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. This is his first public show.
Emily is a Los Angeles based artist and actress. She makes stained glass windows and things, paints, and photographs. Her work is often portrait based and explores the line of realism and whimsey. No formal visual art training, painting is her way of keeping a journal. She often paints from candid photos that she took of her friends. Other times she paints what can not be photographed.
“The capacity to articulate so much with lines and patterns fascinates me. For the past few years I have been experimenting with the fluidity of lines and layers of pattern in which i represent them in. The paintings are a continues process of growth. The line work is a constant push and pull of both experience and new mistakes. Each piece is immersed in a different environment letting the viewer challenge ones own narrative capabilities.”
“I’m based in El Monte, CA. I use mainly acrylic on canvas. I needed something to relieve stress and escape my reality and make my own world, where I didn’t have to worry about bills, problems, and LIFE! So what better way then to paint my perfect world and share that with the world! I paint cartoon style paintings and paintings that will make you think. Been doing artshows in L.A., Las Vegas, I.E., and O.C.”
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.
Cindy Clark began with poetry upon learning to read and write. Somewhere along the lines love for the playful nature of light captivated her at a young age where she began setting up backdrops as a child and photographing her younger sisters with a disposable camera. Over years time and the casual progression of life, the concepts of the poetry fused with the execution of each photograph. Every detail Cindy took to heart began to shine through in her images. Photography amounted to something she can’t live without leaving her here today…
Graduated with a B.S. in Photography from Northern Arizona University and several internships later, still finding her place, and waking up to create every single day.
Chantelle is a Reniassance Woman with a degree in fashion design. She decided to be an artist in March 2012. Being the cat person that she is, she started painting dogs. Her favourite colour is grey, but she loves to work with vibrant colors. Everything she is & does is a mix & balance of reality & imaginary.
Originally from the Island of Oahu, Gladys Orteza moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to study Animation. That’s when she realized it wasn’t quite what she wanted, so she switched to Graphic Design. After a 7 year hiatus from all things art, she recently has been inspired to create again, like an inner soul-switch got activated, generating 5-10 sketches a day, 3 paintings a weekend Gladys is in love with surrealism, the idea of creating something so bizarre and cool to look at is just her cup of whiskey. The ability to generate a cool story behind the painting is her passion, making the piece ten times better with a good story to go behind it.
Born and raised in south Los Angeles, my work deals with contemporary issues prevalent to minorities. Each is conceived as a narrative that covers a social or political topic of debate. Within each representation is a twisted and emotional journey that challenges specific paradigms of what it is to be human. I like to conceive each of my work from an emotional experience: love, heartbreak, discrimination, poverty etc. From this platform i develop an environment that best suits the original emotion. Mood and atmosphere play a key factor in my work. In order to achieve this, i use a very selective color palette and the use of chiaroscuro. Elements of pop art play a crucial role in my work.
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.
“I am graphic artist from Tennessee who just moved to LA. I prefer simplicity over complexity. I believe life is about chasing your dreams.”
Molly Tierney is a Minnesota native, who has been residing now in Los Angeles for the past 7 years. Her inspiration to create started at a very young age, and hasn’t left her since. Mostly self taught, she went to college for photography and art history in Pasadena, CA. She is inspired by the world around her, the streets, politics, and “the spectacle”. She works as a commercial photographer all over southern CA. Molly works with traditional film photography, cyanotypes, painting, and other experimental mediums. In her works she likes to be expressive, unplanned, and to take many risks with any medium she chooses. “I love the energy and challenges every day life brings you. “The beautiful accidents when making work, of pure “something” unexplainable.” “I love how things can be so double sided with emotion, powerful yet fragile or simple yet provocative” .
“I have 12+ years of professional experience, which includes, Visual Merchandising, Management, News Media Journalism, and Photography. I earned my Masters of Photography in December 2011, from Brooks Institute, and my Bachelor of Fine Art’s from Otis Collage of Art and Design in 2006. I am currently a commercial freelance photographer with credits that include but not limited to VH1, Vogue Italia and Penthouse. My work has been shown in numerous galleries in and around Los Angeles, with pieces placed in permanent collections at ACNY in New York. I love House music, sunny days and sometimes I get lonely even though I am surrounded buy a million people.”
“I was born and raised in Kansas, but I have been living in downtown Los Angeles for three years now. I majored in Illustration at the University of Kansas in 2009. I love making paintings of all sizes using acrylic and oil paint. My fulltime job is photo retouching for an e-commerce website. I am inspired by electronic music and going to music festivals, so the greatest part about being in LA is there is never a shortage of those!”
