Darby Krow vs DubeeJunk! exhibit

Darby Krow vs DubeeJunk! exhibit

Darby Krow vs. Dubeejunk! Art Exhibit

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Event Description

During the February and March, 2014, I was asked by The Vex Arts and Cultural Center to curate an exhibit on the Upstairs Gallery, the idea was to create an event that reflected the aesthetic values of The Vex Arts as we propelled ourselves towards the year 2014. The Vex contribution to music as is referenced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many other art museums and their music history archives.

I wanted to create a duality between the punk rock spirit and the chill attitude of today’s youth. During that time at The Vex we have had a series of old school punk rock events and world music series, it was during one of those events where I met Darby Krow and Erick Yanez aka Dubeejunk!. The unique aspect of their relationship is Darby and Erick is the bond they share with each other, during the interviews each artist spent time talking about the qualities and greatness of the other.

About the artists

Dubeejunk! aka Erick Yanez is a local artist currently residing in Highland Park, his artwork can be described as “sticker art” and “sharpie art”, much of his influences are shaped from his surroundings in East Los Angeles, his artwork comes in all mediums and shapes. One predominant theme in Erick’s artwork is the original cartoon-like characters and faces adorned with colorful background detail, His work a little reminiscent of 50’s Ed Roth creator of Rat Fink. While Erick’s body of work is limited to the commercialization of his entire collection done in small pieces and stickers available for a quick sale, there is no doubt that his work will continue to evolve.

Darby Krow is a multi-talented artist, musician and clothing designer, He finds inspiration in Anxiety, dreams/nightmares, the urge to have to create has always used as therapy. Darby’s subjects stem from Rock & Roll musicians to characters in literature and film. A dark aspect is incorporated in the artwork such as seringes, skeletons, blood and fire. Much of the artwork is fueled by paint pen, paint, documentaries, great music, coffee and cigarettes.

Curated by Omar Holguin of La Mancha Gallery. This event ended on March, 2014 – Thank you to the artist and the public for the participation.

Project Details

Client: The Vex Arts
Date: 2.1.2014
Details Curating, Event Production, Installation, Development and Promotion
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Curatorial Feature

The artwork of Darby Krow and Dubeejunk! reflects the attitude and duality between the punk rock spirit and the chill attitude of today’s youth. We wanted to capture the essence of this attitude in the artwork of both artists. Curating, Event Production, Installation, Development and Promotion where essential factors for this event.

Artwork Installation

We were asked by The Vex Arts and Cultural Center to curate an exhibit on the Upstairs Gallery, the idea was to create an event that reflected the aesthetic values of The Vex Arts. The installation including hundreds of artworks by both artists, decorating the upstairs gallery along with the downstairs lobby.

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“Moments In Time” The Photography of Richard Smith

“Moments In Time” The Photography of Richard Smith

“Moments In Time” The Photography of Richard Smith

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Event Description

I first fell in love with Rick’s photography when I came across a photograph of a woman dress all in white sitting at Union Station, Her solemn expression and  hand gestures captivated me immediately, Smith explained to me that at the time the perfect situation had presented itself, ” I happened to see her incredible face with her white vale. Lighting was just right …Click!!”

The work comes from a series of photographs titled “Moments in Time, How I see it”, a lifelong project that portrays the everyday life at Union Station.  Rick Smith style of photography makes the mundane look easy, yet manages to capture the raw emotions of each individual at the same time bring a unique perspective on everyday objects.

An article written by the Tri City Voice Newspaper in Fremont, Ca explains it best: ’ What may first captivate you about the work of freelance photographer Rick Smith is his unique perspective. Smith can transform a glass sky scraper – one you might pass by every day and hardly notice – an angular and beautiful work of art. He can peek beneath a pier – barnacles and all – and make it look inviting, a place to kick off your shoes, roll up your jeans, step into the water and explore. From his shots of the Sunol hills and sunsets on San Francisco Bay to the delicate dewdrops discovered on the inside of a Calla Lily, Smith’s work could be described as simply this: he captures the best in everything, from the mundane to the extraordinary’.”The creative part of picture taking intrigues me.” Smith says. “The process of seeing something, getting a picture of how you’d like it to come out and then photographing it and having look like you imagined is an incredible experience. And when it looks even better than you imagined, that is the icing on the cake.”

The Artwork of Richard Smith was on display at Upstairs Gallery at The Vex Arts on December, 2013 thru the end of January 2014.
If interested in purchasing the artwork go to our Online Store. For more information about Rick Smith’s work go to: http://www.photographybyrichardmsmith.com/

Project Details

Client: The Vex Arts
Date: 1.1.2014
Project: Branding, Marketing, Curatorial, Art Installation
Number of Works: 12 Limited Edition Prints Framed

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Curatorial Feature

A selection of 12 artworks from Richard Smith collection “Moments In Time, How I see It” was chosen for this exhibit, to be displayed at the Upstairs Gallery at The Vex Arts.

