Kaid Ashton: L.A. Skies

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Los Angeles by Ian Wood

December 27 2015 . 02:11am

This is the city-wide follow up to my aerial exploration of downtown Los Angeles from last year (vimeo.com/101231747). And much like with downtown, I continue to be awe struck by how much of this vast city I have partially or completely overlooked before undertaking this video. And like most voyages of discovery, I’ve realize there’s so much more to find.

Packing it all into one short-form video has been nigh impossible and much didn’t make it for safety, privacy or simply because I couldn’t make it 30 minutes long! Notably missing are: LAX Theme Building, both Gettys, some Lautner homes, numerous beautiful buildings, the Gabba gallery, many murals that vanished before I got to them, and much of downtown featured in last year’s video.

A map of the locations is here: goo.gl/f4fq3U

The music is BLu ACiD’s electro-blues adaptation of “If You Ain’t Never Had The Blues” by Boo Boo Davis and is used with permission. I felt it fitting to a city of eclectic styles and influences, equal parts refined and rough edges. The version used here is my own extended edit. Download the original song here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-you-aint-never-had-the-blues/id1006196698?i=1006197030

Droning For Good
With all the controversy about drones, it’s important to remember that they can be (and often are) used responsibly. As with many emerging technologies, the laws struggle to keep up and we must employ a common sense approach to their use that is respectful to community, safety and the law.

My Drone Protocol
– Avoid busy periods, rush hours, special events, etc.
– Avoid sensitive areas or anything that can be misconstrued without prior permission.
– Avoid crowds. Small groups only from the periphery with ground spotters and two-way radios.
– No flights near airports, TFR areas and restricted airspace (FAA class B, C, D).
– Be prepared for local air traffic below 400ft including awareness of helipad locations.
– Operate at or below roof lines to assure separation from air traffic.
– Avoid “loitering” next to residential homes and apts.
– Respect residential areas for quiet and right to privacy.
– Eliminate any material that inadvertently reveals someone in a place of privacy.

For queries regarding my aerial filming, please contact me by email, aerial@ianwood.com.

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A Retrospective of sneakers from the Blitz vault @ Known Gallery | Interview with sneaker collector ANDRE LJUSTINA aka CROATIANSTYLE by BE STREET

November 27 2015 . 10:08pm

If you ask me, there’s two types of collectors. Those with unlimited budget who can acquire just about anything without bothering about expenses and those who have to be creative and utterly dedicated to build a worthy collection over the years. Andre Ljustana aka CroatianStyle belongs to the latter category. Born and raised in a family of Croatian descent, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, Hawthorne to be exact. Over the past 16 years, he has amassed a collection of sneakers worth several million dollars. When asked what he did before that, he couldn’t really tell, that’s how long he’s been in the game. In Primary School, young Andre was already exchanging kicks with his pals just for fun and so as to not having to wear the same pair day in day out. In an era where everybody can call themselves a “Sneakerhead”, partially due to the rise of the Internet and Social Media, we wanted to find out how things were back in the day, in the years ’00 when all you had to get in touch were forums (Nikepark, Niketalk…) and AOL Instant Messenger. His expo “RETROspective” at the Known gallery on Fairfax was the perfect occasion to ask Andre a few questions. His answers might come as a surprise for some.

Be Street: Over 3000 pairs gathered in 16 years… Do you remember the day it all started?

Andre: Wow 16 years… I can’t be that old now, right? Yes I remember the day crystal clear. Honestly I was always into shoes, we borrowed each others shoes when we were in elementary and middle school so we could wear more than just our own. We would try to get different colors of models. Never in a million years did the idea of keeping pairs brand new (deadstock) ever cross my mind during my teenage years. After the AJ 14’s came out, I was out at college and didn’t care for them as much. The white/red were cool but I felt they didn’t have enough red on them and feeling the new Jordans after that would never be the same, I just stuck to other styles and the pairs I still had from before. Then one day, I came back from a trip to Europe to visit the family in Croatia late ’99, my boy Jae told me he was at the mall and the Jordan 5 were coming back out again and I was immediately back on again, that damn pair I gave up for the first Reebok Pump, I could finally get it and the white/fire reds! Went over to a local shop I always shopped at since I was a kid and they had the retro card for the AJ 4s showing me the 5s coming and then I asked wait… this is a IV card? Where’s the IVs then? And that’s where it started… while I was out in Europe, the IVs dropped, I needed both especially the white/cement… me and my dude scoured everywhere: Mom & Pops, malls, swap meets from Compton to San Diego… couldn’t find a damn size 10 anywhere… other sizes but not mine and that’s where I found eBay, Nikepark, Niketalk… and the rest is history.

