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No. 1 AUGUST 2012
AAAw YEAAAH! We Did iT! A note from the Team We did it. We launched the first online issue of ARTNOIS Magazine. When Jess and I first told people we were gonna start a magazine, some people laughed and others encouraged us with an “awesome!” Although we dont blame anyone for laughing seeing as we are only a duo putting this magazine together during spare time, we knew we had never been more serious and excited about a new venture. Art and music? It doesn’t get any better than that. The more time we spent on it the more real it became. Our goal for ARTNOIS Magazine is to help spread art and music while creating a community where art and music lovers can connect. We think of it as collaborative magazine so anyone willing and able to help, we welcome you with open arms. This magazine is an adventure for us as we have been discovering some amazing artists who we would have otherwise not known about. If there is something you want to see in the future issues, please email us at email@example.com. We hope you like what you find in this magazine. It is filled with interviews and some amazing work. You will find a Jazz twist as we dedicated this issue to Louis Armstrong for his birthday on August 4th. So now that we have your attention, check out the mag! Also, take a look at our calendar for August. We tried to include as many free or low cost events. If you know of an event you want to share please let us konw and we will put it in our calendar for the months to come. Enjoy!
Magda Becerra Jesenia Meraz
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Ar tn oi s
Created by: Magda Becerra & Jesenia Meraz
no. 1 Jazz August 2012
Contributor: Omar Lazcano Collaborating Artists: Blaise Gauba, Eleanor Bennet, Candace Hopkins, Chico Coelho, Andrea Lauren, Joshua James Martin, Jon Measures, Jorge Gonzalez, Daniel Gall, Zachary Sweet, Tyra Juliette, Andrea Lauren, Rudy Contreras
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Contacts: PO BOX 923082 SYLMAR,CA 91342, tel. 818.584.1868, magazine@artnois. com, www.artnois.com More Information About ARTNOIS: ARTNOIS Magazine was started by two young female students, Magda and Jessy. While they both share common interests, Magda has a passion for art while Jessy has a passion for music. Seeing as neither one had the time nor the skills they wished they had to create inspirting art or great music, they decided to make a magazine featuring all the great artists who do. Art and music is motivation for both to do something great. They hope this magazine will help do the same for you.
Scultures with Blaise Gauba Pg. 8
Collages by Jon Measures Pg. 32
Award Winning Eleanor Bennett Pg. 14
Photography Jorge Gonzalez Pg. 22
Goulish Characters Zachary Sweet Pg. 36
Addictions Series Candace Hopkins Pg. 44
Louis Armstrong Aug 4 1901Jul 6 1971 Painter & Composer Daniel Gall Pg. 54
Vocalist Tyra Juliette Pg. 64
Jazz Genius Pg. 66
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MacArthur Park’s Levitt
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Sawdust, Laguna Beach
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12PM Enjoy your favorite Beatles songs covered by live bands on all three stages! Drink specials and 60’sthemed art and craft projects will also be yours to enjoy. Admission $7.75 Adult one-day, $6.25 Senior one-day (65+), $3.25 Children (6-12), Free Children (5 & under), $15.00 Season pass, $20.00 Annual pass
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7PM Free Hosted by KCRW’s Chris Muckley Santa Monica Pier 1550 Pacific Coast Highway lot
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AMANDA ROSS-HO TEENY TINY WOMAN Pacific Design Center
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MADE IN L.A.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
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CHICO COELHO A free spirited San Franciscan who paints after Jackson Pollock What kind of work do you do?
“You know we are just a grain of dirt around the sun for a while. Life is a game where you can be and do whatever you want. Just play.”
Chico: I am an abstract pain ter. I paint over the canvas and over several different materials. I work on the floor mixing the drops of the paint to make a moiré pattern to work on your brain as some images sometimes, other times just effects. How long have you been painting/sketching? Chico: I have been painting since I was 15 years old. How long did it take for you to find your current or favorite style? Chico: I worked hard for almost 30 years looking for my own style. At first I was a figurative painter and my favorite painters who I try to follow were Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock and many others. As a curious painter I developed my painting across the figurative styles until I discovered that the abstract is inside the figurative, like Monet shows to us. Who is your favorite artist?
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Chico: Jackson Pollock because his work ruptured the way of painting. How do you know when the piece you are working on is complete? Chico: It’s a very intuitive sensation. I can’t explain, it’s just a feeling. Is there any specific event that changed your style into abstract expressionism? Chico: Yes, my visit to Giverny, France, at Monet’s house/atelier, when I could realize that Monet was the first abstract painter in the painting history. I could realize that Monet discovered the abstract painting making close-ups of the nature. What if anything, do you hope to learn artistically as you progress in your work? Chico: Not exactly, I just enjoy painting. When did you first start drawing/painting? Does your style and knowledge today match that of when you first started?
Chico: I started drawing as a child and never stopped. My current work that I developed in many years of painting is the result of my research about the way the colors work in our brain. I think that in my brain, very deeply, the knowledge about drawing influence my painting today, but I don’t think about it. Why do you use bright and contrasted colors instead of softer neutral colors? Chico: It depends of my emotional moment. Sometimes I use very contrasted colors, sometimes I use soft colors. It reflects what is happening in my life, my brain, my heart. But I don’t think about it, I just feel. What do you hope to accomplish with your work? Chico: I just want to paint and have people feel good when they look at my paintings. There isn’t any intention other than that. As a worker of the imagination I do my best. Some people like one painting and others like another painting. If people like it, I like it. And they do..
What do you want your viewers to to think? Chico: I hope they feel good and think about the universe, peace and love. Where did you learn to do this type of work? Chico: I developed it myself while influenced by Jackson Pollock’s work and the outdoor moiré patterns as you can see in the huge photographs of publicity on the walls of the big cities. What about your work would you say is reflective of your personality? Chico: Maybe the free style of living of the universe and our own “in” it. You know we are just a grain of dirt around the sun for a while. Life is a game where you can be and do whatever you want. Just play. How does your town or city reflect in your work? Chico: The freedom, the colors, the intelligence.
Chico: I don’t have any favorite piece. I love all of them. They are my children. Which piece took the longest to complete and why? Chico: All pieces take a long time to finish. They need a lot of layers to get the effect I want. Sometimes it takes months until I finish them. Do you have any current or upcoming shows/ exhibits? Where? Chico: Currently my paintings are in exhibition at Siete Potencias africanas Gallery at 777 O’Farrell, San Francisco. www.sietepotenciasafricanas.com. Do you do any other type of artistic work?
Images are all of Chico’s paintings. See more of these and his past pieces at his site. http://chicocoelho.com/
Chico: Yes, I am Illustrator for books and I am also a musician. You can see my illustrations on www.freelanced.com/chicocoelho and my original songs at www. numberonemusic.com/chicocoelho.
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oh, he likes to get his hands dirty!
The only thing left to show that there was at least some sort of culture here (because we all know that Soda Pop and bubble gum isn’t culture) that art in its most resilient form is what we will be leaving behind.
What kind of work do you do?
most amazing mazes in pen and ink and then I clean them up in Photoshop. I do whatever work will bring Blaise: That isn’t such a me happiness and pay my simple question to answer. bills at the same time. Right I can say that I do creatinow, I have been designing, ve work. That’s the simsculpting and casting in ple answer. But not in a solid bronze, my own line of nutshell as you have already collectible figurines. I love experienced with my babthe Science Fiction and Fanbling, I can say that first and tasy genres and therefore foremost, I am a sculptor... I really like sculpting Aliens, who dabbles in Voice-Over Monsters, Vampires, Creatuwork, who dabbles in water res and Robots. So I have color and acrylic painting, been trying to sell my work who loves to create the on Etsy, on eBay and other 8 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
websites trying to get the word out there about my “different” type of art that I offer. I have recently gotten back into painting again which I have not pursued in quite a few years. I am also doing some jewelry pieces as well...which involves my metal work as usual. I like to incorporate my sculpted pieces in with bead work and I am hoping that I can build a following of clientele who really like what I am doing and what I can offer them.
