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Join the VAC at Our Next Mixer at Cairo Cowboy!

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Come Join us at our first mixer of the new year at Cairo Cowboy!

What:  Local minded artists, creatives, and business owners get together to connect, discuss art, the community, and Venice Beach!  Our mixers are a great way to get involved with the Venice Art Crawl, meet like-minded individuals, eat great food, and make a new friend!

Where:   Ciaro Cowboy Mediterranean Grill on 46 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291!  Cairo Cowboy is our feature sponsor this month— Stay tuned at the VAC blog to check out our interview with this delicious restaurant/ community art supporter! 

When:  Thursday, January 23rd! 

Why:  Because were cool like that!

Time:  7pm-9pm

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

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Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program. 

 

The Venice Story : Beth Allyn : The Venice Bike

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Check out our first featured “Venice Story” video!

“Venice California is without doubt one of the most eclectic, creative and artistic communities in the world.  An estimated 16 million people visit each year to enjoy the beach culture and to experience the artists, performers, characters and magic of Venice Beach.  What is it about Venice that makes it unique? Is it possible to define ‘The Venice Spirit’ ? ‘Venice Story’ is a new storytelling project dedicated to finding, capturing and sharing the stories and thoughts of every day Venetians.”

Beth Allyn tells us how a bike and a sign changed her life.

Recorded at Sunny Bak Studios during The Venice Art Crawl, Dec 19. 2013.

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden.  

Words and Video Borrowed by:  The Venice Story 

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Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program. 

VAC Artist Interview: Matt Warren

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 VAC  Board Member, Nicole Muyingo, interviews Venice Based artist Matt Warren! Find out what real life experience inspired Matt to become a dedicated artist.

 

3913920_orig1. Who are you and what do you do?

Matt Warren. Artist.

2. In your words how would you define art?

I see art as being the expression of an idea. Something that inspires people and makes them think. Good art should raise questions and create a dialogue about the subject matter.

3. At what age did you realize that you were creatively talented?

I’ve always been interested in art and creating things. As long as I can remember, I would be drawing or making something. I guess I got seriously into art when I was in High School, and was lucky to get accepted onto a Fine Arts course at University without an interview whilst traveling on my Gap Year – and from there I’ve never really looked back.

1085053_orig4. What’s your background?

I was born in Guernsey, an Island of the coast of England.  I studied my Undergraduate degree at UWE in Bristol, UK, and followed that by studying my Masters at OTIS College in Los Angeles. I’ve worked in the film industry between traveling and lived in Beijing for a few months while on an Artist Residency Program. I’m currently living and producing art in Los Angeles.

5. What materials/paints do you generally work with? 

I work with whatever the project entails – the materials that best help convey what I’m trying to say in the work. I’m a bit of an all rounder, but currently I’m working a lot in pencil.

2136755_orig6. What art do you most identify with?

 Anything that has more to it than to just look pretty.

7. Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

The story of Christopher McCandless, on which the film ‘Into the Wild’ was based, was the catalyst for a project of mine. I was looking at the myth of the cowboy, and how the idea we have of this character doesn’t really exist, but is just a representation we have forced on us through the movies. 

For the project I rented a horse, borrowed a rifle and a .44 Magnum from a friend and headed out into the Montana wilderness for 2 weeks in an earnest gesture of reliving this stereotype while critiquing the representation of the cowboy we observe in American Pop Culture. I’d been toying with the idea for a while, but
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McCandless’s story encouraged me to go ahead with the project, despite the risks, and make it a reality rather than an idea.

 8. What is an artistic outlook on life?

It’s such a big part of my daily process that it’s hard to sum up.

It is a way of life, an action rather than a thing. It is a form of freedom and individuality, and a way of thinking. It’s a commitment to make time to create – you get out of it what you put in.  It’s a great form of expression and provides the ability to show people literally what you think, allowing a glimpse of what is in your mind. I feel fortunate to have a focus, which directs my career, something I am passionate about that allows me to travel and explore, meet people, and evolve doing what I enjoy.

3713772_orig9. What superpower would you have and why?

My first trip to A &E as a child was due to falling and smacking my eye on an exposed floor beam whilst exploring a house that was under construction. My second was falling through my neighbors’ roof whilst jumping on the skylight. As I’ve grown up my thirst for adventure hasn’t diminished, so I think having Spiderman’s superpowers would be a good thing for me.

10. Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

Bas Jan Ader is an artistic hero of mine. He was a Danish artist living in Los Angeles, who, in a romantic gesture, attempted to sail single –handed cross the Atlantic in a 13ft sailing boat.  What was supposed to be a performance piece, ended when his boat was found off the coast of Ireland, and his body was never recovered.  477065_origHis romantic take on conceptualism really inspires me, as well as how he saw art as a literal and metaphorical journey – a process of discovery. Other artists that I can’t really compare myself to but look to for inspiration are Chris Burden and Allan Kaprow.

11. WHAT is your ‘method’? 

I work with many different mediums – pencil, paint, video, installation, or whatever is at hand depending on the best way to explore the subject matter. I start with the idea, and then decide what is the best-suited method and material to use to convey that. This contrast can be seen from project to project – a series of painstakingly rendered pencil drawings, compared to a Saloon Bar made out of cardboard and duck tape.

12. What is your preferred subject and why?

As an English citizen living in Los Angeles, my art practice explores methods of representation stemming from 5729124_origAmerican popular culture, which I express through drawing, sculpture and performative strategies. Los Angeles is fitting as I explore subjects and themes related to film, Hollywood and celebrity culture. My perspective on America is enhanced through living in the environment of my investigation and production.

