L.A. TACO http://www.lataco.com "Celebrating the Taco lifestyle in Los Angeles" Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:25:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Preview: Tonight’s Giant Artists: Expand 2015 Art Show at Design Matters in West Los Angeles http://www.lataco.com/taco/preview-tonights-giant-artists-expand-2015-art-show-design-matters-west-los-angeles http://www.lataco.com/taco/preview-tonights-giant-artists-expand-2015-art-show-design-matters-west-los-angeles#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:25:20 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=67374 Tonight (Saturday, January 31st), Design Matters is proud to present Giant Artists: Expand 2015, a group exhibition of photography, print, and video works from Giant Artists’ agency roster. DESIGN MATTERS  11527 WEST PICO BLVD LOS ANGELES, CA 90064 T: 310.841.6423 WWW.DESIGNMATTERSLA.COM Keep reading for a preview… Participating Artists: David Black, Joao Canziani, Glynis Carpenter, Dallas Clayton, Todd Cole, Lauren […]

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Tonight (Saturday, January 31st), Design Matters is proud to present Giant Artists: Expand 2015, a group exhibition of photography, print, and video works from Giant Artists’ agency roster.

DESIGN MATTERS 
11527 WEST PICO BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90064
T: 310.841.6423
WWW.DESIGNMATTERSLA.COM

Keep reading for a preview…

Participating Artists: David Black, Joao Canziani, Glynis Carpenter, Dallas Clayton, Todd Cole, Lauren Dukoff, Collin Erie, Justin Fantl, Graphic Therapy, Michael Schmelling, RJ Shaughnessy, Emily Shur, Jake Stangel, Peter Sutherland, and Weird Days.

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Giant Artists is a full-service agency, unified in the spirit of creating art, working with a supportive and innovative community of artists and clients, helping others fulfill their vision, and, simply making a living doing what they love. Giant Artists helps create, nurture, and maintain lasting careers for its artists by curating quality archives and cultural events, including public exhibitions and published works.

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There is a Massive Spider Hanging Under the 6th St. Bridge http://www.lataco.com/taco/bridge-spider-los-angeles http://www.lataco.com/taco/bridge-spider-los-angeles#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:23:52 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=67381 There is a huge spider hanging over the L.A. River from the 6th street viaduct. This looks to be another project by Wildlife and Calder Greenwood, who have delighted Los Angeles residents for years with their site-specific installations that make urban life more interesting and surreal. The duo have photos on their website of the […]

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There is a huge spider hanging over the L.A. River from the 6th street viaduct. This looks to be another project by Wildlife and Calder Greenwood, who have delighted Los Angeles residents for years with their site-specific installations that make urban life more interesting and surreal. The duo have photos on their website of the spider’s previous home on the side of a building, which looked great but not nearly as striking as having it hang from one of LA’s most recognizable bridges. Visible from public transport, cars, and by walking around or under the bridge, try to catch the 6th St. arachnid before it’s gone. Keep reading for eight more photos…

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Photo Credit: Stephen Zeigler

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Ho99o9 at Church of Fun ~ Saturday, January 31st http://www.lataco.com/taco/ho99o9-church-fun-saturday-january-31st http://www.lataco.com/taco/ho99o9-church-fun-saturday-january-31st#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:30:50 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=67198 The post Ho99o9 at Church of Fun ~ Saturday, January 31st appeared first on L.A. TACO.

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Interview with Joe Sola, Who Will Have Car Salesmen Sell His Art at This Weekend’s ALAC http://www.lataco.com/taco/interview-joe-sola http://www.lataco.com/taco/interview-joe-sola#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:13:33 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=67248 At this weekend’s Art Los Angeles Contemporary show, artist Joe Sola presents a new work entitled Car salespeople selling my paintings at Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Sola has hired several area car salesmen to sell his art (like the painting at the top of this post), and will pay them a base fee plus commission, just […]

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At this weekend’s Art Los Angeles Contemporary show, artist Joe Sola presents a new work entitled Car salespeople selling my paintings at Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Sola has hired several area car salesmen to sell his art (like the painting at the top of this post), and will pay them a base fee plus commission, just as if they were “on the lot”. TIF SIGFRIDS presents the piece, and has this to say:

For Art Los Angeles Contemporary, TIF SIGFRIDS will be presenting a solo project with gallery artist Joe Sola. Sola, who is well known for his inaugural show at the gallery Portraits: An Exhibition in Tif Sigfrids’ Ear that took place in October of 2013, will be exhibiting a new body of paintings, presented with a twist. In place of dealer Tif Sigfrids, a series of car salesman will be introducing this new body of work to the pubic at ALAC.

