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Chat with Sean Deckert, Photographer.

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How did you discover photography and how has it developed over the course of your career? 
I think the first time I remember being into photography was when I got a 35mm auto for a 
birthday when I was 10 or so. I took the camera everywhere but I didn’t take that many pictures. I 
guess I couldn’t find anything exciting to photograph from my position in life.   
Since then I’ve gone through two college programs, moved at least 10 times, visited a couple countries, and cultivated colorful friendships with interesting people. I think through all of these experiences I began to see differently and use my camera to define what I see. Nowadays, I take pictures with lots of space and color in them. I also take a ton of pictures, ­like 1,400 to make one final piece. Someone told me once that the best photographers have taken the best pictures….and also taken the most bad pictures. It’s a constant learning experience and I like that I’m evolving with it.  
Your work shows the duration of time in a photo. How did you discover that technique?  
I’ve seen people condense time into single images before; ­I didn’t invent the technique. Mostly 
I’ve seen it used to compress frames from a movie into some sort of painterly representation of 
the whole movie. As with the history of photography ­ it’s all been done before. I’m a firm believer that if I’m going to make a picture and use a style that exists, which they all do, I had better devote my entire strength to it and do it the best.  
Eadward Muybridge is one of my most influential figures in the history of photography because 
over 100 years ago he did invent a new technique that expanded peoples minds and condensed 
their sensibility about the universe. I took a process and made it my own because it gives me the platform to express my ideas of expanding the frame of the camera, capturing elemental 
transitions and creating a sense of figure-­ground reversal. I hope that the process somewhat 
evaporates as people start to understand the ideas intertwined into each slice in the pictures. 

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How do you decide the content you want to investigate and shoot?  
Most of my projects are circumstantial. What I mean is that they develop out of what is happening in the world and my life. I try to interpret what I think about these two positions and how they relate. Then I look back at what I have done and where I can go with it. Also, I try to design projects that challenge my skill level so that I learn a new way of working. Right now, I’m hotographing the sky and doing a lot of timelapse. About three years ago I made a series of lenticular prints titled Smoke & Mirrors which were a reaction to climate change in Phoenix. I think I’ve been focusing on that since then and always trying to reinvent my style while holding tight to the concepts I’m interested in.  

Photographing exhibits seems to be something you engage with your company. Tell us more about it and the experience of being involved in capturing installations of exhibitions.  
I had the opportunity to work on a project at ASU Art Museum with an artist couple from Athens. I was the ‘student’ photographer interning under them and learning about relational aesthetics through their project. Contradictory to social practice I was looking at blue chip gallery websites and reading a lot of their resources on contemporary art. At the closing of the exhibition I turned in all of my photographs. I did such a good job they hired me for the next year to work on a wide range of projects and my images were used for national grant applications, catalogues, press and seasonal brochures. It was an excellent way to be introduced to my arts community. I also got to meet some important artists such as Chip Lord, Miguel Palma, Julianne Swartz and work directly with many of them on projects. It is a symbiotic way of working commercially without confusing my artistic reputation. 

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You were the official photographer for the Phoenix popup exhibit CROSSCURRENT. How was that different from past experiences working with artists and galleries.  
Many of the projects I’ve worked on are with museums or established programs which means its got a fair amount of certainty in the timeline and structure. CrossCurrent was different because it 
was built from the ground up in a  short amount of time by a small group. I signed on not knowing 
exactly what was going to happen although I was confident in the groups ability to pull it off. It 
was exciting because during the month there were revelations, sales, new friendships, fancy parties and a lot of photography. I shot all of the art prior to installation, which never happens. I was sending out files to the group immediately to use for press on a seemingly daily basis. There was a lot of energy and a collective desire to make it an explosion in Phoenix, which I think is what ended up happening.  
Tell us about the project you were apart of in Israel a little while ago. 
Israel was grass roots. It was a long process and it’s still happening. It started through an artist, Meirav, from Agrippas 12 Gallery in Jerusalem visiting Phoenix with her husband. He worked for IBM and there’s an office here. She came to downtown Phoenix and wandered into the gallery co­op I was part of, Eye Lounge. My friend Crystal met her and introduced her to the gallery owner Greg, who had lived in Jerusalem for two years. Eye Lounge came up with the idea of having a traveling show with Agrippas 12. Fast forward a year. Crystal moved and I took over the project. We teamed up with ASU Art Museum’s Desert Initiative and had four exhibitions in two countries. Eye Lounge artists shipped work to Israel and had a show for the season opening in Jerusalem, referred to as Manofim. We exhibited at Agrippas 12 twice and at THE Gallery in the Negev Desert once. The Israeli artists work was held up in customs for four months!!! So we pushed their show until we got the work. Currently, Meirav and I are putting something together dealing with discarded roads in remote areas of the desert. We wanted to keep the focus on ‘arid’ because the landscape and climate are what brings us together. More to come... 