How long have you been sculpting? Blaise: My mother threw, you know, that colored oil clay from way back in the late ‘60’s in front of me because she couldn’t afford a baby sitter for five kids on her own. My dad died when I was only a month away from my eighth birthday and my mother ended up having to raise five kids all on her own. So we may have all been born inAspen, the mil-
lionaire’s...now billionaire’s Rocky Mountain Ghetto, but we were essentially poor. My mom was a working single mother with five kids to feed! It was crazy. But I had a good life...even though we all wore a lot of handme-downs. I think that that was another reason why my mom decided to leave Aspen, she couldn’t afford to live there anymore.... aside from her not liking to have to deal with the cold winters anymore. So yeah, I’ve been sculpting since I
Image Above: Styracasaurus for Countdown to Extinction Ride Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom 24’-0” in Length Oil Clay Over Foam and Steel Armature
““I just needed to get out of town. I ended up actually moving to the southern coastal jungles of Mexico with a couple of really close friends, they were older than me by at least fifteen to twenty years (I have always had friends who were older than me, can’t explain it), so we traveled down to southern Mexico where I was to help them build a small casa on a friend’s property. This was in a small fishing village called Santa Cruz...yeah, like there aren’t a lot of towns and villages in Mexico named after Saint Cruz...the Low Rider? No, it was a really beautiful, picturesque little fishing village on the southern Pacific coast of Mexico about 250 miles south of Mazatlan. There were parrots, monkeys and vipers in the trees...yes, it really was beautiful there. While I was living and working there, helping to build this little casa, I had been writing letters (three or four a week) to my girlfriend back in Bisbee. I was eighteen at the time and was in love. Excerpt from bio continues on page 17
was pretty young. I didn’t for Walt Disney Art Classtart sculpting professional- sics? When I delivered the ly until around 1983/84. finished sculpt to the lead people at Art Classics, they asked me, what sort of machine did I employ How long did it take for to get that sculpt so tight? you to find your current or They all said that it looked favorite style? as if it had been machined on a CNC machine. I’m still really proud of that sculpt. Ha, ha, ha, ho, ho, ho, hee, The funny thing is, I enjoy hee, hee! Oh boy! That’s a doing rough sculpts, I enjoy loaded question for me. I doing very tight, machined am a really bad, bad, bad looking sculpts and I also art student...no, I really am! I enjoy what I call tool mark don’t think I have a “current’ sculpts...where you leave or “favorite” style. My best in all the tool marks in the explanation for this is proclay or whatever material bably due to the fact that I you are using which leaves have had so many different some sort of a feeling as to types of jobs working in what the sculptor was doing the very widely and loosely and maybe even what he or named “Entertainment she was feeling at the time. Business”, that I have had It’s raw, and I like that. to be so very completely flexible as to by all necessity, fill any job requirement I am Where do you get inspiraasked to fulfill. That leaves tion from? the door wide open and forces one in this business (in some cases anyway), to Blaise: Well, in all honesty, I have to be ready and able don’t get out to the galleries to do whatever “style” is as often as I should or as necessary at the time. And I often as I would like. But I have worked in many diffe- would have to say that my rent styles. favorite place to get inspired is in galleries. Looking at the real thing right there I used to love doing monin front of my face leaves ster make up, but then that me breathless really. Not got old pretty fast...then I everyone’s art is inspiradid find a niche when I was tional, but sometimes you working as an employee at come across a piece that Walt Disney Imagineering. just blowsyou away and you I was getting known as a just stand there mesmeritechnical sculptor and had zed sort of like those scenes been landing sculpting jobs in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on things that fell into the when Ferris and his friends category of mechanical are in the Chicago Museum or machined looking type of Art and they are just sculpts. Have you seen my standing there staring at Buzz Lightyear I sculpted all those amazing paintings
and sculptures by all those famous artists. I had that experience many years ago in the African American Museum of Art in Los Angeles. There was this one painting that was HUGE! It had to be at least twenty feet wide and maybe ten feet high and the entire thing was this globular concoction of hand painted debri, and you could see finger prints and deep marks in all this amazing color. And I remember it amazed me so much and moved me so much, that I just started spinning around and there, behind me, were many of my Black bothers and sisters there in the museum who were watching me and smiling. And I felt so in-touch with them, with the art and with the human race. Art is everything...it really is, it’s what really brings people together. And the thing is, art can be found in almost everything we do, in everything we create.
deadlines, that I rarely ever stick to...which my lovely wife Ellen can attest to. “How long did it take you to sculpt that little robot? Six months?” We still laugh at that today. Right dear? Don’t we? Basically, I know when the piece is done when I have double checked all the images in the turn-a-round drawings or photos and if I am working with a production designer or an art director, it really comes down to their call as to whether it’s finished or not.
many cases, for instance, when I was sculpting props on feature films, there is no recognition whatsoever... which is a thorn in my side as caterers on movies and production assistants on movies all get screen credit, but I have never received any screen credit for any of the work that I have done on a feature film, which really, really irks me. I have never understood why only the Lead Sculptor always gets the credit and in some cases, the lead didn’t even do the work.
What have you learned over the years about being a sculptor in regards to artistic work?
I guess I have learned that as an artist, you should just be yourself and follow your own path no matter what. Some people have talent, Blaise: Well again, that’s some have some, and a multi-faceted question some have none, but what with several answers. First really matters is not what of all, depending on what people on the outside think kind of a sculptor you are... of you and/or your work, depends on the answer what matters is what you to that question. Seeing think of you and your work. as how I have really been Sticktoitiveness is the key to How do you know when what I have termed myself some form of success. Just the piece you are working as an Industrial Sculptor. tick to what it is that drives on is complete? Rather, I have to pull myself your passion, whatever that away from that question in may be. Doesn’t matter if its the traditional sense and doing tattoos, or building Blaise: (Laughing again) Ok, say that I wish I was one of cars from scratch just keep Ok ....when the client buys those artists...sculptors, who doing it and over time, you it off. No? O.k well then, was making a living doing will be called upon because when my boss tells me it’s public pieces. There would you are recognized as a finished whether it is or not be nothing more satisfying master of what it is that you (That’s when I’m employed knowing (and seeing) my do. Then one day it may on a movie, television or toy work on display in a public even dawn on little old you sculpting job anyway). But venue somewhere. Certainly that hey! You ARE a master! for my personal sculpts? feature films, television It doesn’t need to be ego Wellllll......hmmm...it’s shows and even theme based, it’s just a form of done when either I can’t parks and the Disney Colrecognition, that’s all. I enfit anymore detail on it, or lectible porcelain figurines courage everyone to keep I know that I have to wrap that I have sculpted over at it no matter what. it up soon because even I the years, you can say are have to give myself my own in the public domain, but in
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Above: Buzz Lightyear Flightpack
“So other than those
years of drawing and painting classes, I never received any formal lessons in sculpting or of sculpture itself. I am purely self-taught. “
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When did you first start sculpting? Does your style and knowledge today match that of when you first started? Blaise: The very first time I sculpted anything, as rudimentary as it may have been, was when I was maybe around six or seven years old. My mother gave me some oil clay to keep me busy and I kept myself busy by sculpting a sort of diorama after visiting Mesa Verde in Southern Colorado one summer with my family. I was fascinated with the ancient American cultures, especially the cliff dwellers all around Canyon De Chelly and that part of the southwestern United States. So I took this brochure that my mother had brought back with us from the trip, which had a nice picture of the main dwelling of Mesa
Verde and I opened it out to stand on a table. Then I started making adobe bricks and stones, then I sculpted a baby in a papoose and then it’s mother kneeling grinding maze in a grinding stone. I think there was a small bush next to them as well. I have a picture of that little scene somewhere in myphoto albums that my mother took because she was so impressed with all the details that I put in my work. That is what I am known for I guess, my detailed work. I think that my style has far surpassed what I was capable of in my youth and because of many years of experience in this sometimes odd field, I can say that my knowledge has grown by leaps and bounds but that does not mean however that I have not learned all there is to learn. ZBrush (a
3-D Digital Sculpting program) is a good example of that. I have been struggling to learn this software for the last four or five years and admittedly, sometime more than not, out of frustration, I have not pushed myself as hard as I should in order to learn it, so yes, there is still much to learn and more knowledge to gain even in this field. And for you younger sculptors out there, those of you who are little masters in the 3-D digital sculpting world, if you haven’t honed your skills with real clay, in your hand, I highly recommend that you do practice with something tangible, that you can actually feel in your hand so that you too can be better sculptors yourselves. And with the 3-D, I will do the same. What do you hope to ac-
I’m pretty sure I was some sort of an amusement for my older friends whom I had traveled there with and who knew me from when I was at least about fourteen years of age. While I was there in Santa Cruz, I had met this very young and attractive elementary teacher who was a year older than me. She had seen me at one of the local discotecas one night and we started dancing together. As it turned out, she wanted me to help her teach her students (2nd and 3rd graders) about art. So while I was there in Santa Cruz, I taught beautiful little Mexican kids what limited things I knew about art. I taught them how to make a hammock as well. I was good at macrame and other handy crafts as well. So I ended up staying in Santa Cruz for a few months and then one day one of my friends became life-threateningly ill. Because my friends were older and I was a bit worried as to what was going on, my friend decided that it would probably be better if I headed back to the States on my own while they dealt with this emergency. So
I took the Mexican version of Greyhound back to El Norte. And that was an education in and of itself I can tell you. I was followed by a crazy toothless woman for several hundred miles, where I was finally able to ditch her at a bus station...I traveled through Culiacan which I was warned not to stop for anything while passing through. It was apparently the biggest drug infested city in Mexico with the highest murder rate at that time (1980). So I didn’t stop, except to change buses.”
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complish with your work?
this type of work?
Blaise: To be honest? To leave something behind that will hopefully last forever or as forever as forever means right now. We don’t know where the human race will be, even one hundred years from now. Things are pretty dire on this planet. Although there are corporations out there that are finally starting to understand that although their “bottom line” is a factor in their survival, the bottom line means very, very little if we have completely poisoned ourselves right into oblivion. The only thing left to show that there was at least some sort of culture here (because we all know that Soda Pop and bubble gum isn’t culture) that art in its most resilient form is what we will be leaving behind. Places like Capitol Hill and Wall Street will mean absolutely nothing to a dead planet, but all the giant sculptures found around the planet, some that have already been here for thousands of years, such as in Egypt, Asia and Mesoamerica, and of course the more recent modern sculptural structures that you and I know of across this country, are the things that will still be standing and entertaining some visiting alien race as they ponder another civilization lost due to its own undoing. Art is always much more and most important than politics.
