Ryan Dooley recently finished a video that discusses immigration and it’s affect on life as it relates to experience. Incorporating many different elements into the animation, Mr. Dooley work playfully questions the value of material and line in almost every incredible frame.
I am sure the mop-topped quartet known as the Beatles might not necessarily appreciate Ryan Humphrey re-appropriating their their classic 1964 album cover for heavy metal (tears of blood and Slayer, to be exact), but I do. This reminds me of posters I made for our practice space in Hollywood a few years ago, which was sort of similar but the Fab Four had Kiss facepaint on, and were more in their go-to-India-psychedelia era. Other gems? Judas Priest’s seminal album “Screaming for Vengeance” emblazoned on a gay pride rainbow flag.
Mastodon Mesa, an on-going project at the Pacific Design Center curated by Graham Kolbeins and Mya Stark, invites you to lose yourself in the twists and turns of Albert Reyes’ vast handbuilt maze. Comprised of re-purposed wood discarded on the streets of L.A., this stunning installation has been under construction for more than four years, hidden away from the world in Reyes’ back yard—until now. Albert Reyes is a Los Angeles-based artist whose hyper-realistic yet dreamlike drawings address themes both personal and cultural. His canvas has ranged from recycled hardcover book covers to public sidewalks, where his beer spit drawings drew national media attention along with original illustrations and prints by Reyes are also on display. Check out more images from his maze as well as a video shot by Graham when the maze was still in its original habitat.
Thursday, May 20th from 5-8pm
Mastodon Mesa, Suite B210
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Artist Cigdem Keresteci is an illustrator and motion designer working out of Istanbul. Her inspired doodles have an ease about them that lends a youthfulness and brightness to her work. Along with animator Quba Michalski, Keresteci runs imago new media, a motion graphics studio. The pair do it all, from developing the initial concept, to script writing, illustration, photography, film, animation, and editing.
Peter Cross makes pencil drawings to salivate over, precise and delicate, they bear witness with photographic verisimilitude to times and places that have never existed but seem weirdly deja-vu-ish. Cross worked for over twenty years as an art handler and then as a registrar in Manhattan galleries. Much of that time was spent with Leo Castelli, where he worked with artists like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenburg and Roy Lichtenstein. When I first got to NYC Peter hired me to install shows, and despite my being nosy and persistent, has always been extremely secretive about his drawings. I finally got him to email these. Peter doesn’t have a website just yet, so if you want to contact him – leave some way to be reached in the comments section.
Artist Ivan Hvam Hvam is an art/creative director, who has experimented in everything from graphic design and illustration to performance and installation art. He frequently works on branding, creating advertisements and designing packaging for companies such as Rusk eyewear and CrossEyes. Together with Thomas C K Priskorn, Hvam Hvam created I’m Ivan, featuring Ivan himself. In fact, Hvam Hvam is often the model for works in which he collaborates with Priskorn; he is as much a performer as he is a creator.