Tell us about the photo you are currently exhibiting at the Phoenix Museum of Art  
So, last year I was awarded the Emerging Artist Grant from Contemporary Forum at Phoenix Art Museum. The award was a check to finance a new piece and a wall space at the museum once the work was made. That year went by so fast I couldn’t even believe it. I decided to use this opportunity to refocus my studio practice and slow down, which meant make less work on a 
bigger scale. I refined my understanding of the time lapse process and why I was so interested in it. I think I was trying to create a overly beautiful image that was also disjointed or destabilizing in some way. I made “Day Into Night Into Day” during the winter over a two day period of shooting and a couple of weeks assembling the image. I spend quite a bit of time with proofs looking for something wrong with this piece. I was excited that this piece had achieved a sense of 
continuum with this work as well as a the scale I needed to take over the viewers peripheral sights. I thought of this work as a sort of scroll and was also keeping in mind my experiences in Beijing and the ways Chinese masters depicted the sky. 


What's next for you? I heard you may be moving to LA in the near future.  
Indeed LA! I was born in Culver City 30 long years ago. Back then it wasn’t full of galleries and studios and I didn’t know I was going to grow up to be an artist. I only lived there for two years but I’ve always wanted to return and have the experience of living there as an adult. Now, it seems the stars have aligned because I have a purpose living there.  

My girlfriend, Josselyn, and I are planning on moving next summer. I feel like I still have a lot of opportunity here in Phoenix so I don’t want to leave till it’s the right time. Also, Phoenix is so close that I plan on splitting my time between the two cities. I’ve started a company called Calnicean Projects and I hope that these aren’t the only two cities I’ll be splitting my time between. The 
company caters to career artists, galleries, museums and design firms and produces visual documentation and design services. The team is in place and we are working on building and already impressive client list. Everything is in flux right now and I’m very excited for this year!
To learn more about Sean Deckert, 
check out his website right here. 
We had a chance to have an insightful convo with photographer Sean Deckert. The up and coming photographer talks about his process, recent shows and future discoveries. Enjoy 

Urban Hunting by David Tamargo (London Campaign Launch)

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Modern man, evolutionarily speaking, is still a hunter. Although he has traded spears for cash and credit cards, the hunter is still alive inside. Urban Hunting addresses the struggle of interpreting modern society. It asks the question; “How will the imagined world of our present day be interpreted by future humans?” 

An exhibition of photographs and video by Cuban-American artist David Josef Tamargo as part of the launch for his International Urban Hunting campaign for climate change and species extinction awareness. 

Reception at The Groucho Club in Soho (London) this Saturday May 3, 2014, upstairs in the Gennaro Room from 7pm - 2am. This exhibition is co-curated by Michelangelo Bendandi, of Lisson Gallery and Alan Greenhalgh, of Shinesquad.
For more info visit Shinesquad 

CROSSCURRENT Installation Photos: Kiki Valdes, Jel Martinez, Kristin Bauer, Bill Dambrova

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Miami artists Kiki Valdes and Jel Martinez, represented by the Michael Margulies Artist Agency, and Phoenix artists Bill Dambrova and Kristin Bauer come together in CROSSCURRENT, a collaborative exchange exhibition that unites South Beach with the Southwest

An exploration of crossover and collision in contemporary art pulling from different undercurrents, such as societal policies and propaganda, childhood influences and organic memory of the body, these four artists demonstrate energy and diversity in perspective. The consonance and dissonance that emerges in this bi-coastal group exhibition traverses the boundaries of regions as well as the boundaries of contemporary art genres. 

Installation photography: Sean Deckert 


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Meet Johnny Ramirez and Ahn Co Tran.
the voice of a hair generation.
Johnny and I have been friends for a long time, no one else comes anywhere near my hair, and no one else ever will. He is not just a colorist, he is an artist. Johnny breaks the mold. I have never known him to conform, to anything, and the result is such visionary forward thinking, that he is constantly ahead of trend. He is the voice of a boundless generation, seeking creative and original style. How many times have you felt like a change? Johnny IS change. A hair movement is happening, and Johnny is standing on the front line.
A few years ago Johnny and Ahn decided to join forces. They are kindered spirits. Equally as forward thinking, and industrious. The pair fly all over the world, catering to the needs of a vast and loyal clientele. Many of which are the Hollywood elite. They are as descrete as they are talented, and although they'll never kiss and tell, many a magazine cover, and Oscar red carpet, has been graced by their iconic creations. 

This year Jonny and Ahn set their vison in another direction. They decided to find a space of their own, and are now settled in a peaceful spot in Beverly Hills. The salon is entirely a reflection of their work. Simple but unique, with the flow of an art gallery, and no lack of attention to detail. From the moment you enter to the moment you leave, the vibe of the place is contagious. And you hair is your parting gift. Your finished look makes you feel as though you too are a part of the movement, your "coolness factor" just quadrupled, this is the crowd you run with. As long as your hair has the Ramirez Tran seal of a approval you are officially "in".

