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Life’s A Pitch: A Word With John Heeg & Chris Westlund of Nautico

Life's A Pitch A Word With John Heeg & Chris Westlund of Nautico

In anticipation of the Los Angeles Music Video Festival, we spoke with four directors who will be presenting music video pitches to band Five Knives for the RedBull Records sponsored Life’s A Pitch contest. Each director will present a video idea and, whoever wins Five Knives’ vote, will get two days to make the video. To give an idea of who these directors are, we had a quick chat with each of them about their style and what they bring to this competition. First up? Nautico, AKA John Heeg and Chris Westlund.

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From The Outside In: The Artwork Of Cedar Bylard

From The Outside In The Artwork Of Cedar Bylard 1

It’s rare that you find an artist who is so outside of everything and so talented that you have to stop and take note of it. Most art that is thrown our way is coming from persons based in the academic world or who have been actively attempting to engage the world through social media and online outreach: getting word out on your work is very easy now. It’s rare to hear stories of the artist who makes in secret, artists like Morris Louis and Channa Horwitz who were recognized later in their life for their dedication to the craft. It looks like artist Cedar Bylard has a similar story as he is considered an “outside artist.” He has a big coming out show that opens tonight at 7PM that shows off fifty two drawings of his and a new catalogue of his work.

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Paris Photo Comes To LA

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Since it was announced a few months ago, everyone has been so super giddy about Paris Photo Los Angeles. We matched the giddiness in ignorance because we didn’t have any idea what Paris Photo is but we knew it looked cool and sounded cool so we had to get stoked for it, too. What is it? It is a very prestigious photo-only art fair that has finally hopped across the Atlantic to have a showing in Los Angeles–and on the Paramount Lot at that.

Art people in LA have been absolutely abuzz around PP, anticipating that they were going to have some sort of artistic climax on the same grounds where television actors have walked for decades. Well, what is Paris Photo? Why should we be excited about this? Who is this intended for? Well, let us explain: it is a very high end art fair that is intended to engage people who have a lot of money to burn on art and art things.

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Speaking With: Jewelry Designer Kristen Elspeth

Speaking With Jewelry Designer Kristen Elspeth 1

The Echo Park Craft Fair is a rather magical event. One which just so happens to be right around the corner, May 11 and 12, so be sure to save the date. This event brings together a glorious array of talented artists and craft people; no not “craft” as in construction paper and glue sticks, but craft as in creators of absolutely amazing and unique goods.

It was at the Echo Park Holiday Craft Fair that I first saw Kristen Elspeth‘s handy work. The unique pieces captured my attention immediately and I wanted to purchase all of them! Given that it was the holiday season and there was so much to do, I didn’t get to have a real conversation with Kristen for quite some time. However, when I finally got to meet her in person, I got an even greater sense of just how fantastic she (and her work) is.

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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