Cesar Levy is a Los Angeles based underground artist focused on what’s current, relevant and happening now. His work is edgy and vanguard. His art speak to the heart and soul as well to the mind. In his latest series “The Tragic Innocence” Cesar express the human factor in children behavior. The pleasures of discovering, experimenting, bending rules, be in charge. The victims of social judgment, the effects of parental dysfunction and how they live blissfully unaware of danger and it’s consequences. Human development hinges on the interplay of nature and nurture.
Natty Kenly is a mixed media artist, age 26 living in Los Angeles. She’s an artist who remains true and committed to her love affair with freedom of expression; she cannot be defined by simple categorization of genre, style or inspiration. Natty Kenly is a product of the pop culture that inundated her life growing up in the San Fernando Valley. Her artwork is whimsical, ironic, inspired, entirely unique, and deeply personal. Rock n roll of all generations is felt and seen in many (if not all) of her creations.
Mel Maton is a Long Beach based Fine Art Photographer. Her work portrays absence and presence. A photographic journal containing a series of self portraits defining sweet nothings. Happiness around every corner. Taking a stroll on foot or by bike, she meanders about discovering new locations that would normally be missed or ignored driving through her neighborhood. She documents these environments using multiple exposure and black and white photography. Capturing the essence of existence. Her love for life through photography is what fuels her work.
“I have been working on an art style based on energy for over 20 years now. I try seeing how things are connected and the space between them. Everything is connected and affects each thing around it. Yet nothing ever truly touches. The smaller we go the more space we see there truly is in all things. This view point has brought me to my current work in leather. I’m creating relief designs that show how both space and connection are needed to have a completed picture.”
Traci De La Torre
Traci is a self-taught artist from Southern California working primarily in acrylics. Influenced and inspired by music and the busy streets she roller skates down, her multidisciplinary interests are the driving force behind the scope of her work. She is breaking into the gallery scene and her recent group exhibitions include Sacred Memories 2012 @ The Pico House, Los Angeles; Day of the Dead @ Cush, Beverly Hills; and Que te Vaya Bien @ Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park.
Loren Kantor is a Los Angeles based woodcut and linocut artist. He carves original prints inspired by his favorite cultural icons.
ShadowMonsterBear is a Los Angeles based artist, designer, and explorer, among other things. She started working with spray paint after moving to the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles and being inspired by local street and graffiti artists. Now, she spends much of hertime creating and painting new and unique cartoon characters. She makes art that creates characters from a child’s imagination and brings them to life with her descriptions of soulful traits that weall share. Children, and the child in each of us, identify with her.
Neneki “Nick” McGee
Neneki “Nick” McGee is a self-taught artist from Los Angeles whose passion for art and sheer talent resulted in sales of his drawings while he was still in Elementary school. Neneki’s artwork has been featured on TV, Movies, Music Videos, Photo Shoots, Magazines, Museums and Art Galleries. Currently Neneki is in demand airbrushing at events and has been touring the country hitting music festivals, colleges and charity events amazing people with his LIVE Painting show. Neneki is able to paint life-like portraits to music and finish them within 10 minutes. In the dynamic world of airbrush design and contemporary fine art, Neneki strives to grow and develop his versatility and client base.
Dakota Greenwood is a Redondo Beach based artist. She uses mostly acrylics on canvas but also delves into the world of multimedia art and collage. She paints happy floral stylistic scenes incorporating words, roads, and towns into her work. She loves to use bold and bright colors and hopes to one day get some of the thousands of ideas floating in her head onto canvas. She considers every new painting she does to be a great surprise in that it never comes out the same as she imagined. She believes her work comes straight from the heart and skips right past her brain with all of its orderly plans.
Erica Tremblay learned to embroider from her mother and grandmother growing up in Southern Missouri. Now, inspired by the culture and streets of Los Angeles, she combines the antique craft with a unique pop whimsy. Her work embraces the traditional skill of stitch work and the meticulous detail that comes with it, but achieves a decidedly modern result. Images include tattooed fists, pairs of pretty girls embracing, Eames chairs, animals and robots.
Rebecca Lord is a crafter and painter. She was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Berkeley, CA. She had her first art show at “Float Gallery” in Oakland, CA in 2006 and was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. This is her fourth showing. She paints with acrylic and makes iconic felt dolls. She is a Disneyland enthusiast and her dream is to be shown in the Disneyland Gallery on Main Street in the theme park.
My name is Michelle Marie – Some people were born with the gift of creativity and utilize it as merely a hobby, however for me it was always my best therapy, my best friend, and ultimately my entire way of life. I was in my first show as an artist when I was 18 at The Cedar Art Gallery in Lancaster Ca, and went on to show in a few others, until I eventually was curating my own community art gallery. It’s hard to write a bio of my stay on this planet, because everything is a blur, wrapped up in art, music, and poetry. If my pieces inspire anything in people, it’s to go out and due the very same thing.
