Laurie Shapiro’s large-scale, tapestry-like, mixed-media paintings are sometimes viewed from the wall and sometimes walked inside of. Fascinated by color and process, Shapiro initially builds up her paintings by hand-sewing painted segments and drawn screen prints on raw muslin, followed by layers of over-painting. From afar, her pieces look like paintings, but when viewed more closely, one can see the hand-stitching of her screen printed drawings. A few artists she admires are Roy De Forest, Gustav Klimt, and Kerry James Marshall.
In a further exploration of formal abstraction, Anderson uses stage lighting in his new body of work as a reference point. Highlighting the individual versus a universal experience of witnessing a fleeting moment, his paintings bring to light the classic notions of line, color and form within a single frame. Utilizing a screen grab, Anderson uses live concert footage as the starting point for this series. Some images have been taken from split second frames, while others have developed from the visual familiarity of how light carries within a given space; providing a more imagined composition.
The bridge between analog and digital is a key factor within these works; an important dynamic of contemplation for this series.
Makan Negahban is a Californian native born in 1990. After spending the better part of a decade writing, recording, and performing music around the nation both with his LA based band Bür Gür and as a solo artist, he was overcome with the desire to become a fine art painter at the beginning of 2016. Channeling a deep love for the portraiture of Alice Neel, Lucien Freud, Gustave Klimt and of contemporary artists such as Hope Gangloff and James Jean, Negahban exiled himself from all forms of distraction and had a prolific year producing remarkably complex oil paintings which firmly established his technique, sensibilities, and focus.
Riley A. Polek-Davis
Riley A. Polek-Davis is a blossoming visionary artist who aims to produce a range of contemporary psychedelic fine art for the masses. Her art work dives deep into sacred feminine essence, energy, and principle. Through her work she hopes to shed light not only on the beauty and power of women, but the limitlessness of our existence, equipped with the spirituality present in thehuman form.
To infuse depth and luminosity into his work, Jordan Domont employs a palette of punchy hues. Experimenting, he discovered that when inks layer heavily onto Mylar, it creates a rich, almost melted effect. Pigments become slightly volatile, even mercurial, and their behavior enlivens the entire process. Jordan likes to explore how different amalgams of color work together, because it sure trumps sitting back and watching paint dry.
The work of Taylor Tschider centers around a critical exploration of nostalgia and constructions of the past, and the ways in which they act in concert with the present. For his Bluff series, Taylor fabricates destructive arrangements of natural erosive detritus out of synthetic materials. They are then concealed with artificial sweetener, beckoning a frivolous attempt to mask their condition.
Born in Seattle, WA, Taylor received his MFA from Otis College of Art & Design and his BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has shown extensively throughout the US in galleries such as Roberts & Tilton, LACE, and The Luggage Store. His newest body of work will be presented at the inaugural exhibition of Lazarus Projects in Los Angeles in September.
Taylor lives and works in Los Angeles.
Ilaria de Plano
After attending Emerson College for journalism and acting, Ilaria spent her days window dressing for major retail stores in NYC and Rome such as Free People, Mango, and Anthropologie. Trading shops for the stage and screen, Ilaria began production designing and set decorating for theatre and film-always including something of her own creation be it sculptures, clothing, reupholstered furniture, or site specific installation art. Her work can be seen in music videos, short films, T.V series, and commercials all around the world. She has been published in magazines such as U.K Vogue, and Nylon japan as well as, exhibited her work at Imagine Gallery in New York City. Ilaria currently lives and works in LA as the head of production for DPGW (a venture centric marketing and advertising agency).
In contemporary life we are surrounded by excess and over-stimulation, subject to the overwhelming flooding of our senses. This is the present condition that we are required to navigate, one which results in a loss of sharpness of sensory experience. We have become a product of this heavily designed environment as it contributes to and constructs our belief systems and identities. Justins work mixes key elements of these visual languages that reflect my culture and that are used as beacons within the visual white noise that surrounds us throughout life.