To the left is my sun kissed look coutesy of the boys. And below are some before and afters, Enjoy.

Ramirez|Tran Salon • 310.724.8167 • [email protected] 
instagram : Johnnyramirez1

Rest In Peace - Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler)

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NOV. 21, 1944- FEB. 24TH 2014

Swedish Artist - Peter Hammar Interview

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H A M M A R  T I M E 
Peter Hammar works with everyday objects as sculpture with smart placement of lights and composition in spaces. We first saw his work during Scope Art Fair during Art Basel 2013 and his booth was a wonderful arrangement of simplicity and beauty. Hammar has an upcoming exhibition "Mapping Empty Spaces" at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago on March 7th. We had a chance to talk to him before the opening about his new work which addressses immigration and the many stories of the past and present. 

Most of your latest work consists of everyday objects. What happens in the creative process that makes you select the objects that you do?

I use whatever materials I have at hand, it used to be paint and canvas, now I take whatever discarded material I find that is forgotten and has outlived it's purposes, I re-vamp it, give it a second life. Usually the object talks to me in regards to the subject matter/thought process I'm working on currently. It sort of falls into place naturally. And not to forget, as a struggling artist money is also part of it, out of necessity I have to look elsewhere for affordable materials. 

How does light play into your installations, what is the relationship between object and illumination for you? 

When I use moving programmed LED-lights it's a notion for time, when static light,  it's more of painting the object/installation or highlighting some specific part that I wanna draw attention to. I find that light is a great way to emphasis negative space and shadows, which is a lot of times more fascinating and open ended. The light also works a in set designs for theater, it immediately sets the mood and carries multiple. 

I love the balloon installation.  Could you tell us a little about it? 

The piece is titled 'Status Quo', it is a very experimental piece that I still have not quiet completed.. The fan on top of the plexiglas box is supposed to push down the helium balloon and keep it suspended, in a status quo, which seems to be an impossible state of being for just about anything, as it proved to be for the balloon, hence I had to use magicians thread to keep it in place. And it failed, somehow the constant failure of the piece and the Sisyphus task that it

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 became in keeping the piece alive was great since that was the actual intent. At the time I just had not quite realized it. I'm still in the process of making this piece complete, maybe it's impossible and by so I love it even more. The unattainable status quo. 

You have a show opening March 7th in Chicago at the Swedish American Museum. What do you have in store for the public to view? 

It's going to be a modern take on the immigrants story, having researched the museums archives, statistics and my own experience of being an immigrant for more than a decade. The tonality will be universal so that everybody and not only Swedish immigrants can relate. Questions about identity, loss, gain, dreams, myths and selective memory that comes into play after years of disunion. 

How do you feel about being picked? How was the selection process? 

I was very honored and extremely happy of course for the opportunity given. I did a fantastic artist residency in Chicago last summer at ACRE, Artist Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions, the residency actually turned out to be miles and miles away from Chicago in beautiful Steuben, Wisconsin. Before the trip I researched a little about Chicago and that's when I found the Swedish American Museum. To my great surprise a museum dedicated to Swedish culture and heritage. It fascinated me so much that I immediately felt a want and need to connect my own practice and work with this institution. So, I wrote a proposal a little more than a year ago and here we are after a museum committee accepted it.
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You are a transplant living in Miami. Is there a general aesthetic you feel is apparent from both places artistically? How do they differ? How do they unite? 

The art world is pretty homogenous where ever you turn today. In Sweden though strong use of color is still considered a bit too decorative and not really tasteful art. I figure the climate and Swedish mentality makes up for a careful approach to boldness. But good conceptual art in Sweden as elsewhere is always recognized. Then of course there's only 9 million Swedes and their local exposure or gene pool of artists isn't that big, no matter how much you Google or travel to NY once a year, will never reach the multitude and mixture that we have here in America and Miami. Everybody is here!
To learn more about Peter Hammar's work visit his website right here. 

"Mapping Empty Spaces" opens March 7th at the Swedish American Museum. For more information on the exhibit visit the museums website right here. 

Angry Artist Smashes Ai Weiwei's Work (Video Stills)

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Maximo Caminero is caught on camera smashing a $1 million vase from Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's collection at Perez Art Museum Miami, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Caminero, 51, was arrested on criminal mischief charges. (VIDEO STILL/CNN, WSVN, Viewer Video)

#artherradura - Kiki Valdes - Miami .

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Well it's Art Basel week and the final contest for Herradura's barrel art project is coming to a finish.  It's truly been an honor being involved in this amazing program and I really learned a lot from working on my barrel and learning from all of the artists involved.  When I think back at this whole experience I think about all of the new friendships I have developed through this and seeing the world a bit differently. 
I  also think about my family and good friends that have helped me throughout this experience wether it be showing moral support or helping me move the barrel around the backyard or playing congas to inspire me and remind me of my roots and where I came from. 