When Sigfrids approached the artist about making a solo presentation at the fair, there was only one condition, that she needn’t be present. The gallerist is expecting the birth of her first child shortly before the opening of the fair, but didn’t want that to prevent her from participating. Unbeknownst to Sigfrids, Sola had the idea of asking a car salesman to try and sell his paintings for years and the perfect opportunity was born.

This terrain of introducing outsiders into the often time insular world of fine art is not entirely new to the artist. In a 2006 performance Sola invited male models into a gallery to make art (Male Fashion Models Make Conceptual Art, Atlanta College of Art). In a 2010 performance in London called Talking About My Drawings with Escorts, he hired female escorts to walk through a gallery with him as he explained his drawings to them in front of an audience. Questions of art and the language that’s used to explain it have always been of interest to Sola, but this time he takes it one step further to include the notion of sales.

Sola, who claims to love test-driving new vehicles and talking with sales people, is interested to see how the techniques used to sell a car might transfer into the sale of his paintings under the high-pressure atmosphere of an art fair. For the course of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, a new dealer will work the booth each day, being paid a base salary plus commission.

We love the concept, and reached out to Sola for the following interview…

What’s your favorite taco?
My favorite Taco place is a truck that, at nighttime, is on the corner of Cypress and Division. If you want the name let me know and I’ll find it for you.

How often do you test drive cars?
I test drive a car every month.

How often do you buy a new car?
I buy a new car every 2 – 3 years.

What do you think makes a good car salesman?
A good car salesperson is somebody who lets me be me, and a great car salesman helps me discover something new about myself through the car.

If you were a car salesman which brand would you want to sell?
I could never make it as a car salesman. I would certainly not make my sales goal and be fired, making me have to move around from dealer to dealer, which might not be a bad thing. I did sales when I was 21 yrs old, selling death and dismemberment policy upgrades over the phone with Allstate. That was the last sales job I had.

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What are some examples of self-discovery you’ve had while on a test drive?
I found out that 1) I am American 2) I am devoted to a life of aesthetics 3) not to live with fear.

How have you prepared for the project?
In preparing for this project I did studio visits with the car sale men who will be working the booth at the art fair. They made for very exciting and original dialogues for me responding the work, asking questions, different from studio visits I’ve had for a while. Here’s a link to one of my most well known projects that was also a very exciting studio visit for me. I jumped out my studio window, through break away glass, in the middle of the visit.

What is your expectation of how well the salesmen will do? Are you the sales manager? Will you sit in an office somewhere and let them come talk to you about prospects?
I will leave the sales up to them. I will be at the fair opening night and will make some introductions to people I know. And if they need to call me or the gallery during the fair we can help them with any support they might need. The gallery prepared press binders for them ahead of time so they could read up on some of my other projects.

What’s your lucky number?
No lucky number, yet.

Learn more about Joe Sola here.

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Preview: LOVE//WAR ~ Opens January 31 http://www.lataco.com/taco/preview-lovewar-opens-january-31 http://www.lataco.com/taco/preview-lovewar-opens-january-31#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:36:51 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=67339 MINT & SERF, PaperWorkNYC and Los Angeles’ MAMA Gallery present LOVE//WAR, a week-long group exhibition examining the inevitability of uncertainty and conflict. LOVE//WAR will showcase work from international and New York-based artists alongside Los Angeles artists at a moment when the art world’s focus is on Los Angeles (the show coincides with the L.A. Arts Book Fair at […]

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MINT & SERF, PaperWorkNYC and Los Angeles’ MAMA Gallery present LOVE//WAR, a week-long group exhibition examining the inevitability of uncertainty and conflict.

