For Immediate Release: March 26, 2010Create:Fixate Presents
At a Brand New Location in Culver City
Saturday, April 24, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA – Arts organization Create:Fixate will host its first art event of 2010, Vitalize, at a fabulous new location, High Profile Productions, a photo studio and event space in Culver City, California. The exhibit will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Taking on a more intimate format, this show will feature twenty-five top local artists, DJs, and musicians with vibrant artwork and music. High Profile Productions is located at 5896 Smiley Drive, Culver City, CA 90232. Admission is $15.00 before 9:00 p.m. and $25.00 for the remainder of the night. All ages are welcome during the Gallery Preview from 4:00 to 7:00pm, but attendees must be 21-years old or older to enter after 7:00 p.m. For more information, including an image gallery of participating artists’ works, please visit www.createfixate.com. Create:Fixate can be reached by phone at 310-590-7199 for other inquiries.
The evening begins with a preview of the exhibit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation during this period but kids twelve-years old and younger are allowed free entry. Parents are encouraged to bring the whole family during the preview hours and take advantage of the Kids Kreativity Zone. Overflowing with art supplies, the Zone provides a supervised space where youth can dive into their own expression while parents explore the evening’s exhibit.
Explaining the theme of Create:Fixate’s April event, a behind-the-scenes board member muses, “We awaken this spring Vitalized, by the knowledge that all possess the power to evolve and reinvent ourselves and the world around us. In a time when so much revolves around conflict or passivity, by tuning in, showing up, and making LIFE happen, we move everything forward. How will you Vitalize your life and the lives of others? Come Vitalize with us and let us re-Vitalize you!”
Vitalize will feature the creativity of 15 local artists presenting a stunning array of painting, photography, multi-media, interactive installation, and more. Gunner Johnson is an artist that sees poetic beauty in the transformation of an ordinary Spitfire hood into a “hovercraft” for a larger-than-life alien woman shaped entirely of polished steel, which rotates 360 degrees on a pedestal. Mario Canali’s interactive installations are based on an individuals’ pulse, biorhythms and physical participation. The unseen senses became the tools through which art is created. Photographer Brooke Shaden works in the square format in an attempt to cross the line that separates mediums. She wants her photographs to look like paintings, “I create worlds that I wish I could live in, where the things that hide in secrecy suddenly find themselves in the open, waiting to be shared.” Seemingly effortlessly, bridging the gap between raw and refined, patrons will witness live painting by Hans Haveron, whose work fuses raw natural elements along with pure beauty to form a striking end statement.
Not to be outdone, the Audio Lab portion of the evening promises to impress with a collection of Los Angeles’ best up and coming, as well as veteran, musical talent. Some of the aural highlights for April 24th include electronic musician and film/TV composer George Sarah who will perform a live set accompanied by a string trio consisting of cello, viola and violin. Sarah has performed twice on KCRW’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic,’ has reached #1 on their weekly play list, and has composed music for the 2008 Summer Beijing Olympic Games. House DJ mr.caparro, the co-creator of several parties in Los Angeles such as Funky in the Middle, and the well-received Family Affair Fundraising events, returns to C:F to mix it up. Currently he can be found playing his monthly residency, 16Bit&Beyond, at the Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice on the 3rd Friday of each month. Accenting mr. caparro’s DJ set will be Raffaele and his funky jazz flute. With his melodic dirty sound, the gifted virtuoso and high-energy performer, plays his flute as a groovy complement to house music bringing it back to its acoustic roots.
High Profile Productions (HPP) is a new multi-use facility serving media producers, photographers, event planners, educators and the design community. Its focused approach has been shaped by a passion for inspired design, cutting edge media technology and a high level of luxury services. Located in burgeoning Culver City in the heart of the Art District, HPP sets itself apart by functioning as a state of the art production studio featuring three distinct studio spaces. A full-service event location, HPP will host a revolving calendar of art/media events showcasing a number of prominent artists working in various mediums with a focus on community driven projects.
