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Adrian Younge Talks on Making "Arguably Archaic Art"

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I first heard about Los Angeles-based composer Adrian Younge on the Wax Poetics Magazine site. “Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn: Wax Poetics Records Releases Free EP from 2000”, read the headline. Maybe it was the word “free” that jumped out at me, but something prompted me to dig a little deeper. I downloaded the Venice Dawn EP, a 5 song soundtrack to a [...]

Kills Billions: Success in a System Designed to Fail

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From skid row to Bel-Air Los Angeles street wear brand Kills Billions stays trill. Founded in 2012, the brand strives to prosper off the record, all cash. Fuck a bank. Kills Billions is here to Reap The Rewards. This is your introduction to success in a system designed to fail. Art Nouveau: Hunter are you the main designer for Kills Billions? Kills[...]

The Show Must Go On

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When one chapter closes, another opens. The story is simple. One crisis leads to another climax, another climax draws upon a sudden conclusion, and the conclusion brings us right back to where we started. The beginning, the inciting incident, the boom and the bang that traces our footsteps into another series of narrative problems is not just Hollywood, baby[...]

Polaroid Trippin with Derek Akiro

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Los Angeles based photographer Derek Akiro describes his work as "lo-fi analogue for high minded low lifes." Fitting as his work combines the hyper-sexualized low-brow sensibilities with a nod for all things nostalgic. Strange Misfits unite. You got a winner in Akiro.  

Studio Visit: Carlos Ulloa's "Calamitous Conundrums"

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Art cannot exist without the artist; the artist cannot exist without the story; and the story cannot exist without the inevitable enigmas, emotions, and interpretations of the journey. Transferring these elements into his complex compilation of collage and sculpture art, Los Angeles based artist Carlos Ulloa tells his tale. His story is one of many character[...]

DJ Adam 12: Being Honest as an Artist

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Adam Bravin and I met two months ago for the sake of this piece, but not until now has the final text shown its face. Never has it taken me so long to write about an artist, but something about Adam stuck with me. His essence was so pure in artistry, yet so complex and so enigmatic that I found it nearly impossible to articulate. After our meeting I found my[...]

Hugh Leeman had to kill a bird for this

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Epilogue is a fully immersive art installation created by Hugh Leeman, Eddie Colla, and D Young V in downtown Los Angeles. It opened September 8 at Hold Up Art Gallery. "Icarus and the Dream", 22" x 30" sculpture, bird wings and skull, chains, locks, and magic leather chest The show's processes and concept have been inspired by America's gun lo[...]

Everywhere I go, I see the same Homo Riot

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Art should follow the example of crime. The glamour that surrounds the criminal would evaporate were he to become visible... -Jean Cocteau, 1951 The genesis for Los Angeles based street artist HOMO RIOT came out of the anger the artist felt after Prop 8 passed. "I wanted to fuck shit up, I wanted to give the Mormons and the homophobes and the republicans e[...]

Three of the Bay Area’s Most Prolific Vandals, present a Vision of our World, after its Inevitable Collapse

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One of Art Nouveau's favorite artists Hugh Leeman recently dropped us a line about the upcoming show Epilogue in Los Angeles at Hold Up Art Gallery across from the LAMOCA. Here's why you should be as excited about it as we are. Photos by Shaun Roberts   Epilogue is a fully immersive art installation taking over the entirety of Hold Up Art Gallery[...]