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LYNDSEY LESH: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL- This Saturday!

B/D pal  Lyndsey Lesh recently created a series of illustrations for The Rattling Wall, a literary journal published by the PEN Center USA & Narrow Books. To kick off the books release Lyndsey has teamed up with our favorite alternative art venues Synchronicity Space for a one night show of artworks from the book. Come see a selection of works by Ms. Lesh, get a signed copy of the book, and eat some free Strawberry Chardonnay Ice cream from LA’s best ice cream shop Scoops! If doing all the artwork for the book wasn’t enough Lyndsey decided to add more work to her plate by creating a writing and drawing process blog of her very own called Off Thee Wall. Read more about Off The Wall and see more of Lyndsey’s illustrations after the jump.

LYNDSEY LESH: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL
featuring the art pieces from the journal’s second issue.
Synchronicity Space | 7-10 PM
713 N. Heliotrope,
Los Angeles, CA 90029

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Alexa Meade

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Remember that one time you visited a haunted house and you swore the painting’s eyes were following you?  Or perhaps you can recall the last time you saw a painting that was so convincing, you couldn’t believe it was a painting?  Alexa Meade is an installation artist who bridges that gap.  She paints on anything from found objects to live models for her installations.  She has a show opening at Postmasters Gallery in NY on April 2.

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Ramsey Dau

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Ramsey Dau, an LA-based artist, loves America, Disneyland and you. Well, actually, not really, but he makes wonderful art that makes you smile and cry a little at the same… only because it’s so colorful (not in the example above, obviously.. unless you’re colorblind, then I’m very, very sorry if I’ve offended you). Ramsey uses typography as artistic expression, forcing your eye to read the page and take in the flow.

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Design Watch: Scout Regalia

It’s summer time, which means it’s time for picnics, BBQs and fizzy drinks. And if you’re going to dine outside, you don’t want to pull up to any old table and chairs. You want to slide into THE picnic table and lucky for you, Scout Regalia makes it. LA-Based Scout Regalia’s products and branding are pitch-perfect design eye candy. Their garden boxes are gorgeous as well.

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Bill Durgin

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Bill Durgin‘s “Figure Studies” explores the human torso as an abstract form. He often takes inspiration from dance and other performers to capture images of the human body, (sans limbs and heads), as if their skeletons had lost their rigidity and become part of their skin, fat, and flesh. Durgin would demonstrate different poses he took away from performances and ask his models to imitate them – a lot of these guys must be yoga ninjas.

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Alex Konahin’s Intensely Intricate Boroque Drawings

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Alex Konahin

Alex Konahin

Alex Konahin is a draughtsman who works with an almost Maximalist desire to fill a blank page with intricate detail. Working on A3 paper and using fineliners and india ink, Konahin renders with shading and line-work that simultaneously resemble mechanical, architectural and floral drawing styles.

The Latvian-based artist’s most recent series, Little Wings, uses various insects as the starting point for what turn out to be intensely detailed, baroque-esque drawings.  Says the artist and graphic designer, “I’ve been inspired to create this series last summer in the Netherlands. It was a fantastic time living in the countryside away from noisy cities…” Common insects such as flies, bees and dragonflies become the base for the draping hard-edged, and perfectly shaded lines of Konahin’s pen.

To see more of Konahin’s work, also visit his Tumblr. (via from89)

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Stefanie Gutheil’s Paintings Are About to Lose It

The work of Stefanie Gutheil is a wonderful mess.  Her current exhibit at the Mike Weiss gallery has the atmosphere of the precise moment a party becomes a riot.  Gutheil’s paintings incorporate fleshy globs of oil and acrylic paint, fabric, glitter, hair, and fur.  The seemingly turbid materials match the paintings’ libidinous subject matter.  Even some of the paintings frames  only seem to exist in order to be defied – cat’s tails, pants, hats all push past gilded frames and off the canvas.  In what she portrays and how she portrays it, Gutheil’s work pinpoints a curious place precisely between fun and horror – the moment before the last finger loses its grip.

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Olivier Ratsi’s Presidential Deconstructions

So you’ve endured months of deconstructing every sentence of each presidential candidate’s rhetoric.  It’s only fitting that on the eve of Election Day we also visually deconstruct the president, both past and present.  French artist Olivier Ratsi produced these presidential digital collages – glitch-like reconstructions of the presidential portrait.  Each piece of the series Once Upon a Time the Presidents is made up of various facial features of past American presidents.  For example while a portrait’s eyes may have been snatched from Harry Truman, his mouth may be Barack Obama’s and his hair Teddy Roosevelt’s (or is that that John F. Kennedy’s?)  The clean shaven cheek, toothy smile, and neatly combed hair appear repeatedly and feel eerily ubiquitous.  Ratsi forgoes overt political references in favor of a subtler idea.  Each portrait doesn’t so much portray past presidents as it does the idea of the presidential image.

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