Samuel Bayer currently has a huge show happening at the Beverly Hills Ace Gallery that sees a series of his giant photos of dissected women thrown up onto walls to watch viewers. The artist is one of those types who has had both artistic and commercial success, balancing both worlds fairly well. He’s certainly an interesting guy whose work is very high gloss and “pretty.” Bayer sat down for a little video to promote his current show where he explains his process and art pursuit and the relationship between making art for art’s sake and making art for cash, which he insists is totally artistic too.
Super established Santa Monica Blvd art destination New Image Art has a new exciting something that takes them out of their gallery and into your homes: they’ve stepped into the fashion world in a very simple way. The gallery reamed up with the music brand and general creative group Opus Label to release Icon Tee, a brand that sees many of the popular New Image artists and places their work quite simply on apparel. We definitely see these becoming quite a thing, especially since the gallery is so close to that strip of Fairfax where art and street wear collide in such interesting ways.
You know those people that make life better? The people who, not only live with intention, but seem to craft their very existence. They bring life, energy and creativity into the world, inspiring others to do the same. I have recently taken on the task of finding these gems in Los Angeles. The diamonds in the rough who help fuel the art and industry of the beautiful city we all live in.
Today is my first venture into their world, finding what inspires them and what they love about LA. I could think of no one more fitting than Los Angeles Leather Crafts very own Mitzi Guidry to start the process.
We’ve written about photographer Luke Gilford before and how much we love his photographic point of view. We’ve written about Zackary Drucker and how much we love what she is doing with her work. It should come as absolutely no surprise that the combination of these two artists has yielded something super fucking fantastic: a hysterical, high-fashion, high-concept, absolutely brilliant series of photos of Zackary dressed like a blonde monster for Document Journal. These are some of the best photos we’ve seen in a very long time–and we’ve seen a lot of photos.
When I think of Bicycle playing cards, I think of old men (or even dogs) sitting around a card table, casually tossing them to the center of the table through smokey air. They’re very reminiscent of an era that has passed us by. They’re classic and in their own way cool despite their having been replaced by sexier games like Cards Against Humanity. Art director and artist Jackson Robinson must either be a big card shark or bored by what Bicycle playing cards has become because he has redesigned the deck of cards with an appropriate eye for money. He’s calling it the Federal 52.