Blaise: For the most part, I taught myself. When I was a kid still living in Aspen, I had taken a string of art classes from a famous artist by the name of Nancy Lundey (I’m not sure if I have spelled her name right. She may have passed away by now. She was in her fifties when she was teaching art when I was a kid in Aspen at the time), anyway, her husband was a famous New York Architect and had been known for his many public buildings around the country. My mother couldn’t afford the weekly art lessons, so a friend of our family’s who had some money, apparently paid for my lessons. I had taken classes with Mrs. Lundey every Saturday for almost five years. That was a good family friend.
Where did you learn to do
So other than those years of drawing and painting classes, I never received any formal lessons in sculpting or of sculpture itself. I am purely self-taught. As far as how I got into the business of industrial sculpting, I think most of that is explained in my adventures discovering this whole new field that I sort of fell into back in the mid-nineteen eighties.
can say that reflects who I am as a sculptor is whether or not you can see the humor that I try and put into my pieces, that is, my own personal pieces because if for instance I am doing a commercial job for something like Disney or some other corporation, then you will definitely not see anything other than the finished object that only represents that corporation and its products. If you get a chance to visit any of my three websites, then maybe you will see what kind of an artist I am and whether or not you “get” my type of humor. I like dark, gross and sometimes bizarre humor and I try and reflect that in my pieces, whether they be sculptures or my drawings, sketches and paintings. Even my jewelry sometimes can be dark and mysterious. I am into shamanistic and tribal types of spiritualism, anything that to me represents the metaphysical side of spirituality and truthfully, no one really knows what’s on the other side, that’s why I don’t really like the Western religions very much. We are all expressing God all the time in all its forms. I hope that is what I am doing. I hope that I am expressing myself in the best way that I can and not feel guilty about it.
Is there anything about your work that is reflective of who you are?
How do you feel knowing that your work is being displayed in theme parks?
Blaise: That’s a good question. I guess the only thing that I
Blaise: You know...I don’t really
ever think about it. Isn’t that weird of me? But I suspect that if you ask the same question to other theme park sculptors, you might get the same answer except from the younger more gung-ho sculptors who are still feeling the newness of their work being displayed for Universal or Disney or Busch Gardens or Magic Mountain. I have some nice stuff at some of the Disney Theme Parks and now that you have reminded me that some of my work is still on display there, it makes me want to go and visit Disneyland (if I could afford to) just to see what’s what and who’s who down there. Heck, I’m only about thirty minutes from Disneyland, and to think I haven’t been there in at least ten or more years. Disney had given me a Silver Pass many years ago. I could take my family to Disneyland up to twelve times a year...those were the day my friends, those were the days. What kind of work do you like to do? Blaise: Another good question...thanks for asking. Well, I would have to say that I really like working in clay, Chavant clay especially. The subject matter is something else entirely. I’m usually pretty happy sculpting anything as long as I am being payed well for my work. And usually I am. If Disney asked me to do some more work for them, I wouldn’t turn it down, that’s for sure, but I think I would prefer working on something 11 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
Right: Mayan UFO, Bottom RIght: Thumbnails Indiana Jones Ride, Tokyo Disneyland
“Someday I would love to get a nice public piece, something like a tribute to someone deserving of it or a nature related sculpture.
more modern and less cookie cutter. Someday I would love to get a nice public piece, something like a tribute to someone deserving of it or a nature related sculpture. There are some really amazingly talented sculptors out there and I suspect that the competition is fierce, so I don’t see myself landing any of those kind of gigs anytime
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soon. So far, I’ll just keep plugging away at what I love doing, sitting here in my micro-studio where I share my apartment with my wonderful and lovely wife Ellen, and my very talented and artistic fourteen year old daughter Airie, her older brother Kenta who is an artist in his own right, who performs spoken word, is a poet and a rapper as well as being a street skater and surfer...and
then of course there’s my crazy cat Yoda who perches himself on my shoulders while I am working. Egad! Where do you live? Blaise: I live in the South Bay area of the Los Angeles basin. I’ve been in the L.A. area, working and playing here since 1983. Who knows, you might
run into me at the farmers market in Redondo Beach or see me mountain biking on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, huffing and puffing in my forty nine year young body. See you there!
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ELEANOR LEONNE BENNETT Interview with
...the ordinary can be of interest, you don’t need to be a supermodel to be the front cover of an international magazine
Who is she? For starters, Eleanor is a 16 yr old lefty and picesian, who once wanted to be a stop motion animatior. However, at the age of 12 she picked up a camera and now, thanks to parental support and her passion for the camera of course, she is an internationally award winning photographer. She has won 1st Place with National Geographic (ooh!), The World Photography Organization and BBC News, just to name a few. She has been featured all around the world from United States and Canada to Germany and Australia. In addition, this young photographer was the only person from the UK to have work displayed in the See the Bigger Picture Contest which is hosted in part by National Geographic in a biodiversity tour.
“When I was 12 I started taking photos for a competition on keeping a journal on the local biodiversity in your neighbourhood. I lost the competition but really enjoyed capturing the world around me so carried on doing so.” Is there a specific genre or theme you focus on when taking photos?
Eleanor: Contemporary art, trying to make the everyday interesting You’ve won many awards around the world, how does that make you feel?
Eleanor: I feel very lucky and I would like to win more.
In what ways has photography helped you over the years as you are growing up?
Eleanor: It has helped me as an artist find composition and educate me about art. I would like to branch out to other genres but I currently really enjoy photography. What do you hope to accomplish as a photographer?
Eleanor: To create iconic images or images nobody else has thought to capture What do you want to learn as you continue to explore photography?
Eleanor: Most about perfect composition and more about black and white photography.
What is your favorite photo of your collection? Why?
Ellie: My first real architectural photo with themes of the 60s , taken in Manchester in 2012
Have you ever taken any photography classes?
Eleanor: No, only a day of mentorship in London with the World Photography Organization.
Is there a mentor or anyone who helps with your shoots?
Eleanor: No, it can be a little lonely but at least I can claim all credit.
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What do you want your work to say to your audience?
Eleanor: That the ordinary can be of interest, you donâ€™t need to be a supermodel to be the front cover of an international magazine and that anything can create a double meaning. Delve in and discover. We noticed your pictures are dark and some show some gore, what inspires this kind of work?
Eleanor: Life and injustice. Things the wealthy and privileged probably donâ€™t wake up and think about.
In the future I may capture horrendous aspects of society and pay for myself to be exhibited in the Saatchi gallery. Just to bring the real world uncomfortably close to those who buy art. How do you think your home town shapes your photography? How would this change if you lives in a big city?
Eleanor: I love my neighboring towns, every year theres big festivals and musicians from around the UK. In a big city my images could be more sinister, in the villages you tend to find more joy and little quirks. What kind of advice can you give other teens who are searching for a creative outlet or are just getting started?
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Listen to only you and improve on yourself by guidence of other artists who know what they are talking about. Always listen to that background instinct. What accomplishment are you most proud about?
Being exhibited around the world to this date I am currently being exhibited twice in Ireland, the Devonshire Dome in Buxton and in Govanhill Baths in Scotland. Exhibiting is a drain on my resources though so you may see my work less in public display unless I gain a source of funding. If Eleanor isnâ€™t inspiration to all of you creative minds out there we donâ€™t know who is! If you want to get in touch with Ellie email her at email@example.com or if would like to see more of her great photographs visit her site: http://eleanorleonnebennett. zenfolio.com/
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N s O J SuRE a e M On top Gritty Grandeur Mixed media collage of digital prints and acrylic on wood panel 17.25” x 17.25” Private collection Top Right: They are watching you Mixed media on board Right: Gritty Grandeur Mixed media collage of digital prints and acrylic on wood panel 17.25” x 17.25” Private collection (commission)
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The art of Painting, Photography and digital graphics all in one! It's L.A. Like never before
On top Cesar Chavez Mixed media collage of digital prints and acrylic on wood panel 12” x 6” 2011 Private Collection On th left I Can See Clearly Now Mixed media collage of digital prints and acrylic on wood panel 8” x 8” Available
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“I grew up in England earning a BA honours degree in Fine Art from Falmouth School of Art. After many years making a living as a graphic designer and Illustrator I decided it was time to focus on my fine art career. I have been exhibiting extensively in Los Angeles over the past 2 years and go back as far as 2006 When I first showed a series urban landscapes at The Harmony Gallery in Hollywood as framed digital prints. I also teach computer art at California State University 34 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
Long Beach and at several other schools around LA and Orange County. In the past couple of years I have developed my own approach to making mixed media artworks that often combine multiple views of Los Angeles, slicing and dicing bits of the city’s rich fabric together. The images are digitally edited photographs, printed then made into collages that are then further worked as paintings. Paint is used to stylize or emphasize aspects of the photographic materials,
to add texture, layering and color. The layering is an important aspect to the work both in the computer and on the physical artworks. This process is a hybrid between painting, photography, digital art and collage and echoes the layering of history that takes place in cities. Although most of my current works are urban landscapes, I am interested in exploring other aspects of our environment that that show the structures, infrastructures and scars of human development. I
am fascinated by the American West. The freeways, power plants, gas stations and fast food restaurants on the side of the road heading out to the desert or up the coast of California are at once so familiar and at the same time so alien. The systems and infrastructure that support our current unsustainable way of life; power lines, gasoline, cars are all rich in visual interest and powerful metaphors for our current way of life.” -Jon To see more visit http:// www.jonmeasures.com/
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What kind of work do you do? Zachary: I love using several different methods to create, but the main staples in my creative process are ink, spray paint, acrylic paint, and any found objects I can use to achieve different textures. I would definitely consider myself a mixed-media artist. I am constantly challenging myself to try new things and push myself out of my comfort zone. I spend most of my waking life day-dreaming about new ways to create my illustrations. These dreams inspire me, so I consider myself a surrealist in that sense.