Creative Director and Founder, Michelle Berc, talks about what’s new in 2010, “April will be an exciting month for everything Create:Fixate. Not only are we moving to a new venue, we’ll be broadcasting our third podcast mid-month featuring emerging music and interviews, PLUS – Create:Fixate is excited to announce the newest edition to the mix, its first blog “Urban Scrawl” by Art Critic, Curator, and Author Shana Nys Dambrot.”
Create:Fixate’s new blogger’s name might sound familiar as she is the LA managing editor of Flavorpill where she covers everything pop-culture across the topics of music, architecture, film, theater, dance, and assorted indie randomness in capsules of about 100 words each, daily. She is also a freelance writer where her reviews, features, and interviews have appeared in regional, national, international and online publications including Artkrush, Flavorwire, Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, Art Ltd.,ARTnews, Whitehotmagazine, The Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, FABRIK, Coagula, and Juxtapoz; as well as special exhibition books and catalogs. More on Shana Nys Dambrot can be found at http://sndx.net.
Dambrot explains, “Every ten days starting in early April, I’ll be posting a freshly-hewn, topical piece (with pictures), composed from the near-magic, zeitgeisty patterns that present themselves to me continually as I move through this incredibly vibrant, salient, surprising city, looking.”
Create:Fixate is an arts organization based in Los Angeles completing its 8th year running art/music events that bring together emerging artists and musicians, along with thousands of art lovers and party goers in massive, and at times intimate, warehouse locations and alternative spaces on a quarterly basis. Founder Michelle Berc curates, produces and hosts these ambitious group art shows that present creative beings from around the globe with an emphasis on the local talent of Los Angeles. The production team also includes music coordinator Andrea Giardina, and a core team of volunteers and dedicated advisory board members. Awe-inspiring painters, photographers, sculptors, and multi-media artists exhibit alongside an equally impressive array of Los Angeles’ finest DJs and musicians. Each event’s aural artists are poised to create a soundtrack for the night that transforms this from a simple ‘art show’ into the city’s most anticipated Art Event.
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Born in Guinea and raised in Senegal, Aly Kourouma is currently a Leimert Park resident. Kourouma, a.k.a. DJ Ndebele, is a fashion designer for Timbuctu State, and a graphic artist. He is interested in exploring the dialogue between the aesthetic of the so-called “primitive world” and its modern urban counterpart and how a more universal truth can be revealed by that exploration.
His work also reflects through a theory he calls “Primitivism,” which is his deep belief that some of the issues challenging modern society today could find resolution if we were willing to listen to the timeless wisdom of the tribal world. That theory manifests itself in his work by the extensive use of recycled material and used clothing in his fashion line.
Pndlian graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in Architecture. Awarded with several design projects he established an independent multi-disciplinary design studio – search+resQ – as a more clear and direct expression of his ideas. The artist’s work reflects a continuing interest in the union between research, design and culture. His approach is intuitive and sensory; with concern for the way the user will experience the piece; and the value each piece adds to the space. Each artwork is designed with a variety of mixed material such as eco-friendly woods, aluminum, copper, metal mesh and texture paper. The interlocking and folding of these materials create a 3-dimensional sculptural component that adds the energy and movement to laser etched graphic illustrations.
Brooke Shaden took up photography in December 2008 when she graduated from Temple University with degrees in Film and English. Her passion for visual storytelling came to a new heights when she realized that through photography she could create new worlds within our world. Upon moving to Los Angeles in February 2009, she focused her attention solely on photography while transitioning out of the film industry. A year later she is able to call herself a full-time photographer.
Shaden has been said to encapsulate a new way of creating imagery for the time and has “…dramatically restated a new photographic feminist agenda for the 21st century.” She works in the square format in an attempt to cross the line that separates mediums. She wants her photographs to look like paintings. Brooke Shaden’s photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive.
Born in France, Celine Diano moved to Los Angeles in 2000 after getting her law degree. She knew it was time to find a way to truly express her creativity and decided to pursue her dreams of working in the film industry. She has found her passion working as a production designer on various projects but strongly encouraged by her friends, she also started drawing in her down time.