Kris Black, a rising star in the art and film world is tapped as someone to keep an eye out for. With three starring roles in films to be released within the next year, all of which he co-wrote and produced with his partner in Four Legged Pictures Films, veteran TV writer, Bruce Reisman; Black will be hard to miss. In 2007 he was named one of the top 25 artist in L.A., by Los Angeles Magazine. His art was last featured on Showtime’s hit series “Californication”. This young talented artist is a true Renaissance man.
Artist/VJ/Filmmaker Juri Koll’s paintings and photographs have been exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and abroad. Juri has produced and/or directed over 40 short films, both fiction and documentaries. His films have screened all over the world, in over 70 festivals, including Cannes, the Cork International Film Festival, the Australian International Film Festival, and won many awards. He currently directs a new program called Art/World. After graduating from California Institute of the Arts with majors in Fine Art and Filmmaking, Mr. Koll produced the first Art/World documentaries from 1990 – 1995. He traveled across the U.S. to work with major curators in their museums and galleries, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. His subjects included world famous and infamous artists and curators from the Renaissance period to the present. Recently, Juri’s first documentary, In The Steel: A Portrait of Mark di Suvero, (1991), was accepted into the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.
MARS Robinson is an acrylic painter and illustrator. Born in Chicago, Ill. but raised in the shadows of New York City, MARS developed a passion for art in early childhood after being introduced to the alternate worlds of comic books and graffiti. MARS also acquired a unique perspective on life in Urban/SubUrban America through proactive observation of the elements of his surrounding environment, the pervasiveness of pop culture/mass media, and its overarching influence on society in general. These informed opinions and views would come to dominate the bulk of the subject matter addressed in his body of work. Mars’ artistic style draws heavily on influences from the worlds of traditional representational art, comic book illustration, and street art.
Alejando Murillo is an illustrator, painter and amateur photographer working out of Los Angeles, California.
A Los Angeles native, Jeff Koga is an award-winning freelance photojournalist who covers the local music scene. His subjects are a veritable who’s-who of rising stars from the indie rock and singer-songwriter genres that include Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Local Natives, and Warpaint. He has also been on the set of mainstream productions such as the critically-acclaimed American comedic web series “The Guild” starring Felicia Day. Koga’s photographs have been published in Photo District News, Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Business Journal, Business Insider, and Metromix. BaconSocial is his seventh Southern California exhibition in three years..
Dario is a young musician/photographer who hails from Los Angeles. He is versed in various types of photography, but specializes in advertising, editorial, and dramatic portraiture. He photographs people primarily because of the unique stories they convey through expression. When not shooting you can find Dario skating, discovering new eateries, or playing his guitar around the city.
Aaron Whitaker is a recent Los Angeles transplant, painter and alternative cartoonist. He is the author of the graphic novel, “The City Troll”, as well as several other minicomics. Much like his comics, his art focuses on strange dudes doing cool things.
Melinda Tracy Boyce
Melinda Tracy Boyce is an alternative cartoonist and illustrator from Portland, OR newly transplanted to LA. She works in brightly colored gouache and ink to create detailed nature inspired work. She also paints daily diary comics that you can see on her website.
LUCY & LA MER – APPEARING AT 8:30 PM
Lucy & La Mer is Folk Pop at its finest. Leading lady Sarah LaForge recorded the new EP “To the Skies” as a one-woman-band project and is now performing in Los Angeles with her flock of instruments and a few new band members. Sounds like? “If Joanna Newsom, Norah Jones, and Kimya Dawson had a picnic at your favorite park.”
THE BLACK HEARTTHROBS – APPEARING AT 9:30 PM
The Black Heartthrobs are a three-piece melodic garage rock band from Culver City. Guitarist/vocalist David Benitez has moved on from his past as a punk bassist for Osker (Epitaph records) to front the band with female drummer Jane Greely and bassist Spenser Wells. The Black Heartthrobs manage to craft catchy songs while remaining tied to their indie roots. Although they have a distinctive style, their sound has been compared to wide range of bands from The Cars to Pavement to The Nerves. Expect hooky choruses, fuzzed guitars, and glasses.
ANACRON – APPEARING AT 10:30 PM
Anacron is the personification of music’s future. This rapper/ singer/ songwriter is a modern renaissance artist: Quintessential music producer, composer/arranger, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, & break-dancer. Defining versatile, his music touches people of all types, inspiring awe with his amazing performances. With endless potential & an UNFAMOUS mind-frame; Anacron is pure, potent talent, no hype.