LOVE//WAR will showcase work from international and New York-based artists alongside Los Angeles artists at a moment when the art world’s focus is on Los Angeles (the show coincides with the L.A. Arts Book Fair at Moca this weekend).

Please keep reading for the full list of artists and some preview images from the show.

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Full list of Artists:

Alessandro Simonetti

Angela Boatwright

Lance De Los Reyes

Leo Fitzpatrick

Lorenzo Fariello

Louisa Behnke

Curtis Buchanan

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Chloe Wise

Doug Rickard

Dylan Lynch

Ed Templeton

Erik Foss

Estevan Oriol

Harry McNally

Ivory Serra

Michael Krim

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Nate “Igor” Smith

Norman Reedus

Peter Sutherland

Janette Beckman

Pablo Power

PJ Monte

Pretty Puke

Pryce Lee

Rachel Roze

Robert Whitman

Sean Maung

Skullphone

Suzannah Wainhouse

Tim Cadiente

Ward Robinson

Wyatt Neumann

Yung Jake

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The Paper Pranks of Obvious Plant http://www.lataco.com/taco/paper-pranks-obvious-plant http://www.lataco.com/taco/paper-pranks-obvious-plant#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:18:41 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=67333 Jeff Wysaski is a comedian in L.A. who recently started Obvious Plant. What is obvious plant? It’s a series of pranks including fakes signs, brochures, and other printed matter which are placed around town just for the lulz. His most recent prank is the most extravagant yet, and involves full color brochures placed in Hollywood Blvd. tourist […]

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Jeff Wysaski is a comedian in L.A. who recently started Obvious Plant. What is obvious plant? It’s a series of pranks including fakes signs, brochures, and other printed matter which are placed around town just for the lulz. His most recent prank is the most extravagant yet, and involves full color brochures placed in Hollywood Blvd. tourist kiosks for a mythical “Dadland” amusement park which promises naps, grilling, and discounts on sandals. Let’s take a tour of the paper-based pranks Obvious Plant has been putting around L.A. in 2015…

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Obvious Plant also likes to put up signs in your neighborhood advertising questionable activities:

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Some of the pranks are more subtle and probably don’t get noticed by all but a few (since people rarely read), such as this one which he describes as being placed “in a park near my house”:

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The local McDonald’s isn’t safe. The comedian notes that (there is no Sheila. This is not a thing).

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OK so this joke is as old as Sam the Eagle on the Muppet Show back in the 70s, but it still cracks us up to imagine some well-meaning person putting money inside and then realizing what they’ve done.

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We don’t know if Jeff Wysaski is a dad himself, but he definitely has a certain type of lonely Dad humor nailed.

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Get more Obvious Plant on the Facebook page or on Tumblr.

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Preview: LORA ZOMBIE x THE HUNDREDS ~ Jan 30th in Santa Monica http://www.lataco.com/taco/preview-lora-zombie-x-hundreds-jan-30th-santa-monica http://www.lataco.com/taco/preview-lora-zombie-x-hundreds-jan-30th-santa-monica#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:34:55 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=67319 Exclusive Releases + Live Painting by Lora Zombie 416 Broadway // Santa Monica, CA 90401 1.30.15 // 7 PM SHOW INFO + RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1402481296718497/ Internationally renowned painter Lora Zombie will take over THE HUNDREDS Santa Monica. Featuring live painting, giveaways, exclusive apparel and Limited Edition releases. Doors open at 7pm. Free for all to attend. […]

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Exclusive Releases + Live Painting by Lora Zombie

416 Broadway // Santa Monica, CA 90401
1.30.15 // 7 PM

SHOW INFO + RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1402481296718497/

Internationally renowned painter Lora Zombie will take over THE HUNDREDS Santa Monica.
Featuring live painting, giveaways, exclusive apparel and Limited Edition releases.
Doors open at 7pm. Free for all to attend.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in a small town in Russia, in 1990, Lora Zombie was set on becoming an artist a very early age. The self-taught painter first gained recognition in the late 2000s as her work circulated online, reaching millions of people through blogs, new outlets, and social media. She is now a top seller on the urban art scene and is gaining the attention of the art world at large. In recent years, Lora has taken the gallery scene by storm with exhibitions in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and Russia – bringing in the interest of collectors and fans worldwide.

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