How long have you been painting/ sketching? Zachary: I have been drawing since I was dexterous enough to hold a pencil. As a teen, I gravitated towards spray paint and street art. It was about twelve years ago that I began painting on canvas. Drawing or painting? Zachary: I have an affinity for the two, but usually before I begin a painting I will do about 50 to 100 quick thumbnails in ink. Painting is a whole different beast, so I try
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to approach it in a strategic way; making sure I have explored every possible viewpoint and compositional layout before actually making a move on the canvas. I like treating the beginning of a painting similar to a hunter stalking his prey. I only attack when the moment is perfect. How long did it take for you to find your current or favorite style? Zachary: Around eight years ago I was painting mainly surrealist subject-matter. It wasn’t until I spoke with one of my mentors that I found the style that gave me the most enjoyment. He told me to look back at a time when I was experiencing the most joy from creating. I remembered being a kid and spending hours in my tree house, drawing everything that scared me or gave me goosebumps. I’ve been fascinated with exploring the things that creep me out or disturb me somehow ever since, and have reflected that in my work. Now I just spend most of my time refining my techniques and continue to look forward to any visions or night-terrors that I can then translate into my work. We sense a zombie reference in your work, is there a specific movie or character you are inspired by? Zachary: I wouldn’t say I reference zombies as much as I do demons, ghosts, phantoms and other types of supernatural entities. I’m intrigued by the soul-less and not in a religious way. The soul is the vital essence of humanity. It is what keeps us moving towards attaining world of peace. A person that lacks a soul is, to me, someone without purpose and an inability to feel empathy for others. They are not bound by the basic moral principles we live by. I truly feel that the world we live in today is overrun by this soullessness. This notion scares me.
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Who is your favorite artist? Zachary: So many artists come to mind when I get asked this question. Stephen Gammell, Sam Kieth, Bill Plymton, Egon Schiele, and David Lynch, just to name a few. What is your method for completing an art piece? Zachary: Once I start a piece, it’s hard for me to come back to it. I try to finish my work in one sitting, even if that includes me staying up for 24 hours. Usually the pieces that I revisit over time are cleaner and require less planning. Even though I still enjoy that process I find the raw, “in the moment”-type feeling a lot more gratifying and prefer to work feverishly over a few hours than for a few hours over the course of several days. Is there any specific event that has had a significant impact in your work?
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pretty hardcore boogeyman episodes. My grandmother encouraged me to draw these monsters in order to “trap” them, so to speak, making them lose their power over me. I drew fantastic and What if anything, do horrifying creatures. The you hope to learn armonsters always had tistically as you pro- When did you first blank eyes without pustart drawing/paingress in your work? ting? Does your style pils. About three years Zachary: Being able to and knowledge today ago I noticed that my work still maintains this say more with less. I match that of when element. Blank eyes will want to eventually see you first started? always creep me out. my work shift into a You can’t read emotions more minimalistic style Zachary: I began to seor motives when you of illustration. Ultimariously draw around the can’t read someone’s tely, I want to see my age of four. My grandeyes. You can never painting take on more mother was always a deliberate attitude, and supporting figure in my know what this or her intentions are. The main lose anything that may life and nurtured my thing about my be a filler or unnecescreative imagination. As work that has changed sary. I would also like a kid, I suffered some is my speed and accurato tell more stories with Zachary: The passing of my grandmother Edna Sweet. Her death left a void. I guess you could say I have been trying to fill it ever since.
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my animations, hopefully displaying them for larger audiences, but keeping an intimate feeling to it, without the sticky loors, smell of popcorn, and people kicking the back of your seat.
cy. Lines that used to take hours are now done in minutes.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I wish to make the macabre whimsical; to become callous to the gruesome. This aspect of human nature is becoming all too common and I want to throw it back in people’s faces,
make them see what it is they are willfully putting out of their minds. What do you think the viewers think when they see your work? Zachary: I honestly have no idea and this is why I really enjoy hearing all sorts offeedback, both positive and negative. Most recently, I had a show where I had displayed some pieces that were inscribed with a written language I created myself. I overheard two gentlemen arguing over whether or not it was a real language. I
was delighted to see that my work prompted a discourse between the two. I love eavesdropping on my viewers and giving them a chance to figure out the symbols presented to them by themselves. The stories people create are always so interesting and often give me new insights on a subject or theme that I had never explored before. My viewers inspire me to create new ways to keep them guessing.
What do you want them to think? Zachary: I have no desire to force people to think a certain way. Instead, I want people to ask more questions. I encourage praxis of life, art and what we call entertainment. I want to spark conversations that continue into the night, creating a cherished memory for all who were
there to experience that continue to learn new moment. techniques and skills Where did you learn every day.
Zachary: I find myself constantly joking and revel in the absurd. I think What would you call my work carries with to do this type of it an element of this work? How about the your style? playfulness. Although I videos? Zachary: I spend hours am often depicting darsubject matter, I tend to fantasizing about imaZachary: I have had instill a satirical several mentors throu- ges or themes that stighout my life and their mulate my mind. I also component to my work, guidance has helped me continue to use my dre- hoping to convey the overall madness of the ams, nightmares, and substantially. Experihuman condition. No, I neuroses as my main mentation is the main point of inspiration. The- do not consider myself culprit. I have been a se visions are as real to mad. But I am not afraid huge fan of animation to leave people wondeme as anything else in for years, especially ring. stop-motion animation. this world, so I consider myself a surI would make clay animation videos as a kid. realist if I have to put a Where do you live? label on it. I think about Flip-books, animatics, Zachary: I live on the Frida Kahlo’s most slideshows, paper cutplanet earth in the famous quote here: outs and so on. It wasn’t Candy Dimension (just “They thought I was a until about kidding). I currently live Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I three years ago that I in Vallejo, California never painted dreams. I had the urge to revisit and paint in Oakland painted my own this past passion and while I go to school in reality.” bring the illustrations I San Francisco. I jump have created to life. It around between these What about your felt like coming home. I three constantly so you have also had some of work would say is could say I am an urban the best academic guireflective of your nomad! dance from the Art personality? Institute of California in San Francisco. I
How does your town or city reflect in your work? Zachary: I would say the country reflects my work. This is a country where I can paint a dead baby or something as taboo as a rape scene or murder without being killed or accused of witchcraft or sorcery. As Americans we can get away with so much. After having grown up in one place and seeing how being around the same crowd of people can become a bit stale I never see myself lingering in one place long enough for it to have an impact on my work. I do however enjoy being in this thriving and stimulating Bay Area culture.
What is your favorite piece and why? Zachary: I did this painting 9 years ago and
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Which piece took the meticulously moving the oking for other bay area http://sweetzachlongest to complete characters bit by bit to animators interested in ary.tumblr.com/ create the illusion of life submitting work for a and why? Zachary: My stop motion animation titled, “Junk”. It took the longest because of all the pre-production work that went into it such as building sets, clothing, characters, storyboarding, lighting, sound, editing, etc. The actual animation process of
was the most tedious. All together I think it was about two months of planning one month of asset building and 80 hours of shooting.
Do you have any current or upcoming shows/ exhibits? Zachary: I’m currently lo-
film festival. I’m also working on my next solo show called, “A Dark Place” which will be in late September. I am currently working on my fourth zine titled, “Agathakalogical” and another animation titled, “Sometimes Dead is Better”.
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Candace Hopkins on addictions
What type of artwork do you create? Candace: I like to create works based on struggles within our society. My focus has mainly been addiction and body image. I primarily work with oil and water mediums. How long have you been painting? Candace: I have been creating art my entire life but never seriously got into painting until 2008 when I took my first undergraduate painting class and began to learn color theory. Do you have a preferred style of painting? Candace: I have an appreciation for all styles of work. I think some things that I am really drawn to are expressionism and paintings that get their point across without too much effort. How long did it take for you to set on your current style? Candace: When I first started painting I focused a lot on realism and worked primarily in oil. It took me two years and several months of ‘bad’ work mixed in with ‘good’ work to really let loose and quit thinking so much.
Once i quit using my brain so much to analyze everything I finally let it start coming from my heart and really feeling what I am doing. It made a huge impact on my current painting style. You said you lived and traveled in Asia this past year, what places did you visit? Candace: I taught English in Korea and met many foreigners passing through from different countries while I was there. Some were very talented artists. One in particular was a female from China who taught me traditional Chinese painting techniques. My experiences were very rewarding. When I was not working in Korea I traveled to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines. 44 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
What did you enjoy the most about your visit? What did you dislike? Candace: I liked the feeling of freedom I got from traveling primarily alone. I met so many interesting people and saw so many things. Something about traveling alone is euphoric to me. The worst experience I had was being yelled at by a man in Taiwan who was telling me to get out of his country. It was hard looking different at times, but it really put a lot of things into perspective for me. Is there any specific country/ place you have visited that has had a significant role in your work?
Candace: While in Korea I worked with a group called Justice for North Korea. I would paint for them in the streets and raise awareness and funds to help people flee North Korea or teach defectors. There is a tension around this issue that I feel will be associated with later works. Nintendo 2010 Mixed Media 60 x 44 in.
