Michael Miller and Ernest Holzman featured in Huffington Post

February 07 2012 . 10:07pm

Michael Miller, Smoked Out #2, Giclee fiber base 310g/m, 17 x 22 in, Claremont, 2000

If you were to believe Westside Connection back in the late 90s, then “Gangstas Make the World Go Round.” In a new exhibition at Known Gallery in Los Angeles, photographer Michael Miller investigates the life and times of the larger-than-life personalities for which the city is known.

For his inaugural show and book release for “West Coast Hip Hop, A History In Pictures,” Miller puts a spotlight on his city and provides candid moments of hip hop superstars. The images, many of which have never been shown before, show a different side to Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and others.

Though Miller began his prolific career focusing on fashion in Paris, the call from seminal LA radio station KDAY during Miller’s youth brought him back to focusing on the LA scene. Having photographed the images for over 300 major record covers, Miller seems just as at home on Skid Row as he is in the studio.

Ernest Holzman, Glamour Shack, Archival pigment print, 20 x 28 in, Pikeville, Kentucky, 1969, Courtesy of Known Gallery

Ernest Holzman, the other photographer on view at Known Gallery, has arrived at this juncture through a much different avenue. Given a camera by his father when he was 15 years old, Holzman displayed a youthful naivete that translated into a fearless desire to gain access to places closed off to the public. Holzman’s curiosity got him into hot water on more than a few occasions, and he reportedly spent the night in jail. After his release, he returned the following day and asked the jailer for permission to photograph the inmates he had recently befriended. The jailer agreed, with the condition that Holzman maintain their anonymity and only shoot their silhouettes, as seen in the photograph titled SOLITAIRE.

Though they represent vastly different periods and places, there are definitely parallels between these two artists’ approaches. The exhibition looks past any superficial dissimilarities between the two and instead focus on what makes each a great photographer: the willingness to follow the story and get the right shot.

View a slideshow of work from both exhibitions below and let us know if you think the mashup works in the comments section.

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The Huffington Post features POSE And KC Ortiz | Whitewash at Known Gallery

December 01 2011 . 06:28pm

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The Huffington Post – HowNosm / Daze Break Down Barriers At Known Gallery

November 02 2011 . 05:16pm

Despite the many different styles within the street art/graffiti realm, in one way or another, the subject matter touches upon the universal struggle of people (and the genre itself) to survive in the face of adversity. LA’s Known Gallery has represented this ethos genuinely, despite the current wave of popularity that the scene is experiencing. Known Gallery is for the conceptual fan, not the graffiti fetishist, and their latest exhibition featuring the talents of HowNosm and Daze doesn’t stray from this idea.

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Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Show runs til: November 5th, 2011 (DON’T SLEEP)

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Arizona Wetbacks a Racist Republicans X Arizona collab

June 16 2010 . 04:51pm

Los Angeles based artist Patrick Martinez uses fitted caps as his canvas to produce his latest work which is inspired by the SB1070 immigration law in Arizona that has recently been put into effect.

The artist connects the dots with the major league baseball team the "Arizona Diamondbacks" and the new immigration law in Arizona to create a subtle but yet hard hitting visual. Martinez teamed up with Quintin to produce three limited hats that work as art pieces and will be shown in a gallery context.

"I created the hat pieces to visually show the connection between the racist republicans that run the "Arizona Diamondbacks"(a major league baseball team) and how they are helping to push the Arizona SB1070 law by generous funding. I re-named the team with the racist inspired name Arizona Wetbacks because I believe it’s more of a fit based on the racist actions the owners are taking with the SB1070 bill which they are helping to advance. I created three hats for the three players on the diamondbacks of latin decent (Juan Guitterez, Gerardo Parra, and Rodrigo Lopez) that will be celebrated on the field then asked for their papers when they leave it."

"This bill is a step backwards in terms of progression. It is also a giant slap in the face to the many people that fought for equal rights in the past as well as the present. The SB1070 law has the feeling of the beginning stages of apartheid.This bill should be stopped. Arizona is down with the brown, fo-real."

2010 custom logo designs, embroidery, mexican blanket pattern and acrylic on a bootleg new era baseball cap created from scratch.

more info on the Arizona Diamondbacks and SB1070: www.huffingtonpost.com

Photos by: Chaim Diesto
more info: patrickmartinez.com

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