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A Day In Decay: Studio Visit With Max Presneill

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Before Downtown LA was cleaned up and made habitable for non-crackheads, The Brewery was one of the only places worth visiting. Sitting next to the LA River, The Brewery is a collection of industrial buildings and warehouses turned into artist live/work spaces. Pretty sure some of the people at The Brewery can be categorized as “Burning Man” types waiting for the mothership to pick them up…. or rich Sunday painters living the “artist” lifestyle. But, all jokes aside, there are actually a handful of artists living and working here who contribute to LA’s thriving art community. One of those individual’s is longtime friend, artist, and curator Max Presneill who was gracious enough to open up his studio to us right before he moved everything to his new space. But, before we get to Max’s studio lets poke around The Brewery…..

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Brendan Klein

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Broken bones, badass dogs, big on loitering…  Brendan Klein’s name even sounds thrasher. My skateboarding days may have ended the first time I couldn’t make a turn, but with these photos I feel like I’m getting a proper look into a world I never became a part of. But maybe that’s a good thing….. or I might have ended up like the lovely lady after the cut. My face is the wrong shape for Mardi Gras masks.

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Alejandra Quesada

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I’m really enjoying the dreamy, Trapper-Keeper sketchbook-esque fanciful designs by Mexico City-based designer Alejandra Quesada. Loving the layered wide lapels above, they look like construction paper cut-outs held together by glue sticks and secrets!

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B/D at Renegade Craft Fair this Weekend!

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This weekend, hundreds of artists will paint their faces and hawk their handmade wares in a cornfield. What is this, a Woodstock documentary? No! It’s the Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair! Please come visit the B/D booth, we will be selling special surprises such as limited edition shirts, never-before-seen samples, magazines and more, all at a discount!

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Timothy Bergstrom

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Just found out about Timothy Bergstrom, a young painting student at SAIC and one of the mighty Jose Lerma‘s students. I must say I approve. Big, awesome, weird paintings made out of lots of stuff like floss, glue, string, paper and paint, of course. Check it out!

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Seiko Kato

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Brighton, England’s very own artist Seiko Kato’s work is something you think you’d find at an antique boutique. But looking closer, it’s not necessarily something you would buy for your grandmother’s birthday.  Her work is Victorian era meets contemporary design. Kato’s inspiration lies in Victorian medical books, old Victorian drawings and encyclopedias, and Victorian paraphernalia. Kato is also a collage artist and illustrator.

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Josh Vanover / SPACEKNUCKLE

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Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, visual artist Josh Vanover (a.k.a. SPACEKNUCKLE) combines geometric wizardry with a frenzied collage technique to explosive effect. Something about that darkly epic aesthetic seems to scream contemporary design. Outer-space overload can be a beautiful thing.

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Tecnicolor

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Today’s inspiration came from graphic designer  Tecnicolor. And no, it’s not the the motion picture corporation from the 1920′s. He uses bright colors and playful compositions that makes his work just marvelous. I like his use of 60′s inspired photography with modern graphics. 

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