6 from 6­-8pm. The show will feature mosaics that use thousands of recycled LEGO bricks to create cityscapes and interpretations of famous cultural icons around Los Angeles.


Andy Bauch is a LEGO mosaic artist living and working in downtown Los Angeles. His LEGO obsession began while studying digital video compression techniques and he now applies an array of digital skills to create his mosaics. His artworks often refer to pop culture and art history, using the cheerful plastic toys to explore darker, more complex subjects. His work can be found at www.andybauch.com

 

"Year of the Affirmation / 2016"

 LOSTBOY ILLUSTRATIONS

 We all crave affirmations, some more than others. We don't quite expect it but when we hear it/see it/read it, a hint of warmness comes upon us. I have created a body of work that hopefully validates our individual struggles to maintain a emotionally healthy (and affirming) perspective of ourselves, each other, and the space we partake. 

LOSTBOY ILLUSTRATIONS is a Queer first generation Korean American artist, illustrator, maker, and a proud Aquarius. LOSTBOY creates visceral landscapes using traditional mediums such as paper, pen, and pencil. LOSTBOY considers their line work to touch upon themes such as: identity, connections, affirmations, and the unseen. LOSTBOY received their BFA in illustration at PNCA in 2010. Since graduating, they have recently have had the honor of participating in the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, "Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Dia de los Muertos" at SOMArts, and just had their first solo exhibition at Betti Ono Gallery in 2014. LOSTBOY is currently finishing up their first year long project, #365yokoonoillustratedtweets, where they illustrate Yoko Ono twitter tweets every single day.

www.lostboyillustrations.com

instagram: lostboyillustrations

 

SERRATE

Roberto Benavidez

November 22 -December 16

My current body of work evolved from the craft of traditional piñata making.  After producing increasingly more complex and refined piñatas, I found myself drawn to sculptural forms and concepts outside of the typical boundaries of this craft.

My 'Piñathko' series are planar textural applications of hand cut paper composited into color fields. These works are lush, graded and tonal interpretations of Rothko's iconic paintings.  Their diminutive size (in comparison with Rothko's immense and often intimidating paintings) is humorous and endearing, as well as a reference to the Mexican practice of reproduction-as-homage. 

While working on my "Piñathko" series, I was drawn to the painterly qualities of the layered fringe and the potential to create subtle shifts in color. The landscape feel of these color field works led me to experiment with creating pictorial representations of Texan and local landscapes.

This body of work and use of the piñata as both a structure and theme makes reference to an ever-present series of dualities. Inherent are the contrasts between a Mexican cultural practice with a European fine art tradition, a valued object and its destruction, a beautiful exterior and an interior that potentially hides other objects or ideas, and the tension between philosophical figurative sculpture and craft's more objective emphasis. It is these intersections that reveal the most about me as an artist who grew up closeted in the 80s, at odds with both white and Latino peers, constantly encountering judgment and fear. Like a true Los Angeleno, I see myself as a bridge between worlds, respectfully blending disparate elements to provoke thought and transform cultural practices.

robertobenavidez.com

Roberto Benavidez is a self-described ‘half-breed, south Texan, queer’ artist based in Los Angeles. Drawn to art at a young age, but raised in rural South Texas with very little access to any art education, Benavidez followed a secondary interest into a BFA in acting at Texas State University. After a few years of moderate acting success in the Texas market, Benavidez found himself drawn back to sculpture and headed west to California. He reorientated himself with art classes at Pasadena City College in sculpting, drawing and painting, extending into bronze casting where he initially worked in a abstract, figurative style and exhibited in group shows. After a period of exploration of notions of culture, race and history, Benavidez experimented with traditional craft forms, and now specializes in sculpturally elegant and fantastical piñatas.

LAyer Cake: Works                     
 Yasmine Diaz
October 17 - November 15, 2015

 

Archival inkjet prints, acrylic, birch wood, epoxy resin

Like a layer cake, L.A.'s richness lies beyond its surfaces; in the intersections of streets and people, in overlapping silhouettes of power lines and lights, in the midst of the pollution and the noise. At times, the city can feel grimy and oppressive, but during the golden hour, when the sun is approaching the horizon, the light seems to soften the city in a way that transforms even the smoggy haze into something beautiful. 

