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Artist Interview: Kevin Brewerton!

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Hey Crawlers!

With the new month of February we introduce to you another Artist, Kevin Brewerton!  This post is very special because it happens to be that Kevin is having an art show this weekend as well! (INFO) Get to know Kevin with the VAC and then hit up his show later this weekend! 

 

DSC_67191. Who are you and what do you do?

I am a visual, performing, and martial artist. I create art.  

2. In your words how would you define art? 

I am an expressionist in all forms. Although I don’t usually like to put myself in a category, as I prefer to have the freedom to explore without a label. That being said I do find myself gravitating to Abstract Expressionism. 

3. How did your relationship with art start?

Growing up I never knew the value of art. I was raised to believe that art was ornately framed pictures that hung on the walls of those who were rich.  Quite a beginning. As a teenager I didn’t like art. It confused me. I was much more interested in physical sports and dreaming about becoming a famous martial artist like Bruce Lee. Fortunately I was able to realize that goal by winning 5 world kickboxing championships. 

Studio_94. At what age did you realize that you were creatively talented?

That’s a tough question because at an early age I think that we just “do” without being conscious of what we are doing. But I can always remember sitting in class rooms in England, maybe 8th grade, doodling shapes and patterns on my work books. (I don’t think my teachers appreciated it)  But I think I’ve always been sketching and drawing shapes. Perhaps it was an unconscious yearning to paint. I suppose that feeling kept growing. When I’d moved to London to pursue a career as a fighter, from time to time I’d find myself leaving the gym after working out and ending up wandering around the Tate Gallery in my sweat suit. I’d be mesmerized by Turner’s land and seascapes or I would find myself both offended and intrigued by art that I just couldn’t understand. Why would anyone pay so much money for that? I remember thinking, pointing at a plain blue canvas- I think it must have been an Yves Kline!

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

Mostly acrylic and oil. However, I do like to experiment with different mediums. Tar is a very raw entity. I like the dense quality it brings. 

6. What art do you most identify with?

Any art that tells a story, Viscerally. I’m looking at art all of the time. Art that I can connect with. Art that is personal. Everything is art. Look around and it’s all art. The world is art. 

 

5th element (final)7. Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

I’m fortunate to have had a lot of inspiring moments. However, one that particularly stands out was about 3 years ago when I received an e mail from a lady who was telling me that she and her husband had found my art. Her husband was also a painter, but had not painted in some years because he was virtually blind. She told me that they had studied a particular piece that I had painted, called, Unyielding, on their computer over and over. Because they were able to see the texture and thick brush strokes on the computer, the husband was able to see the art and and become inspired by it which led him to start painting again. They were writing to thank me. 

8. What is your artistic outlook on life?

I believe that art can change a persons life. I believe that art is the great mirror of humanity. I believe that art can be serious and intense, but also funny and ridiculous.

9. What superpower would you have and why?

I’d like to be able to fly. I don’t like the traffic in LA.

Screen shot 2014-02-05 at 10.28.01 AM10. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I like where I live in Los Angeles. It has become one of the great art capitals of the world. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t find me in Berlin or Barcelona. I believe they are also great places to create art. 

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

I wouldn’t want to sound obnoxious by comparing myself to certain artists. But I will tell you who I admire and whose influence I hope shows up in my work from time to time. 1. Picasso – for his ingenuity and for thinking in a different way. 2. Franz Klein- for his raw abstract presence on canvas. 3. Milton Katselas for encouraging me to take risks and dare to be an artist.

12. WHAT is your ‘method’? 

My method is no method, anything that works!  

Self_Portrait13.  What is your preferred subject and why?

I don’t have a preferred subject, however I do find myself returning to the fighter, now and again.  As a teenager I was formed through the kiln of a competition fighter- martial artist and boxing. Those themes keep showing up in my art in one way or another.

 

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

leaving my mark in the world.  Knowing that I can have a  piece of art hanging in Hong Kong, Europe or a suburb in Pennsylvania. Knowing that I can be effecting someone at this very minute and making an impact on there lives. It gives me a sense of being timeless and universal.