The day after I won the Miami prize I thought it would it be interesting to post the barrel up in different parts of the city of Miami in places that mean a lot to me and where I grew up.  Every part of me started here. My first art class, my first art fair to where my parents first stepped foot in this country.  It all started here.  I hope you enjoy the photos. Thank you for letting me share this experience with you -  Kiki Valdes 
Images by: Rudy Perez 

Local Crit - Group Show - Nov. 27th

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Interview: Cynosure Andrew-Lozano

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Cynosure Andrew-Lozano
Cynosure Andrew-Lozano
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1. How did you first get into Guitar-making? Did you have a mentor starting out?

A lot of my art is built on a multitude of influences and inspirations, surreality and reality, Modernism and Postmodernism…I am directly and indirectly influenced by everything I see and everything I think. From an early age, music was the most impactful source of expression and individuality that I could identity with. After growing up listening to bands from The Beatles, The Eurythmics, Led Zepplin, Gary Numan, Marilyn Manson and The Sex Pistols to name very few, I realized another world existed. A world full of unlimiting potential, self-expression and creative ideologies. I had always wanted to be a part of the music industry, whether that meant playing in a band or otherwise. After self-learning how to play the guitar from the rudimentary, yet fundamentally important, guitar scales to semi-advanced shredding, I knew this was a life-changing paradox. I wanted to create something new, not just conceptually but physically; and since I knew how to play Guitar, it just seemed so natural to progress into the mechanism of the instrument and its creation. I had never had the luxury of knowing Guitar-builders nor taking any wood-working/carpentry classes, but purely relying on my own skills, honing my talent, putting tools to wood and creating the objects that I had birthed in my mind. After much research I set out to build an Electric Guitar, focusing my study of research into the engineering aspects that made a Guitar what it is. In particular, using specified wood varieties for sound delivery, stylistics and conceptualization for aesthetic appreciation and technology for innovation. Utilizing my own designs based around ergonomic comfortability and visual specification, the Cyberpunk Guitar was born. Ultimately, in each of my Art creations is a systematic message and representation of reality expressed through a variety of metaphor - this progeny was concepted through the decadence and degradation of a dystopic future dichotomized with the ever-evolving obsession with technology and dataspheric information. Always maintaining its distinction as a fully-functional instrument, this Guitar no longer aspired to the demographic of cliche models, more a departure, an aberration of commonality and into the realm of surrealism and art.

You are so good with detail, what's the preparation for it and is it okay to make mistakes with this kind of work?

I always spend a vast quantity of time designing my Art, but adhering continuously to the concept I choose to base it upon. From the construction of the shaping to the meticulous detailing of small intricacies, the Guitar exists on paper before the chisel carves the wood. Mistakes are common-practise and always accidental, yet inevitable…without the advantages of computerized assistance, human error is somewhat ineludible. Mistakes, dependent on their severity, can mostly be incorporated into the design, whether obvious or not…sometimes mistakes are serendipitous and add to the complicity of the concept.

Do you play your own self-made instruments?

Yes. In order to build Guitars, you need at least a basic acknowledgement of playability. The famous 20th century Russian composer, Stravinsky once said, "…Musical form is close to Mathematics - not perhaps to Mathematics itself, but certainly to something like Mathematical thinking and relationship…"

Guitar-building and Luthiery is indeed implicit within Mathematics as you are always calculating, using Mathematics in angles, design, scale, parameters, permutations and precise measurement. Playing the Guitar is much the same…to work as both a Luthier/Artist and a Musician utilizes the balance of a mutualistic-symbiosis needed to create my instruments.

You made your very first Acoustic Guitar recently. How is it different than making Electric ones?

Acoustic Guitars differ greatly in manufacture to Electric Guitars…undoubtedly, it is an entirely different process. From the design aspects to the manufacturing-tools needed, the Acoustic Guitar has its own set of ideals and idiosyncrasies…unlike the Electric Guitar, the Acoustic relies heavily on the vibrations of the wood-open space ratio. Without prior knowledge of Acoustics (and a deal of ignorance), I had to research and learn the construction methods, the wood parameters, shaping, thickness, bracing and countless other facets; building an Acoustic Guitar was a laborious challenge in itself. I built an Acoustic Guitar for the Herradura Tequila Barrel Art Program, in which I built my first Acoustic from a Tequila Barrel. featuring an abundance of synonymous metaphor to relate to the History and Culture of Mexico; fortuitously, the barrel is curved and as I composed its architecture of the guitar on the Mariachi Guitar (well known for its arched back), it was simply a matter of developing a stable design to incorporate and necessitate this feature. Electric Guitars depend ultimately on the 'Pickup' or 'Humbucker' which are essentially copper-coiled magnets that act as a Transformer, enheightening the sound output of the the plucked/strummed strings. this is the reason that you see Electric guitars built from an assortment of materials, such as wood, metal, composite, carbon-fiber, plastic, plexiglass/perspex, whereas the tonal qualities of the Acoustic Guitar are delivered by resonant, porous and malleable materials, namely, wood…thought, you can research and find the odd carbon-fiber or metal Acoustic but thats certainly not the norm.

you mentioned that you work with themes of PostModernism/PostApocalyptica. Can you explain further, what do you do for keep-up with the trends of the industry?

