This Saturday there is a really great art event happening at Space Twenty Three and the Sportie LA parking lot on
What makes Art In The Yard even more amazing this time around is the special art workshop for underprivileged and at-risk youth taking place inside Space Twenty Three. The After-School All-Stars have been invited as special guests to attend the workshop which will have many interactive activities, paint tutorials, and a special “found art” project. The main focus for this workshop is to show the youth that there are many ways to tap into their artistic abilities and that anything can be turned into art. These tutorials will be taught by many well known
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Graffiti is an art form that has changed and evolved over the years. While many would label graffiti as having to do with a vandal type act, there is one artist trying to show the true art form behind it. Artist “Defer” is considered one of the first innovators in the
What does the word “grafﬁti” mean to you?
The word “grafﬁti” to me is a word that has so many dynamics that I ﬁnd it very difficult to generalize it or give it thorough meaning. So with that being said the word to me personally means - writing or painting on a surface - without any particular permission. Although, true “grafﬁti” can be traced back to the earliest times in human history, from cave paintings that were used to depict life at that time. Throughout history there have been forms of “grafﬁti” in ancient
What role did grafﬁti play in the development of your artistic skills?
Grafﬁti has played a very significant role in developing my skills. I could say that when I was young grafﬁti really pushed me to develop my style and skills, almost to the point of obsession. Grafﬁti art was something that I wanted to be good at, so it really did help me develop my skills as an artist.
You are considered a pioneer when it comes to your involvement in the first
I feel that in this day and age, I would want to be a good example to the younger generation in terms of aspiring to be a better artist and person on a daily basis through hard work, focus and determination. I think that I need a lot of work in that sense. Although in general, I think this generation that is coming up will ﬁnd its own artistic identity and style, but yes I will be willing to share my experiences as an artist to anyone for that matter, who can learn from whatever experiences that I have went through to better themselves.
Is there a certain pressure put on your art because you have been an integral staple in the grafﬁti movement?
I put pressure on myself to be the best artist that I can be not because of being an integral part of the grafﬁti movement, but more so just to be more proﬁcient and creative with my craft. I believe from there everything else falls into place.
I’ve seen a few of your pieces up close and there is always great detail within the layers. Do you always know how a piece will end up or is the ﬁnished product an unknown until you complete your piece?
The process in which I create my pieces is very ﬂuid without too much planning, most of the time no preliminary sketches etc. I just usually paint. So the outcome of the painting is usually unknown.
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Fame Fest is going down tonight in the heart of Los Angeles on Melrose Avenue. Music, food, and a live showing of art will take place among other great activities for the public. The entrance to the event is free and all are welcomed to come and experience Fame Fest!
This event will take place every first Thursday of the month so make sure you come on down and see what all the fuss is about!
For me, an important part to connecting to someone’s art is connecting to their story as well. I recently met an artist by the name of Jake Prendez and while I was very impressed by his art, I was also very interested in journey. The pieces that Jake creates involve elements from his life, culture and the plight within the Latin culture. One of my favorites of his would be a painting of Maria Felix who was an iconic Mexican actress. It was this piece that instantly had me striking up a conversation with the artist. I was able to interview Jake on his personal journey of becoming an artist and his involvement within his community through mentoring young artists. This is his story…
Where did the inspiration come from for you to start painting/drawing?
I have always found myself drawn to art (no pun intended). Even as a young child I was obsessed with art and drawing. Through out my K-12 experience, art and being an artist was discouraged. It wasn’t till I was in my 30’s that I rediscovered art and painting. Now I work with youth and community to show the power of art as a tool of self-expression and community development.
What were some of the first things you drew?
As a kid I’m sure it was about super heroes and my family now I try to infuse cultural imagery with pop culture, tattoo and rockabilly aesthetics.
What pieces are you known for?
It kind of depends on the circle of people. Some know me for my cultural paintings of Mayans and indigenismo. Others know me for my paintings of Chicano cultural icons like Fernando Valenzuela, Bob from La Bamba, and of course Morrissey. I’m also known for my paintings of mainstream icons like Han Solo, Princess Leia or Johnny Cash. Others like my tongue and cheek work like Charlie Brown Pride and then others know my political poster art from Pro Immigration and anti-hate campaigns. I guess it really depends on who you are talking to.
I purchased a beautiful piece of Maria Felix by you. Why did you decide to paint her image?
She is such an icon of Mexican cinema. I have a friend covered in Maria Felix tattoos, who turned me on to her years back. The painting was for a show I hosted a couple months back entitled Tributo al Cine Mexicano.
What can you share about the Art Jam Collective/Buen Pastor Mural Project?