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

Cleaning the oil paint of my hands. 

16. What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

Create. Don’t let anything stop you. There is no right way or wrong way. Art can be anything. Say what you want to say. Have a point of view.

 

Check out more of Kevin’s artwork at his website http://kevinbrewerton.com !!  

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Interviewed by: Nicole Muyingo

 

 

 

VAC Sponsor Interview: Cairo Cowboy!

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Happy Tuesday Crawlers! 

If you don’t know already, the Venice Art Crawl monthly mixer is coming up THIS THURSDAY, Jan 23rd, at Cairo Cowboy Mediterranean Grill in Venice Beach!

We were able to snag a drink with the founder of Cairo Cowboy, “YL,” and ask him all about how he started his amazing restaurant and we even learned a little bit of Venice Beach history on the way!  

Check it out!

Gabby: How long has Cairo Cowboy been in business and how did you guys start?

YL:  We have been in business for 2 ½ years. We started with a truck four years ago before we opened this spot.  The truck traveled all over— from Orange County to Santa Barbara. 

Gabby:  What is it like being in such a central Venice Beach location?

YL:  Humm…Whats the word I could use?  Incredible.  The customers know they want and they know what they’re getting and they appreciate the quality of the food.  Its also incredible because Venice Beach is where I grew up.

Gabby:   We bet so many things happen in and around this area! What is a really memorable experience that some of the employees and customers at Cairo Cowboy were apart of? 

YL:  The 4th of July.  Its also our anniversary and it’s the busiest day of the year.  The 4th of July is also the same weekend Abbot Kinny opened and announced Venice Beach which was originally called “Venice of America.”

Gabby: What sets your Mediterranean food apart from other local Mediterranean spots? 

YL:  2 reasons: One: authentic recipes, and two: my mom actually makes most of the food. I grew up eating it. 

Gabby: You guys have been a long time support of the Venice Art Crawl.  Have you always supported the exposure of local art? 

YL:  Definitely.  That’s what makes Venice, Venice. I grew up in the mid seventies on the Venice Pier and even went to high-school here.  Our restaurant and this area is just a continuation of art and performance and the artists who picked this place.

Gabby:  Best thing on the menu?

 YL:  The combination plate.

Thank you so much Ciaro Cowboy for an awesome lunch and even “awesomer” conversation!

And don’t forget to join us at Cairo Cowboy on Thursday at 7 pm!

Address: 6 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

Pictures received from: Google Images

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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. 

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. 

December 19th VENICE ART CRAWL RECAP!!

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SO! For those of you who missed out on our Art Crawl two weeks ago, its okay. We forgive you. But next time, well… well we just hope there is no next time.  Well we hope there is a next time, obviously, we just mean that…we basically we just really want you to come.

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The day  of the crawl on December 19th, started out a little scary, with grey clouds looming over Venice with weather reports threatening rain and low temperatures.  All of us thought, this is VENICE BEACH, it NEVER RAINS!

BUT! Thankfully the rain threats turned into a slight afternoon drizzle leaving the venice streets all shiny and sweet and the air dewy for us art crawlers who started rolling in as early as five pm.

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The crawlers were greeted by volunteers at tables outside of restaurants who were handing out maps and other goodies.  The maps showed you what areas around you were participating in the Venice Art Crawl, and all of them were within walking distance of each other.  I know a lot of my friends were concerned about “thewalking part” but they quickly found out that there really wasn’t much walking and when your partying and buzzed with a big group of friends and people in the street walking around, the walking around became one of the highlights of the crawl.

IMG_4541First we had a drink and some pizza, and then we weaved through the crawl, seeing artwork and even a live art wall “reclaiming,” where a few artists reclaimed a previous wall of art that they painted that had later been repainted over.

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Check out some of the photos of this winter’s Venice Art Crawl, and TRY AND TELL ME you don’t want to come to next one!

Photo Credits: Maria O’bry

 

 

 

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Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

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Gabrielle lives in SUNNY CALIFORNIA.  She only loves cheese. No one else.