Installation & Promotion

La Mancha Gallery was involved in all aspects of Installation, promotion and marketing for this event. The event ran for two months. A series of viewings where scheduled throughout the exhibit.

 

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Private Island Warehouse Dimensions – An evening of fashion, music, and arts

Private Island Warehouse Dimensions – An evening of fashion, music, and arts

Private Island Warehouse Dimensions – An evening of fashion, music, and arts

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Project Description

During my role as Executive Director at The Vex Arts, I always felt that we could push the boundaries in our 9,500 square foot building, I knew we had a great production team and the resources to create events outside of the box.

I began to have conversations with my team about what kind of music, art and fashion designers we wanted to collaborate. The stage was set for a series of monthly events that would be centered on a concept or theme.

For our first project we chose “Private Island Warehouse Dimensions”, a collective group comprised of Artists, Dj, even Gallery Owners. This particular group of artists hold monthly gallery exhibits and performances at their location in downtown Los Angeles. The Private Island Dj Collective consists of, SH4M4N, Savage Fantasy, Yung Bong, and Joe Bickle. Together with this great collective of artists the featured guests included Reverb-heavy R&B sextet JODY. The group is made up of producers Brandon Boom and Jeremiah Chrome (of The-Drum fame) and singer-songwriters David Robertson, Khallee Standberry-Lois, Cole Johnson and James King (the GTW).  JODY was recently named a  Best New Artist by SPIN Magazine.

And finally for the winter fashion show and art exhibit we we created a theme around Movember in support for men health awareness, with fashion designs by Bernadette Mopera & Co and Make up by Bellezza Global. The Art Exhibit was curated by Omar Holguin with installation by Stephen Gates and included a collection of local artists and sculptors.

This event took place on November 23, 2013

Project Details

Client: The Vex Arts
Date: 11.23.2013
Details: Fashion, Curatorial, Music, Branding, Marketing

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Fashion & Art Feature

A winter fashion show and art exhibit we we created a theme around Movember an organization that supports men health awareness, with fashion designs by Bernadette Mopera & Co and Make up by Bellezza Global. The Art Exhibit and Fashion Show was curated by Omar Holguin with installation by Stephen Gates and included a collection of local artists and sculptors.

Live Performance

La Mancha Gallery role in marketing, branding and producing this event included Live performances of The Private Island Dj Collective consists of, SH4M4N, Savage Fantasy, Yung Bong, and Joe Bickle. Featured guests also  included Reverb-heavy R&B sextet JODY. The group is made up of producers Brandon Boom and Jeremiah Chrome (of The-Drum fame) and singer-songwriters David Robertson, Khallee Standberry-Lois, Cole Johnson and James King (the GTW). JODY was recently named a Best New Artist by SPIN Magazine. 

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“The Only Thing That Can Kill Us Is Death”  a Contemporary Art Maze Installation by Albert Reyes

“The Only Thing That Can Kill Us Is Death” a Contemporary Art Maze Installation by Albert Reyes

“The Only Thing That Can Kill Us Is Death” a Contemporary Art Maze Installation by Albert Reyes

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Project Description
“The Only Thing That Can Kill Us Is Death”  a Contemporary Art Maze Installation by Albert Reyes

Los Angeles, California-based artist Albert Reyes showcased his contemporary art maze installation at The Vex Arts Center on October 25, 2013. The event titled “The Only Thing That Can Kill Us Is Death,” presented a selection of mixed media artworks set inside a contemporary art maze.

Reyes’ art instaAlbert Reyes  “The Only Thing That Can Kill Us Is Death”  a Contemporary Art Maze Installation by Albert Reyes albertReyes1 150x150llations have been attracting the interests of various art lovers since he developed a spooky Halloween maze in his own backyard in El Sereno in 2004. This maze installation has become an annual event that is being excitedly anticipated by those who want to experience screaming while having fun. Overtime, this maze has significantly improved in terms of structure, construction, and features to provide visitors with an exhilarating spooky experience.

Reyes, who specializes in creating conceptual art, is known for using homemade and found objects that he believed would be appropriate for the art that he is creating such as bottles, suitcases, clothes, old photographs, and TVs,. With these objects combined with his artistic skills, Reyes is expected to create a contemporary art that boasts uniqueness and creativity. Reyes stresses that the concept behind his Halloween maze is to create something artistic that can visitors scream in fear while still having fun.