Did you gain any new insights about art in Asia? Candace: I did! Traditional Chinese painting is very meticulous and thought out. The process in which they make beautiful works is beautiful in itself. You must also have a very steady hand! What made you move to San Francisco? Candace: I have always loved San Francisco. When I first visited I got such a wonderful free spirited vibe that I’ve been searching for my entire life. San Francisco is the closest I have ever felt to home. I am very lucky because there is also a great art community here. What do you think about the art scene and the art environment in the Bay? Candace: I like the art scene here in the bay. You can really get a starving artist feel sometimes. I love how a lot of people seem to be happy just creating and making enough to live. I’ve met some great people here. I am very thankful! We love your addiction series and completely agree with you when you say “The notion that there is one specific formula to correct or manage a diagnosed disorder is unrealistic and serpentine. “ We all fall into one of the categories but is there a specific event or someone who inspired this addiction series?
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up after a long night and thought ‘ok, lets try this!’ I created what I thought was a funny work about the cause of my great night and bad hangover. I brought it to be critiqued and the response was much better than I expected. From there I was able to play with all kinds of ideas. We love beer! Is Bud Light your favorite? Candace: I am not a fan of Bud Light, although it was my beer of choice in college. It wasn’t until I started traveling around California and other parts of the US I discovered many, many other kinds of beer! How about nintendo? Are there any happy childhood memories you can think of that would not be memories had this video game addiction not been present? Candace: The nintendo was derived from a boyfriend who broke my heart. He was obsessed with nintendo. After he left me it somehow slipped out. What sort of addictions do you think society has the hardest battles with? Candace: I think society has a problem with self medicating in general. We need pills to make us feel better, beer after a long day, lipstick to make us feel prettier. All of these things are just used to cover and avoid problems we need to deal with in our lives. I think society as a whole has the worst problem with legalized substances like alcohol and prescription medication. If it is legal, many people refuse to acknowledge the fact that they have a problem. What has traveling taught you in regards to addictions in America versus those of other places? Candace: American addictions are no worse or better than any other countries addictions.
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Top Left: Toielt 2010 Mixed Media 30 x 44 in. Bottom Left: Bud Light 2010 Mixed Media 30 x 44 in.
Top Right: Phone 2010 Oil on Print 10 x 8 in. Bottom RIght: Money 2012 Oil On Print 10 x 8 in.
You may not be able to find LSD in Korea, but you might be stepping over a drunk, passed out business man in the morning on your way to work. People will always find a way to cope, even if its sniffing markers. What addiction does Toielt represent? Candace: The toilet piece is actually a reflection of my struggles with bulimia. I always seemed to be going back. It is not a substance, but in a way I felt like a crack addict might feel with the inability to stop and all the frustrations and guilt that came along with it. Your photography is also about addiction; what is the message you want to communicate to your audience?
Candace: There is a lot of helplessness and chance involved in addiction. I attempted to reflect this by using multiple exposures, different frames, and moving the paper around during the exposure process. The other half or the photography is based on body image. As far as painting goes, is there any addiction that you may have when it comes to your style, method or approach to painting? Candace: I am still experimenting, but I do love colors very much. I enjoy working with bright bold colors, so working with
duller earth tones would be something to try out.
What if anything, do you hope to learn artistically as you progress in your work? Candace: I would love to experiment more with techniques I havenâ€™t tried and maybe somehow incorporate fabric into works and see how they mix with paint. I would love to have a better understanding of how different things can be created.
Candace: There will be an upcoming exhibition at G4N gallery downtown on mission, but i am not sure of the dates yet. I am currently interning at a gallery in North Beach called Make Hang. They are always featuring upcoming artists and show very diverse works ranging from sculpture to painting and photography. I definitely recommend checking it out! http://candacehopkins. com/home.html
Do you have any current or upcoming shows/ exhibits?
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Daniel Gall “
as a teenager I learned the guitar and started writing songs, starting a band just like all kids do. Except that I wrote hundreds of songs, a little bit obsessively...
What type of artist do you consider yourself? Daniel: I’m a very selective type of artist, known as the Daniel Gall - ist, an artistic type that is characterized by the art of me. I think I’m actually the only known Daniel Gall - ist, but that’s how these things are. While one may very well call me a composer, and a visual artist, and go pretty far understanding my work through this lens, the art of my work is really about creating this abstract identity, which can be understood through my pieces and exhibits. The pieces themselves are less important artistically than the identity conveyed through their 54 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
construction and presentation. So more than being a composer or a visual artist, I am an identity maker, or a shaper of culture. When was the first time you picked up a paint brush? Daniel: It was maybe seven or eight years ago, after I finished studying music comp. at UCLA. I was frustrated, and suddenly anti-music after having invested myself so deeply into my pieces for so many years, since I was a kid. Music, and writing piece after piece was all I knew, when suddenly it became impossible for me. I turned to painting as an alternative and I began
to proliferate paintings in a manner similar to that I had always done with my music. Art was at first for me, a music substitute. For the first part of my life, I blocked myself off from painting and visual art. I told myself that I just had no talent in art, that I was a music person. But I had never really tried to paint, I just assumed that I couldn’t do it. Finally I decided to paint and see what happened. And it was horrible, but I did another piece, and another. And yes, at first they were all bad, but I couldn’t stop, and I kept on producing pieces in the way that I do. And sure enough, I began to make
discoveries, and choices, and certain gestures began to have meaning and to become important. And over the years I developed a style that more and more began to feel like my music, and I went from painting, to art. What is your favorite style of painting? Daniel: I can appreciate many styles, but I tend to enjoy art that has texture, and that explores the interplay of materials. I’m very influenced by an artist who I lived with for a time in Oakland -- Christine McGuire. She would build these huge 3D “paintings” using foam and resin, and all
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Check out Daniels current project, Songs for L.A. life . he creates songs that go along with a textured painting to represent his life.
kinds of materials. And she would speak disdainfully about flat paintings. My experience with her taught me that if I want to paint the way that I do, it can’t be flat. It needs to come out of the canvas and be alive. Did you go to an art school? If so where did you go? Daniel: I went to music school, which I suppose is a type of art school. But I have not gone through any traditional art school, and as a result I may be lacking certain conventional knowledge. More importantly I would say that my academic background has a social significance, as it connects me with the classical music community in a strong way. Whereas I feel more like an outsider in the art community, having not gone through the acculturation of art school. But this situation is already changing for me and I feel confident that I can bridge this social gap, as my music
and unique experiences tend to give my visual art special meaning. Where are you from originally? Daniel: I grew up in San Bernardino, which is about an hour drive east of Los Angeles. When I was 18 I left home for San Francisco, where I lived for 5 years, before I was lured back into L.A., which I’ve now called home for the past 9 years. What about your current city would you say is most influential on your work? Daniel: It’s the people here in Los Angeles who have influenced me the most -- the performers, the other artists and composers, the radicals, etc. L.A. is an arts hub and people come from all over the world to be a part of our community. And yet what we all find here is an arts culture
that is disorganized, and lacking a local identity. We find that the established arts groups are not working with local artists, and that in music this is especially the case. They have no interest in forging an identity for our community, which is the purpose of art, instead favoring celebrity culture, and importing art and culture from the famous, from the far away, and from the past. As a result, the only opportunities available for the artists here are the ones we make for ourselves, despite our community being this arts hub. There is a void of culture that needs to be filled, and a mass of artists here to fill it. So the people here are always organizing things. There is this community of performers and composers, and artists of all kinds, who are putting on shows, organizing groups and ensembles, collectives, organizations, publications, etc., with virtually no help or participation by the
I think of cartoon cats in zoot suits, bobbing their heads up and down in unison.
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“ Songs for L.A. Life...I imagine it as th my life here in L.A.” established arts groups. It is an independent art movement, driven to action by our exclusion, and the need for our work. As an artist I get caught up in organizing, in meeting and connecting with new people, in working with performers who are playing my music, and in collaborating in group shows, as well as in working towards my own artistic goals. My artistic life revolves around this community, so I am greatly influenced by it. Can you tell us a bit about your current project? How long have you been working on it? What are the plans for this? Daniel: My latest project involves a series of paintings that are meant as visual representations of musical gestures, like a graphic score, but conceived of as a series of textured paintings. Each piece features a number of lines, that come out of the canvas in a 3D sense, and play against one another in musical counterpoint, in very particular gestures that are not just visual or musical, but are abstract. There is an accompanying piece of music for each painting, a scored realization of the gesture of the lines. At the exhibit there will be many of these pieces, and for each one there will be a 56 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
listening station, with earphones and an mp3 player. Folks will go from station to station, listening and seeing, and understanding an identity through this abstract gesture. Each piece is a uniformed 36 x 48 inches, and colorless -- the music is the color. I am now almost 3 months into this project, I have only 5 paintings, only sketches of the music, nothing booked, funding problems, and a finishing technique that is giving me trouble. But my efforts have begun to yield some very promising results. I now have this technique that will allow me to produce many of these very unique pieces, I have kind of a factory set up. And I have several images that I feel good about releasing at this time, though two are unfinished. But the photos look good, and they adequately convey what these pieces are all about. I expect to work on this into the Fall, and to launch the full exhibit early in the new year. Has it developed differently than you initially thought it to be? Daniel: I always knew what I wanted aesthetically, and things have been progressing according to plan. But there have been many failed experiments that led into the development of my new technique. For
instance, the gestures that are formed by the raised curvy lines in my new series came from older paintings that were flat, and were all about color. As I developed a technique for bringing the lines out of the painting in a 3D sense, and as the texture became important, I set out to paint the gestures as I had always done before with a flat canvas, but atop the new raised textures. I tried many things, but I found that painting the lines only de emphasized the textures -- it made it look flat. And it emphasized instead the emptiness of the negative space. This was the wrong way to see and understand the piece, and I tried solution after solution, always failing. Finally I started painting them all white, and finishing them with a white dry pigment hardened with varnish, and the texture suddenly became important to the eye. There are perhaps two points to take from this. First, the texture has replaced the color, this is about building, not painting. And second, the music is the color. You are meant to listen to the piece while viewing the painting, and as you listen the music is kind of washed over the surface of the painting, like paint or color.