LAyer Cake is a spin-off In Transit, an ongoing series of photos taken from various moving vehicles; buses, trains, cars, etc. Several of the images among the “layers” in this show were taken while riding shotgun. This habit turned obsession started when I was a kid in Chicago. Growing up in a family with very conservative values, it would be an understatement to say that my freedoms were limited as a young girl. Riding the bus alone for the first time and eventually, the train, was exhilarating and liberating. These were gateways to independence and a future of wandering around cities, camera in tow. 

Yasmine was born and raised in Chicago to Yemeni immigrant parents, a middle sibling of eight children. After stints in New Mexico, Oregon, Argentina, and Germany, she has settled in Los Angeles. Primarily a self-taught artist, her work focuses on street life and the urban environment.  Her largest body of work in a public space is on display in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. See more of her work at yasminediaz.com.

 

 

 

Bring Back that Braid and Kill Your Own Snake: Customized Burial Vessels and Afterlife Ritual Plans 

Sarah Vandersall

September 19 - October 17, 2015

 

While making Tea Party Garden Walk with Ash Pouring and Soil Turning, an event for my Father, I began to look critically at funerary practices. This practice of customizing afterlife experiences has been something I have worked with off and on since the late nineties. Realizing that we can further investigate personal connections to our own lives through making significant afterlife ritual choices has led me to personalize burial practices and vessels for my father, mother, and myself.

This was actually more fun than it sounds. I was personally influenced by the amount of self-exploration and reflection this took. This time, while not grieving, allowed some repose to reinvent a ritual that was meaningful for each of us. Encapsulating a person’s life into an event able to represent beliefs, affections, interests, and intellectual pursuits takes a long time.

I realized that each one echoed a theme, and discovering that has been a joy. As a result of this my relationships to my parents and myself from all points of view became more transparent and closer to forming a whole encompassing perspective. By making heart size instead of imposing head-size containers for us, and by composing event-like ritual plans, our afterlife experiences become less intimidating and more intimate.

sarahvandersall.com 

Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, Sarah Vandersall has lectured at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, HI, and the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. Her work is included in the permanent collection at the Guangdong Shiwan Ceramics Museum, Guangdong, China. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, in Kansas City, Massachusetts, New Orleans, and New Bedford, MA. This is her first solo show in Los Angeles.

 

 

MEET THE JURY

Yasmine Diaz 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world: 
I've been painting, doodling, and/or taking photos for over 15 years. I grew up in Chicago, where my interest in art began and was rooted when I was introduced to oil painting as a teen. That's pretty much when the conventional portion of my formative years end. Since then my nomadic life, from New Mexico, Oregon, Argentina, Germany, to L.A. and a few places in between, has fueled my work and subject matter. My largest body of work in a public space can be seen at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. I've also just started a covert street art project which I'm very excited about. 


Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?
The people who inspire me most are usually creative and sneaky subversives.  They're able to communicate ideas or commentary in such a way that you don't feel like you're being hammered on the head with a message.

Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art?
Prior to moving here, I believed the common misconceptions about L.A. not being a real city, that it lacked genuine character and history. It took actually living here and wandering around with the eye of a newcomer to see how rich and diverse it is. L.A. is so much more than the beach, Hollywood, and Rodeo Drive. This 'discovery' inspired me to do a series oil paintings of L.A. street scenes, from Boyle Heights to underground Metro stations in Hollywood. 

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all)Tacos / Travel / My bicycle / Thomas + Ellie (the sibling kitties we adopted at LA County!)

Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles?Right now I'm loving the flood of amazing street art, by local and international artists. Since the ban on murals was lifted a few years ago, the scene has just exploded. 

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?  
Creativity and/or technique. Also, for those who choose an L.A. based theme, I'm very curious to see how artists choose to represent different facets of the city. This is an aspect of L.A. art that never gets old to me. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury?  
Discovering new local artists.  

