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Josh Keyes Solo Exhibition: “Sprout”

Josh Keyes, Entangle I

 

Josh Keyes‘s new solo exhibition, Sprout, will be on display at the David B. Smith Gallery (located at 825 Santa Fe Drive), beginning May 30th through July 3rd. Presenting a series of new paintings with a focus on the theme of overgrowth, Sprout delves into Keyes’s vocabulary of imagery, intertwining animals and objects to create a simultaneously mysterious and unsettling juxtaposition between the natural and the manmade landscape. Keyes’s body of work conveys anxious and realistic visions of a possible future due to current global warming predictions. 

 

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STACHE N’ SHADES COMPETITION WINNERS

May 20th has come and gone! Your submissions were awesome and we had fun here at B/D seeing them all come through.

 
Now, time for the winners (in no particular order). Drumroll, please…

 

 

WINNER #1: PEDRO FERNANDES

www.ffall.org

 

Pedro Fernandes

Pedro Fernandes

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?
PF: I love 3D volumetry and also 2D flatness. I start some hand drawing as a base then in end reconstructing shapes in the computer. The splat thing came when listening to Femme Fatale and some other Canadian punk. If it lasted longer, there would be blood everywhere…

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field – or what is your day job?
PF: Part-time designer in the furniture industry. And, part-time illustrator at my home.

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?
PF: I like the one that is looking at me. Readiness to hand. If the medium isn’t ready then it is not suitable to me.

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?
PF: Currently I carry a full beard, but I recommend the Cantiflas style.

 

 

WINNER #2: TwoLobesOneBrain

www.tlob.fr

 

TwoLobesOneBrain

TwoLobesOneBrain

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?

 

TLOB: Currently we work on a hand-drawn faces project, and when we saw the “stache ‘n shades” contest a couple of days ago, we found an interesting link between hand drawn treatment and Photofit-like illustration. We used the photofit treatment with our faces (pencil) and we saw the stache like an accessory like shades, to change our faces maybe like a criminal running.

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field- or what is your day job?

 

TLOB: We are a little graphic design studio based in Paris (France), named TLOB (TwoLobesOneBrain).

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?

 

TLOB: Today it’s Screenprinting.

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?

 

TLOB: Inigo Montoya’s mustache.

 

 

 

WINNER #3: SEAN VAN PRAAG

www.rebeljester.com

 

Sean Van Praag

Sean Van Praag

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?

 

SVP: I came across the ad for the best shades and stache contest and thought that was a pretty bad ass contest, and I had some free time so I wanted to see what I could come up with.. The process.. for this one I really had it pictured pretty well in my head before I started. Kinda bad-ass-og-cowboy-robots cruisin’ the desert. Than I drew up a sketch… decided it would look coolest in 3D and then just went from there, playing around until I felt it had reached its full potential of awesomeness. 

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field- or what is your day job?

 

SVP: My day job, I’m a motion designer/ animator/ director. Right now I freelance at motion design studios in the LA area working on everything from commercials to music videos to network television. I’m really looking to get into directing/ creating music videos, short film animations and spend most of my spare time working on short animations. 

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?

 

SVP: I don’t know that I have a preferred medium, they all kinda have their ups and downs, but painting/ drawing are what I do to chill out. 

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?

 

SVP: Tough call, I’d say its a toss between the twirly dali-stache, and big ass handlebars, they’re both pretty bad ass. 

 



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Confessions Of A Superhero

This documentary is from 2007 but is still one of my favorites to date. If you live in LA or have visited Hollywood Blvd. you’ll be familiar with these masked performers that stand out side the  Chinese Mann theater  and pose in photos with tourists.

 

 

 

CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO is a feature length documentary that chronicles the lives of three mortal men and one woman who make their living working as superhero characters on Hollywood Boulevard.  This deeply personal look into their daily routines reveals their hardships and triumphs as they pursue and achieve their own kind of fame.  

 

 

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Chris Appelhans

Character Design for Monster House: Jenny, DJ, and Chowder

Character Design for Monster House: Jenny, DJ, and Chowder

 

Chris Appelhans has done some awesome production and character design for films like Monster House, City of Ember, and Coraline. He exhibits a fabulous range, from the ultra-dark and disgustingly well-rendered to the innocent and simple–and oftentimes the two realms overlap. How his work always seems to retain a sense of hope is beyond me! 

 

Check out his Frank and Frank cartoons as well as his modern-day adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (pictures after the jump, of course!). 

 

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Jess Douglas

Jess Douglas

 

Jess Douglas is in her last year at the University of Plymouth, UK, where she studies Illustration. In her About Me section, she states the following: “Everything I discover around me has potential… urban detritus, peeling paint and filthy concrete structures. I find the ugly and mundane to be beautiful, its character and stories inspiring.” These are photos mainly of her screen prints  and drawings from her sketchbook. I feel they definitely capture the beauty in the mundane in the way that they isolate the objects and structures, translating them into solid lines and eliminating the daily clutter that usually surrounds them. 

 

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PARTY FOOD

Party Food is a project Joseph Gillette started in 2006. It incorporates a collage filled landscape of video, performance, sculpture, drawing, music- framed in an all encompassing Sesame-Street-on-Crack-ness. He has written, produced and performed three chapters so far, and is currently writing the fourth with the hopes of showing in LA some time this summer. This video in particular creeps me out and makes me laugh at the same time, which is great! It kind of reminds me of the uncanny valley- between a totally impossible and and familiar object.

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1000 DAYS, Curated by Daily Serving

 

1000 DAYS

 

Saturday (tomorrow!), May 23rd, Scion and DailyServing.com, an online contemporary art publication, present 1000 DAYS, an exhibition celebrating the 1000th feature for the publication. DailyServing showcases some of the most innovative contemporary visual artists working today, and 1000 DAYS will present eight featured emerging artists whose work represents the graphic aesthetic and innovative artistic process for which the publication is known. The artists are as follows: Caleb Weintraub, Chris Scarborough, Christina Seely, Julie Henson, Michael Rea, Mark Mulroney, Matt Phillips, and Tivon Rice.

 

The exhibition launches tomorrow from 7-10 PM, but can be viewed until June 13th! Also, there will be complimentary valet parking and an open bar!

 

Scion Installation L.A.

3521 Helms Ave. (at National)

Culver City, CA 90232

 

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Adam Alaniz

Adam Alaniz

Germ Parade

 

Adam Alaniz can make pretty much anything look warm and inviting. The depths of the ocean, the mysterious rainforests–even germs! He draws much of his inspiration from landscapes, fables, science, and nature. For some reason, his paintings, especially Someone Is Calling, reminds me of a cuter version of FernGully: The Last Rainforest, one of my favorite childhood movies.

 

His gentle creatures and magical settings have been exhibited at Gallery 1988, Santa Monica Art Studios, Gallery Nucleus, and La Luz de Jesus. In addition, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles presented Adam with the Children’s Market Gold Award for Germ Parade.

 

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