Art Basel Miami 2017 - Polaroid Originals partnered with Juxtapoz Magazine and Adidas Skateboarding on the Juxtapoz Club House and Urban Nation Artist Dinner. The clubhouse was a complete takeover of a iconic 3-story department store in Downtown Miami. The exhibition included art installations, murals, and site-specific projects alongside a special Adidas Showcase and featured the works by the likes of Shepard Fairey, Conor Harrington, Ron English, Low Bros, Jillian Evelyn, Alex Yanes, and Parker Day. We captured and shared the event with Polaroid Originals, creating a tangible memory for visitors.
Welcome to HER. You are HER. I am HER. We are within HER
HER is a procession and introduction to the idea of celebrity of Marcel Alcalá as Clown. Based on the entertainment industry and social media’s fetish of celebrity culture, Alcalá performs as the clown. The history of the clown as an archetype plays an important role on talking about class and McDonalization of society. This piece speaks directly to concept of entrance and paparazzi flashes on the red carpet. Alongside works by Christopher Argodale (GURT), Natacha Stolz, Jos McKain, David Tamargo (Alligator Jesus) and DJs Phyllis Navidad (Rhonda Int'l) and Ambrosia Salad. This piece will be documented via Snapchat and Instagram with live broadcast.
Marcel Alcalá (b.1990) creates encounters that upend the expectation of art as a discrete work. Venturing outside of institutional structures, Alcalá contextualizes his work in public space. Often addressing gender, social media, celebrity, and society’s McDonalization, Alcalá’s diverse practice includes performance, live situations, installations, objects, and drawings. Based on identity politics and the future/status of the "brown" body, he creates improve in real time CNX2 (Creating New Content Now). He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Recent projects and exhibitions include McPoems at McDonalds Silverlake, Trains at Night Gallery, and commissions by LAXart and Night Club in Chicago. Like the socially necessary figure of the clown that fascinates him, Alcalá uses humor, play, and the absurd to level essential critiques at the extremes and everyday banalities of societal power.
Special thank you to our partners, sponsors, and friends including: Nicole Ehrlich, Jay Luchs, Flaunt Magazine, Casamigos Tequila, Caliche Rum, Perrier, Walloo, LA's Independent Creatives, and the woman behind my impeccable style that evening Niki Schwan and Leon Yeshua on hair.
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Serbian-born and LA-grown Masha is a mover of underground sound. From producing some of the city’s most recognized electronic music events with MFG Productions to music curating, Masha has stepped into her own and is bringing her touch to the turntables. An electronic digger of disco and house music, Masha recently created a mix for Natology called Never Grow Old.
Never Grow Old captures the carefree feeling of a hot summer night. The mix spans through time journeying from disco to house. It begins with Goody Goody’s 1978 It Looks Like Love, and ends with Tom Trago’s contemporary sampling of the classic tune. In between, the disco ball’s glow fades behind the bright lights of the laser beams. The pace intensifies, the volume increases and the plot thickens. We find ourselves in a 90s soulful house paradise.
LOS ANGELES | MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER | FEBRUARY 7 - MAY 17, 2015
Favorite works from Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger on exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Featuring the work of designers Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus in their first American museum exhibition, the show follows the relocation of Willhelm and his Paris-based studio team (headed by Kraus) to Los Angeles. Alongside Willhelm's Fall/Winter 2015–16 collection are sculptural works, video, photography, and the collective energy of a site-specific project where friends like Malcom Stewart lend a helping hand in adding extra spray paint and fun.
I met Shelby Sells on a summer night turn sunrise in the Hollywood Hills. She was funny and a little punk rock so we got along right off the bat. Her voice is a little raspy which I can relate to, there’s a bond between chicks with raspy voices. Anyway, I heard her story that night about growing up in Idaho and finding her place in LA. It seems like most of us were young outcasts who refused to assimilate and are now making a living out of what made us weird. Shelby and I have shared many laughs and stayed in touch throughout our time in LA. As I learned more about her creative projects and watched them evolve, I became enamored with her work .
Shelby is a sexual anthropologist, photographer, personality, and muse. A contemporary Kiki de Montparnasse, she celebrates the joy, pain, trust, exploration and acceptance in sex, relationships, and love. She interviews, photographs, and shares her stories and that of other young creatives in her blog Pillow Talk. Shelby recently began shooting on 35mm color film and a VHS camera. Her style nods to Nan Goldin and Bunny Yeager. In documenting her subjects, they become friends. The interviews are intimate and honest, and her photographs and video reflect her subjects’ trust. I’m looking forward to sharing my recent interview and photo series with Shelby and some fun collaborations for 2015.
"Shade comes from reading, reading came first. Reading is the real art form of insult" - Dorian Corey.
Unintentional satire is always a favorite. For those of you who are unaware of its terminology, it is based on the vernacular of contemporary queens. Below are some fun and educational videos for your Sunday read. Enjoy xo