 

Venice Art Crawl Events Part 4/4

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Continuing on with PART FOUR of FIVE of the Venice Art Crawl Events.

THE VAC IS JUST TWO DAYS AWAY!! 

HERE WE GO:

1. Venice Suites  Continued…

Where: 417 Ocean Front Walk and Dudley. 6 – 10pm
Happy to announce a newly added venue with another amazing rooftop!!
We will be having 2 ROOFTOP ART PARTIES AT THE SAME TIME!!
Grand Opening of newly added ROOFTOP will be blocks away at the sister hotel –

That means double art, music, food and drinks!! Weewhoo…..!!!

Good times are planned ahead on the Rooftop’s at the Venice Breeze – VB and Venice Suite – VS Hotels.

We have a great line up with great artists, music vibes, live art painting, creative vendors, massages, food and drinks!

Venice Breeze & Venice Suites
VB – 2 Breeze Ave (between Speedway (alley) and boardwalk)
VS – 417 Ocean Front Walk (off Speedway adn Dudley)

Check out past events:
www.facebook.com/veniceroof

VB ARTISTS line-up:
2 Breeze Ave (between Speedway (alley) and boardwalk)
Outi Outi Harma – Website – Facebook Page

Cayla P. – Website – Instagram: @CaylaPersimmon
Ross Dyer
Oshiri Hakak- Living Ink Flow – Website – Facebook  – Instagram: Living Foil

LIVE BODY PAINTING ART BY:
Daniel Galindo – Website – Facebook

Ricardo Garcia – Website 

Music Energy by Venice Art Crawls Favorite –
Dj Pistolpete – Website

Amazing Chair Massages by Cara
Cara – Facebook

VENICE SUITES ~ 417 Ocean Front Walk & Dudley
Venice Suites – VS ARTISTS Line-up:

Dana Troy & Pete
Excited to have back Dana Troy and Pete with their amazing Black light art …they will be setting up an amazing art light installation at both rooftop locations!!
Facebook – Vimeo

Yori Hatakeyama – Website
Bernadette Rodriguez – Facebook
Sonji Mariposa – Facebook
Neal – Website
Amber Jamgirl – Delicious Homemade Jam – Website

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE SPONSORS
World Famous Tacos – Website

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2. Small World Books Pop Up Gallery presents New Work
Where: 1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

When: 6 – 9 pm
New Work by a local artist!!
Facebook Event page: Coming soon!

3. Birds of A Feather
Where: 1501 Main Street, Suite 103

When: 6 pm-10 pm
What: 3-D Mixed Media of Musicians Incorporated with Feathers…thats right, MUSIC AND FEATHERS PEOPLE. MUSIC AND FEATHERS. 3
Artists involved; Richard Glass 
Facebook event page: 

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4. Gravitational Autonomy 
Where:1510 Main St Venice CA 90291

When: 6-9PM
what: Insight Presents Gravitational Autonomy, a show by Brandon Lomax. Will include FREE DRINKS, multiple art pieces and a VIDEO of the artists painting process.
Artists involved; Art by Brandon Lomax
Facebook event page

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5. Venice West Salon
Where: 1501 Main Street.

What: Come to view collage, drawings, and photographs by various venice based female artists. Girl power!!

Artists involved: Christine Fulbright (mono print collages). Marcia Gross Miller(Drawings) and Felice Willat (Photographs)
Website:

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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. 

Venice Art Crawl Events Part 3/4

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Everyone!

THE VENICE ART CRAWL IS JUST THREE DAYS AWAY!!!  (People Screaming in background, cars on fire, lamp posts falling on buildings)

Its Pandemonium!!!!!!

Nah but for real, we chillin’ over here, finna roll through this art crawl on Thursday and turn up.

ARE YOU?

Introducing Part 3 of 4 of the events going down on Thursday:

 

1. Cairo Cowboy

Where: 46 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

When:  7 – 10 pm

What:   You Know Cowboys, they love there food.  Thats why theres going to be heaping amounts of it at Cairo Cowboy.  Bring your full stomach and big eyes here for some good food and great art.

