I’m finally back on here to tell you that Q Pop Shop is hosting an opening for what will be an amazing show for concept album art, titled “Sound + Vision : Album Cover Show” (Facebook event page) tomorrow, March 21st, from 7pm-10pm.
“Since the early days of Modernism, the interplay between art and music has given considerable impetus to the development of new art forms. Even Plato recognized a special connection between eye and sound.
What better way to explore this relationship than through the art of the album cover.
Artists will create a visual representation of the music that they pick that resonates with them ..The artworks would reflect and describe the concepts and ideas contained within the album.”
It’s a different show for Q Pop in that the conceptual aspect has forced a lot of the illustrators who are normally in the shows to take influences from music and not do their usual literal interpretations. They will also be playing music throughout the night from all the albums! A great way to discover new music.
I, of course, immediately knew that I would be giving Murder by Death a treatment in my own (inferior) vision.
Originally, I wanted to base my piece off “Red of Tooth and Claw,” but their latest album “Big Dark Love” has been on repeat and there was a particular song that influenced my image choice: “Dream in Red.” Unfortunately, the end result of playing around with photoshop on no sleep was more in tune with their older conceptual albums, so it seemed fitting that their sophomore album, “Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left of Them?” was to be the final choice.
Tried to embed their bandcamp streaming album, but alas, WordPress isn’t cooperating, but you can stream most of their albums via their website or Spotify.
Once again, it is a self portrait, but that always ends up happening because I procrastinate (hence the lack of sleep.) Nothing changes. Luckily I had old photos from a random set I shot to play with.
For those interested in previewing the art and making purchases, email email@example.com for the link and password. Hope those of you in LA will take the opportunity to go check out all the wonderful work! Show runs until April 12th.
Consider this my first Throwback Thursday post, because all my entries are going to be so old!
This weekend, Mandy and I will be traveling to meet up with Marissa in SF for BABY, the Stars Shine Bright SF’s “The Neverland Masquerade” and enjoy J-Pop Summit 2014.
I haven’t been to a lolita tea party in so long! Looking forward to reuniting with Mars for another amazing event to follow up on the extremely memorable Red Sky at Night, all the way back in 2010. 2010!!! My, how time flies. In honor of this future fun time, let’s flashback to the mini shoot Mars and I fired out after the tea party at the Queen Anne Hotel (which is reportedly haunted, for those who are into that.)
BONUS – notice how GIANT my head is next to her normal head ಥ_ಥ
While you are here, check out the video from Red Sky at Night that Mars and Kirby put together. So many memories!
For those of those in the SF area, BABY will be having a sale at there store for J-Pop Summit, so now would be the time to snag up an item or two.
When I started modeling back at the end of 2006/early 2007, I absolutely adored Karen Hsiao’s photography and wanted to work with her so badly. It didn’t work out then, but through the magic that is Instagram, we were given the opportunity to meet and work with each other. Excited would be an understatement to how I felt when she contacted me.
Her latest book, Black Cherries, has just been released; 3 years in the making, 99 full color pages, and I am elated that I was chosen to be a part of Karen’s beautiful collection.
I found Arina’s work through Model Mayhem years ago and immediately loved her style. We started talking in early 2011, but it took a couple years for us to finally meet each other and work together. Worth it. Can’t wait to do it again.
Photographer: Arina B Photography
Models: Britanny Kiker & looooo
MUA: Amanda Harris
Hair: Amanda Harris (on Britanny Kiker), Arina B (on looooo)
These are only the images I am in. To see the remainder of this gorgeous beauty series in Estela Magazine (I was not a part of that), see her blog post here and check out her amazing wedding photography. For those looking for a whimsical capture of your special day, I highly recommend Arina. She is professional, fun, and genuinely loves what she does, which is reflected in her work. You’ll also find her work on a lot of bridal blogs.
And congrats to her on her own engagement!
She also created a behind the scenes video. Enjoy!
This post has been pending for over a year and a half. Surprised? Neither am I.
I discovered Dan’s existence through food. Let me clarify; I knew of his work with his wife through their art duo Kozyndan, but I never knew who they were personally or even knew it was a husband and wife duo. One day, while browsing facebook, I happen upon a picture of a delicious looking sandwich, saw his last name (Kitchens) and automatically assumed that it was some sort of link to the restaurant business. I left a comment, telling him to make me one, looked through some more photos, and finally realized he wasn’t a chef at all. Dan is an artist and amateur underwater photographer. Perhaps this is what they mean when they say don’t judge a book (or name) by its cover.
After much talking and a bit of planning, we finally were able to do a shoot together. Underwater modeling is something that was definitely of interest to me; beautiful, surreal photos accomplished by the weightlessness and fluidity of water.
I am currently in three different shows thanks to some amazing artists! Anyone who has ever referenced me in any work has honored me and the honor is even greater when it comes from friends who are enormously talented in my eyes.
“Rescue Me” is a show curated by the enormously talented and wickedly beautiful Cody Raiza, promoting pet adoption in the area. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will go directly towards saving the life of a shelter pet(s). To see the full catalog of all available artwork, please go to Art With an Agenda.
Rothicka (aka Kelly Castillo) had previously used a pose I did for Dr. Sketchy’s Anaheim Chapter for a Lisa Frank inspired piece, but this time, a pose from the Paper Dolls takeover of Dr. Sketchy’s Anaheim happened to work out for another piece.
“You Don’t Choose the Pug Life” by Rothicka
I may be more of a cat person, but this is undeniably awesome.