Q: Where can we find out more about you? 

yasminediaz.com

 

 

MEET THE JURY

Molly Schulman

 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world:

Originally from upstate NY, I studied art at Bard College.  Now I’m a stone’s throw from the LA County Store where I live with my dog Midge.  I teach Pilates privately in Silver Lake and I make paintings and sculpture out of my Echo Park studio.  Using wordplay, symbols and cryptograms my work dissects the absurd and often amusing meaninglessness and dysfunction of communication, language and memory.

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

I’m a big fan of Charles Burchfield, Milton Avery, Philip Guston, Ida Applebroog, and The Pictures Generation.  

Q; How has living in Los Angeles informed your art?

It’s hard to not be inspired by the sheer vastness of this city.  The oppressive and incessant sun illuminating every detail, the motley architecture, the urban sprawl, the mind-blowing mountains and ocean--it all swirls around us creating this stunning visual landscape.  I never get bored here.

Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is malleable in a way that other cities just aren’t, which leaves it open to new ideas and fresh starts.  I like the subtler side to Los Angeles artists where irony and imagery merge together with a raw art school sensibility, becoming revolutionary and powerful.


Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?  

I will be looking for a focused and innovative theme that thoughtfully incorporates the site specific nature of the installation space.  

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury?  

Can’t wait to see what awesomeness everyone comes up with!  


Q: Where can we find out more about you?

mollyschulman.info

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MEET THE JURY

Billy Kheel

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Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts world: 

I am a Los Angeles based artist that has been working with fabric and applique for the past six years. I originally started working with this material because of my interest in sport memorabilia (such as felt pennants) and a close proximity to the fabric district in Downtown Los Angeles. I have shown in group and solo shows both nationally and internationally, but I love showing work in Los Angeles the best.

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

I find inspiration in the most unlikely places. I have been inspired by strange and ugly strip mall signs and the Los Angeles River, which most people find kind of disgusting. This is part of the reason I like to use fabric in my work; the soft craftiness of sewed fabric can be inviting, even if the subject matter is a little difficult. 

Q: How has living in Los Angeles informed your art?

Living in Los Angeles constantly informs my art. I am inspired by the history, culture, architecture and geography of the city itself and that manifests itself in my work. Los Angeles is also a hub of creative energy right now as artists from all over the world have come here (probably because its still cheaper than other big cities) and meeting other artists and getting feedback and seeing their work informs and inspires what I am doing.

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours:  (this can be anything at all)

The Los Angeles River, bicycle riding, tacos, beer, instagram, football, art shows, rap music, exploring LA, my family

Q: What do you love most about the art being made in Los Angeles?

I think LA is such an inspiring city for art because the art scene (or various art scenes, really) is so open and democratic. There are artists here with Yale MFAs and others that learned their art doing graffiti and skate graphics - and sometimes they'll be in the same show or building together. I find this extremely inspiring. 

I also have found that there are amazing opportunities to learn in Los Angeles, even outside all the great universities here. I've taken classes on sewing plush in an abandoned warehouse and performance art classes in a garage with a teacher who was in the Whitney Biennale. Its just insane and really great. I try to pay back by doing workshops and visiting artist classes all over the city.

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you? 

I want to be surprised and have to think about it for a while afterwards.
 
Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Los Angeles County Store jury? 

 I am excited to take part on the LACS jury because LACS is a unique and exciting place to show art on the Eastside of Los Angeles. There are not that many art galleries on this side of town but there are a lot of artists and a lot of inspiration for great work here. LACS is such an active force and it gives artists (and artisans and foodies) a great place to show work and connect.

Q: Where can we find out more about you? 

Come to my art show at 5th Floor Gallery in Chinatown Sept 5th - "Tacos and Beer" with Dale Dreiling. Or my workshop at the Craft and Folk Art Museum this fall. You can also check out my website (bkheel.com) or check me on Instagram at @bkheel.

