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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[...]

Meryl Pataky's Latest Solo Exhibition "Future Sailor," Is A Commentary On Universal Connection

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We are all molds that are filled with different substance - a delicate blend of our paths, experiences, beliefs and interactions that form our being. Originally from South Florida, Meryl Pataky moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art University. There she fell in love with the tactile nature of sculpture and pursued her Bachelors degree in[...]

Tobias Keene Believes In Art

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World renown painter Tobias Keene reemerges onto the art scene with his first solo exhibit in six years. The message is “beauty, sadness, [and the] inevitability of death and innocence lost.” As I converse with Tobias Keene, just before the opening of his new exhibit Black is the Beauty of the Brightest Day, the Los Angeles based painter speaks of the stor[...]

Why New Blood, Why Now?

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As a bit of a Pop fiend, it was a pleasure to discuss New Blood with Morgan Spurlock; as a bit of a Pop theorist, it's something of a marvel to ponder the nine-minute manifesto...  Why New Blood, why now? "I don't know if it was a question of now, or if I just felt like there was a need to show - I feel like there's still this shifty new movement in the [...]

An Unscripted Day in Atlanta with Odd Future

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Sunday night/ Circa 9:45 PM/ The Tabernacle Venue, Atlanta, GA: I find my 5'3 self engulfed in a sea of wrestling limbs and damp adolescent bodies. By now, I’ve happily endured a few songs worth of mosh pit suffocation and am silently trying to devise an escape route from the pandemonium. The ripple of bobbing heads above mine makes the task difficult, b[...]

ABCNT: About As Acerbic As A Backhand Bitchslap To Your Political Point Of View

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In the heyday of rap and hip-hop, when what artists said, sang and did actually meant something, actually fueled real fire, a local from Los Angeles was tagging street corners in wiry stencil lettering. Almost two decades later, he’s a loud voice in the world of street art. You may not know his face (few people do; it’s a heavily protected secret), but y[...]

AB Soto Marches to the Drum of his own Beat

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Let's BEY honest, Gay men invented #SWAG. We are deep in fashion, art, literature, publishing and every other industry, but mainstream Hip-Hop. The question is always asked, is the world ready for an openly gay rapper? I'd say yes. It doesn't matter if they're fighting gender roles by donning six inch stilettos or Jerseys and Timbaland boots, as long as th[...]

Unapologetically Dressed, Indigo Charlie Impresses the Path to Stardom with her New Single "Float"

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Indigo Charlie is by far Los Angeles’s realest female “indie alternative artist.” Taking the DIY approach, Charlie models the hustle mentality when it comes to making a name for yourself in the industry and being both a student at FIDM and current employee with Giorgio Armani, she ain’t too shy when it comes to style or drive either.   The[...]

A Lesson from the School of Graham Knoxx

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Good music whispered echoes a hundred miles. Take for instance singer/songwriter Graham Knoxx. I've seen Graham out and about at a couple of events in Atlanta. Making her way through a sea of hipsters and posers she greets me with a smile as sweet and earnest as her voice. Her natural style, poise and statuesque beauty gave her a glow that was hard not to [...]

SnappScenes: As Jay-Z and Kanye vanish into the strobed abyss, the Throne raises its crown

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Most of us are familiar with the Jay-Z & Kanye West “Throne” takeover, which in itself practically attained an all-inclusive zenith of hip-hop history. For Jay and ‘Ye purists like myself, there’s no question as to whether or not "N*ggas in Paris" was the main attraction of both the Watch the Throne album and tour. The entirety of the song - the concept,[...]

Thundercat: The Golden Age of Apocalypse

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Sunshine state Los Angeles born Stephen Bruner loves the intergalactic cartoon felines Thundercats so much, he took their name as his own. With a career’s worth of top-shelf session work with everyone from Snoop Dogg, and brother to Grammy winning drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr. makes the fact that Bruner is both the bassist of Suicide Tendencies, and respo[...]

Art and Aesthetic Aces: Ale Sinestro Paints a Colourful Mix of Suggestive Stupor

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“Everything is born of the need to answer the call of the subconscious. Open a channel where can emerge, these dream images that come to my mind. I try to illustrate a confusing message, which will take effect over time. My work reflects a personal universe that is embraced with Dada and Surrealism kisses. Bright colors, nature, humanity and the sp[...]

Everybody Comes to TerryWood

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Everybody comes to TerryWood, they wanna make it in the neighborhood...they like the smell of it in Terrywood... How can it hurt you when it LOOKS so good?   Call it pop irony, but it seems all too appropriate that Terry Richardson’s first solo exhibition TERRYWOOD opens late next month in Los Angeles. The show presents over 25 of his latest p[...]

Beyond a Tale of Two Cities, the Climactic Collusion of London & Los Angeles at the O2 Arena

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Standin’ in line to see the show tonight, and there’s a light on… heavy glow; by the way, I tried to say I’d be there… waiting for… November in Britain: cold, dark, a tad bit secluded… but at the end of the day, there’s nothing more electrifying than a Chili night in London… California-based newcomers Fool’s Gold played a brilliant opening set; bri[...]