la based artists

Debuting #TFWGucci (That Feel When Gucci). The House’s new collaborative art project in the digital space is a lineup of memes featuring the new Le Marché des Merveilles collection of watches. Kicking off the collection of original memes is LA-based artist Amanda Charchian’s collaboration together with textsfromyourexistentialist.

The work of LA-based artist Amanda Charchian is characterized by her uniquely female-focused approach to the Surrealist tradition. With mysterious, witchy characters—think a crystal-incrusted spider sculpture that trembles in the wind, or a circle of ginger women linked together by their braided hair—they’re impossible to forget. It’s no wonder that her career spans both the fine art and commercial fashion world, and has included both gallery shows and editorial commissions for Vogue Italia. Her collaborative memes for #TFWGucci with the hilarious textsfromyourexistentialist create a feminine duo: sensual, funny, and unapologetic, with an underlying darkness from the eponymous philosophy. - Text by Tatiana Berg.

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LA based artist Mel Kadel recently did a nice interview with the folks at Havoc.tv in which she talks about her recent show at Slow Culture “Sky’s Eyes” to her favorite illustration of all time.  

Do you have a favorite illustration of all time?

I don’t have a favorite image, but Shel Silverstein remains one of my favorite artists. Quick, clever, humorous ideas that were thoughtful and spontaneous.

Read the Q&A with Mel Kadel

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Reverse Light Painting with Experimental Artist @frostjeff

To see more of Jeff’s experimental visual art, follow @frostjeff on Instagram.

“I call the technique ‘reverse light painting’,” says LA-based artist Jeff Frost (@frostjeff). “The concept is simple—instead of waving lights around in front of a camera, you wave a camera around in front of lights.” Jeff uses this approach to create stop-motion, time-lapse videos, in a process that he concedes is actually quite difficult to execute. In one video, Jeff compressed hundreds of thousands of photographs that he recorded over two and a half years, a time that he spent chasing forest fires, filming urban riots, and living in the desert painting the walls of an abandoned home. He describes a fascination with the cycles of destruction and creation, and suggests a possible explanation for his paranormal imagery and peripatetic lifestyle, saying, “I’ve long suspected my real home is another planet somewhere in the universe.”

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Chasing Pop Visions and Cartoon Dreams with @alia_pop

For more whimsical portraits and fantasy stylings, follow @alia_pop on Instagram.

“I want to create a fantastic world of hypnotic color and classic dreaminess,” says LA-based artist, Alia Penner (@alia_pop). “I have painted on people, horses, bouncy castles and even a school bus.”

Bold patterns and colors are everywhere in Alia’s work, which ranges from high-profile fashion shoots to giant, painted Starbucks cups in Hollywood. But her Instagram account feels more like a special curation of the art she makes at home—a bright mishmash of celebrity face collages and quirky magazine cutouts.

“Just for fun, I started coloring in the New York Times every Sunday, using it sort of like a sketchbook. I added color to the iconic black and white images of starlets, then put them on Instagram,” she says. “They really popped.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Alia’s daily sources of inspiration are just as eclectic as her art: she lists balloons, polish movie posters, hand-tinted films and unopened paint cans, among others. At the end of the day, though, her job is about having fun.

“My favorite projects are the ones that feel like play from start to finish,” she says. “I’m a child at heart.”

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This Spotlight Saturday features Tiffany Ford, a young artist who’s work I absolutely love– how fitting for a Valentine’s Day feature!

Tiffany Ford is an LA based artist with an excellent sense of style and character, imbuing even simple doodles with a metric ton of personality and oftentimes, humor. (Seriously, this Sailor Moon comic touches on a hair-struggle I know a lot of us have gone through.)

Plus, one only needs to take a peek at her daily colorblock tag to see that her eye for color is on point too! The best part? If you’re inspired by it, you’re welcome to join her; quite a few artists have already!

Aside from the colorblock tag, you can find Tiffany on her tumblr, and awesomely enough, you can catch some of her work on tv, since she currently works at Cartoon Network.  