Wow! How can I keep this short? It was one of the greatest experiences in one the worst periods of my life. 10 LA artists organized for a year to fund a delegation to Guanajuato
We spoke briefly about your struggles growing up and discovering that you had dyslexia. What has pushed you to overcoming these events in your life?
I didn’t find out I was dyslexic till I was about 34 and done with the course work for my masters’ degree. I was constantly told I was not good enough or smart enough. Today, I work with youth empowering them, giving them a voice and a means of self expression. Perhaps I had to go through what I went through so that I could make sure it didn’t happen to others.
You can find more on the artist on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest by Searching Jake Prendez
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Check out our picks for the BEST and WORST dressed on the Red Carpet at the 2013 Emmy Awards!
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Has Palm Springs become the new hot spot for street art? Well on September 28th the best of the best in the street art world are combining their talents for a great event called "The Fifth Element: The Golden Era of Street Art". The roster for this event is nothing short but lightning in a bottle with artists such as Curtis Kulig, David Flores, Gregory Siff and Annie Preece to name a few. But why Palm Springs you may ask? I decided to find out for myself by sitting down with co-curator Eddie Donaldson to get more information on this event and why people should really pay attention to the message these artists are trying to convey.
There are some heavy hitters in the street art community included in this event. How were you able to get these artists to commit to this project?
I’m not sure how I got so lucky. Maybe it was timing. Maybe summer is ending and everyone saw this as a chance for some fun in the sun. Either way I feel blessed to have been a part of this event with such a great group of artists.
There is a huge fan base and culture for street art in Los Angeles right now. Why was Palm Springs chosen as the event destination instead of the Los Angeles area?
I didn’t choose Palm Springs Palm Springs chose us. Dimitri Halkidis from Gallery 446 and I have been talking about bringing some street artists to Palm Springs for a few years now. I have a strong feeling we will be doing more shows in Palm Springs and Coachella Valley in the future. Might have something up our sleeves for Coachella weekend.
As a whole, what do these specific artists have to offer the people of Palm Springs? What kind of art can people expect?
We are bringing Palm Springs a big bag of tricks. These artists are all very different. There will be some real street graffiti hand styles to bright colored neon 'Love Me' signs. There will be healing mantras from Cryptik and we are even bringing an awesome painting of Mr Pro-Skate-O head. Also included will be lots of new original works and prints from a great group of artists including the newest addition to the line up the 13 year old Prince Of Street Art Skyler Grey.
The proceeds are going to an amazing cause. What can you share about BOO2bullying.org and what is the artist’s involvement in this issue?
Dimitri Halkidis from 446 is a founder of the Boo2bullying. It’s a fairly new organization but they are doing a lot of things to create awareness and raise funds. It seems that alot of issues surrounding bullying are surfacing all the time lately. It is a serious issue. We are just trying to do our part in helping raise awareness to the cause.
What kind of impression do you want this art event to leave on the people who attend?
We just want to make some new friends and hopefully fill some homes with color and inspiration. Art is meant to look pleasing but should also inspire people to be creative themselves. We all have an artist in us, we just need to tap in and create. This is why we are also holding a Street Art Work Shop at Gallery 446 on Sunday September 29th to help motivate people to find the artist inside themselves.
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To RSVP: Eddie@GuerillaOne.com
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Every time we’ve seen Lady Gaga this era, she’s usually sporting an entirely different look than when we last saw her. The image she’s constructed for ARTPOP is one of no image, in which she can wear whatever she wants, whenever she wants. One minute she’s a mermaid, then she’s a swine, and then she’s completely naked and spread eagle in V magazine. It’s fabulous, isn’t it?
Check out Gaga’s latest transformation for Elle magazine below, as well as a few obligatory Gaga quotes about being a tortured artist and listening to Bowie.
On handling pressure: “What are you talking about, pressure? I’m great under pressure. I’m a warrior. I’m Rocky, round 12.”
The difference between Gaga’s high-priestess act and the girl who spends time with her family: ”I am—Stefani is—a perpetually tortured artist. That’s why I changed my name. I can’t be her in public. She would be a mess!”
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SHAPE Magazine‘s October 2013 cover is everything we needed after a long summer of excuses as to why we couldn’t work out. A fabulously fit Kelly Rowland graces the latest issue and she dropped some gems in the interview!
“I work out five or six times a week. I feel better, look better, sleep better,” she says. “As I’m getting older, the Rowland family trait of having bigger bottoms is taking its toll on my hips and butt. The other day, [my trainer] had me doing squats that were so hard I wanted to kill her.”
“But my behind is getting higher and tighter,” she adds. “Exercise really does change your body.”
And what about those cravings? How does she handle THE CRAVINGS? CLICK HERE for full article.