 

 

JUNE 17-JULY 18, 2015

Vintage Machines: Paintings by Wyatt McDill

  

"I look at these paintings as design panels – graphic designs of industrial designs. The machines shown are beautiful, silly, and obsolete analogues, designed for a certain limited purpose – just like each of us! I think they look great in groupings that accentuate a color palette, design, theme, or area of personal interest. For me, each painting is like a puzzle: Where does it belong? What does it go with? Which machine speaks to which person? The paintings are meant to please the eye most of all, but also present the mind with a question: For what purpose?"

Wyatt wrote and directed the 2010 thriller Four Boxes, which was produced by his wife, Megan Huber. His paintings have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and at Room and Board stores nationally. He lives in Los Feliz with his wife and son and is "very pleased to be included in the excellent project which is Los Angeles County Store."

See more of his work here. 

MAY 20-JUNE 12, 2015

LA River: Fiber of the City. Installation by Billy Kheel. 

  

Browse Billy's artwork in our shop.

Living along the Los Angeles River (L.A. River) for the past fifteen years inspired artist Billy Kheel to create a new way to engage the river, by representing the river bottom as an art installation made completely of felt. Amidst drought, restoration planning, and growing diversity along its banks, Kheel’s installation is a call to contemplate the complexities of the river and an invitation to inform its future.

Most Angelenos think of the L.A. River as unappealing, dirty, and dangerous. By transposing the river into felt Kheel softens the harsh reality of this waterway. Stuffed and sewn felt imbues a tactile and inviting quality and recalls a children’s felt board, where the objects take on a narrative quality.

In contemplating the future of the L.A. River, felt’s miraculous natural binding properties can provide inspiration and vision. What is the cultural fiber that binds millions of diverse residents who call Los Angeles home? Can clues be found at the bottom of the L.A. River?

Billy Kheel is an artist who lives and works near the Los Angeles River. His work has been shown at La Luz De Jesus Gallery, GATE Projects, and PØST Gallery. He has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and The Eastsider LA.

See more of his work at www.bkheel.com.

 April 22-May 15, 2015

Paintings by Teal Garrels

    

Teal Garrels was born just outside of Detroit, MI. She lived in South Bend, IN, Bloomington, IN, Chicago, IL, Buffalo, NY, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Vals-Les-Bains, FR, and Los Angeles, CA (a number of times). She studied Audio Technology and Drawing/Printmaking. Teal has been a record store clerk, music publicist, DJ, server/bartender/busser/barista, leasing agent, artist assistant, nanny, construction worker, painter, sign maker, book shelver, playlist creator and docent. She lives in Silver Lake, CA where she still does most of those things...give or take a few.

See more of her work at https://teal-garrels.squarespace.

 

March 18-April 17, 2015

Shoes of the Day: Photos by Tod Mesirow

    

"I’m interested in exploring the various ways in which photography represents the real world—both the actual visual, physical world we see, and aspects of the unseen, impossible to quantify world that reaches into our hearts and souls.

At my core I’m consumed by visual greed—I want to somehow capture the beauty I see around me, the ephemeral moment, shape, play of light, chance movement—that excites my eye.

Despite, or perhaps because of the predominance of the moving visual image in our media-saturated world, the still image maintains a position of power. Accessing that power in a way that somehow peels back the curtain of those nearly unknowable moments, and expresses an emotion or bit of knowledge buried deep within, that is beyond my ability to express in words, is the continuing challenge and joy of taking pictures."

See more of Tod's photographs here.

  

FEBRUARY 18-March 14, 2015

Paintings by Michelle Antonisse

     

"These small, psychedelic paintings show the stories of California landscapes using the language of film posters and novel covers. I am interested in the way that Southern California wears its history, how the dryness of the land preserves old narratives next to new ones. Joshua Tree, Griffith Park and Topanga become museums of themselves, a living memorial to past ecosystems and topographies. I originally thought I was escaping the world of humans in these parks and wild places, but there was the same dark and light, order and chaos. This series of paintings uses the aesthetics of pulp novels and 50s films to show the seductive melodramas of natural history."
Michelle Antonisse grew up in Wheaton, Maryland. She has lived and worked in Brooklyn, Honduras, Amsterdam, China and the Hudson Valley, but is pleased to have finally settled in Los Angeles. Antonisse has a BA in Art History from Bard College and is a teaching artist at The Museum of Contemporary Art. 
See more of her work at michelleantonisse.bigcartel.com.

