Month: July 2015

pangs, bits, and pieces: Nathaniel Stephens

BEGINNING On weekends and/or breaks and vacations from school, I would walk the streets of Glendale, Downtown L.A., Chinatown and Highland Park. I would take shots of people, friends, or an empty corner in a friend’s house. I saw bits and pieces of me in these photographs, pieces of me I never knew existed within myself, which made me go out and shoot more the next day. NOW I began to focus a lot more on portraits and sceneries that are simple yet dramatic in lines, colors, mood, repetition, and etc. By doing this I felt as though I reached a new level in my photographic journey by applying these compositional skills in a more artistic and simplified way, rather than in my before photographs where I shot on instinct and emotion. About Nathaniel Stephens: “I am going to start my senior year at Daily High school in Glendale, California in the beginning of August 2015. I have become enthralled with photography as of recently (September of this year will be my one year anniversary as …

kylie kulture

KYLIE is an installation art piece created by USC art student Jeremy Reynoso for his sculpture class. I made this project as an assignment for my sculpture class on the uncanny, although it was pretty much up to us to do whatever. The assignment was a plaster assignment, so I covered a table and chair with sheets soaked in plaster and took them out once the plaster dried, so they’re both hollow plaster molds, I guess. My intent for the piece was to say something about obsessive Kylie culture on the Internet, maybe not even Kylie but it  just ended up being the direction I went in, haha. I don’t really think it’s supposed to be deep at all; it’s basically just an ironic shrine to Kylie and cosmetics and makeup tutorials. The video playing on the TV was Kylie’s 2 Minute Makeover brought to you by Grazia, and I slowed it down 50% just because I thought it was the funniest thing ever. I asked Lauren to be in the video because she was willing and available, …

Render: architecture by Phoebe

Phoebe Ou-Yang loved to draw houses as a child. Now, she creates building plans via Photoshop, Illustrator, and other programs as an architecture student at Pasadena City College. Phoebe Speaks: “I knew I wanted to be an architect when I was young, I loved to draw little houses that I dreamt of living in. Looking back, I’ve learned a ton since joining the PCC Architecture Program. One of my first professor described architecture as a love hate relationship and I couldn’t agree more. It’s a field that takes years to learn and even when you think you’ve learned all there is about architecture, it doesn’t stop advancing. I’m constantly inspired by other architects and designers in various fields, I think we are very lucky to live in an age where we can easily find and reach a new artist. In the future I’d really love to collaborate with other visual artists and work at a well-known firm, I also wish to dabble in architectural photography someday.”

b-rei-n // paintings and sketches and doodles from rei kornfield

Mad Dog series Mad dog is a character I thought up during an anxiety attack in math class and it stuck with me through the following days after. I looked at Picasso’s series “Child Drawings” and nutted these three out in a trance lasting a little over an hour. Rolling mad dog around in my mind as a personality, it turned into a happy pup with floating, dismembered limbs. Mixed (charcoal, watercolor, markers, as well as oil pastel in “Mad Dog Thinking” media, February 2015. Ongoing. Banquet series Banquet follows the psychology of paranoia, how it is internal and consumes. Clairvoyance is the psychological idea of awareness, seeing the external world and growing from it. Graphite on paper,  March 2015. WANT series Last summer, the first after I learned how to use oil paint, I did a bunch of small portraits using one brush (RIP fave brush of 2014). There isn’t a cohesive concept behind them, or any idea for the most part, I was experimenting with color, the paint itself, and style. I was …

thirst for vapor

webpunk2002, comprising senpai vaporwave, ian, and ev, is a trio of “s a d b o y s” based in Florida pursuing their thirst for vapor.  They describe their art as being dominantly vaporwave with seapunk, webpunk, and glitch inspirations/undertone, and blessed us with their favorite creations thus far. Special thanks to Ian for letting Tunnel pester him!!  

Girls / Between the Lines

A collection of writing and photographs found in Iowa City, the UNESCO city of literature.  Included are works from New Jersey and Nebraska in the USA, as well as from Oman, on the Arabian Peninsula, and Moscow, Russia. These writers met through an international program at the University of Iowa; these photographs were found in a local antique shop. Look between the lines and ask for whom is woman? for whom is love? Poetry by Deryn Mierlak Montclair, New Jersey LOVE IN THE TIME OF HEINEKEN the dolls tell you first you see their expressions lost in the cold paper of porcelain as he buoys his lips against green valleys of glass in the spaces between sunlight there is one little one, with golden reams of wheat-beer curls who whispers he’s at it again and you laugh her off, but trapped in the painted planetary pull of those lifeless eyes you see him, played back from twelve hours ago set in the crystalline chrysalis world of self-hatred then there are the siamese twins with horsehair pigtails, …