Huffington Post | Sesame Street Art Exhibition Benefits City of Hope

April 27 2012 . 07:59pm

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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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Huffington Post: Basel, Switzerland: Retna x Mac x Kofie x Mear One

July 05 2010 . 05:04pm

STREET ART: LA Exposed At Art Basel’s VOLTA 6
Carmen Zella, The Huffington Post

An invitation to hang out with four of LA’s best-known street artists at the biggest art fair in the world? Irresistible. It was an opportunity to be submerged in the environment of installation, photography, sculpture, performance, painting, video art and sheer inspiration at the VOLTA 6 exhibition at Art Basel. As a curator of live painting, I had developed a relationship with some of LA’s premiere urban artists at exhibitions throughout California. I booked my flight and was off to Europe…




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