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ARTISTS ON THIS SITE
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Danny Heller was born in Northridge, CA in 1982. He studied at the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara before moving back to the Valley and setting up his studio in Chatsworth. Heller concentrates on chronicling Modern American imagery, specifically focusing on the architecture, signage, and car culture found in Southern California. His paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout California, spanning from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and most recently at Santa Monica’s Terrence Rogers Fine Art. Heller paints the reality of the Southern California environment: how structures once revered for their groundbreaking ideas in design and social planning have been perpetuated and how they have been forgotten.
B+ (aka Brian Cross) was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland. He attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin graduating in 1989 with a degree in painting. In 1990 he came to Los Angeles to study photography at the California Institute of the Arts. While at Cal Arts he began work on a project titled, Its Not About a Salary: Rap Race and Resistance in Los Angeles, an NME critics’ choice for best music book of the year. B+ has directed several music his latest venture puts old school drummers together with new school DJs and is titled Keepintime: Talking Drums and Whispering Vinyl. B+ lives in LA, answers his own phone, photo edits for Wax Poetics Magazine, digs like crazy and DJs from time to time. He is currently working on a photography book.
Michael Pukac (poo-khash) is a fine artist who has been painting for over 17 years. He was born on the gulf coast of Alabama and grew up in the swamps. Pukac graduated from the Ringling School of Art and Design in 2003 in Sarasota, FL with a BFA in painting. Thereafter, he made painting a full time gig, traveling the country, making a living off of his art. In the last 5 years, Pukac has hosted and curated art events and produced other live performances around the country. He has participated in over three dozen art shows with close to a dozen solo exhibitions. These recent endeavors have brought him to Long Beach, CA where he now resides and continues to show his work and participate in live painting performances throughout Southern California.
“Some thirty-four years ago, an unlikely convergence of good fortune and divine providence dropped me out of the Oklahoma skies and into a remote village in the Sierra Tarahumara of northern México, where I was spiritually and culturally transformed by the light, and the life, the landscape and the languages; and by the lovely young woman who became my wife, Mimí. In a very real sense all the artwork I’ve created since then is a falling-short expression of gratitude for that blessed bump on the head, and an attempt to come to grips with the spiritual essence of our existence.”
Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, Anthony Sylvester was always intrigued by photography. His love of still imagery and how it can capture raw emotion has carried on through his adult life. Using his photos to stir up different emotions from one viewer to the next, Anthony uses multiple sources for inspiration. He has toured the country capturing everything from the devastation and aftermath of Katrina, the ins and outs of small towns and big city life, to the very delicate wonder of nature. With his photographs he hopes to portray that through emotions of joy, love, pain and suffering; we are all connected in someway or another.
Nick Wildermuth is an artist working out of Los Angeles and Orange County California. He currently shows his work at a number of local galleries including The Hive, Cannibal Flower, Safari Sam’s, The Regent, Koo’s Gallery, Monkeyhouse Toys, CAVE GALLERY, Chuckwa Toys, Atlanta Tattoo, Forgotten Saints/ArtCore, and United CAT. Wildermuth’s work is influenced by cartoons, comics, pop culture, movies, TV, and everyone he sees walking around the streets of Southern California. Nick Wildermuth is the founder of United CAT Artists Collective; hosting shows all over Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Fullerton.
Long before any inkling of the law entered her mind, Danielle Frederickswas already mesmerized by the texture and smell of paint. She started taking art classes at a young age and began live painting in 2003. These frequent bursts of creativity were the only way she made it through her graduate studies, and it was amongst other artists that she found a home.
Kara Block is a photographer that specializes in creating positive visual media. She has received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. Born and raised in Southern California, Kara seeks to show the viewer the importance of understanding ‘where we are’ within current affairs. She has built a comprehensive understanding of the arts with the goal of increasing hope, inspiration, and visual literacy curriculum.
Nicko Straniero is an Italian artist living and working in London, UK. He has exhibited in the United Kingdom, Europe and Japan. Straniero works in various mediums, primarily painting, photography and sculpture. Since 2005 he’s been working an on-going series of experimental photographs called Phototoxins, this project allows Straniero to question the connection between photography, image creation and visual diary practice. This offers the viewer fragmented and distorted information imagery, allowing Straniero’s visual realization to demonstrate that the link between subject and composition is never casual, nor is it ever complete.