Self-taught, Diano has developed strange but interesting artwork pieces, mostly made of freehand lines and circles one could affectionately call “obsessive.” She was first inspired by spiritual concepts (such as serenity and love), mostly from the Japanese world and has kept her “tattoo-style” lotus flower as a signature throughout most of her drawings. Using black ink and glitter pens, Diano’s goal is to now find subjects that are as appealing for men as for women, adding sensual touches or “pop” elements.
Chris Rowland received his MFA in 2000 from Otis College of Art and Design. In 2003 Rowland had the honor of representing the United States in an artist residency in Macedonia where he now has two paintings in the permanent collection of the Contemporary Museum of Art in Skopje, Macedonia. Rowland has also been featured in Contact, a magazine for modern living in Arizona. In 2009 Rowland exhibited his paintings around the Los Angeles area, at venues including APC Gallery, Create:Fixate, L.A. Downtown Art Walk and the PVAC-juried All Media Exhibition in which he received the Trustees Award.
A native to the San Francisco Bay Area, currently residing in Los Angeles, artist Crystal Sylver is a painter of women. Inspired by fashion, Art Deco, Egyptian art, and sensuality, as well as by her travels through ancient cities of the world, her work is an exploration of life — past, present, and future. Drawn to the mystique and power of icons throughout the ages, her emotional and erotic figure paintings are an expression of life, love, and beauty. Her current medium is oil and metal leaf on wood and canvas.
Gunner Johnson grew up through his teens in Northern California. As a child, he was very destructive. He caused a lot of mayhem and was in need of an outlet for his energy.
In 1990, with no prior experience or formal training, he began drawing, painting, and sculpting. In Gunner’s words, “I opened a door and found a sky.” Sky being his world of intricate design and detail, of strange objects and subject matter. Today he creates rather than destroys. His art is a blend of magic, mysticism, demons and heroes. It has been said that he brings to life incredible form and beauty from assumed destruction.
Hans Haveron’s artwork has been lauded by both the street culture audience as well as high street. Bridging the gap between raw and refined, seemingly effortlessly, Haveron’s work fuses raw natural elements along with pure beauty to form a striking end statement. His amazing talent has not gone unnoticed, Haveron has done work on top-tier Disney films, and, most recently, the Paul Oakenfold Perfecto campaign.
Kerianne Connor is a contemporary abstract artist who graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Art from the School of Art at UCLA in 2005. Her work combines sculpture, painting, and design, blurring the traditional strict separation between the genres of Design and Fine Art. Connor’s work reflects the experience of a younger generation that has grown up immersed in the prominence of design in their everyday lives. She subtly compels her viewers to consider this relationship as she seamlessly combines elements of popular and emblematic designs with the fine art of sculpture and painting.
Sharp edges, block colors, and calculated rows of stretched strings, vintage materials, and resin raised against severed canvases or wood panels are characteristic of Connor’s work. Her exploration of modern geography and the urban landscape, mapping the locations they reflect underscoring the city’s urban identity. In her newer work she has been creating abstract landscapes that many refer to as “Mini Utopias.” By representing contemporary landscapes through abstract works, Connor successfully acknowledges and brings to the surface for viewers the importance of the dialogue and interconnectivity between design, form, and function.
Mads Christensen grew up in Denmark and is now based in Los Angeles. A software architect by day, an artist by night, Christensen combines his learned skill sets with a desire to explore how patterns of light affect us emotionally. He uses custom made circuitry, programming and lots of bright LEDs to create his art. Create:Fixate will showcase several works, including the interactive installation Social Umbrellas.
Mario Canali has never stopped creating art since the day he started fresh out of law school. When computers emerged in the mid-eighties, Canali became immersed in the possibilities of the digital world. He became a groundbreaking, award-winning pioneer worldwide in computer and digital art.
More research and development followed as the experts came together to build and create interactive installations based on the individuals’ pulse, biorhythms and physical participation. The unseen senses became the tools through which the art was created. Without the human touch there was no art.
Returning to painting 30 years later, hybrids still dominate Canali’s landscapes, large scale reactions to the manifesting computer world. Canali’s canvas contains dynamics between its characters that are questioning within their barren worlds.