Artists Involved:  Theresa Holiday.  Jon E. Nimetz – Website

Cairo Cowboy – Website

2. Venice Stories
Where: Sunny Bak Gallery 2214 Pacific Ave Venice, 90291

When:  7 – 9 pm

What: Are you a great storyteller?  Were you the one at the birthday parties giving all the kids nightmares for weeks?  Do you have an interesting, funny or poignant story of your experience living or working in Venice?  WELL DO WE HAVE THE PLACE FOR YOU!

Venice Story is a new storytelling initiative devoted to collecting the stories of Venice. The best stories will be featured on our website. Please come and visit our Video Booth at the next Venice Art Crawl on Dec 19th. All welcome!

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3. Moments
Where: Particle South, 1317 Innes Place, Venice, CA 90291

When:  6pm – 10pm

What: Featuring the Elemental Line works of Alice Batliner ‘Moments’ is a one woman show centered around captured moments, portraits and subconscious cartoons drawn then put to paint in a graphic, colorful aesthetic. The night will feature music, libations and a raffle for a free portrait in Alice’s Elemental Line style!
Artist involved: Alice Batliner – website

Facebook event page

4. Venice Art Crawl Innovation, Collaboration & Reception
The Terrace Beachfront Restaurant

Where: 7 Washington Blvd. Venice, CA 90292

When: 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

What :  A collaborative holiday celebration which includes equestrian theme artwork, gift selections and a showcase of representative artwork from thirteen Venice area schools and organizations. This event also truly welcomes children, includes an open ³color book page ³ opportunity with crayons provided and the showing of a brief animation about a little pony who has a wish and works to make it come true. So bring your kid’s folks!

Artists: Lizi Ruch – Artfully Equestrian – Website

Venice Schools and organizations: Facebook Page

Antigone Vastakis – Antigone Jewels – Facebook page – Etsy/Website

5. Venice Art Show
WHere: Ballroom at the Twentieth Church of Christ Scientist 132 Brooks Ave. Venice, CA

At the end of Abbot Kinney – Corner of Brooks & Main

When: 5-10 pm
What: Venice Art Show is an art gallery event that takes place in the majestic 100 year old Venice Ballroom in the heart of Venice. Take a step back in time at this art show, flapper dresses encouraged but not required.
Artists involved: Sande Sisneros –  Jhoseph King – Vladi Sytnik –  Sandra Zebi –  DCASTROARTS
Facebook event page:

6. Venice Suites
Where: 417 Ocean Front Walk and Dudley.

When: 6 – 10pm

What: TWO WORDS:  ROOFTOP PARTIESs!  Happy to announce a newly added venue with another amazing rooftop!!
We will be having 2 ROOFTOP ART PARTIES AT THE SAME TIME!!
Grand Opening of newly added ROOFTOP will be blocks away at the sister hotel –

That means double art, music, food and drinks!! Weewhoo…..!!!

Good times are planned ahead on the Rooftop’s at the Venice Breeze – VB and Venice Suite – VS Hotels.

We have a great line up with great artists, music vibes, live art painting, creative vendors, massages, food and drinks!

Venice Breeze & Venice Suites
VB – 2 Breeze Ave (between Speedway (alley) and boardwalk)
VS – 417 Ocean Front Walk (off Speedway adn Dudley)

Check out past events:
www.facebook.com/veniceroof

Join Us Banner for The Venice Art Crawl

 

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. 

 

 

Venice Art Crawl Events!! Part 2/5

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Hello Again Crawlers!

So If you missed the first part of the events series, were basically posting about all of the VAC events in five parts.

THERES THAT MUCH COOL SH*IT.