Did you select specific instruments for this? Daniel: I have been dragging my feet on this choice. There are certain performers who I enjoy working with, and who I’ll likely bring into this project of mine. Likewise there are certain instruments I enjoy writing for -- I really like having a mixed ensemble of winds and strings. There are also certain elements in the paintings that make piano preferable, though the piano is not very idiomatic of long sustained curvy lines as featured in the paintings, and the inclusion of piano makes gallery performances difficult (though the exhibit
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performers as a composer. We call these small ensemble pieces: chamber music. But I would prefer it if folks would see the music as just another artistic medium in the piece -- the work includes canvas and paint, some cutting, molding and forming, a lot of modeling paste, some sanding and patching, some music, some more paint, dry pigment, and lots and lots of varnish. The music is a part of the piece, it is the color. What makes you choose this style of music? Daniel: When I first got into music it was through my mom, who is a classical pianist and a piano teacher. She got me into singing and musical theater when I was a kid, which is my deep dark secret. Later as a teenager I learned the guitar and started writing songs for a band just like all kids do. Except that I wrote hundreds of songs, a little bit obsessively, and I developed a distinct style, and I took it all to a very composer-ly place. But eventually the strict forms, the square timing, the cliche image, and the extreme limitations of song writing really got to me. I sought refuge in playing the piano and writing piano music. After a couple of years of writing piano pieces, I discovered writing pieces for groups. I found chamber music groups, new music ensembles, and performers
of all kinds who I could write music for. There are literally thousands of performers with whom to collaborate. Later still, I found that I could start my own group, and organize my own show, with the help of performers, and other composers and artists. The style is really a choice of instrumentation, and a choice to be free of the confines of popular music genres. We love your soundtracks, is there a certain character you picture yourself as while working on this current project? Is this your favorite cartoon character, it not who is? Daniel: The piece you’re listening to is called, Songs for L.A. Life, and I imagine it as the “cartoon theme song soundtrack for my life here in L.A.” You can listen to it here: http://soundcloud.com/ danielgall/sets/songs-forl-a-life/ When I hear the opening section I think of cartoon cats in zoot suits, bobbing their heads up and down in unison. But I am the character -- my art is always very personal. Other reviewers have made the cartoon connection to other pieces of mine. In a review in the Crescenta Valley
fondness for theme songs, and the aesthetic identity they help bring to the show. Like a lot of kids I grew up on cartoons, and when I wrote my first piece of music in the third grade it was as a theme song for a game I played at recess. I would pretend that the cracks on the blacktop were tunnels that I was traveling through, and I would sing the theme song as I played, imaging it as a cartoon that I was in. I’m partial to the Hannah Barbara theme songs, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, etc., written by the composer Hoyt Curtin, who is actually a distant relative of mine. What is your inspiration for this project and any other piece of art you make? Weekly of a performance of my duet, Traveling through many places... and standing still, Ted Ayala wrote that my piece “beguiled the listener with its disarmingly goofy and warm charm that recalled the work of such composers for cartoons as Milt Franklin and Scott Bradley.” So I suppose there is something there, and that the cartoon soundtracks of my childhood have influenced me in some way. What is your favorite cartoon movie soundtrack and why? Daniel: I don’t think I can profess to a favorite, but I have to admit a guilty
Daniel: I’m not convinced that I like the idea of inspiration. There is a famous quote by the 19th century Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyick Tchaikovsky, “I sit down to the piano regularly at nine-o’clock in the morning and Mesdames les Muses have learned to be on time for that rendezvous.” It’s the same for me, I’m most inspired when I set out to work, there is not necessarily a source for my inspiration. My ideas and prolific output are more a result of my drive, and because my identity is caught up in my work, more so than because of any inspiration. In regards to my new series, the idea grew naturally as a result of my 57 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
long series, it is only the next logical step in my work. What are your plans in the long-run as an artist? Daniel: My work with Synchromy will continue, we’ve just become a nonprofit organization, and we’ll be announcing the details of our coming season shortly. More and more I want my work to have its own show, that will become a definitive aspect of my pieces, and that transcends the art and music divide. My new series and exhibit is a step towards that goal, though I have something much more grand in mind for the future. I want to build large structures and installation pieces, that will house performances of musical works that are written and performed as a part of the installation. And I would like to incorporate theater and opera into my pieces, and into my show. As I continue my work, my long series will grow into something that might fully accommodate my unique artistic needs -- something that a concert or an art show simply cannot do. Have you participated in any exhibits? Are there any upcoming ones? Daniel: My background has been in music for so many years, and my music has been featured across the globe, though my pieces are most often conceived of in collaboration with local performers and performance ensembles. A complete concert history is available on my website. As a visual artist I am still the outsider, though I’ve been showing my work more and more often. I put together an exhibit last Spring called, Idiosynchromatic Art, that was a music + art show featuring paintings that focus on a gesture that is analogous to certain gestures in my music. I later showed the paintings at a Synchromy concert, and I’ve participated in numerous group shows and art walks in the past year. My upcoming exhibit is the object of much focus on my part right now, and I hope to have the details of my plans booked and available to promote soon. In the meantime, I encourage you to follow me on Facebook, or to email me and join my email list. I encourage you to follow Synchromy, I’ll be tearing myself away from my exhibit for a month in the Fall to write a new piece for the second concert of our three part season. News of the launch of my exciting new series will be available soon, as well as any upcoming participation in group shows and other events. Follow me online to receive my announcements and other news about my work. Where can we listen/ see your work? Daniel: With the new social networking culture emerging, there are many ways to find me online, to receive my announcements, and check out my work: For general info, images, and sound samples, check out my website: http:// www.danielgall.com For announcements you can like my page on Facebook: http://www. facebook.com/Gall.music.art Or you can follow me on Twitter: @daniel_gall And to join my email list, or to contact me, just email me at: daniel@ danielgall.com For info about Synchromy, visit our website: http://www.synchromymusic.org Like the Synchromy page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ Synchromy Follow Synchromy on Twitter: @SynchromyLA We agree with you Daniel that Los Angeles can be all about celebrities, specially when you bump into them at random places but that is the reason we were inspired to start this magazine. We want to show and inspire all the great artists who are hidden behind the shadows so there can be a greater sense of community in the art and music scene. We hope someday in the future we can work together to put up a show where you can exhibit your work the way it should be.
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Number 2, 3 & 4 are pieces to Gallâ€™s new series in which these textured paintings are representations of musical counterpoints. Each peach will have a piece of music that is based on the shape of the lines.
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An interview with
Joshua James Martin
AN artist who passionately sings of the land of yesterday.
Where are you from originally? We know you mentioned you moved around a-lot with your family, can you tell us a bit more? Josh: I happened to be born on a navy base in Newport Rhode Island in 1985 (not far from the Newport Folk Festival), however my family is from Michigan. I spent many years growing up with a single mother living in several cities around Lake Michigan. In 1992 we were in survivor mode and rather abruptly moved to the city of Seville in Spain, where we lived very poor for a year. My mother worked for the Worlds Fair, Expo 1992. Once we returned to the states she remarried in a rush, as my soon to be stepfather got a job in Pakistan and was needed pretty immediately. It was in Pakistan that my stepfather taught music. After a year in Pakistan we moved back to the states, Colorado specifically. I came out to California for a number of years in 2004, but it wasn’t right for me at the time, so I returned to Colorado, but have since come back to Southern California in 2011. I know, convoluted. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 60 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
How do you think that all the traveling influenced the musician you are today? Josh: The traveling definitely had its influence on my becoming a musician. Growing up I was forced to remake friends over and over again. In Michigan, then in Spain, Pakistan, Colorado, California, etc. It was a real whirlwind for a while. Living in places like Spain and Pakistan gave me a huge cultural perspective. I remember my parents had several bands even while we traveled. My parents had a jazz rock fusion band that they allowed me to name called Solar Heat (I was 11). Their band toured all over Pakistan. One of the most memorable destinations they played was in the foothills of the Himalayas in a town - I believe called Murree, just north of Islamabad. This was in 1996 a few years before a lot of the conflicts. Do you have any philosophies about music? Josh: It’s a survival tool. In your opinion what is the purpose of music?
