Patrick Nagel

1309 Patrick Nagel was  a Los Angeles based artists whose work strongly resembles that of the japanese woodblock and art deco styles.

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Ping Zhu

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Ping Zhu aka Pingszoo resides in Los Angeles and does wonderful illustration work.  Dogs, snowboarding animals, and great portraits all in a playful and colorful style.

Check out her work at Pingszoo as well as more after the jump.

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James Chong

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James Chong touches some of my favorite things like Star Wars, flannel, and dinosaurs with chest hair.  He creates colorful and sometimes chaotic illustrations full of hidden gems.  The longer you look the better they get.

Check out the Los Angeles illustrator at his website and hit the jump for more goodies.

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D*Face-ing the Oscar statue on Runyon Canyon

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London-based street artist D*Face dropped into Hollywood, Los Angeles to pay his regards: “face lifts, fools gold and plastic surgery arghhhh thats [his] sort of city.” The 6 feet or so tall statue sits proud atop one of Runyon’s highest peaks, watching over the land as a lone protector of the things mentioned above. If you’re in need of a jog or a hike, go check it out. Not sure if it’s still there though but it’s worth a try!

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Miwa Matreyek

Los Angeles-based animator Miwa Matreyek completed the above film, entitled “Dreaming of Lucid Living,” as her thesis in the CalArts Experimental Animation program. I am completely blown away by it. I’m not entirely sure how it was made, but it seems to combine live performance with both pre-made animations as well as semi-autonomous, rule based animations that update based on what a camera is seeing. The result is unlike anything I’ve seen before, completely living up to the “experimental” aspect of the program.

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Buket

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Yesterday Los Angeles tagger Buket, aka 26-year old SJSU grad Cyrus Yazdani, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of felony vandalism while on probation for 32 prior vandalism charges. Buket is apparently known for daredevil stunts, some of which have popped up in brazen, bravado-filled YouTube clips. One of these clips, which depicts Buket climbing onto a Hollywood Freeway overpass and tagging it in the middle of the day, is embedded in this post after the jump. While this particular stunt is clearly very dangerous to not only Buket but the drivers who were distracted by him, do the severity of his crimes justify the four year sentence?

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0s & 1s

0s & 1s is the directing debut of LA-based filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko. The film, currently set for release in fall of 2009, is about a guy named James Pongo who loses his computer and finds that his “hyper-connected reality takes a nosedive.” 0s and 1s utilizes a unique visual system in which the viewer watches the movie through a barrage various computer-like windows, bringing a decontextualized computer environment to the silver screen and eschewing traditional expectations of cinema language.

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Lou Beach

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Los Angeles-based pop illustrator Lou Beach has been creating these bright, comical collages since the 70s and 80s. While collage work doesn’t normally do it for me, I like this stuff. He’s also done a ton of commercial work over the years, including album covers like Blink 182’s opus, Dude Ranch.

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