Monday, January 30, 2012

The Boneyard Project

the boneyard project from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

The Boneyard Project shot cut conceived by viejas del mercado (Medvin Sobio & 塚本精市) produced & curated by Eric Firestone, Medvin Sobio, & Carlo McCormick artists: Retna, Nunca (Brazil), Saner (Mexico), How and Nosm. Sponsors: MTN, Montana Cans, 33third Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Herakut - After the Laughter, new book!

“Looking back on the distance we have come since forming our little artist-duo Herakut in 2004, we can divide up our path into three segments: A) getting no attention, B) getting tons of attention, and C) trying to feel as free as in (A) while assuming all the responsibility that comes with (B).” (Hera) Since Herakut: The Perfect Merge was published in 2008, the prolific street art duo Herakut has risen to the spotlight in the international art world.

Herakut — After the Laughter takes an intimate view at the individuals behind the impressive pieces, as well as their dynamic as a team, their interior styles, and their place within the art world. Designed as a scrapbook by Hera and Akut, the title features all new murals, works on canvas, and sketches.

The book is collaged with images in different mediums and includes revealing photographs of the duo. All elements are woven into a multilayered, poetic reflection on art and its place in the world, with a range of freeform ideas penned artfully on the book pages in Herakut’s signature lettering. Masking tape edges and crossed out pencil confessions add to the personal, forthright style — an open invitation into the frenzied minds and rapid-fire hands of a unique artistic team.

208 pages, Hardcover, 8 1/4'' x 10 1/4'' (210 x 260 mm)
350 color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-3-939566-36-6 $ 39.95

Natalia Fabia at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Rock Rainbow Sparkle
, a new series of works by Los Angeles-based artist Natalia Fabia, in her highly anticipated debut solo exhibition in New York at Jonathan Levin Gallery.

For her first solo show on the East Coast, Fabia chose to use the location as creative direction for her paintings and spent three months exploring the region, doing research, gathering visual materials and staging photo shoots to serve as reference imagery for her new body of work. Particularly inspired by people and places with a raw, punk sensibility, she spent time in New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn), Philadelphia, and Asbury Park in New Jersey.

In the artist’s words: “Punk rock is one of my true loves. Punk to me is an attitude, a lifestyle. Punk is a middle finger, punk is do-it-yourself, do what you want. It’s a kind of freedom. I’m attracted to my subjects for having that quality. This attitude is what I wanted to convey in this series. My models (many of which are friends) are all tough, independent, strong, fun, hard working, talented, tattooed and stylishly dressed. I look at punk rock as being dirty and rough, yet sparkly and enticing at the same time, and that’s the theme of my paintings.”

A skilled young oil painter, Fabia selects luminous subjects with an intriguing dichotomy—adult yet innocent, strong yet vulnerable. To view her work is a voyeuristic endeavor. Lingerie-wearing vixens lounge in intimate rooms with all the comforts of home, or gather in groups for after-hour parties at dimly-lit bars. Fabia’s playfully erotic female figures are adorned with alluring details—glimmering jewelry and intricate tattoos. These confident, empowered beauties evoke burlesque and pin-up traditions. A seductive mixture of glitter and grit, they pose provocatively in the artist’s carefully arranged compositions.

Lush settings include environmental textures, elements of graffiti, iconic landmarks and other geographically specific architecture. Infused with Fabia’s signature style, vividly saturated candy color palette and dazzling spectrum of light, scenes in these paintings—like most of her work—are a combination of fantasy narratives and actual moments captured from the artist’s vibrant life, her passion for ornate fashion, nightlife and glamour with a punk rock edge.


Natalia Fabia
is of Polish descent, born in 1983 in Burbank, California, and currently based in Los Angeles. In 2007, she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Inspired by light, color, punk rock music, hot chicks and sparkles, her work has been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions and publications.

The exhibition is on now at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, on show until 11th of Feb.Visit the site here: