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The Revolution Will Be Televised

11.17.11   |   Posted in: Events, Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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It’s amazing to see mobilization amongst youth and the power of technology to connect and redefine communications structures. The Adbusters website is a great hub for communication and watching developments. I didn’t realize it until recently, but this Canadian publication was actually responsible for starting the movement.

It’s clear the system has systemic problems. In the U.S. politicians have two masters, the public who votes them in to office, and business interests who control the flow of money to get them reelected. It’s clear that the balance has been shifted to where there is little to no public accountability in government. Librals vote libral and conservatives vote conservative so there’s little fear of losing constituents (approval of congress is ridiculously low). Rather than seeing politics as conservative vs libral or prolife vs pro-choice etc., we should hold fast to the real issue. There is a class divide out there with two sides, the wealth/business on one side and the masses on the other.

Moving From Print to Web 2011

06.4.11   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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Moving From Print to Web

Hey Gang,

I’ve been busy organizing another series of Moving From Print to Web seminars for AIGA and Adobe again this year. Come join us on Tuesday June 7th to hear Peter Novosell, Creative director at 72 & Sunny share his idea on digital branding and creativity.

REGISTER NOW to through event bright reserve your spot!

Eagle Rock Music Festival: Saturday 10.02.10

10.2.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events, Music   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Should be fun. Free ($5 donation optional). Most exciting of all… Flying Lotus is set to hit the stage at 10:20 PM.

CAPTURED: U, Me & Hip Hop @ New Puppy Gallery

06.4.10   |   Posted in: Events   |   By: Neu Black
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CAPTURED: U, Me & Hip Hop

Curator: Beats+Crates

Opening: June 5, 2010, 6pm – 11pm

Beats+Crates, one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets, hits the art scene with a group
photo show, CAPTURED: U, Me & Hip Hop.

>From the fan nodding his head to a favorite tune to the producer digging in
crates for that next sample, photos by Cognito, Jewell, B+, BRASS, Coleman,
Mike Park and others capture the high energy of Hip Hop — on and off stage.

Join us for the opening on June 5 with Sean O, J-Heart, and J1 aka THE DEER
on the 1′s and 2′s, plus a special guest. Enjoy drinks, specialty cupcakes,
and music video director Jerome D. projecting on the back wall. Photogs and
artists will be in the house. Hip Hop fans, art lovers, and everyone in between,
come check it out and support local artists!

ON VIEW: June 5 – June 10

Roger Gastman- Neu Black Exclusive Interview

05.18.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Trina Calderon
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Roger Gastman is a man of many talents.  The day I caught up with him he was a curator, prepping the day before his show “ROOMS” would open at Scion: Space in Culver City.  Roger is a mover and a shaker in the American art community.  He founded two critically successful art publications, While You Were Sleeping and Swindle (co-founder with Shepard & Amanda Fairey).  Today he is the Creative Director & Founder of R.Rock Enterprises, a multi-platform, boutique media agency that specializes in being one step ahead of the game.  Clients include Coca-Cola, Harper Collins, Saatchi & Saatchi, Volkswagon, HBO, and Urban Outfitters.  He’s constantly working on the very envelope that the others are “pushing.”

The Bethesda Maryland native came up doing graffiti and participating in the straight edge punk scene in the DC area.  He turned his passion for the sub-cultures loose on the world and thanks to his documentation and research, published several excellent books showcasing American graffiti.  One of the best documentaries on the same subject, Infamy, also has Roger’s stamp all over it; he served as Supervising Producer.  He is very successful in bringing street art to the mainstream and bridging the very specific style with the business of media.  In the art documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop , the adventures of Banksy and Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) are chronicled and lead up to the epic “Life is Beautiful” show MBW held in Los Angeles in 2008. At that point, Roger is introduced in the film as the man brought in to save the show.  His curatorial expertise was clutch for the very large exhibit and it’s really a tribute to the kind of instinct and judgement that Roger can bring to any kind of project.

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AIGA/LA & Adobe Present- Moving From Print to Web

05.13.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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6:30 pm – 10:00 pm  /  20 May 2010
Downtown Independent Theater

251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

A three part How-To seminar series on demystifying the web for designers.

Part One: Understanding Interactive Communication Design

Join Kellis Landrum and Brian Wood on May 20 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm for a seminar on making the web more approachable for designers. Learn how digital media content dissemination works and how extend your print skills on to the Web. Mingle with the LA design community and enjoy food and drinks with us at the Downtown Independent Theater before the seminar. We’ll be showing videos from Adobe Youth Voices and giving away a copy of Adobe CS5. Register now to reserve your spot!

Reception from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
We’ll be showing videos from Adobe Youth Voices in the lounge/lobby and giving away a copy of Adobe CS5.

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Carl Jung’s Red Book on Display at the Hammer Museum

04.30.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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You may recall our earlier posts about the release of Carl Jung’s Red book after years 95 years of cloistering. The book is an elaborately lettered and illustrated odyssey into C.G. Jung’s unconscious. A Los Angeles exhibit is the first public display of the book and UCLA’s Hammer Museum is only west coast venue for the exhibition.

In addition to the famed book, the exhibition will display several oil, chalk, and tempera paintings and preparatory sketches related to the Red Book, and other original manuscripts, including the Black Books, which contain ideas and fantasies leading up to the Red Book. The Red book will be on display through June 6, 2010.

Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film

04.23.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Exit Through the Gift Shop, made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. 87 mins. Rated R.

If you live in Los Angeles, you catch it at the ArcLight. Other cities, locations and dates after the jump.

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UNIQUE LA Spring Show April 24-25

04.21.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events, Fashion   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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If you ever wondered what Etsy would be like if you could walk around inside it, Unique LA probably comes pretty close. Bringing together LA’s most talented artist, crafties, and DIY’ers, Unique LA is the place to get limited edition art, jewelry and all sort of other goodies before they make it into Urban Outfitters (and cost twice as much). There’s also a fun time to be had with DJ Booths, Food trucks, and your fellow beautiful people. This is a fun treat for Angeleno’s that’s not to be missed.

Interstates @ The Art Institute of California-Hollywood

03.26.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Neu Black
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Readings of the participating writers will be held at the opening reception.
Friday, March 26, 7:00 PM.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.

Los Angeles — ARTifice, of the Art Institute of California-Hollywood, is pleased to present their annual gallery exhibition, this year entitled Interstates. Curated by faculty advisor Miah Jeffra and Marie Kinnell, the exhibition features works by a diverse group of writers and artists, professionals and students, focused on creating a collective portrait of the mythological city in which they all live.

Utilizing multiple voices, Interstates attempts to examine the relationship between textual and visual representations of the Los Angeles experience.  The participating writers have composed portraits of their particular LA, with no restrictions on form or content.  Visual responses to the literature were then created by the artists in their various chosen medium.  Layer upon layer, these collected ‘portraits’ aim to help “Los Angeles find a ritual to join its fragments” – Jim Morrison.

TempoRoyale is located at 2619 Wilshire Boulevard, in the Wilshire Royale building. Gallery viewings are by appointment. For more information, please contact Miah Jeffra at 323.350.9176, or