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In The Make

LA based Bob Branaman is a Beat Generation poet, film producer, printmaker, and painter who, at 78 years old, continues to make innovative art today. Over the years he has collected a great deal of stories and ephemera from that time period and because he has outlived most of his beat contemporaries he is in many ways an archivist and one of the last voices of the Beat Generation.

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LA based artist Amir Fallah works within a range of mediums from painting and drawing to photography and sculpture to create a fresh and brightly colored aesthetic that considers such objects as childhood nostalgia, personal histories, and the nature of storytelling. He is also the publisher of Beautiful/Decay, an internationally distributed  contemporary arts magazine and has recently launched Something In The Universe, a creative think tank/design agency.

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LA based artist Alika Cooper draws inspiration from the tradition of American quilting and from the work of photographers like Helmut Newton and George Brassai to create collages using a variety of fabrics. Alika appropriates the photographic form (often sexualized female figures) to create layered compositions that question notions of sexuality, beauty, power, propriety, and morality.

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LA based artist Sandeep Mukherjee’s work considers notions of space amorphously and generously – his current abstract paintings resemble landscapes, but spatially and pictorially play with perception to breakdown expectations. He strives to create a total experience with his work, one that brings forth multiple dimensions, and evokes a visual, spatial, and existential experience. Sandeep is also an Assistant Professor of Art at Pomona College in Claremont, Califormia.

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Sandeep Mukherjee

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Annie Costello Brown is an LA based jewelry and accessories designer who makes versatile and unique pieces with a great deal of artistry and craftsmanship. Her background in painting and sculpture and her interests in textile design, weaving, and ancient and indigenous arts very much inform her process and aesthetic.

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Annie Costello Brown

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Claude Collins-Stracensky is a Los Angeles based artist, who works with the fundamental aspects of the natural world, such as light, time, and energy. Embracing a range of mediums his practice often plays with perception and aims to expand his viewers’ visual experience and spatial awareness to create impressions that go beyond an everyday understanding of the world.

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Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

liveBooks is very excited to announce our sponsorship of In the Make. In The Make is a collaboration between photographer Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan. Through studio visits with artists and designers, they explore each artist’s space, process, influences, and the behind-the-scenes elements that are often unseen in the finished work. They aim to highlight the ways in which each artist’s personal aesthetic pervades their environment and reveals their perspective. They are also interested in the daily realities of making creative work and how each artist sustains their practice.


Alexandra Grant is a Los Angeles-based painter, sculptor and conceptual artist who often works in collaboration with other artists and writers. The basis for her work is language and words, and she investigates the ways in which text can be expressed through image while exploring themes of identity, dis/location, and translation. Her collaborative endeavors also extend to community work with organizations such as Watts House Project, which aims to bring artists and residents together to revitalize and redevelop the Watts neighborhood of LA.

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Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna


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