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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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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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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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