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The Daily Dose!

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April 1971 -   "A whole house for a canvas: Mrs. Lajosne Vargacz sits before a bedroom mural painted with the help of her neighbors at Kalocsa. Such folk art, once common in the region, today has few practitioners. Cane-and-feather duster resembles the long-handled paint brushes the artists used to decorate hard-to-reach heights." Via Sara Gossett

Lajosne Vargacz, April 1971  

“A whole house for a canvas: Mrs. Lajosne Vargacz sits before a bedroom mural painted with the help of her neighbors at Kalocsa. Such folk art, once common in the region, today has few practitioners. Cane-and-feather duster resembles the long-handled paint brushes the artists used to decorate hard-to-reach heights.”

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.

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. 

 

 

 

Venice Artist Interview: Kelcey Fisher!

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So Venice Based artist and muralist Kelcey Fisher and I got together (on facebook) and I was lucky enough to get ten questions out of the guy about his inspirational artwork that was such a hit at this past Art Crawl!

And it goes a little somethin’ like this:  HIT IT!

 1. So Kelcey…your favorite artist (living or dead) invites you to their house for dinner. You want to bring them a gift. Who is it, and what would you bring them?

Kelsey Brookes, who is alive. Ironic we have the same name but huge fan of his work and his story behind it. I would bring him one of my paintings..hopefully we would work out a triad : ) Would be super pumped to own one of his pieces.

2. How old were you when you first discovered you where an artist? What was the “lightbulb moment” when you knew you wanted to pursue art as a career?

My mom was my art teacher when I was a youngen in preschool and always pushed me in that direction.. I think that definitely played a part in my art career..I never took art seriously however until I sold my first piece junior year of college. A lightbulb definitely went off when I got that first check haha. Thank you Debby Boyd for believing in me..I will always remember you as my first true fan and friend!

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3.Describe your personal Hell.

L.A. traffic combined with LAX airport security line. End me!

4. Your latest art work involves larger than life playing cards with dimensional color schemes. What was the motive behind these pieces? Are you a gambling man?

You can catch me on the wheel of fortune slot machines every once and while but definitely not a gambling man. Those pieces were actually created for a wedding in Vegas however. I worked with a good friend and amazing wedding coordinator Courtney Stone to come up with that concept. They were some of the biggest pieces I’ve created. They were 5’x8′ wood panels. We titled them, “The Royal Romantics”. One of my favorite projects by far. Thanks for getting me involved Court!

5. Define what art means to you in five words.

Passion, Commitment, Life, Love, Escape

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6. There is a lot of Hoopla going about with Performance Artist Marina Abramovic and Lady Gaga collaborating. It all started when Marina asked her: Who creates limits? How would you answer this question?

You create your own limits.

7.Morning or Night?

Night

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8. Its Friday night in Venice Beach, Where can our readers expect to be able to stalk you?

First stop- James Beach> Then off to Nikkis Beach> End with some shinanigens at TownHouse> Pizza at Santinos> Pillow to the face

9. Whats your Fantasy? We like details.

Simma down now

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10. Alright, Last question. I say a word and you name the first word that comes to your mind:

Refrigerator: Beer

Country: Ireland

Culture: Important

Destiny: Who Knows

Venice Beach: Thank you

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Thanks Kelcey Fisher for all that jazz.  Peep more of his work HERE!

 Interviewed and Written 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

The Mural: Stumble upon Art with us.

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There is a strange and quiet relationship between the viewer and the mural.

For some, the mural is only fleeting and peripheral— a pop of colorful images and enigmatic messages adorn lost corner-side brick walls, as we catch a delightfully brief moment of visual interest in our otherwise mundane, city- plagued drives.

Or, for others, the mural relationship is simply apart of the routine.  We witness daily the same street-side familial homage, whispered boulevard work of art, or avenue painted political message.  Maybe some of us have grown accustomed to the oversized cartoons of mystifying quotes or breathtaking larger- than- life tributes, as we proceed on our drive to the super-market, pass beneath the freeway, or as we walk to the bus stop. Yes, for some, these works of art have blended into the unbending routine of the day, fading into the city scene as does a corner store or yellow hydrant.

But regardless of how new a mural may be to our eyes, it may be that at one time, these astonishing murals instilled in us a small sense of community, a sense of familiarity, a sense of frustration, or a sense of wonderment.  It may have sparked, deep inside, an inner dialogue or it may have stimulated a memory once lost.

What is it about that first moment?  That initial instance when you see a work of art in the street, that proportionally far surpasses the category of Graffiti?  Well of course, we first absorb the work as quickly as our allotted time allows— the image, the colors, the message, the size. Second, we most often wonder, who? Who is this mystery character who has committed so much heart to this block, this wall, this ordinary slice of space?   But above these thoughts, there is an undeniable, deep rooted understanding that I am positive every observer processes to one degree or another when they first see a mural.

This artwork is outside and is for everyone to see.

Maybe this observation is obvious and anticlimactic.  But wait!  There is something profound to be discovered behind this small, ordinary realization.

It seems that in this day and age of buzzing city energy and endless regimens, the art feels lost. Yes I am sure you have heard this before, and this is by no means to say that art is lost, but in many ways, if we want art, we must really strive to find it.  Certainly, if you squint past the advertisements and the television commercials you can find a slice of artistry somewhere, but pure, unadulterated, art -for- arts-sake -art, is hard to casually stumble upon.

How special is it that for a brief moment of the day, we witness the works and expressions of artists, not on our computers, not on the television, but outside! In the street!  In the truest corners of our community?

How special is it, that these works challenge our senses in some way to activate a thought, a judgement, a memory, a feeling of sympathy, of sadness, of disgust, of appreciation, or even spark a small smile?

How special is it, that for an uncommon instant, we truly stumbled upon art?

 

With the new launch of our blog, the Venice Art Crawl would like to introduce our theme this December:

 

The Mural.