13. What’s the best thing about being an artist? 

Having the opportunity to experience life as much as I can, using art as a means of production to enable myself to do that. Being able to do something I love, and building a career out of it, the freedom it offers, and getting to know and interact with other artists and creative souls.

14. What’s the worst thing about being an artist?

7178187_origNot having a steady income.

15. What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

Keep on trekking. Like anything, you have to want to do it. If you’re interested in art, there is always an opportunity – you just have to find it, and be willing to try. My motto is ‘Quitters never win. Winners never quit’, which I have to remind myself often. It’s black or white. You do or you don’t.  There is always an opportunity if you want something badly enough, it’s just a matter of finding it. It might take a while to succeed, but it’s when you stop trying that you fail. You have to just do it.

 

All art work on this page is done my Matt Warren. Prints also available online.

Interviewed and compiled by Nicole Muyingo.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 3.03.47 AMNicole Muyingo is originally from London, England and currently resides in Venice Beach, California. Nicole has curated and successfully produced many events and exhibitions in Europe and Los Angeles. Her focus is to get people networking and to deliver fun and impactful events in the world of art, fashion and music. Working with the VAC she believes that it is important to keep the history and magic of art and Venice alive.

 

VAC Video: Garry Winogrand

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Get a little slice of history this Thursday afternoon with with this weeks VAC Video! 

Gary Winogrand, once coined, “the central photographer of his generation” by John Szarkowski, the former director of photography of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, was a Jewish Bronx-born photographer and one of the pioneers of what is now known as street photography.

Winogrand is mostly known for his portrayal of the diversity of American life, from shooting the Bronx zoo and Coney Island in the sixties to the bohemian lifestyle of our own Venice Beach in the eighties.

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Garry Winogrand: “Venice Beach, 1982″

Check out this seven minute “mini documentary” on Winogrand shot on Ocean Front walk and learn why he hated the term “street photography.”

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

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Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program. 

Artist Interview: Mark X Farina!

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As we continue with our new year, we will be launching the VAC with a big bang– that means, more artist interviews, more events to look forward to, and of course, MORE VENICE ART!

Check out this interview that VAC board member Nicole Muyingo conducted with Venice Based Artist, Mark X Farina!

1. Who are you and what do you do?

 Mark X Farina- Pop Artist, Reverse Engineer, Roma Gypsy.

2. In your words how would you define art? 

Anything that sparks a reaction.

3. At what age did you realize that you were creatively talented? 

I’m still not convinced I have any real talent, but I received a lot of art training, and I know I’m creative.

4. What’s your background? 

Studied advertising and the media’s effects on people, but I love art and sports.

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5. What materials/paints do you generally work with? 

Anything available.

6. What art do you most identify with? 

The conceptual scene that formed from the 1960’s – that’s a big area, but I really sync with that era/ movement.

7. Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?  

Took a phone shot of the beach sunset one night, then tried to paint it.

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8. What is an artistic outlook on life? 

Observe (often through dark sunglasses) and report.

9. What superpower would you have and why? 

Wow that’s a great question with so many possible answers for me, but I still dream I can fly, not very well, which sometimes abruptly wakes me up.

10. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

Not sure, I’m still exploring.

11. Name three artists you’d like to be compared to: 

Moe, Larry and Curly.

12. WHAT is your ‘method’?  

Work fast, cure slow, destroy before collecting dust.

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13. What is your preferred subject and why? 

I like gradations and innuendo.

14. What’s the best thing about being an artist? 

Freedom of expression.

15. What’s the worst thing about being an artist? 

Self-criticism.

16. What advice do you have for aspiring artists? 

Do the work, open the door- if you make it, someone will check it out and let you know.

Check out more of Mark X Farina’s work on his website and tumblr!

www.mxfarina.com / http://www.mxfarina.tumblr.com

Photo Credit: Mark X Farina

 Compiled by: Gabrielle Wooden and Nicole Muyingo.

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Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program. .

Banksy Graffiti Defaced Near Sundance Festival!

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Photo: Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune, via Associated PressA Banksy work in Park City, Utah, in 2011.

 

It may be time for Banksy, the anonymous British graffiti artist, to consider television. A sitcom, perhaps, or a detective show, or maybe reality TV. His politically pointed satirical stencil works seem to be everywhere in Britain and the United States, after all, and things are always happening to them.

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Banksy graffiti

When they appear, their social message is quickly decoded and discussed, and if the authorities do not immediately paint over them, the works seem likely to disappear under mysterious circumstances, only to turn up at auctions (which may be challenged by the neighborhoods where Banksy created the works, or people who object on other grounds), or bought by celebrity art collectors. Justin Bieber could make a guest appearance as a Banksy wannabe.

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Banksy graffiti

In this week’s episode, a pair of Banksy pieces that turned up in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 – the year the festival screened “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a documentary about the artist – were attacked by a vandal.

Banksy-Graffiti-3In one case, a stencil of a young boy kneeling in prayer, with a halo and angel’s wings added in pink, a clear protective covering was shattered and the image was painted over with brown spray paint. The second piece, which shows a cameraman filming a flower, escaped damage, but its protective cover was also broken.

A security camera outside the Java Cow Cafe and Bakery recorded a man trying to break the covering of the cameraman piece at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday, The Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper, reported. The angel painting, on a wall near a parking garage on the same street, was not within range of a video camera.

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Banksy graffiti

“It is such a shame, heartbreaking even,” Robin Marrouche, executive director for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, told the Deseret News. “Banksy’s voice and importance in our culture today is significant, and the vandalism against his street art is just as upsetting as vandalism you read about against works by important artists of earlier times.”

 This post was originally posted by The New York Times.

Original Post: http://nyti.ms/1axbJ1y

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Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program.