Jonathan “Jay” Sapp
I am a 25 year urban artist. I’ve been painting for about 4 years now and developed my own unique style. I consider my work more on the urban side do to the colors, the graffiti like feel and free flowing vibe it gives. Welcome to my thoughts; this is the mind of Jay Sapp.
Karen Joy was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Washington D.C., and currently resides in Southern California. A “Organic. Vegan. Environmentalist. Pacifist. Rocker.”, Karen has developed a process to transform a drum kit into a 3-dimensional sculptural element. As the viewer circles the kit each angle reveals a new composition, the artwork on the individual drum works in unison with the others to complete the sculpture.
Part Creativity, Part Teacher, All Artist. Her Visual style is one that is unique to herself, and is vibrantly shown in works detailing others in ever day situations.
Jhydyn Levi is a creative artist based in Downtown Los Angeles. Started out selling art in Venice and moving his way up into galleries. The majority of his work is re-purposed, meaning he uses material that you wouldn’t expect to be used. Some of his work has made it across to New York and as far as the UK.
I’m a Los Angeles based artist and designer. For a long time I took my talent for granted and never really used it. In 2006 I got into a car accident and fractured my hand. They said it would never be the same, and I had to wear a cast for a month. During that time I remember thinking how I miss being able to draw. So I went back to school and I learned how to use the Rapidograph. It was dreadful at first, but now that I’ve got the hang of it there’s nothing else I’d rather do.
Cash is an LA based mixed-media artist and painter with a unique history. After spending over nine months without access to sunlight or contact to the outside world and living on a strict diet of raw milk for 2 years, Cash turned to art to express himself. His themes explore identity, organic industrial observation, and existentialism, with layers of surrealism and experimental discourse. While many of his works are done on paper to reflect organic purity, Cash also works in video and photography, mixed-media sculpture, murals, and has completed private installations.
Julie Grace is an LA based photographer. Exploring the streets with her camera is how she connects to the world around her. Inspired by people and culture, she travels meeting anyone in her path and captures their story in a photograph. Through her pictures she passionately tries to find beauty in the ordinary. She prefers lens flare and light leeks to the polished aesthetic of commercial work. She is motivated by anything old and broken but believes in healing and restoration. She studied photography at the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
Rick Wilson is a Hollywood based photographer. This Street Portraits project is an ongoing and ever changing peek at the real people of Hollywood. In the fraction of a second when the shutter clicks you can see who the people are, it’s almost like you can feel what they are thinking. We look into their eyes and through that themselves.
THE BARRELHOUSERS – APPEARING AT 7:30 PM
With a shared passion for blues, psychedelia, folk, and above all else noise; friends, and long time collaborators, Freddie Dilworth, Freeman Land, and Ryan Pena formed The Barrelhousers in the temperate Southern California winter. Ever since then, The Barrelhousers have been tirelessly enchanting audiences around the tri-county area with their boundless charisma, wild performances, and energetic music. Over the course of their tenure, they have independently recorded, produced, and distributed three EP’s with compositions ranging anywhere from boisterious acoustic ballads to cacauphonous walls of sounds. Don’t expect to see the same show twice with The Barrelhousers, because they don’t even know what they’re going to do until they turn their equipment on.
HEART OF THE DINOSAUR – APPEARING AT 8:30 PM
Comprised of guitarist Enrique Medina, bassist Ral, drummer Elmer Llamas and vocalist Maxwell Olson, HOTD draws on the varying experiences of each member. Elmer has the green thumb of the band and Enrique and Ral have long been a part of the LA music scene. While Maxwell is very much a newcomer to LA, having been born and raised in Tokyo. Max and Enrique met while attending Long Beach City College, where they both studied music production.
Since the band became fully formed in May, HOTD released a self-titled EP and are currently in the studio recording their debut
full-length to be released by the end of 2012. They have honed their live performances by playing across LA and continue to pursue an aggressive performance schedule. HOTD looks forward to bringing their music to an ever-widening audience.
FACTS ON FILE – APPEARING AT 9:30 PM
Facts on File is a Los Angeles-based three-piece indie rock outfit. The trio crafts songs that modernize 60’s garage-rock and 1970s New York punk, putting a spin on pop structure that draws comparisons to Talking Heads, Gang of Four, and The Cars, with hints of Suicide and a synth-free Devo.
In 2005 Joseph White (vocals, bass), member of synth-pop band The Somnambulants, wrote and set aside songs for an indie rock project. During his quest for collaborators, he met fellow San Franciscan Molly Durkin (drums) and the two fleshed out what became Facts on Files first tracks. In 2009, Joseph White moved from the SF Bay Area to L.A., re-building Facts on File and turning it into a Los Angeles local scene staple, performing at numerous local venues and festivals including SXSW (Austin), Mission Creek Music Festival (San Francisco), and Neon Reverb Festival (Las Vegas). In 2010, Facts on File self-released its debut EP, Keep It Together.
Facts on File’s self-titled debut LP, “Facts on File,” was released in April, 2012.