A native of Kinderhook, New York, Patrick Haemmerlein is a freelance designer and artist living in Los Angeles. After receiving his BFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000, Haemmerlein took the long road trip cross-country and settled down in LA. There he began to obsessively photograph the city and its components. This gradually moved into a new art form as he started to combine and create with the images he was shooting.
Reflecting on the issues of the day, Haemmerlein explores themes of Nature vs. Industry and how they can coexist or clash. The images are all designed from photographs that Haemmerlein has taken. The buildings and cityscapes are from Los Angeles while the animal and farm photos were mostly taken around his hometown area in upstate NY. They are not only a juxtaposition of nature and industry, but a combination of imagery from his two homes – one rural and one urban. These pieces are all made on recycled wood. Crate tops, dresser drawers, tabletops, shelving, wine boxes and whatever else Patrick Haemmerlein drags home from the treks around his Hollywood neighborhoods.
A former designer of lighting for modern dance and ballet, Walt Jones brings a unique approach to “Liquefy,” his newest series of fine art photographs. Through the process of injecting dyes into liquefied paraffin with various instruments, he paints into time and space, creating abstract forms of dancers in motion.
Along the way, his camera captures hundreds of images as he searches for the moment when serendipity aligns strings of color into expressive figures before the materials cool to a semi-opaque solid. The resulting imagery is printed using a process where pigmented waxes are digitally applied to fine art paper. A modern nod to the ancient art of the encaustic, the subject comes full circle – quite literally wax images of wax.
Brooke Benson Designs
Brooke Benson is an emerging designer working and living in Venice, CA. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Theater, her creativity began to extend to other art forms. Her jewelry designs are inspired by her extensive travels throughout Southeast Asia, Nepal and the Middle East. There is a distinct style that is captured in the designs, revealing a uniquely raw yet refined style. Using spiritual symbols, gold, wood and semi-precious stones, her pieces are created to ignite the divine creative energy within each of us and enhance our awareness to the beauty that lies within. Each one of these energetic adornments carries a special essence that is felt by all who wear it. Recently written up in Daily Candy, her creations “blend the earthy with the ethereal.”
Delevo Designs/Deborah Vogt
After graduating from Columbia College, Deborah Vogt became a founding member of The Conjugate Projekt, Transamoeba Studios, and The Chicago Art Department, participating in the creation of many collectives, multitudes of events and performance art installations throughout Chicago. She began creating her line of jewelry, Delevo Designs, in the year 2000, traveling to Bali to teach her innovative designs to the master artisans there. Upon landing in Los Angeles she has worked with several high-end designers while continuing to produce and coordinate art galleries and events. Her jewelry is handcrafted, elegant and simple, using fine woods, sterling silver and gold, precious and semi-precious stones, and recycled materials to create universal and distinctive designs.
Erik Maes (MAES • Jewelry Design)
From his home studio Erik Maes has built a strong collection of sterling silver rings, pendants, cuffs, belt buckles and earrings utilizing methods and techniques both antiquated and innovative. Having first been exposed to lost-wax casting while studying critical theory in film at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, he has worked to cultivate his expression within jewelry design by pushing the process and developing his own unique, hand-made jewelry. Cast from sculpted wax, carved cuttlebone, and repurposed found objects, the innovation, style, and expert craftsmanship is evident in each piece. This jewelry must be worn to be fully appreciated. One view cannot capture the three dimensional and tactile quality of this beautiful work.
Simone Schulz draws artistically from her rounded Waldorf education that speaks to the body, heart and soul as well as the mind. She loves working with her hands, shaping fabrics into custom translations of personality, silhouette and function. She started her own costuming clothing line in 2004, and apprenticed with couture designer Claire Joseph in her atelier, dressing Hollywood and beyond. She creates custom stage wear for musicians, dancers, artists and art lovers alike, is inspired by nature, fantasy and materials that capture her interest, from sea corals, feathers, flawed leathers and silks and recently bamboo fabrics that combine beauty, comfort and great flexibility that allow her other passion ‘yoga’ to shine. Stay tuned for a unique yoga line this summer.
Victoria Reyna Designs
This designer is a native of Argentina, now residing in the USA. She graduated as an interior designer in Buenos Aires. Her excitement about design takes her to many ways of expression: interior design, landscape design and now jewelry and fashion accessories. The concept of her work is minimalist, contemporary and architectural.
