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Andrew Hem Paints

Andrew Hem Paints

It is important for an artist to have a point of view and a concept. If an artist isn’t speaking to anything, they they are speaking to nothing. Equally as important is the means by which an artist is expressing. Be it performance or painting or whatever, that visual hallmark is key. There has to be an element of the artist’s hand and style in the piece. Local artist Andrew Hem has his style set in his paintings as they all feature muted brights and jewel tones and long faced characters caught up in thought. Hem has his style and concept figured out.

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A View From City Hall, Then And Now

A View From City Hall, Then And Now

I’ve been inside City Hall one time. It was to one of the top floors for a performance of Suzanne Lacy’s Pacific Standard Time Storying Violence, which gathered lawmakers, experts, and an audience of bloggers to discuss the problem of rape in Los Angeles. The last thing on anyone’s mind during such a serious conversation was, “Hey, excuse me, hey: do you mind if I take a step out onto the balcony snap a few photographs of the city? Pretty please with sugar on top??” Not happening. The place was under tight security and the only view I could see was a sliver of the Hollywood Hills from my seat. I was super bummed I couldn’t take a closer look. Thankfully, photographers Ellis R. Bosworth and Scott Harrison got the chance to do that…except they did it fifty eight years apart from each other! The result is a super fun then-and-now feature the Los Angeles Times has up on comparing various views from the top of City Hall.

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Eskmo’s Terra

Eskmo's Terra

Eskmo is the alias for Los Angeles electronic music producer Brendan Angelides. His style has been described as “electronic hip-hop” and certainly carries the weight of both synthesized music trends and hip-hop styles. He filters this concept through a buoyant electronic lens, perhaps even grabbing influence from his eskimo name as many of his songs are clean open landscapes that he distorts. His latest EP Terra comes out January 21 and is a quick little record that has Eskmo exploring a musical world that he has made up.

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Patricia Fernández Points Of Departure Between Spain And Frace 18th Street Arts Center

Made In L.A. alumn Patricia Fernández is currently the focus of a big showing at Santa Monica’s 18th Street Art Center. The show is called Points of Departure (between Spain and France) and is currently on view now through June 28.

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Bold LA Downtown Los Angeles

To add to the bubbling activity of who knows what on Broadway is Bold Room LA, a multi-purpose creative space hosting pop-ups and art. Sounds interesting!

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Living And Sustaining A Creative Life Sharon Louden LACMA

To celebrate her book, artist Sharon Louden will be coming to LACMA for a discussion and book signing of her new piece Living And Sustaining A Creative Life. It’s April 21 and will include a panel of speakers from Randy Sommer of ACME to George Stoll.

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Freeway Studies Insidue The Quad Otis

For the second of their road studying shows, Otis is presenting Freeway Studies #2. It’s a group show featuring “work by 31 contemporary artists whose studios are located inside the border defined by the following freeways: I-405, I-110, I-10 and I-105.” It’s on view through June 27.

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