To read the full interview please visit www.be-street.com

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DABS MYLA WITH MODERNICA “BEFORE AND FURTHER” @ MODERNICA FACTORY, LOS ANGELES

September 26 2015 . 08:39pm

Artist duo DABSMYLA presents Before and Further, a 4,000 square foot installation takeover of a stand-alone 1930 built Spanish Revival workplace building, located on the Modernica factory property. DABSMYLA have fully transformed its interior and exterior with their newest paintings, sculptures, installations and exclusive furnishings from limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand painted ceramics to custom-built lighting installations, all designed and created exclusively for their collaboration with Modernica utilizing the factory’s extensive technical capabilities.

The already rich history of this building and Modernica create a fitting compliment for DABSMYLA’s spectacular experience. This long awaited solo show will be the follow up to their tremendous work in designing the logo and set of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. This exhibition closes their already very busy year, which includes an enormous private showcase in New York City and having painted numerous murals worldwide.
Before and Further is inspired by the individual life experiences of DABSMYLA – experiences that ultimately resulted in bringing the two artists together and explores their mystical union and shared balance of love, creativity, friendship and sexuality. The significance of two becoming one is most essential to DABSMYLA, in their work and more importantly in their role as husband and wife. Their artistic singularity is evident though the distinguished back-and- forth process of painting they equally share. Before and Further recalls their unseenjourney of experience, the shared creative energy they’ve embraced and their cosmic consciousness of togetherness. This installation exemplifies DABSMYLA’s adventures in modern living and artistic partnershipwith a bit of psychedelic experimentation.

Dabs Myla with Modernica
Before and Further
October 18—November 15, 2015
2901 Saco Street
Los Angeles, CA

All photography by Kingston Photography
Source: juxtapoz.com

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Fine artist and contemporary muralist Aryz presents his first Los Angeles show, “PARAL•LEL.”

May 29 2015 . 09:33pm

World renowned Barcelona fine artist and contemporary muralist Aryz presents his first Los Angeles show, “PARAL•LEL.” Taking place on the 5th floor of an old building in Downtown LA’s Arts District, “PARAL•LEL” consists of a diverse divergent dynamism of work taking root with the mathematical notion in differential geometry where two parallel geodesic lines never meet in the same plane, but instead intersect at infinity.

The show is an ambitious though cogent collection of works housed in two separate rooms, each having their own line built to echo and challenge the dual constructs of the artistic space that Aryz’s work occupies. Exploring the inherent contradictions he faces straddling the duality of creating work both in public spaces and interior environments, the show will unveil two parallel spaces with mutually complementary collections of work set up to explore the ironic distinctions and similarities of its complex themes through a curvature of creation and a symbiotic symbolism. While one room will showcase a sparse, traditionally hung collection of classically created paintings, the other will comprise a high-energy onslaught of expressive contemporary works.

Aryz’s elaborate work incorporates both classical academic painting along with contemporary techniques and mediums, an almost contradictory set of skills wherein one traditionally requires a fast, deft and adroit movement and speed, with the other taking in a more subdued and muted response through a painstaking dedication of concentration and contrition of artist and canvas. Nevertheless, with his inimitable imagination and style, Aryz has firmly established himself in the field of fine art and contemporary muralism, producing large, grand-scale works several stories tall throughout the world. At just 26 years old, his public works showcase his distinctive and innovative techniques that express an enigmatic energy emblazoned on each and every wall or building he puts paint to.

Now, with his new show “PARAL•LEL,” Aryz has created an extensive body of indoor work for the first time, managing and molding the ferocity and fervor of his craft to the canvas and paper using every material he’s adept with. Aryz is creating work at an energized echelon that few artist rarely attain, works that possess a simultaneous depth and dignity along with a continuity of spirit and focus that will only get stronger and cement his role in becoming one of the most recognized and respected artists of his generation.

For more information please visit www.parallel-losangeles.com / www.aryz.es

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