Josh: Music for me has a purpose. It has served me like a diary does. I write from the heart and if I am true, I can begin to grasp frameworks that were originally beyond me. I have written material where I thought, “Hey this is about this one thing.” Then, say a month down the road, I realized it was about something else. I’ve always felt that as a singer songwriter my music is a result of a lot of processing. At its best, it should bring out clearly what is going on between the lines. Listening has another purpose, some say escapism, some say freedom, I believe it can be whatever you want it to be. How long have you been playing the guitar? Josh: Around 2003 I began to dabble on the guitar, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I began to record small songs that I would make on the fly. I refused to learn the guitar like I had learned the violin, instead enjoying the experience of simply creating on it. I don’t always like learning things the same way twice. Why did you decide to pick it up? Josh: During my Colorado
days we had an acoustic nylon string laying around, just another instrument in a house with heaps of em’. How did you learn to play? Josh: I feel that the violin gave me this foundation. Since, I’ve heard that I play the guitar like a violinist. I don’t always make your standard chords I suppose and will fingerpick aplenty. I enjoy chords just as much as the next guy, but I got this history of classical music. A lot of my song structures seem more like classical music songs fused with blues, folk, you name it. But there’s definitely an elegance that lingers in the treetops from those days. I also played more freely with the guitar than I did the piano and the violin, or even with my voice, all of which I read music as a primary part of performance. With the guitar, I would just sit with it for hours and let my mind go blank. Let myself get possessed by whatever sounds I could catch from the air. Is that the only instrument you play? Josh: The guitar for me is a product of a long history of different instruments
“ If you don’t act soon he’s going to disappear He will pray, he will pray for the land of yesterday “ leading up to it, and I imagine it won’t stop with the guitar. At the age of eleven I began to play the piano as instructed by my father. Around age thirteen I started on the violin, playing classical music adamantly until I was twenty. I was also a singer in a choir that my father directed. Which is pretty strange looking back, as I was a teenager singing with a group of singers all in their 40’s-60’s. The last time we spoke you mentioned you had been all over the country. Why are you residing in Los Angeles now? Do you feel it’s the best place for recognition? Josh: Funny story. I quit my
job in Colorado to travel the south island of New Zealand by bicycle. The trip was an extraordinary solo 1800 mile journey that lasted 2 months. In the time I had been in a kind of heaven, camping out in the wild. Once I returned to the states I planned on visiting Los Angeles, only then to move to Portland. Well, I got hooked into a relationship the very first day in Los Angeles. Long story short, a year later, here I am. Otherwise, I believe that Los Angeles is as good as any place. When I arrived in Los Angeles, I had dated a musician and I had also spent much of my time at HM157, an artist community in Lincoln Heights. This experience partially convinced me to stay as it solidified my beginnings as a musician in Los Angeles. It was inside of HM157 that I began writing my first songs lyrical after a break up. Since I’ve been a resident artist at the Concord gallery and have since grown to know Los Angeles more intimately. There are a lot of great artist communities out there, such as the Sanctuary in Santa Monica and Tierra de la Culebra Park in Highland Park, a great community place that practices
sustainable efforts. When it comes to the music scene, what differences do you notice between Los Angeles and other major cities? Josh: Can’t say I can give any words of comparison for the hungry. I can say that Los Angeles has everything. The scenes I’ve most come to know are both the psych rock scene with bands like Jeffertitti’s Nile, and the folk scene with the likes of Frank Fairfield, a stunning performer. Do you have any other albums besides The Land of Yesterday? Josh: I have four albums. The Land of Yesterday is my biggest and most thought out album to date. I feel that it most accurately shows the direction I am going with my music. How long have you been working on The Land of Yesterday? Josh: My songwriting seems to gather like dunes from a sandstorm. Sometimes there’s a heavy wind and all of sudden where there was once nothing there is now
a mountain. The accumulation of the majority of the songs occurred in a two week time span; there was huge rush of energy and all of these bits and pieces came together and I used all the energy I had to get it all in form. Once I had them, I made the album in quiet solitude over the period of a few days. It’s all very simple. I knew when it was time for a new album because all these songs were on the brink of being born, and it was in this one motion that I put it all together. That’s how I’ve worked so far. Which song do you relate to the most? Josh: All the songs I relate to equally. I try to tell the truth of my own experience. But If I were to choose my favorite of them it would be Something In The Way. A song that gives narrative of a time just before my move from Colorado to California in 2011.
Back: Joshua Jame Martin with his guitar Up: The cover to his latest album
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Is your album a story? Josh: Not any one particular story, the album reads like a diary, I suppose. It does have this title, The Land of Yesterday. This is after the song. The theme of this song and many of the others is soulful and speaks of truths. And well, being present, perhaps is the strongest reoccurring thought. Do fans share their encounters with your music? Josh: I’ve had several folks come up to me after my performances and tell me that they don’t always listen to the words in songs, but when they were watching, that they were compelled to pay attention to what was being said. Which is great! I think I’m more of a poet than anything else. Apparently, I come off with a lot of emotion. But it’s strange for me to think of it any different as I am just singing how I feel about the song. Suppose I could write an entire book on intent. A verse from my song Hypnotized sums up my feelings around the matter:
There are many words at play Those words will soon decay It takes some believing
What does this album mean to you?
also artists that live in the moment, and for me, growing up a fairly chaotic Josh: For me this album life, they are guiding lights. means that I am able to Robin Pecknold known create music that I love, for his role as the lead and I don’t see any end singer in Fleet Foxes is to it. I’m going to be a our generation’s answer songwriter up until my last for Young and Paul Simon breath. And like any craft, in a sense, I suppose I it is just one more evolulike his harmonies and tion from the last album I instrumentation, too. Paul recorded. Simon, damn fine poet. As for Thom York, well his What do you wish to albums have all left me do with the music you stunned. compose?
Do you collaborate with other musicians? Josh: Since I’ve played in a full orchestra and in a choir, I have experience collaborating. Now, as a solo artist I am beginning to reach out more and more and hope to be collaborating all the time. If so, how do you go about choosing whom to team up with? What kind of assets do you look for?
Where do you look for Josh: When it is time, the inspiration when writing right musicians will appea new song? ar. I cannot say that I’m attempting this any other Josh: One must tread carefully when speaking of sensitivity and of the mind. Writing for me is a very organic process, let’s say that I begin to live my music before it is made. Who are your influenI begin to see patterns ces? We kind of sensed reoccurring in the world a Bob Dylan mood, is he around me. Then it is one of them? much like a crescendo, say the Adagio in G Minor. Josh: My primary influenAt first I got this feeling, ces are Neil Young, Bob the feeling reaches out Dylan, Robin Pecknold, for correlating ideas, and Paul Simon and I’d say then I begin to enter a Thom York. trance where I either begin compiling or am instantaneously struck Why are they your inwith everything I need all fluences? What qualities at once. This has happedo you admire? ned on a few occasions and tends to lead to my Josh: Neil Young and Bob best material. However, Dylan are truth tellers. it’s often I enter this afore- way except intuitively. Their songs come from mentioned trance, and my Atmospheric assets! a place of emotional days living becomes the honesty, even if they’ve fuel for the fire, or matter used a few tall tales to of the soul. Its climatic. Have you performed in get there. A storytellers cities other than L.A.? duty I suppose. They are Josh: I’ve got plans of putting together a band. But it’s a delicate matter. I want to have the right combination, and this means evolving more, more textures, more instruments, more ideas! I’m talking to a few folks.
Funny story. I quit my job in Colorado to travel the south island of New Zealand by bicycle. The trip was an extraordinary solo 1800 mile journey that lasted 2 months.
Josh: As a singer songwriter I performed in Colorado. Used to perform at this warehouse called Hammer Time. A radical community center for the arts and also geared for sustainable efforts. Musically, what are your plans for the future? Josh: Take each day as it comes. I’ve never felt truer than on the path of music. Follow my heart, I suppose. Do you think your music will change? If so, how? Josh: Change is natural thing. If something does not change it is frozen in time. I want to move with the times. I feel that my music will go wherever it needs, and I feel no limit to what that could be. I do foresee that my musical influences and a band might provide a clearer picture of what that might be. Do you have any shows coming up? Where? Josh: I update my Bandcamp page with all new shows, here:http:// joshuajamesmartin. bandcamp.com/album/ the-land-of-yesterday or Facebook, here: https:// www.facebook.com/joshuajamesmartinsongs
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Catch Tyra at her next show! A singer with a beautiful voice who’s been on several talent shows including American Idol. She has also worked with Kid Rock and Puddle of Mud 64 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
“I grew up li Adams and W Gladys Knig favorite sing How long have you been singing? Why did you choose singing? Tyra: I’ve been singing my whole life, professionally for the past 12 years. Its either I sing or I sweep floors! Its all I know how to do, and the one thing that has been constantly present in my life. How did you get started? Tyra: My mom has a videotape of me when I was 6 months old, my dad was playing the organ and I was singing each note he played...My first live performance was a solo at my pre-school graduation, lol. You mentioned you were from NY, what part? Tyra: I was born in Brooklyn, and lived in Manhattan most of my
life. I attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S of the Performing Arts, otherwise known as the “Fame” school.. Why did you move to LA? Tyra: Being in NY all my life, I wanted to experience something else and open up other professional doors.. How is the music scene different in NY from LA? Tyra: In NY its a lot more condensed, I used to hit up 7 clubs in one night by foot...Definitely can’t do that in LA. There are many really incredible musicians on both coasts. I loved the NY scene, but LA is really amazing too. The level of musicianship you can find playing at a local bar any given night here in LA blows my mind.
