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LA based artist Christopher Russell employs photography, bookmaking, writing, drawing, and digital printmaking to explore the darker side of the human psyche. His work is often steeped in references to current and historical events, and offers an unsettling yet observant take on the ways in which people live and behave outside what might be considered socially acceptable.

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Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Posted in In The Make

Lia Halloran is an LA based painter and photographer. In her ongoing “Dark Skate” series, which she began in 2008, Lia photographs herself while skateboarding in the dark, creating self-portraits that reveal only the presence of movement and light. Through these long exposure photos she examines notions of performance, perception, and time. The scale of time is also an inherent theme in her current paintings, which are inspired by ginat crystal caves in Mexico. Her work is process oriented and questions driven – she begins with something she’s interested in and as she spends time learning about the subject matter, she explores the possibilities for what medium seems most fitting. Lia is also an Assistant Professor of Art at Chapman University.

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Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Posted in 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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Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Posted in In The Make

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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Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Posted in In The Make

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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Posted in In The Make

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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Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Posted in In The Make

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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Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Posted in In The Make

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

Posted in In The Make

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.

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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

Posted in In The Make
April 5th, 2011

My Visitor from Tehran

Posted by Andy Patrick

As a kid growing up in Ohio I started a door-to-door sled-pulled grocery service for elders during the Blizzard of 1978. In the early 90′s I started the Chicago MadHousers to build small temporary shelter for homeless individuals. Ten years ago I started FiftyCrows Foundation to support documentary and photojournalistic photographers that document social issues. Renowned photographer and National Geographic Society Fellow, Chris Rainier, asked me to help him to start the NGS All Roads Photography Awards to support storytellers documenting their own culture. And here at liveBooks our philanthropic efforts are extensive, from supporting an orphanage in Mexico, to working in the local homeless kitchen, to donating over one hundred websites for organizations around the world.

But why? Why do these things?

Last week I had visitors from Iran. One, an outstanding Iranian photographer that had won an All Roads Award back in 2006. The other visitor was her husband, a Washington Post correspondent based in Tehran. I remember the first workshop for the All Roads winners, I was teaching them the basics of how to shake hands, how to create an elevator pitch, and of course how to put together their new liveBooks site. Now, four years later, I was the awe-struck student, listening intently to Newsha’s tales of her assignments for The New York Times, exhibition opening under the terror of being arrested, awards and honors from around the world, and the evolution of her artistic vision.

I once heard that, “we are not looking for the meaning of life, but rather, the experiences that remind us what it means to be alive.” For me, the experience of being of service for a fellow human is such a reminder. After Newsha and Thomas left, I smiled for days, knowing that in some small way I had contributed to her path.

This is why we do these things. This is why I suggest that you too find a path of service. Regardless of how small you might think it is, it can have a tremendous impact in ways you may never even know. The return on the investment is enormous, and it may even help your business in some way.

I would love to hear from you about ways you’ve blended your creative vision and your profession. Let’s see how many of us are giving, and in so doing – receiving.

If you’re in San Francisco this week be sure to catch Chris Rainier at the Herbst Theatre on Wednesday, April 6th as he discusses his efforts to record the remaining natural wilderness and the indigenous cultures around the globe by putting these wonders to film and using the visual stories to bring about social change.

And, please check out the website from my Visitor from Tehran. Keep singing Newsha – loudly!

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