The Guitars I build are unique in most ways. I do not adhere to any industry-standard method with an exception of the Mathematical scale length and composition of materials used to maximize the soundscape. My Guitars primarily focus on Industrial aspects, taking inspiration from surrealism, literature, cult film and music. Essentially, I create a physical representation of what is in my mind. Currently, I am working on a series of guitars each focused on the concept of Postmodernism and PostApocalyptica yet with individual thematics. For instance, the Cyberpunk Guitar, as aforementioned, is a 25.5" scale, Swamp Ash solid body with a real working fan, skeletal framing and light-up LED fret-markers…certainly not something you'd see in a Guitar shop!! the fan serves no purpose other than as a manneristic purveyance of Postmodernism…a stylized art-form that literally delivers a creation devoid of practicality or understanding. I do keep-up with trends of any industryas, to me, this is something of a conformist approach to produce inferior work. I have my own style, my own influences and inspirations and aspirations. I cannot accept categorical reasoning nor compartmetalized ways of thinking. I believe that life is quantum. Everything exists in fluidity and it is the greatest travesty of human nature to believe itself to be subject to socio-ritualistic methods and practices. I am an artist, a creator, an inventor, an innovator...not just in relation to guitars and the industry, but every single aspect of my life is unbound by limitation. 

Making a Guitar is an art-form, but have you dabbled with more traditional fine-art mediums?

I am an artist firstly before anything. I do despise labels in any form as its not natural to me in any sense or demographic. I can produce fine art or plastic art or visual art, though whatever the medium, I consider myself an Artist without any prefix. 

I used to paint in both Water Colour and Oil mediums, but was always attracted to more 'physical' realms of expression. 

You may notice I am comfortable to use the term 'Artist'. This is because I do not consider it a label, per se, however, a means of identifying characteristic traits of professional approaches to such mediums. Art to me is GOD, and to me, GOD is Art. The definition of 'CYNOSURE' in the dictionary is "…something that attracts attention by its brilliance…". My name itself is another word for visual captivation, or 'Art'. In essence, Cynosure is Art and Art is Cynosure. 

Any words for anyone wanting to get into Guitar-making?

Research. Create your own style and personal approaches. If you want to be recognized as an Artist or individual, you need to acquire a 'signature',  both artistically and dynamically. Have you ever heard of the Charles Caleb Colton phrase, "…imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…"? Well, in the Art-world, this does not pass. If you want to be like me, be yourself.

To learn more about cynosure andrew-lozano visit his site right here. 

post modernism/PostApocalyptica art guitar maker Cynosure andrew-lozano takes some questions about his non-confirmist way of being.  

Local Crit - Wed, Nov. 27th 2013

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Presented by:
Michael Margulies 
Artist Agency 
Opening Reception: 
Wed, Nov. 27th 2013 
Show runs Jan. 21st  

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Herradura Art Program - Kiki Valdes - #artherradura

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Leveraging its long established art platform in Mexico, Tequila Herradura will be sharing their history, heritage and passion for crafting quality tequila with art aficionados nationwide through the Herradura Barrel Art Program.

For our Tequila, the oak barrel is the final stage in our creative process, the aging period where each handcrafted batch develops its individual character. For 80 professional and emerging artists, these same barrels will serve as departure point for the creation of a unique work of art.

We know how to craft great tequila—the finest in the world. We have selected great artists to make great art. We understand that to create something interesting you need freedom, so we only made one rule: the artists have to use the barrel. How they use it is entirely up to them

"Amigos de Herradura
2013 - (Oil paint on tequila barrel)
For me it was important to display the wonderful and original shape of the barrel. I challenged myself into making a 365 degree angle painting on the surface. By doing this, there is no front and no back to the art piece. The painting and imagery is a testament of where I am at as an artist. In the same way I did not take apart the barrel, I did not chip away at the direction of my work. The barrel and the art are united as one without compromising each other. There is a long history of how the tequila is made, there is a history to my life and how I make my work. This is truly what my art barrel is about. I wanted to show enjoyment and togetherness with the abstract figures and colors, just as Herradura and I are coming together with support and friendship
All photos are works in progress. The finished piece will be presented on Nov. 12th in South Beach. 

