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Superstition Review Feature

I'm pleased to share that several of my collages have been featured in the 18th issue of the ASU Literary Magazine "Superstition Review" with an array of talented artists and writers including fellow collage artist Vakseen. This is such a treat! Special thanks is due to Cody Wade for sharing this opportunity with me. 

 Some of the lineup from ASU's "Superstition Review".  You can find more on  Facebook  &  Instagram . Support working artists!

Some of the lineup from ASU's "Superstition Review".  You can find more on Facebook & Instagram. Support working artists!

Stuck on the little things (vinyl die cut stickers)

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My love for stickers runs deep. In my younger years I kept an extensive collection - the weirder or sparklier the better. But I didn't merely hoard them for myself, I stuck little adhesive badges of love on lonely, naked walls, dingy windows, and on my friends. For me, stickers were the early nineties equivalent of emojis.

With age my appreciation for stickers has become more nuanced.  My youthful preoccupation has merged with my interests in graphic design, digital print making, and branding. Stickers are an opportunity to make an impression, and forgive me for this, one that sticks. In an age of digital media, marketing, and communications I can't help but adore the tactile nature of a sticker. 

So, imagine my delight when I started working with a company that designs, plots, and peels  vinyl die cut stickers in house! If you don't know what is involved in the process of creating these little decals - it is truly a labor of love - or a great task for someone with a mildly obsessive nature who finds repetitive tasks meditative (yours truly). Most recently I had the pleasure of helping  Amadeus Magazine create stickers for the upcoming Dessert Daze music festival.

Here are a couple progress shots. More to come...

When days unfold...

When I experience a day that progresses in a blissfully effortless manner I am simultaneously astounded and reassured. This particularly seamless and spontaneous day began as many do -- with work. I've started a recent part-time gig assisting a group of rad entrepreneurs at The Unincorporated Life. Any day that consists of graphic design, sticker printing/cutting, photography, and brainstorming does not suck. Working with and supporting your friends who are carving their own creative path in a rigidly built (but increasingly dubious) Capitalistic system doesn't feel much like work to me. 

Nor does creating content for an indie art magazine...which is where the next part of my day went. Taking photos and video for the ever-evolving art and culture magazine Amadeus is one of my favorite things. On this occasion, our focus was LA born and raised artist Jennifer Korsen. We visited her at her studio in Downtown Los Angeles on Sixth Street where we chatted with her about her work, the history of the LA art scene, and her perspective on being a woman in the world of street art. 

We also visited Imperial Art Studios with Korsen where she is showing a selection of her work and preparing to paint a mural - her largest to date. Spending a good chunk of the day exploring this nearly 2.5 acre campus of industrial warehouse and creative space sandwiched between Santa Fe Avenue, East 7th Street, and Jesse Street was a bit like falling down a rabbit hole.

Suffice to say there will be many return trips for collaboration and creative endeavors. It's days like these that make sticking out the more difficult moments of the freelance lifestyle worthwhile. Here's to a way of life that lets you do more of what you want the way you like to do it...

The Gentrification Game: 6th Street Viaduct Bridge Replacement Project

What once was a deserted industrial district -- primarily inhabited by textile manufacturers, cold storage companies, artists in need of cheap studio space, and wandering vagrants -- is today the trendy Downtown Los Angeles "Arts District". The shift from lawless artist's playground to corporate developer's wet-dream has taken place in fits and starts over the past twenty plus years. The once eclectic (albeit unsafe) neighborhood has been and continues to be a controversial testing ground for experiments in gentrification. 

Just this month the City of Los Angeles broke ground on a three-year, $400 million project to replace the 6th Street Viaduct Bridge -- which happens to connect the aforementioned "Arts District" to the adjacent Boyle Heights neighborhood. Public Works officials say the project is necessary because of defective concrete used during the construction of the bridge in 1932. Due to a high alkali content the concrete erodes and cracks easily -- making it a severe earthquake hazard -- and too expensive to retrofit and maintain.

The steel arches that stretch the central portion of the bridge have been made familiar by films and television shows that span several decades - including Grease, Terminator 2, aaaand let’s not forget Kayne’s “Jesus Walks” music video. The LA film industry will surely mourn the loss of this iconic shooting location. However, east coast trust funders - I mean transplants - taking up residence at the recently finished One Santa Fe Lofts down the street will easily forget it ever existed.

Earlier this week I walked the length of the nearly mile long structure to say my goodbyes and  take some pictures. I plan on documenting the bridge replacement project each month until the new design is finished. Check back for updates. 




Creation & Community: Working with Teresa Flowers

Creation & Community: Working with Teresa Flowers

Several months ago I crossed paths with an artist by the name of Teresa Flowers. I knew nearly nothing about her except that she had just moved to Los Angeles from Salt Lake City and I was going to take some photos of her and her work for a magazine article. I had no idea I would be meeting someone whose artwork and attitude would inspire and motivate me to begin actualizing my own creative desires -- never mind becoming involved in hers too.  But that is exactly what happened. 

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Photo Frenzy: Amadeus Mag - Gianni Arone

Because it bears repeating, every now and again I take photos for an art/music/culture magazine called Amadeus. I happily photograph creatives across Los Angeles while chatting with them about art, duh! So, I figured I would share some shots from my recent visit with the multi-talented and self-taught LA-native Gianni Arone. You'll have to pick up the next copy of Amadeus Mag this summer to get the full scoop on this inspirational young painter. For now, here are some snaps to get you going...