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sing all genres, from rock artists Kid Rock and Puddle of Mudd, to jazz artist Steve Tyrell, to soul artist Sam Moore. Have you recorded any albums/songs? Tyra: I have a dance song that has been a number one hit overseas, and that has over 1,500,000 hits on youtube. I wrote it on a whim, and it just took off. Are you working on any new projects? Tyra: I’m currently working on an album. I’m really excited about it and will be working with some amazing musicians on the project. Do you work with others or do you consider yourself more of a solo artist? Tyra: As far as an original project, I have collaborated
with others, I’ve even been in a few bands. At this point, I would say I am more of a solo artist. I have a lot of ideas that I’m excited about sharing. I do love touring with different bands as a support vocalist as well.. What is your inspiration? Tyra: When I have a microphone in my hand, I feel like I’m home. That feeling
inspires me to keep going in this crazy business.
performances coming up soon?
What are your plans for the future?
Tyra: I’m performing on August 3rd at Cafe Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks CA 10pm-1am, no cover.
Tyra: To keep making a living as a singer, put out my record, tour, to constantly grow as an artist and as a musician, and a person.
Do you have a blog or website that we can check out?
Tyra Juliette Do you have any shows/
Tyra: https://www. facebook.com/tyra. juliette You can also look up Tyra Juliette on youtube.
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In honor of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s birthday on August 4th 1901, we are paying some well deserved attention to Jazz in this issue. Many of you may be familiar with him and others may not realize who he is although it’s very likely you’ve heard his music as he created hits for five decades. One of his most popular songs is What a Wonderful World. Satchmo, born in New Orleans to Maryann and William Armstrong was one of the most influential Jazz musicians of all time. Although his father abandoned him, his mother and his younger sister Beatrice (Mama Lucy), when he was still an infant, Louis became an inspiration to those with big hearts and little pockets. We say it was a good thing Armstrong was arrested as a boy after he
“If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original.” -- Duke Ellington
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shot a pistol in celebration of the new year. Had it not been for him being confined in the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys, he might just have missed his true love; music. Armstrong played both the cornet and trumpet with which he moved people from across the globe. Soon after his release he solidified his trumpet playing skills with help from his mentor Joe “the king” Oliver who was the finest trumpet player in New Orleans at the time. Once Joe left to Chicago, Louis quit playing at dive bars and started playing with Joe’s band. He did his first recording with the King Oliver’s Creole Jazz band on April 5th in Richmond, Indiana. After, Louis continued to collaborate with other artists like BIllie Holiday and to perform around the globe. Satchmo starred and orchestrated music
in multiple feature films which are mainly remembered for his appearances. One of these is High Society from 1956.
he actively communicated with other regions of the world about the racism against African American individuals in the US.
Louis Armstrong was a musical artist able to adapt to any new style as he was a master at improvisation, a key factor in classifying jazz music. He contributed immensely to the world of music and to the spirit of artistic and entrepreneurial individuals. Not only was he a trumpet player with great charisma; he was a musician, an actor, a songwriter, and a humble activist which today remains an icon for so many in the music world. He wrote two biographies, a few magazines, and thousands of letters. He lightened up any room with his grand smile and positive vibe. Additionally, he continued to support anti-racism as
Shortly before dying he told his doctor that his entire life, soul and spirit was to blow the horn and that he would not cancel any show. Louis Armstrong passed peacefully in his sleep on July 6th, 1971 in Corona and shortly after buried in Queens. “Mrs. Nixon and I share the sorrow of millions of Americans at the death of Louis Armstrong. One of the architects of an American art form, a free and individual spirit, and an artist of worldwide fame, his great talents and magnificent spirit added richness and pleasure to all our lives.” -- President Richard Nixon
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Paper-Sparrow art and illustration
1st Place Winner of The Louis Armstrong Contest Artist Statement Born in England, I began playing the cello at age 3. After an active musical childhood that included studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London, my family immigrated to Pensacola, Florida. At the age of 15, I began performing as a professional musician in the States. My love of art has coincided with this passion for music, but the outlet for this creativity was not realized until 2008 while living in Chicago. Paper Sparrow, 68 ARTNOIS No 1, Agust 2012
the name I’ve given my art and illustrations, brings an exciting new chapter that combines my love of music and art. Owing to freelance illustration and music, I have been fortunate to live in Portland Oregon, Orlando Florida, and now New York City. I am always on the lookout for more places to explore. As an artist and musician I am divided between two creative worlds. My process of creating art is intrinsically like refining a passage of music throu-
gh practice, writing original pieces, or listening to my favorite recordings--it is quite involved. I have always found a special interest in the connections between the sound of music and visual art. The teacher and student inside me, evolving as they always are, finds links between melodic contour to artistic line, tonalities to shades of color, texture and depth in each of these creative fields. Performing music imbues my art with an appreciation for the audience as well; people of all ages can find an instrument, an animal, or a scene which may capture their imagination. Currently I am working on a new set of illustrations inspired by my favorite bands, musicians, and composers. I am also researching some more opportunities for my line of greeting card designs and working on a second children’s book which should be selfpublished by the end of 2012! Fun Facts About Lauren Who are your top two musical artists?
Django Reinhardt and Kronos Quartet What is your favorite drink?
Arnold Palmer One thing you can’t leave your house without?
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ertainly he myriad of ments can make, ualization can ng an eager listechly varied aural perience.â€œ
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Foxes in the rain
Whenever I am out I try to have as little as possible with me. Since I am often carrying my cello case on my back, I don’t like to carry lots of accessories. I do keep a sketchbook with some of my favorite pens handy for those times I’m inspired whilst out and about. What is your favorite animal?
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visiting for inspiration?
I really enjoy the natural places amongst cityscapes. I always make time to walk in the parks of New York and enjoy the pronounced changes in seasons here in the northeast. Why do you choose to illustrate animals with musical instruments?
I have always felt that the visual culture of the musical arts had little impact on my imagination as a young child.
A child is certainly delighted by the myriad of sounds instruments can make, but a helpful visualization can aid in transporting an eager listener to a more richly varied aural or creative experience. Have you seen Fantastic Mr. Fox?
The works of Roald Dahl were certainly a favorite in my youth and his imagination continues to inspire me today. Director Wes Anderson’s vision and execution in the film also made
an impact on me. In fact, his movies create a special relationship between the visual image and the accompanying musical material. Moonrise Kingdom, most recently, is masterful in combining the music of childhood--particularly that of Benjamin Britten-with the sepia tones of the adventure being filmed. This is definitely something every artist attempts to harness. http://www.papersparrowblog.com/
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“I currently attend the Art Institute of Hollywood in their Media Arts program. Graduation year set for 2014. Still have some time to go. Until then I’ll just enjoy the learning experience and keep adding to my portfolio. Prior to the Art Institute I worked at copy shops, a commercial print house, and a sign shop where I would take large format prints and create signs and trade show displays. I studied graphic Design at Fresno City College. Yup, that’s where I’m from. The armpit of California. Ever since that point I have always had an interest in design and print. I currently do some freelance work for Disney, applying digital ink to the penciled characters. I’ve only been doing that for the past 8 months. The goal for me is to become a story board artist. I just thought it would make me happy to make a living on what I use to enjoy as a kid and still do as an adult. That’s what it’s all about.”
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3rd Place Winner of The Louis Armstrong Contest
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What you should drink
Here’s a jazz inspired list of artists paired with what you sho them. Check out Drinkify to see what drinks go with your fav
“The Louis Armstrong”
1 bottle Red wine Serve at room temperature.
1 oz. Laphroaig Scotch Serve on rocks. Garnish with maraschino cherry.
“The Nina Simone”
1 bottle Cabernet Serve at room temperature.
“The Jimi Hendrix”
10 oz. Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon Serve neat. Stir quickly.
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ould be drinking when listening to vorite artists.
“The Jack White” “The Don Ellis”
1 bottle Red wine Serve at room temperature.
2 oz. Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon Serve on rocks. Garnish with cucumber
“The Flying Lotus”
“The Frank Sinatra”
8 oz. Kirsch 8 oz. Cranberry juice 2 oz. Honey Combine in highball glass and serve. Stir quickly
“The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble”
1 bottle Red wine Serve at room temperature.
“The Miguel AtwoodFerguson”
1 bottle Merlot
“The Billie Holiday”
1 bottle Merlot Serve at room temperature.
“The Miles Davis”
1 oz. Heroin Serve neat. Stir Slowly. Garnish with salt.
2 oz. Gin Serve on rocks. Stir vigorously. Garnish with pickled asparagus.
8 oz. Cough syrup 8 oz. Finlandia Vodka Serve on rocks.
8 oz. Red Wine 8 oz. Ice Cream Combine in highball glass and serve. Stir slowly. Photo from traance.deviantart.com/
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new songs for your playlist. You know you get bored of the same stuff all the time. Jazz it up!
Bessie Smith Young Woman’s Blues
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: “War”
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble “Deliver the Word” feat Aloe Blacc
M.A.K.U SoundSystem - “Canto Negro”: SXSW 2012 Showcasing Artist
Billie Holiday The Blues Are Brewin’
Flying Lotus ft Thunder- PHONYLAND. (Live from Good Life _ Brassroots car MmmHmm Complete Music StuGilles Peterson dios) Ayanna Witter-Johnson Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Keith Jarrett
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Duke Ellington Tito Puente: ‘El Rey’
Eric Harland And Avishai Cohen Amy Winehouse
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Check out these movies!
GREAT GATSBY Trailer (2012) Movie HD
The Bicycle Thief
A Song Is Born
Moâ€™ Better Blues
Anatomy of a Murder
I Want to Live
Paris Blues New Orleans Sweet and Lowdown
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