~ Audio Lab ~
George Sarah and String Trio
Electronic musician and film/TV composer George Sarah will perform a live set accompanied by a string trio consisting of cello, viola and violin. Sarah has performed twice on KCRW’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ and reached #1 on their weekly play list. He has composed music for the 2008 Summer Beijing Olympic Games and 28 episodes for the Discovery Network. Sarah has appeared on compilations by Studio!K7 and has released over nine full length CDs. He has toured Europe and has opened for Goldfrapp, Crystal Method, Natacha Atlas, A Guy Called Gerald, Carl Cox, Michael Franti/Spearhead, Audio Bully’s, The Bad Plus, and Nortec Collective to name a few.http://www.myspace.com/georgesarahmusic
mr.caparro (16Bit & Beyond – LA)
mr.caparro grew up on cheese steaks, tasty kakes and hip hop. His first record was African Bamabata’s “Renegades of Funk.” From 1983 he knew at some point he would become a DJ. It took almost 20 years to happen but in the year of 2002 he simply went out and bought some equipment and the rest they say … is history. Currently mr.caparro can be found playing his monthly residency, 16Bit&Beyond, at the Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice on the 3rd Friday of the month. www.mrcaparro.com
Raffaele and his funky jazz flute bring house music to a whole new level. With his melodic dirty sound, the gifted virtuoso and high-energy performer, plays his flute as a groovy complement to house music bringing it back to its acoustic roots. In just one year, this classically trained flautist has made the leap from the concert hall to the underground LA music scene and now plays regularly with local DJ favorites such as DJ Caparro, DJ Kerry and the infamous Scott K.
Eduardo Castillo (The Eclectech / VOODOO / LA)
Eduardo Castillo moved to Los Angeles and spent 3 years as the head of the sound design and music department for mun2 television, a Latin music television network owned by NBCUniversal. Simultaneously, Castillo served as the Director of Music and Talent for Palisades Development Group, curating and booking talent for its boutique properties, the Custom Hotel and Palihouse Hotel in Los Angeles. In the past three years Castillo has been influential in the diurnal and nocturnal music scenes of Los Angeles, Miami, and New York with his The Eclectech event brand.
AquaVee (MissDreamedia, Hale, C:F)
Andrea Graham, aka DJ AquaVee, has been DJing since 1992. Inspired by such LA clubs at Flammable Liquid and Sunday Love, her passion for house music grew. Many know her from her BeatNonStop records days, where she was a music buyer from 1999 – 2002. Graham has been the Music Coordinator for Create:Fixate since day one. Currently, you can hear her spinning what some might call “deep tech” — a combination of house and techno. With a dash of electro and a splash of good vibrations, AquaVee always surprises. www.djaquavee.com
Spinning late and often in LA’s under- and above-ground dance, music, and art worlds, DJ Loomer’s sound is diverse, with sets ranging from tribal and minimal house to dirty electro and breakbeat. The Loomer has played top local venues including House of Blues Foundation Room, The Edison, AC Supperclub, Bass Ritual, and performed at events including Create:Fixate, LA Decompression, Burning Man and Coachella. Currently working on new material, The Loomer is in it to bring the music to the people and bring the people together.
DJ D-RoC has been spinning and rocking the dance floor for fifteen years. Hailing from the Big Apple, D-RoC was exposed to an eclectic mix of music and dance at a young age, which later fueled his passion for spinning and music production. Originally a pop locker and a breaker, his versatility as a DJ is reflected in his music collection which includes Dancehall Reggae, Neo Soul, Old and New Skool hip hop, R&B, Electro Funk House, Argentine tango, Salsa, and Merengue. D-RoC has performed in a variety of events and club venues in New York including Cipriani, Chelsea Piers, Tao, and Flower, and has spun for a number of high-end clothing companies including Gucci, and Hugo Boss. After transitioning to Los Angeles in 2007, D-RoC continues to spin for several LA-based entertainment companies and is focusing on music production.# # #
For more information, photos, or to arrange interviews, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Hasty at 213-840-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.