Photo Recap: “All Involved” Book Party ~ East London

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UGLARworks member Ryan Gattis has just published All Involved, a book that takes place mainly in Lynwood during the 1992 L.A. Riots. We’ll have an interview with Ryan coming next week, but today check out these photos from the pop up art & literary event in East London sponsored by Shortlist Magazine to celebrate the publication of All Involved, which is making waves from L.A. to the U.K. and beyond.

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Photo Recap: Bootleg Bart ~ DTLA

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After 26 seasons and a feature length film, the success of the Simpsons doesn’t need to be proved. When you have such an influence on the popular imagination, everything is possible, and that is what happened in the 1990s with the bootleg bart phenomenon. Artists created their own versions of the character to include him in some weird, trashy or political situations (sometimes all three). Be Street revived the unofficial part of Bart’s story by inviting over 60 international artists to produce some new and exclusive pieces. We weren’t invited, but we’ve included our bootleg bart at the bottom of this post just for your personal reference.

The exhibition was shown in Los Angeles on July 25th to 26th 2015, then presented at the Be Street Weekend in Paris on October 3rd and 4th 2015. More info at Be Street. All Photos by Erwin Recinos.
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Our Lady of Gentrification by Wild Life ~ Downtown

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A brand new installation by Wild Life went up this weekend as part of the artist’s residency at These Days gallery in Downtown. The theme of change and gentrification has long been at the heart of Wild Life’s public art, and it’s always presented in a way that both confronts and educates the people who walk by and happen to catch a glimpse.

The sculpture is accompanied by a small placard that reads:

OUR LADY OF GENTRIFICATION

Once upon a time, an artist with desperate thoughts was walking down Broadway between 5th & 6th Streets when he glimpsed her through a dirty window of a business that was shuttering it’s doors. As their eyes met, the man saw visions of artists of past history working in the salons of Paris and Vienna and the mannequins they used as their subjects and often a source of inspiration. Immediately, the darkness that weighed heavy on his heart and mind lifted as he recognized the pure intention of the frozen figure. He saw through her eyes the decades she spent staring out at the sea of humanity, their dreams, their desires, and the inevitable tsunami of change that was to crash on the shores of Broadway and wash away those same hopes and dreams. The artist witnessed impossible tears emerge from her eyes and flow down her fiberglass cheeks as he felt her heart breaking. The sign in the window read “EVERYTHING MUST GO!” and the artist wondered if she would have to go as well. At that moment, in his mind, she had become a Saint. She was, is, and will always be Our Lady Of Gentrification.

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Preview: 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition ~ Barnsdall Art Park

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On July 26th from 2-5pm, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) present the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, which will take place at the famed Barnsdall Art Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard).

On view from July 26th through September 20th, the pioneering biennial exhibition provides emerging artists from across Southern California with an opportunity to exhibit their work at the nation’s only remaining municipal art gallery. Keep reading for more information and more examples of the work to be shown.

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Personal History: East Hollywood & Echo Park Story by Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin

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Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin is an artist and photographer living and working in the city of Los Angeles. One of his series of photo essays is called the L.A.ndscape sessions, which strive to record the remnants of neighborhoods in the process of gentrification before they are completely transformed from what he and other long-time residents know and remember. The images were made with a Contax T2 using 35mm Film

East Hollywood and Echo Park are two of the areas I spent the most time roaming as a kid. Both are also on the frontline of the current wave of gentrification sweeping Los Angeles. From the new businesses to architecture and demographics, the changes are apparent to anyone who has lived in the city for any substantial amount of time. For those of us that actually grew up here though, the recent transformation is downright surreal.
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L.A. Artist Puts Social Media Obsessed Humans Into Nature Dioramas

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Wild Kingdom is the latest series of photos by Los Angeles’ Clayton Campbell, who has photographed the fusty but captivating dioramas at natural history museums around the United States and added humans, addicted to devices and social media into the frame. The artist as anthropologist has a long and varied history, but the effectiveness of Campbell’s technique and the excellence of his staging helps set these images apart. We particularly like the people he’s chosen to add to the photos and how he’s staged their interactions with their virtual environment and not the wild animals around them. Please enjoy this preview of the show that opens at Coagula Curatorial on July 18th.

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Excerpts From Pacific Dissent July/August 2015

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Pacific Dissent is a magazine of art and ideas that has a clear and radical vision– produce the highest quality magazine possible and distribute it for free where people likely to appreciate it will discover something special. Here’s an excerpt from their about page:

What is new and hot one day can be rendered valueless overnight because it’s not profitable. The artist is left out to try as the micro-economy of the art world decides who’s next. But art and ideas are important to share regardless of monetary gain. So, we started this magazine.

Pacific Dissent, which is edited by Juneau Dahl and Charlie White, is based in Los Angeles but features artists from all over the globe. The following images come straight from the July/August edition. Keep reading to find out where you can grab a free copy while they last, and where to order one if you miss out. We’ve also included some shots of the photos in context, so you can get an idea of how they look inside the actual publication.

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Saner ~ Los Cerritos Mall

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Mexican street artist Saner (featured) has just installed a mural 28 miles south of Los Angeles at Los Cerritos mall for NY-based cosmetic brand retailer Kiehl’s.

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Pow! Wow! Long Beach Instant Photo Series

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Can you tell that we had a lot of fun at Pow! Wow! Long Beach last week? The week-long international mural festival gave artists massive canvases and photographers intriguing subjects to shoot. Our two staff photographers, Erwin Recinos and Desilu Munoz, took tons of digital photographs, but also captured the festival’s artists on instant film cameras.

Erwin’s weapon was the Polaroid 600SE and Desilu carried a 1st generation Instax Mini. Both cameras managed to catch the attention of the muralists, who wanted to get a look at the photographs as soon as they popped out. This lead to Desilu having the idea to let the artists sign their personal portraits. Until the next Pow! Wow!, we bring you this unique set of instant photos, follow the link for more!

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Recap: Benije Escobar and The Camera Creeps

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Last Friday night, dual exhibitions by The Camera Creeps and Benjie Escobar opened at the Seventh Letter Gallery on Fairfax. We’ve interviewed both Benjie and the Creeps, so we always like to keep up with their latest shows and releases. Most recently, Benjie Escobar has been feeding the good people of Los Angeles with delicious musubi and he recently completed a huge mural for Pow! Wow! Long Beach.

Members of the Camera Creeps have been producing independent zines and various collectibles for a collective called Applesauce Industries. Last Friday night’s gallery opening was a hot one, as june bugs buzzed around the lights outside, people huddled around their favorite pieces as they instagrammed it for all their friends to see. The all film photography by the Creeps never seems to disappoint. Follow the link for a full recap of photos by both Erwin Recinos and Desilu Munoz.

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Photo Recap: Pow! Wow! Long Beach ~ Day Three

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Our coverage of Pow! Wow! Long Beach continues with nighttime shots of Jeff Soto (above) & Low Bros (below) murals for Pow! Wow! Long Beach along with in-progress and completed murals from bumblebeelovesyou, Tristan Eaton, Fafi, Push, & James Jean. All photos by Erwin Recinos. Want more? Day One / Day Two / Fafi Discussion.

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