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Carol Prusa - "Optic Nerve" - 2013 

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Jessy Nite: The Overdose

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How did you get into incorporating pills into your work? 

most of my work is about my relationship with drugs and behaviors/people that surround them.  Whether they lean toward molly or prescriptions, pills speak to a certain kind of high and dependency that I like to play with.  They are the friendliest and most fun drug to use.  (in my art or real life haha)

You have a strong connection with graphic design, how much does it play into your art practice in the studio? 

I use it seamlessly throughout my process these days.  I use all of my own content throughout my pieces (all type styles are my creation and all illustration is done by

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hand to start off) so everything begins with my technical drawing skills.   My graphic design skills allow me to work on a larger scale and with variety of mediums, and influence my concepts and aesthetic.

Are you really into nightlife? Where are some places you like to hang out that may inspire your work? 

I've always been a party animal and was exposed to nightlife culture when I was young.  I work my ass of these days so I don't get out as much as I used to, but every now and then I love to get totally wasted and go to the mega clubs like LIV, Story or The Wall.  I love the whole show…the music, lights, performers and even the hilarity within the crowd.  Its such a bizzaro world with two very contrasting realities.  In-the-moment is one thing but the reality of it all is another.  That South Beach club world is really not my scene but its fun to visit for sure!!!  

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Tell us a little bit about your current show right now at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center. 

Behavioral Patterns is a group of new works that reflect a lot of personal experiences.  Its a survey of the bad behaviors that I continue to repeat and struggle with.  The stories are personal and reflect my feelings toward a very specific area of my life.  One piece reads "Tried & True" in one direction, and "Tired & Thru" in the other….that is about relationships and the kind of people I always choose to be with.  "Roll Model" is the duality of the party girl in-the-moment and after.   Although, those serious undertones are clouded by the sentimental nature of the sayings and the colorful and clean presentation.

Working on anything currently? 

This November is going to be so busy!  First up I am releasing a dope new print and a very limited edition of pill jewelry that matches my "Roll Model" piece, then a large installation going up in the Filling Station in Wynwood, a new building takeover on Calle Ocho, a giant rainbow vortex for a show in Ft Lauderdale, and perhaps a little surprise for Basel…I gotta keep you posted on that last one!

Lowest point in your art career was when? 

No low points…I keep it positive!

Highest point in your art career at this point has been? 

I get higher everyday...

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SO. Where were we? Ah yes... In my last post I was saying "YES" and venturing out into the world of the small business owner. And now, it's October, and many months have gone by since the paperwork was filed, and the fee's were paid, and now I find myself $3k in debt, to...uh...myself. 

There are various expenses incurred when starting your own business, even if you are doing virtually all the work alone. I even built my own garment rails to save money...(pictured below) and I STILL had to lay out 4K total just to get my little store off the ground.

I decided to sell at the the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea, and also online. Easy you say... buy some vintage clothing, pack up your car, set up shop and have a lovely old time. I said the same thing... And now I laugh in my own face.

Just to get going I needed garment rails, shopping bags, tents for shade. I pay $120 per month space rental, $120 per month uhaul rental, and at least $75 in lunch and gas. I needed labels, label guns ,tissue paper, office supplies, a book keeper and jewelry displays, and non of this actually includes the cost of stock for resale.

Let's talk about stock. Where do you think your vintage clothing comes from? We'd all like to think our one of a kind finds have been hanging in the back of some sweet old biddy's closet for the last 50 years, until one day she pops off and they emerge in a glory of lost treasure now found but... News flash: That is not the case. I buy my vintage wholesale from rag houses. Enormous warehouses in the unloved parts of Los Angeles that require a dust mask, a strong back, and an even stronger will. I spend the better part of a day knee deep in the ugliest clothing you have ever seen, desperateley hoping that under the hundreds of pounds of 80's shoulder pads there will be a miracle. One piece of vintage clothing that not only is beautiful enough to save, but somehow not stained, or torn, or shredded. The number of incredible damaged finds I have had to throw back into the vast ocean of vintage crap is devastating. The simple fact is, true chic vintage is rare, because it rarely makes it this far.

