Ian Evenstar @ The Downtown LA Artwalk

Join Ian Evenstar and fellow LA photographers on Thursday, Sept. 8th @ 8pm for a diverse look at Los Angeles.

The exhibit will be featured at The Art Walk Lounge located at 634 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Exhibiting photographers are: Hugh Siegman, Ian Evenstar, John Wood, Jung Kim, Robin Black, Joseph Colombo, Qathryn Brehm, Ysa Adams, Marguerite Garth, Ella Batalon, Ellen Cantor and Ron Talley.

Read the Examiner’s full article on the exhibit.

The Obsolete Format of Media and Identity

Nick Gentry is part of a generation that grew up surrounded by obsolete media formats such as floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and cassettes. Using these expired disk formats as the canvas for his portraits, Gentry helps the viewer identify with the consumable nature of culture, the recorded history of society and individuals, and at the very core, the impermanence of our identity.

About to forget

Shigeo Fukuda / Fukuda San (1932 – 2009)

In the video below, Shigeo Fukuda’s sculpture appears as an assembled mass of welded forks, knives, and spoons. Eventually, the shadowy form of the intended work unveils itself and leaves a glimpse of Fukuda’s concept.

      “…Traditionally, Japanese designers looked to the West for innovative solutions. This is no longer the case. The winds are shifting toward an easterly direction. Shigeo Fukuda, Japan’s Houdini of Design, is a welcome part of the shifting breeze. His visual originality and deep dedication to worthwhile causes help keep the sun shining brightly over our ever changing, complex world.” — excerpt from biography by

The Art Directors Club

    (c. 1987)
    Shigeo Fukuda was a sculptor, designer and optical illusionist. He was also the first Japanese designer inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

Victory 1945  ©Shigeo Fukuda

Victory 1945 ©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

©Shigeo Fukuda

Evil Villains and Super Heros

Agan Harahap claims that he is a wildlife photographer. There is very little known about him beyond this. He also claims that he loves history, which is evident in his “Super Hero” collection.

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“Hyperphotos” by Jean Francois Rauzier

Below is a full frame image and a detailed snippet from one of  Jean Francois Rauzier’s “hyperphotos.”  Jean Rauzier’s “hyperphotos” are comprised of “600-3,400 individual photos,” so at this size it doesn’t do the work much justice. However, if you continue on to Rauzier’s website you’ll be intrigued by the level of depth and detail in every image.

The completed photos are documents of real places. Based on Rauzier’s process of documenting a single location with multiple images, Rauzier’s work has been compared to David Hockney’s stitched photographic scenes, although the Rauzier’s finished product is a seamlessly tiled image with clean edges throughout the entire composition.

For more of his work, please visit Rauzier’s website.

Full frame of "Citadelle 2" by Jean Razier

Full frame of "Citadelle 2" by Jean Razier

detail of "Citadelle 2" by Jean Razier

detail of "Citadelle 2" by Jean Razier

David Hockney "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2" getty.edu

David Hockney "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2" getty.edu

“Meat” the Artist

Long before viewing Dimitri Tsykalov carnivorous creations, I decided that the vegetarian lifestyle was right for me. Whether or not you’ve resolved to alter your eating habits since being born into the predisposition of an omnivorous society, deciding if you want to consume Tsykalov’s artwork should be an easy conclusion.

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Dark Side Of The Lens

The Dark Side Of The Lens, is a short story manifested from the mysterious depths of renowned surf photographer Mickey Smith. As a “silent workhorse of the surfing world” he explains, “I never want to take this for granted, so I try to keep motivation simple, real, positive.” While watching and listening to The Dark Side Of The Lens, I feel a familiar echo that resonates succinctly with the vibration of artists across the sands of time and the oceans of existence.

Cole Rise

“Cole Rise has spent the better half of his life taking pleasure behind the lens; stalking cows and lying in the grass to capture the landscape. He can’t tell you how big the universe is, or why we’re really here, but his work sometimes flirts with the idea of knowing.”

Artist’s Site
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All images in this post are ©Cole Rise