The Contemporary Art Maze Installation at The Vex Arts will be curated by Omar Holguin, an award winning curator who is committed to helping national and international artists in cultivating their artistic skills as well as in providing them with a place where they can showcase their masterpieces to a broader audience. He is currently the Chief Curator and Arts Director of Vex Arts Center.

Every piece of art that is included in this Contemporary Art Maze Installation has its own distinctive feature that sets it apart from the rest. The best thing about this is that it allows viewers to have their own interpretation and conclusion not just about oneAlbert Reyes Contemporary Art Maze at The VEx Arts  “The Only Thing That Can Kill Us Is Death”  a Contemporary Art Maze Installation by Albert Reyes 07 300x231 piece of art but the installation as a whole. The differences in their interpretations also help push the thinking of the public about Reyes’ artistic style. Studying this artwork will enable individuals to see and understand the inspiration or story behind this art installation.

Although Reyes’ works are usually inspired by American pop culture, street art, and comic books, he also has an eye for classical and contemporary art. His Contemporary Art Maze Installation will serve as an excellent way to share his dedication to creating fascinating and mind blowing artworks. It is an expression of his voice and personality. To maximize the fun and excitement, participants can bring a costume to the event.

The Vex Arts Center is probably the best place to display Reyes’ Contemporary Art Maze Installation due to its contribution to the arts and music in California. It no longer just accommodates live music events but also video arts and live installations that are essential parts of an exceptional contemporary art. Visit The Vex Arts Center on October 23, and appreciate the product of Albert Reyes’ brilliant mind: The Contemporary Art Maze Installation.

Project Details

Client The Vex Arts
Date 10.25.2013
Skills Marketing, Branding, Promotion, Design

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Art Exhibit & Installation Feature

Every piece of art that is included in this Contemporary Art Maze Installation has its own distinctive feature that sets it apart from the rest. The best thing about this is that it allows viewers to have their own interpretation and conclusion not just about one piece of art but the installation as a whole. The differences in their interpretations also help push the thinking of the public about Reyes’ artistic style. Studying this artwork will enable individuals to see and understand the inspiration or story behind this art installation.

Music Performance Feature

To compliment the Albert Reyes’ Contemporary Art Maze the band ICY LYTES performed a 2 hour set to a mixed crowd of 200 guests comprised of art collectors, music lovers, art lovers, fans and just people looking for a fun evening.

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Spring LA Fashion Week at The Vex

Spring LA Fashion Week at The Vex

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Event Description

A fashion show event organized for the Summer LA Fashion Week happened on October 18, 2013. The event took place at Vex Arts located at 5240 Alhambra Avenue, Los Angeles, California and accommodated 250 guests in celebration of its first year anniversary. The crowd enjoyed great music, food and drinks and splendid presentation of the hottest summer collections by the competent and creative fashion designers.

The soiree featured modern and unique summer trendy clothes and pieces by Krizta & Co., Bernadette Mopera & Co. Showroom, Coco Risque by Spice Lingerie and VM Designs by Katya Vernisse Machado. The event was made possible and successful by the following people: April Love Beauty Academy for the hairstyling, Bellezza Global for the Make-up, Choreography by Chu Yah, All fashion  Photography by Raphael Patricio and Francine Monet of Hollywood Broker TV for managing.

Music was handled by Morganne and The City Terrace Dukes then taken over by the special guest DJ Edward Transylvania to keep the vibe more entertaining. An art exhibit was also organized in the same event by Morganne and Sarah Elise of Slowtoast to make the Summer Fashion Show more exciting. In cooperation of everyone mentioned above together with Vex Arts organizers, the fashion exhibit and party became memorable and everybody had a great time witnessing inspiring designs and other art works included in the venue.

The fashion show event started as early as 7:00 in the evening and the admission was made free for everyone who is interested to sign up and attend the hottest soiree happening in Los Angeles during the fashion week. This event was arranged to celebrate the first year anniversary of Vex Arts and also to introduce the innovative and very skilled fashion designers and their impressive creations plus the magnificent works of art presented to be viewed by music, fashion and arts aficionados.

All photography courtesy of  Raphael Patricio A Photography

Project Details

Client: The Vex Arts
Date: 10.18.2013
Skills: Branding, Web Design, Social Media, Fashion, Music, Art Production, Promotion and Installation

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Production & Installation

The Art Exhibit and Fashion Show was curated managed by Morganne and Sarah Elise of Slowtoast with installation and production by Omar Holguin and Stephen Gates of La Mancha Gallery. The event included a collection of local artists and sculptors.

Fashion Designs

This event was arranged to celebrate the first year anniversary of Vex Arts and also to introduce the innovative and independent fashion designers and their impressive creations plus the magnificent works of art presented to be viewed by music, fashion and arts aficionados.

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