Tuesday
Sep012015

ARTE: REMEMBERING OUR FRIEND, NOAH DAVIS

I had the pleasure of meeting Noah back in 2008.  He was already one of the best painters I had ever come across even back then.  He loved painting...I mean he really loved painting.  When I started my company in 2010 he was one of the early supporters.  Later he would create the Underground Museum.  He lived in the moment.  He cared deeply about community and artists.  He had a vision that was inclusive and meaningful.  I always believed and still do that he will be remembered as one of the greatest painters of our generation.  He shifted culture and moved it forward and for that we are all better because he was here. Our friend, Noah Davis.

Currently Noah Davis has a show on view at MOCA, "Imatation of Wealth"

Pueblo del Rio: Stain Glass Pants

Sunday
Aug232015

ARTE: LA ARTCORE X KATHIE FOLEY-MEYER

Today I will be at LA Artcore discussing the work of multi-disciplinary artist Kathie Foley-Meyer, her current exhibition is a short film and photo documentary series of the MLK Day parade on the commencement of President Barack Obama's election in 2008 and reelection in 2012.

Today Sunday afternoon 3pm - 5pm - LA Artcore (Little Tokyo)  120 Judge John Aiso St. LA 90012

Friday
Aug142015

ARTE: TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh installed an amazing mural for the Coney Island Art Walls Project that features the residents of the area.

"The day before Easter and the day after Labor day- people still live here. People die here. People love here."


Wednesday
Aug122015

ARTE: SMASHD

Was thrilled to invite Smashd over to the gallery and discuss how to build an art empire!

Tuesday
Aug112015

ARTE: Deray Mckesson

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

 

 

 

Saturday
Aug012015

ARTE: SAMUEL LEVI JONES X MARK BRADFORD

Samuel Levi Jones interviewed by Mark Bradford in Studio Magazine's 2015 Winter/Spring Edition. View the article HERE.

Tuesday
Jul282015

ARTE: FANTASY

Happy to finally debut this after such an amazing time last week at the premiere party.  Tiffany Gouché releases the short film Fantasy, the title track off her recent EP.  This short film serves as an ode to the city of Los Angeles and specifically the Leimert Park district with its rich cultural history and often misrepresented beauty within.

The free form 'Fantasy' depicted in this non-fiction piece leaves much to the imagination as Tiffany envisions a world where generosity, gratitude, deep connection and selflessness, all elements of unconditional Love, reigns supreme.
    
 
DIRECTED BY CALMATIC
Produced by SQAADHAUS & EARTHTONES MUSIC GROUP, LLC
Written & Performed by Tiffany Gouché 
Executive Producer Vatana Shaw
Creative Direction by Frederick Arnold 
Choreography: Christopher Bordenave & No)one Art House
Wardrobe Design by Whitney Alix
Shot & Edited by CALMATIC
Track Produced by MDNSGN
    
"Fantasy" is also available on iTunes:
Monday
Jul272015

ARTE: SAY HER NAME

Happy to speak to writer Chaedria Labouvier and share my perspective with Elle Magazine about the #SayHerName movement and Black women who are preyed upon by the police.

 

To say that it's mentally draining would be an understatement. It's a combination of that and being mad as hell. These things are happening so quickly and so frequently there's not enough time to process feelings, thoughts, and emotions. The other day I had a conversation with an artist whose work deals with value and it dawned on me recently after having the police drive behind me for a few blocks this week that the body that I inhabit has no value in this country. They aren't seeing that I am a business owner who employs people who live locally, that we all pay taxes, that I have been referred to as a pillar in the community etc., To see value in me would mean you would have to acknowledge my story first but on first sight these things are not present and what they do acknowledge (my body, my skin) has no value. 

What makes this idea even more frustrating is that once you're murdered they erase your life in the media (history): Who you are, the things that made you a respectable citizen in society, the things that make you human. I hate that when we see these hash tags that we can not mourn the loss of someone that didn't deserve what happened. Instead we have to defend the life, morale, and character of these women and men. So yeah, I'm mad but not defeated and not giving up. The best way I know how to honor the lives of those slain to police terrorism is to continue to live, continue to thrive, continue to be active in the spaces we exist in, and to come up with ways where we are the authors of our own history. 

To read the full article click the screenshot above.


Friday
Jul242015

ARTE: LAUREN HALSEY

 

Lauren Halsey is in the "Coney Art Walls" project this summer.

 

 

Thursday
Jul232015

ARTE: Where are you POTUS

I need for the president to speak out and up on national police reform and police terrorism.

Wednesday
Jul222015

ARTE: POOR DOG GROUP

One of our favorite LA based performance art groups is seeking help in producing their next big performace.

Group Therapy looks at the inner workings of Poor Dog Group's members as they commit to receiving a year of real therapy with a licensed professional. Together they will listen, receive, and acknowledge each other as they work through almost 10 years of collaboration, friendship, marriages, divorces, physical fights, booze, rehab, falling outs, relocation and so much more.

Help Poor Dog Group raise funding for their new show HERE

PDG Fund Raise 45 from Poor Dog Group on Vimeo.

This video is about PDG Fund Raise 45

 

Tuesday
Jul142015

ARTE: LETS TALK: EJ HILL

We had a magical night with EJ HILL last Saturday.  The open conversation between Hill and everyone else in the room was engaging to say the least, in the case of this emerging performance artist the best way to describe the night was "he was present"

Recorded live via U-stream the night of the conversation.

Above images courtesy Treyvon X

Friday
Jul102015

ARTE: Andre D. Wagner x Business Insider

Read Andre's interview in Business Insider Austraila


Thursday
Jul092015

ARTE: F#CK THAT

a million times yasssssssss

Wednesday
Jul082015

ARTE: HAILE GERIMA X YETUT LIJ

Filmmaker Haile Gerima is raising funds for his next film, watch the indigogo campaign now and donate!

   

Saturday
Jul042015

ARTE: KENDRICK LAMAR

Friday
Jul032015

ARTE: MIGUEL X WILDHEART CHAPTER I

Thursday
Jul022015

ARTE: Muchiri Njenga

 

 Mũchiri Njenga in Future Lab Africa's, Past African Future Exhibition exploring the multiple cultures of African technology through mediums of scultpture, installation, video, and sound. Find more on Mũchiri Njenga HERE.


Thursday
Jun252015

ARTE: CALMATIC X OVERDOZ.

 

Sunday
Jun212015

ARTE: DOUG AITKEN BLACK MIRROR