PUSH | Little Tokyo Mural video

December 19 2014 . 01:00am

Combining Community Efforts to Create Little Tokyo Mural

Los Angeles, CA (December 8, 2014)  A new mural called, “A New Purpose” by artist PUSH, was finished September 2014 in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles.  The work was crafted by artist, PUSH to bring graffiti art, which is exploding in the Arts District, into the adjacent neighborhood of Little Tokyo. His vision brings a contemporary, abstract vision to the streets of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles native and based graffiti artist, PUSH, is known for his thoughtful graphic-like designs and beautiful use of color. Art Share Los Angeles, a community art center located in the heart of the Arts District collaborated with Known Gallery, an internationally known gallery of The Seventh Letter brand in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, to bring more public art to the streets of Los Angeles. Property owner, BH Properties graciously donated this wall and supplies to the project. Supaport for this project were also received by Montana Cans, USA.

This 60-foot mural is located at 640 E. 2nd Street between Central and San Pedro Avenues in Little Tokyo. The artwork had to be created between the hours of midnight and 6AM from September 1, 2014 until its completion on September 20, 2014. Crews arrived on site and accessed a large boom that carried the artists up and around the mural. All done in the dead of night.

“It’s the first time we have partnered with Art Share L.A. to bring something unique to our property,” said Steve Jaffe, executive vice president of BH Properties, who owns the building.  “We look forward to exploring other locations in the portfolio that might be good locations for presenting artists’ work.  This property had the perfect location for a wall mural – not only does it enhance the local market but it also really distinguishes our property.”

Residence and long time visitors of the area were awestruck of the steady progress made to the mural. The artwork creates a pop of color with a mixture of strategic lines and strong color blocks that catch everyone’s eyes when they walk or drive by.

The Seventh Letter was founded in 1998 to give writers a voice, forum and respect on a global scale. Their ears are close to the street, and their eyes are still on the walls. From galleries to clothing, it’s the Truth, Loyalty and Royalty.

Art Share Los Angeles, Inc. is a non-profit community arts center is located in the heart of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles. The two-story building gives artists access to 14,000 sq. ft. of programmable space including a theater, gallery, studios and classrooms. Art Share’s second floor holds 30 live/work loft spaces, which are reserved for low-income artists.

BH Properties is a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate investment company, which specializes in repositioning troubled assets in the industrial, multi-family, office and retail markets.

Video created by Chop Em Down Films with music by Gas Lamp Killer / Thank you: Jon Lake Photo for the support.

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Hello Kitty Con 2014 | Celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary

November 15 2014 . 10:48pm

Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary at the first ever official Hello Kitty Convention in the world! Hello Kitty Con 2014 is a global gathering of fans and friends to celebrate all things Hello Kitty.

Taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo, Hello Kitty Con 2014 offered interactive experiences and events for fans and friends of all ages, including activities, art, exhibits, exclusives, workshops, lectures, panels, sneak peeks, tattoos, food, fun, and many more surprises!

Photos courtesy of Brent Broza

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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty at the Japanese American National Museum

November 09 2014 . 10:40pm

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of everyone’s favorite expressionless cat, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles is hosting the largest ever retrospective on Hello Kitty to be held in the United States. Titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” the exhibition encompasses a selection of rare and unique Hello Kitty-branded items chosen from the Sanrio archives, alongside contemporary artworks by artists including Buff Monster, Edwin Ushiro, Paul Frank and Kozyndan. Curated by Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of the Los Angeles pop culture boutique JapanLA, you can buy your tickets for this retrospective here before it ends in April 2015.

Photo by Brandon Shigeta
For more info please visit hypebeast.com

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Pose, KC Ortiz, Vizie, and Omens | Further/Farther opens on November 8th, 2014 The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery

November 05 2014 . 01:15pm

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On November 8th, 2014 The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery will be showing a new body of work from Pose, KC Ortiz, Vizie, and Omens. They have worked together collectively for years, so it would make sense they would create a body of work to show as a group. The show, titled “Further/Farther” is a reflection of the collectives influence from psychedelia, youth and popular culture, design, depth, mind-bending colors, and buddhist prayer flags. The work is comprised of both art and installation. Together, the collective bodies of work come together to bend the realm of the traditional setting and bleed into an environmental experience.

The Seventh Letter
Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90036
gallery@theseventhletter.com

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Jesse Hazelip | Mark of Cain at Known Gallery November 1, 2014

October 30 2014 . 03:16am

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Los Angeles, CA (November 1st, 2014) — Known Gallery is pleased to present Mark of Cain, current works by Jesse Hazelip, in what will be his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. In conjunction with the event, the artist will release a three-color screen print, available for purchase during the opening reception.

Hazelip will build a site-specific installation out of fluorescent bulbs, replicating a jail cell using the measurements of a solitary confinement unit (six by nine feet), which he will occupy during the reception, and receive a tattoo variation of the “Mark of Cain” on his face to protest the conditions and human rights violations in U.S. prisons.

Hazelip will be creating a site-specific mural inside of the gallery space that will only be on view during the exhibition.

Works in the exhibition include bull skulls carved in a scrimshaw technique, mixed-media paintings on wood salvaged from an abandoned prison, as well as studies drawn with ink on paper.

Hazelip uses animal subjects in his imagery to explore themes of injustices within our legal system and underlying corruption in the prison-industrial complex. The bull with butcher markings emphasizes the systemized labor practices and division of value. The wolf relates to a pack mentality created through incarceration subcultures, as individual prisoners align with hierarchical groups or gangs for protection and survival. The vulture, a predator who preys on the disadvantaged, symbolizes the prison system as a whole. The snake refers to the violence created by the penal system that is specific to prison. The skeletal hands are representational of the death and reach of the violence nurtured in the prison-industrial complex.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jesse Hazelip was born in 1977 in Cortez, Colorado, amidst Navajo and Ute Nation territory. At the age of 13, he relocated to Santa Barbara, California—a vastly different environment from that of his childhood. There, Hazelip became involved with graffiti, developing an aesthetic and technique that is woven into his artwork alongside the imagery and history of his native southwest. In 2007, he received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He is currently based in New York.

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