 

 

 

JANUARY 21-FEBRUARY 14, 2015

Paintings by Madeleine Ignon

    

"This body of work began with an interest in agricultural topography, particularly the vast stretches of farmland north of my hometown of Los Angeles. I made sketches as I looked out of a plane window one day, noticing the systematic yet fluid lines of the natural and man-made forms. From 30,000 feet up, I got a clear view of an efficient system, but I saw colors and life that couldn’t be contained by grids. And yet there was harmony: each shape occupied a carefully charted area, while accommodating the flow of the land as a whole. The sketches evolved into a personal “mapping” project in which I use my own system to chart my experiences. Like the lines that defined and corralled the land outside my airplane window, I try to assert control over my media and surfaces. But the space I find interesting, the space where I learn about myself, is between control and surrender. The different densities of ink and gouache, for example, cause them to simultaneously adopt and reject each other when introduced, a relationship that gives my process a conflicting sense of spontaneity and tension. As I build these maps with collage, architectural shapes, lines, and text, I obscure, connect, and re-define the pieces, which allows me to camouflage the overt verbal and emotional expression. There is freedom in this method of abstraction, and it informs every choice I make, whether or not I know it at the time."

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Madeleine Ignon is an artist, graphic designer, and illustrator based in Los Angeles. She received her BA in Studio Art and Museum Studies from Connecticut College and completed a Post-Baccalaureate degree at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany, France.

See more of her work here.

 

 

 

DECEMBER 17 -JANUARY 17, 2015

Safe and Warm: Tiny Sculptural Works by Margaret Gallagher

"Safe and Warm is a series of dioramas that capture imaginary moments in the life of Los Angeles wildlife. As an inhabitant of the city and a nature lover, I feel protective of all the plants and animal I see around me, and I am constantly on the lookout for these special glimpses. I like to imagine what the city would be like if animals acted out a more visible role in it's daily life. Each diorama captures, preserves, and protects one of these magical moments in Los Angeles that will never be, but should be."

Margaret Gallagher is an artist and illustrator based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. She grew up as a free-range child on on a farm in Oregon. She received her BA in art at Occidental College, and continues her education by studying the plants and animals that populate the city. You may have seen her drawings in 2013-14 on streetlight banners all over LA advertising for Occidental College.

 

 

JUNE 18-JULY 2, 2014

"the d's and the p's, the n's and the m's: new drawings by Salomeh Grace and Molly Schulman

    

“The d’s and the p’s, the n’s and the m’s” is culled from Primo Levi’s The Fugitive - a disarmingly poignant story about a disappearing poem. In this fantastical tale, Pasquale is suddenly seized by the lucidity of his pen, and writes what he considers, the most beautiful poem ever written.

Overwhelmed by the breadth of his masterpiece, he places the poem in a drawer. Upon returning the following day, he notices the sheet of paper has moved. Despite his suspicions, he safeguards the paper again. However, it proves to be futile, as the unruly poem continues to elude its creator. The individual letters in the poem actually sprout legs and attempt--ultimately successfully--to break free from their captor, leaving nothing but a few illegible shreds of paper.

While The Fugitive questions the value we place on the materialization of the creative act, it also contemplates the transformative possibilities of this process. Molly Schulman and Salomeh Grace similarly revel in their own indulgence of mark-making, which not unlike Primo Levi’s The Fugitive, leaves us with a sense of lyricism, play and anomolous absurdity.

Molly Schulman is a Los Angeles-based artist. She received her BA from Bard College in 2002 in upstate New York. Salomeh Grace received her BA from Bard College in 2002 and went on to study at the Glasgow School of Art where she received her MFA.