So we have our stock, our rails and our tents, we've loaded our truck for 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon, packed our lunch and picked our outfit for the following day (something that says "I'm cool so my taste in vintage must be" ) now what? Well, you hit the sack around 7pm on Saturday night. No more SNL for you. Wake up around 2:30 / 3am on Sunday morning, eat some breakfast, hit the shower, hit the road. You arrive at the rose bowl around 3:30am, where you're greeted with a line of trucks a mile long, all waiting to gain entry to the gates of second hand goods. In the veil of darkness, you find your way to your 18ft x 20ft space, and you join your fellow vendors. Your comrades. The only other people in the world who know what its like to have joined this circus, and you each make your little slice of home. In a few hours an empty lot becomes the valley of the lost and found, and for one day only, we are the people of the Rose Bowl Flea.
WE ARE STRANGE FOLK, all trying to get by without committing to the 9 - 5 lifestyle we just weren't made for, and you never tire of the stories and personalities behind the facade of the ever smiling vendor. My neighbor was making a sale last week when a gentleman asked him "Are you big?" to which he obviously was a little confused, until the afore mentioned gentleman went on to ask if he "gave good head". There are two ladies selling jewelry across from me who make for fascinating people watching, every week one of the ladies bosses the other around in the most patronizing way, scolding her for not performing some menial task to her high standards, and then a customer will stop by and she'll flip on a dime. There are a couple odd balls who walk around in white gloves and face masks, a lovely old fellow who turned his motorized assistance scooter into a steam train, sound effects and all, and wears the cap and scarf to match. There's one vendor who won't let you buy anything... never understood that one. But despite our quirks and strange little habits, we are a community. We are a family. If your engine dies somebody's ready with a jump lead. If your stock blows away, somebody gives chase and brings it home safely. If its 100 degrees and you can't quite hold up, somebody shares their water, and shares their shade. And when the sun starts setting and the crowd thins out, we all celebrate or commiserate the days takings together.

As much as I love the Rose Bowl Flea and all its quirks I'm afraid I'm on my way out. I never intended for this to be a profession, I always saw it as more of a hobby, and for me the benefits just don't out weigh the work. It's hard, It's really hard. And more than anything I miss being able to peruse the thousands of stalls myself. But, never one to give up lightly, I'm committed to staying in the game until I break even. 
So, If you find yourself Pasadena way on the second Sunday of the month, you might just see me, or, I might be already gone. Either way, I hope  the next time you buy anything from a flea, you don't bargain quite as hard as you did. The people of the Rose Bowl Flea kill themselves to be there, and they deserve every penny they get.

we are the people

Nuevas Fundaciones - Installation Photos

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In NUEVAS FUNDACIONES, artists Jel Martinez, Kiki Valdes, and Mariana Monteagudo each demonstrate degrees of creating physical embodiments of their own practices. Each communicates through their prime foundations of painting, sculpture, surface layering and color. Beyond various art making differences, there is an underlying aesthetic value each artist possesses that unifies their work in the white box.

When Politicians are terrified

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Liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified. 
-Ted Cruz

Nuevas Fundaciones - Jel Martinez, Mariana Monteagudo, Kiki Valdes

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In NUEVAS FUNDACIONES, artists Jel Martinez, Kiki Valdes, and Mariana Monteagudo each demonstrate degrees of creating physical embodiments of their own practices. Each communicates through their prime foundations of painting, sculpture, surface layering and color. Beyond various art making differences, there is an underlying aesthetic value each artist possesses that unifies their work in the white box.


"My work first starts from documenting the removals through photographs I capture in the streets. I then become 3 different characters, the construction worker who creates the wall, the vandal who defaces the property and the city employee who removes the graffiti. My work consists of multiple layers which are a reenactment of what is happening in our surroundings and all have a story and memory behind it. I try to give the viewer the opportunity to visualize and understand a movement that previously went untold and unnoticed by the general public."
- Jel Martinez 
"I am using a general, non specific cartoon character...meaning it sort of looks like Goofy, Mickey Mouse or Ren and Stimpy. I use certain components of those identifiable images and make them into abstractions, or a somewhat still-life of what those shapes can do. I use certain qualities of the curves, exaggerated eyes and big mouths to emphasize the duality of those compositions. There is a battle between the graphic figuration that is very familiar to us and what is familiar in painting."
Miami Art Space - 6pm - 10pm 

244 NW 35th Street. 

Miami, FL. 33127 

SEPT. 28
- Kiki Valdes 
"It starts with an  inspiration, it can be virtually anything. I usually conceive a group of pieces as if it was a cast from a theater play; every character has a specific role in the story.  For instance, this time I have been obsessed with the classic images of the circus and the 1930’s Tod Browning’s film “Freaks”. A heartbreaking story of the human dramas within a traveling circus. So my new group is taking a lot from this story, and from the circus world. I begin with a theme, a starting point; then it evolves by itself, opening new windows to other reflections and sources of inspirations. "
- Mariana Monteagudo 
Mariana Monteagudo - Rag Family (2013) 
Kiki Valdes - Ibex (2013) 
Jel Martinez - Play the City (2011) 
MAS (MIAMI ART SPACE) is a contemporary and innovative art space located in the heart of the Wynwood Art District and just west of Miami’s Design District. Developed to be a mixed use venue, MAS’s ample interior and exterior spaces welcome events of all sizes and types, and is only limited by one’s imagination. Inside you’ll find large bright spaces with soaring ceilings and cool contemporary touches. Outside enjoy over 7,000 sq. ft. of private/walled courtyards surrounded by lush bamboo gardens. 
Opens: Saturday, Sept. 28th 2013
Miami Art Space 
6pm - 10pm 
244 NW 35th Street. 
Miami, FL. 33127 