A little more info on the wonderful Kelly Castillo, she is the owner of Rothick Art Haus in Downtown Anaheim and also created the female art collective Splendor Device, which I am fortunate enough to be a part of. Just throwing that out there. Extra plug. Self & group promotion. Don’t mind me.
On Friday, Sept 6th, they had their opening night during the Fullerton Art Walk, but Saturday was the Grand Opening. Not only were people there to enjoy the art and support a good cause, there was also a pet adoption occurring where some shelter animals were placed with new, loving families. In that sense, the art show had already done its part without even considering the sales, but of course, the more they can help, the better…so people with money to spare, go buy some good art!
Speaking of OC Weekly, Kelly is up for OC Weekly’s Best of for Visual Artist, so if you enjoy her work, please take the time to vote for her here. Just CTRL+F and search “visual”. It should lead you right to her category.
There will be a closing reception on Saturday, September 21, 213 from 7pm-10pm. Seeing as I was unable to attend the opening, I will be checking out the artwork then and hope that those who can, will join me.
The Egan (inside the Magoski Arts Complex)
223 W. Santa Fe Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Kozyndan are a power art duo and a couple of people I am fortunate enough to call my friends. Dan and I have shot underwater a couple of times and it is an absolute amazing experience to do something I really enjoy in an environment out of the ordinary.
Once again, they bestowed the honor of turning a shot of me captured by Dan into another one of their amazing art pieces. The photo itself was already something I really loved and was happy to have helped create, but the painting and Kozy’s painstaking detail blows me away every time.
“Succumb 1” by Kozyndan
Unfortunately, I was working the night of their opening, so all I could manage was a quick run through of the show due to the distance of the venue from my work location. It’s always worth it to support friends and viewing all their work in person is really something else.
Liz Ohanesian of LA Weekly attended the show and wrote this article on the couple that’s definitely worth a read to find out a little bit about how they work together.
End of Summer Never Ends actually does have to end and that will be on September 25, 2013, so take some time to go check out all of their amazing new work. Highly recommend you do because it is great to see artists who work well, very well, in multiple mediums. You will not be disappointed.
P.S. Their “People Underwater” 32-page, full cover zine featuring the photography of Dan, highlighting (you guessed it) people underwater is also available at the show. Or you can get it here on their online shop.
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Wed-Fri : 12:00-6:00pm
Last, but certainly not least, Jason Levesque (aka Stuntkid) did a series for 3NES Show at Bottleneck Gallery http://www.bottleneckgallery.com in Brooklyn, New York. The video game based show was curated by Chogrin (who happens to be a regular artist at Q Pop shows) and focuses on three legendary Nintendo franchises: Mario, Link, and Metroid.
Jason based his work on three key women in those video game franchises and didn’t agree with the fact that they were only represented by white females. Take that white women! You don’t get to have all the fun.
“I am Samus” by Jason Levesque
Never have I looked more bad ass. Look at me Ma! I’m about to go kick some butt!
“I am Samus” has already been purchased, but “I am Zelda” featuring Skin Diamond and “I am Peach” featuring Jenny Crandall are still available. Jenny makes an appearance in Kozyndan’s show as well in another underwater painting. Sharing is caring.
Jason is someone I would consider a close friend of mine, so it always makes my icy heart melt just for a hot second to know that he deems me worthy to be an art reference for him.
Show ends Sept 22nd, so if you happen to be in the area, there is no harm in popping in to check it out. Or, if you’re too far away, like me, you can check out the entire collection of work on their website.
Brooklyn, New York 11249
Thurs – Sun: 12 – 7pm
This Saturday marks the 7 year anniversary of JapanLA! My, oh my, has time really gone by that quickly? It doesn’t seem like long ago, I was meeting Jamie for the first time when JapanLA was still located in their small shop on Fuller Street instead of their spacious spot on Melrose now.
There is much to be celebrated at tomorrow’s festivities:
JapanLA’s anniversary (of course)
The release of JapanLA Clothing’s newest line “Kitty Party”
Locketship’s very first solo art show!
What a lot of people don’t know about Maria, owner/designer of Locketship, is that she also paints when she has the opportunity (which is pretty much never with how busy she is running a one woman show).
Ages ago, when Kalamari Kastle was still up and running, Josh, Marissa, and I wanted to do an interview with Maria about Locketship. The video interview was never completed, but we do have photos to prove she’s not only adorable herself, but creates adorable art as well.
Photographer/color editing: Sporkii
Final edit: Irene Yuen
You can tell how old these are because Maria had blonde hair
Surrounded by her dog series
In front of her dessert and Breakfast Club series
Isn’t Maria a beauty? She says the pig in the Breakfast Club is a self portrait. What a funny girl.
Here she is with her piece from JapanLA’s “Kittens and Ice Cream” show that is the image on the flyer.
Here’s a sneak preview from Locketship’s Instagram of what to expect at the show.
Also, some images from the “Kitty Party” lookbook to give you a taste of the new releases.
Yikes! Forgot I had these pictures from the My Little Pony Project at Toy Art Gallery hanging around in my photo gallery, uploaded and neglected. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
From the Facebook event page, “Hasbro’s MY LITTLE PONY Project returns in 2012 with a year-long global celebration of MY LITTLE PONY: Friendship Is Magic, a charitable art exhibition inspired by MY LITTLE PONY. 2012 marks the first world tour of the MY LITTLE PONY Project, engaging talents in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo, Japan.”
Awesome. I have no idea who posted that up in the window of a nearby vacant storefront, but kudos for that classic 16-bit reference.
Has Amy blogged about it yet? No. Good. That’s my indicator of extreme lateness, if I get beat out by Shrinkle’s blog.