The Photography of Meet Frankie C

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We first met Frankie C. when he shared his remarkable photos of Sikhs in Los Angeles with us earlier this year. His low profile and humble approach are rare in the era of social media and self-promotion, but his work speaks for itself. A native Angeleño, Frankie is deeply connected to the people of Los Angeles, and you can see that in his portraits of the city’s residents, and the details he captures on his sojourns around every part of L.A. Please enjoy this selection of his photography along with a Q&A with this emerging local artist.

What’s your favorite taco?
-Cheese tacos from Taqueria El Tapatio in Glendale. Traditionally made with cheese in between 2 small tortillas. I’m hungry thinking of them now.

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Preview: Mtendere Mandowa “Overgrown” ~ Opens March 14th

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Mtendere Mandowa, known to many as Teebs, first got onto our radar as a musician. His otherworldly music and unique sense of time and space within sound was mind-unravelling. As soon as we heard him play at Low End a few years ago, we knew he was on to something very special.

Back in 2012 he agreed to do an interview with LA TACO and while researching him, we discovered that he was an exceptionally talented visual artist. Many creative people excel at various forms of art, but it was still surprising to see just how accomplished and interesting his painting was, even back then at a fairly early stage.

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My Favorite Taco ~ The Most Best

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The Echo Park collective known as The Most Best make catchy electronic pop that can be either chill, or danceable and are winning new fans in LA and worldwide thanks to the single “Gold” (stream below). The band plays TONIGHT at Lot 1 in Echo Park, and on March 10th at Harvard and Stone. They also really know their tacos, as we found out below…
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We Need to Do Something About Eric Andre

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Eric André is one of the funniest people on television and regularly delights us with his absurd, sometimes straight up insane comedy. His talk show is the last talk show that ever needs to be created as he pretty much demolishes the entire genre. Literally.
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Interview with RELAX, Co-Author of The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art Volumes 1 and 2

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RELAX and WISK are two OG L.A. graffiti artists who collaborated to create what most consider to the be the bible of Los Angeles graffiti history, The History of L.A. Graffiti Art Volume One. Now they have turned to Kickstarter to launch Volume Two, but need your help to make their project a reality. There are only eight days left, so if you’re interested in this kind of art, check it out before it’s too late. We interviewed co-author Robert “RELAX” Reiling via email to find out more about the project and how it all came together.

Favorite taco spots in LA? 

RELAX – Favorite Taco spot is located on York Blvd by Eagle Rock called Azteca Huarache.

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Interview with Joe Sola, Who Will Have Car Salesmen Sell His Art at This Weekend’s ALAC

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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.
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Beau Patrick Coulon Interview and Preview of “Marginal Transience”

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Beau Patrick Coulon is a Los Angeles based visual artist specializing in photography, videography, and print making. His photography has been centered around his life of traveling by train and thumb, with a focus on portraits of the people he has met on his way. When viewing his photographs, you get to admire the adventurousness  of someone who can just pick up and go. He’s traveled from coast to coast by train and continues to journey around the globe documenting what he sees.  Coulon has his first Los Angeles solo show, “Marginal Transience” and new zine release this Thursday at Nomad Art Studio and it’s definitely a show you do not want to miss. We recently had the chance to do an interview with Coulon and his answers left us feeling like we almost knew him and wanted to be there with him traveling around the world.

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Q&A with Randy Wyner, Founder of Chronic Tacos

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In our long-running quest to give you, our dear readers, insight into the grand pageant that is the taco lifestyle, we seek out individuals who can teach us about their business success in the taco game. One such person is Randy Wyner. At age 26 he founded Chronic Tacos, which now has 30 locations in North America, with a plan to get to 100. He has brought the taco lifestyle to Canada in a big way, with several locations in British Columbia. Let’s chat with Randy about what makes a great taco and what the taco life means to him…

What’s your all-time favorite taco that isn’t served at Chronic Tacos?
I’ve had some amazing Lobster tacos in Mexico.

What do you order at Chronic Tacos?
I always order the beer-battered fish taco, Baja style and the Al Pastor taco with a side of rice and beans.

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Sean Norvet Interview and Preview of “All You Can Eat”, Opening Friday at Stay Gallery

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Sean Norvet is an Artist/Illustrator hailing from the wonderful land of Los Angeles. Norvet’s paintings are executed with oils on panels, his unique approach to expressing his thoughts on the media-saturated, commercialized environment we inhabit today has an interesting twist most wouldn’t think to illustrate. His paintings and sculptures are  distinct with detail and vibrancy.

L.A. Taco’s Desilu had a chance to get to know Sean Norvet and to ask him a few questions about his work and living in Los Angeles, including (of course) his favorite taco spot. Sean has been an artist for years and has been in several group shows,  his first upcoming solo show “All You Can Eat” opens this Friday at Stay Gallery. Keep reading for the full interview and a show preview…

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The Story of Karlos “OG BUMPS” Marquez

A reader recently sent us this fascinating four minute mini-documentary by John Wikstrom about L.A. graffiti pioneer Karlos “BUMPS” Marquez, and the strange path his artistic life has taken. Once one of LA’s O.G. writers, Marquez had his life go off the rails due to drugs and alcohol. Entering corporate life to make a living, he put his artistic ambitions behind him, only to have them resurface in an unexpected way. Watch the video above for the full story, and keep reading for a gallery of BUMPS’ work…

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Cleon Peterson ~ My Favorite Taco

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CLEON PETERSON is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. He has become more prolific in his home base of late, via a stunning gallery show at New Image and a large mural in the Arts District, but his work seems to defy time and place. There is something universal about Peterson’s art, and yet no one else is doing anything similar, so it remains unique, and unsullied.

It is perhaps for these reasons that until recently we assumed he was from out of town. Whether people from other cities want to admit it, Los Angeles really is the center of the art world, and having an artist like Cleon here only reinforces that. Ideally he would have several more murals all over the city, bringing his stark and pristine representations of the timelessness of man’s inhumanity to every corner of the city.

What brought you to Los Angeles? What keeps you here?
When I was a kid I traveled here from Seattle because LA was the promised land where there was sun and warmth all the time. I still remember seeing my first palm tree and how good that made me feel. Ive stayed because I love the culture, the space and I’m truly a westerner. For some reason the east coast never felt like home, the people are just different there.

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