For press contact and for appointments: 

Lilian Mustelier 
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Jel Martinez examines the buff, where different methods in which graffiti and tags are covered over imbue his paintings with everyday visual realities from the street. Working on wood panels in his studio he instinctively replicates what happens over the history of a public wall. The result is a figureless expressionism that communicates through a multilayered use of texture, color, and shape that both obscures and highlights his use of surfaces. 
Mariana Monteagudo’s dolls evoke images of childhood innocence and horror films, while channeling her obsessive vision through an intelligent use of color and meticulous detail. The illusionist landscape created by her dolls is one in which color moves us from one doll to another. In doing so, the viewer absorbs abstracted images of dolls, with colorful familiar bodies, topped by expressive and invitingly disturbing heads.
Kiki Valdes uses cartoon imagery as both a visual lure and guide, taking the viewer deeper into abstraction and communicating through overlapping colors and a transformative array of forms that reconcile recognizable popular imagery with post contemporary painting.

Aramis Gutierrez - Artist Interview

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Q: What has drawn you to painting dancers? I remember your past work being quite humorous. 

A: I guess I'd felt like I had been using humor as a crutch for too long and sometimes a joke looses its appeal, especially when you are expecting it. What attracted me was a tendency in dance to subvert narrative through form. Also, dance is performative and requires a great deal of rehearsal or skill to successfully suspend belief.  The type of painting that interests me shares an affinity to both of these qualities.  Besides, if you are familiar with me and my humor, the notion that I am making dance paintings is still pretty funny. 

Q: It's been a while since you have had a solo show. Tell us about your latest exhibit.
A: There are too many shows and too many artists showing things that are unremarkable. Collective attitudes on aesthetics don't really interest me and I found myself alone which isn't necessarily a bad thing.  After about a 3 year transition and two bodies of un-exhibited paintings, I decided I needed to achieve something formal that I had always wanted in my work. Like the Cocteau Twins, I had always wanted to achieve a contradictory place that is both violent and atmospheric, sexually charged yet androgynous.  Now that I happier with the results I'm sure you will be seeing more from me. 

Miami-based artist Aramis Gutierrez talks to us about his latest work and his new exhibit "End Game Aesthetics" happening at Spinello Projects. 
Q:What's GUCCIVUITTON? How did it happen?
A: GUCCIVUITTON is a gallery that Loriel Beltran, Domingo Castillo and I opened in Little River.  Initially it came from idea that commercial galleries in Miami needed to raise the bar... substantially.  We were loosing interest in even attending exhibitions, but we were still interested in seeing what certain Miami artists were doing.  Instead of endlessly complaining about this we decided to try putting our money where are mouths are.  Once the gallery was built out and we saw the tangible potential of the space we made, we decided to focus on, but not be limited to, regional aesthetics.  Unless we get behind what makes us unique, the Miami art scene will always be held hostage to the creative output of more established art centers (like NY or LA).  This is something all three of us believe in strongly.

Q:I remember many of your works being pretty monumental in size. Do you prefer working in a larger scale in general? 

A: Yes, but my present studio is only 107" tall. 
Q: Highest point in your art career to this point was when? 

A: I'll tell you later. 
To view more works by Aramis Gutierrez visit right here. 
Q: Lowest point in your art career was when? 

A: I'm always only as good as my next painting which makes it an elusive pursuit. 
"End Game Aesthetics" opens Sept. 14th at 
Spinello Projects  - 2930 NW 7th Ave. Miami, FL 33127

For his current body of work, Miami-based artist Aramis Gutierrez addresses the marriage of Cold War nuclear deterrence policies and recent cultural legacy visible through a visual aesthetic. Actively resisting a ‘fascist aesthetic’, where long-standing symbologies and stereotypes are inexorably linked to an artist’s medium or practice, Gutierrez reveals numerous (sometimes all) layers of a painter’s process to initiate an interactive dialogue between artist and viewer. A firm interest in dramaturgy and cutural myths induce creative polarities which Gutierrez explores in theaters of war and Classical dance.


Aramis Gutierrez was born in Pittsburgh in 1975. He received his BFA at The Cooper Union, New York. Gutierrez has exhibited widely across the US, having his work featured at venues in Philadelphia, New York and Miami as well as a special exhibition of South Florida contemporary artists held in Istanbul in 2007. He has held residency with The Deering Estate Invitational Studio Residency Program and his work has appeared in publications including The Miami Herald, 944 Miami, MAP Magazine, Ocean Drive, Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing (No. 66, September 2009) and the 76th Volume of New American Paintings (2008). Gutierrez lives and works in Miami.


Nuevas Fundaciones (Group Show)

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SATURDAY, SEPT 28th 2013