Definitely take some time to check out her art!

~ jt

6 Books on Books
A Shelfie from Greg Albers, Digital Publications Manager

Hi! I’m Greg, the digital publications manager at Getty Publications, and I’m sorta into books…

1. “The Black Book” by Jean Keller (Lulu, 2013).
Digital printing ink is quite expensive, but the typical self-service print-on-demand pricing model is based not on ink coverage, but on page count, with a discount for more pages. Here, artist Jean Keller maximizes the value for the reader by printing the maximum number of pages, 740, with the maximum amount of ink, solid black on every page.

2. “The Painful Birth of the Art Book” by Francis Haskell (Thames and Hudson, 1987).
Because yes, it really can be, but my do we love it anyway.

3. “Book Business: Publishing Past, Present and Future” by Jason Epstein (Norton, 2001).
Epstein is a publisher’s publisher who among many other things, pretty much invented an entire book format in the 1950s, with what are now known as trade paperbacks. He also created my favorite-ever definition of what it is I do for a living:

“publishing is by nature a cottage industry, decentralized, improvisational, personal; best performed by small groups of like-minded people, devoted to their craft, jealous of their autonomy, sensitive to the needs of writers and to the diverse interests of readers.”

4. “Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha” (MIT Press, 2013).
LA-based artist Ed Ruscha is one of the godparents of the modern artist book movement, and this book proves it, showcasing dozens of clever Ruscha homages from other artists, a mini publishing industry unto themselves.

5. “The Book” by Stéphane Mallarmé and Klaus Scherübel (Printed Matter, 2004).
In the 19th century, French poet Stéphane Mallarmé conceptualized a book that could reveal “all existing relations between everything.” A hundred-some years later, Klaus Scherübel cheekily produced a book cover for it. The inside is a styrofoam block. The inside of Mallarmé’s imagined book? I think it’s called the internet.

6. “Books: A Living History” by Martyn Lyons (Getty Publications, 2011). 
The history of books is fascinating! From papyrus to the e-book, this overview of the history of the book provides a charming look at one of the best technologies ever invented. Many of the great titles are discussed as well as the range of book types such as serial and dime novels to paperbacks, children’s books, and Japanese manga.

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I’ve just seen Infinite’s Be Back teaser and their new image blew my mind away. Seriously, I couldn’t even stop squealing and it’s already midnight here (I hope my parents weren’t up to hear me crying out the fact that Sunggyu shaved his head/sides of his head). 

But what actually intrigued me was the mural on Hoya’s part. When it was Hoya’s turn to get his share of the lime light, I couldn’t help but notice the symbols that were painted on the wall behind him instead. It was oddly familiar to me. Then it hit me, those ‘symbols’ look similar to the work of LA-based street artist, RETNA. His graffiti work consists of symbols that derives from Blackletter, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Arabic, and Hebrew calligraphies (watch him at work here).

Now, I’m not assuming that the mural behind Hoya IS a work from street artist Retna, but they both do have several similarities. Form-wise, I find several symbols similar to what Retna usually makes, but with slight alteration. Composition-wise, the mural behind Hoya has been arranged too distant, where as Retna’s usual composition are by arranging the symbols close together to fill its work space and has a feeling of fullness to it. The more reason to believe that the mural behind Hoya is not really Retna’s work. 

I’ve been a fan of the said artist’s work, since I’ve never seen such unique way of using scripts in a work before. So, when I saw the teaser, I was surprised to find something like this. Bringing this issue aside, this new song they’re bringing is definitely making me wanting for more. They’re trying on a completely different concept from Last Romeo and truthfully, I kinda anticipate this one a little bit more (maybe because they’re not wearing lacy curtains anymore). 

Any way, that’s just a short (not so smart) analysis from me. I love Retna and I definitely love Infinite, so this wasn’t me trying to point out mistakes or anything. But I would love to listen to your opinion on this. If any of you out there are familiar with Retna, what do you think about this?