 

Heres Part Two of the Events:

1. Stephanie Vovas in FLANNEL 
Where: FLANNEL, 1223 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice 90291   6 – 9 pm
What:  Fettish for Flannel? Check out Artist Stephani Volvas flannel photography— with unique personal style and a serious talent behind a camera, viewers come to see the awesomeness of flannel in a totally different light.  Visit the store and its beautiful backyard courtyard and never look at flannel the same.
Artists: Stephanie Vovas – Website

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2. Nidor Vapor Gallery  – Soul Portals  /  Portraits and Mural by Gilmore
Where: 74 Market St., Venice, CA   6:00 p.m. – 10:00p.m. (and later)

What:  Come to Nidor Gallery and smoke shop and feel ritzy and intellectual as you weave through and view “soul portals,” as well as murals and portraits by these two talented featured VAC artists. Check out Nidor’s juice tasting bar and check out their high end vapor products.

Artists Jesse Kramer a/k/a Seas Over Seas; David Gilmore

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3. Pet Portraits by Christian
Where: Sunny Bak Studio 2214 Pacific Ave.
What: Come to Sunny Bak studio and don’t forget to bring your pet!  Christian will be shooting free pet photos, so you can finally fill that living room wall with a photo of your furry friend!  A Pet portrait exhibit will also be featured— beware, it gets really cute in there. Ar

Artist : Christian. Facebook

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4. Le Cellier Wine Bar
Where: 417 W Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey 6-10 pm
What: Sip wine and connect with what we all love most about Venice Beach and So-cal— the beach.  Painter Todd Goodman truly encapsulates the essence of the pacific ocean in his acrylic paintings, highlighting some of his beach and surf scenes and Santa Monica Pier sunsets.  Also featured will be the incredibly talented Joel Harris and his acrylic paintings on canvas— pairs best with Merlot or Sangria.

Artists: Todd Goodman and Joel Harris

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5. Drew Blood – Pool Paintings
Where: 417 Rose – Please enter in the alley behind Venice Ranch Market   6 – 9 pm

What: Come check out Drew Blood’s newest work on canvas and paper. As a rollerblader growing up in the Midwest, the Southern California skate lifestyle was always a huge influence on his “Pool Painting” series, a series he has been dedicated to for four years.  The artist states  “These empty vessels serve as reminders of the post war idea of the backyard as an oasis; Areas of former opulence that have fallen to shambles; Accidental sculptures with unknown kinetic potential; Southern California 60 years later.”

Artist: Drew Blood
Website:  www.DrewBloodArt.tumblr.com

 

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Part Three Comes Tomorrow Crawlers!  THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!

 

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

Art Basel Has Come to an End… Whats Next?

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The Huffington Post called Art Basel the “Art Worlds Spring Break.”

 

So naturally us Venice Art Crawlers have been drooling over the event pictures, installations, whispered rumors, parties, and awe inspiring artwork.

But interestingly enough, behind the computer screen ‘aint that bad. Thanks to the wonderful world of technology that we live in, HD pictures, Vimeo videos, and tell-all blogs, I think I have a pretty good  sense of what really went down in Miami this week— PURE AMAZINGNESS.

The good ol’ Huff Post even pointed out “trends” in the art world— yup “trends.”

I learned that just like in the fashion world, there are trends in the art world as well.

Some trends that I found personally interesting go a lil’ somethin’ like this:

1.  Tropical Vacations

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2. Classic art history nudes, re-taken through todays lens.

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3. Rocks and Crystals

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4. Art— Coming out of the walls?

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5. Toilet Paper

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There All the Rage!

Wanna know about more of these trends so you can stay hip and cool like us?

Check out the full article with all the dirty deets at the Huffington Post!

So Now that Art Basel is over, Whats Next? 

 

After all that fun, all the flash and glitz, and all those installation orgies, what else does the art world have to look forward to??

 

Well.. I can think of one thing… (INSERT PROMO HERE)

 

GO TO THE VENICE ART CRAWL IN VENICE BEACH AND START THE TREND OVER HERE WHERE ITS WAY COOLER ON DECEMBER19TH AND BUY OUR T-SHIRT WHILE YOUR AT IT.

 

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Blogged by :

Gabrielle Wooden

 

Gabrielle is a writer living in So Cal.  She’s thinking Paris next.