“Since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by flags. The United Nations, Olympics, World’s Fair and other idealized examples of world community have always inspired my artwork and design. This work draws literally from flag design mixed with my own design sensibility and personal history. By going back and forth between reverence and irreverence for vexilollogy, I have created flags for real and imagined countries, events, friends, emotions, ex-girlfriends, and everything inbetween. Some using the strict guidelines of flag design next to some that may have been scribbled on a napkin or inspired by a dream. In doing so this Vexhall (Hall of Flags) is my own personal and nostalgic United Nations.” – Michael Leon
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About the artist:
Michael was raised in late 80′s, early 90′s skateboard culture. His work lives in a unique place between the worlds of art and art direction and embodies the freedom of thought and Do-It-Yourself tenacity of a skateboarder. A combination which has produced impressive work in many forums and mediums – including paint, print, photography, and video.
Michael lives in San Francisco where he works as a multidisciplinary artist and creative director. Since his first solo exhibition in 2002, his artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.
Further information forthcoming.
We are proud to premier the second part of Drew Bachrach’s video American Sadhu.
The American Sadhu series is a collaboration between filmmaker Drew Bachrach and actor/clothing designer Tracy Powell. In each episode Tracy’s “Traveler” character explores remote and unknown holy locations around Los Angeles. This wandering mystic’s adventures and rituals are a riff of new age pseudo-spiritualism and postmodern folklore.
Drew Bachrach is a Detroit bred artist/filmmaker currently living and working in Culver City, CA. During the week Drew produces and edits video content for a wide range of clients while his weekends are spent in he studio working on large-scale acrylic paintings of empty backyard swimming pools.
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Questions asked by Fred Guerrero / Slow Culture Gallery
Photography by Steve Lee
Q – Who are you and what do you do?
ADLC – I am a Mexican American visual artist based out of San Francisco California.
Q – What is your art background and how did you develop your style?
ADLC – I received my BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Before attending art school I was pretty much self taught and influenced through graffiti and the the idea being if you wanted something you made it. My dad taught my brother and I how to build everything from a car suspension to adding rooms on to our house. We learned how to do it all and just having the freedom to make something to live in was a great feeling. My dad was by no means a licensed builder but everything he did passed city codes. I guess I took that same attitude and applied it to my art practice.
Q – I noticed your work in many different formats from murals to sculptures to paintings, do you have a favorite and why?
ADLC – A favorite for me would be murals, as painting larger scale outdoor work is what attracted me to become an artist when I was younger. I enjoy making work that people can see on a daily basis and take ownership when it is a part of their community. I constantly strive and want to work on larger three dimensional work such as buildings and landscapes. I just haven’t found the pieces to the puzzle yet. I will get there.
Q – Who or what inspires your art?
ADLC – My work always connects with my family in one form or another and that has pretty much always been the driving force to what and why I create works.
Following along on Instagram, looks like you’re always on the go. What’s next for you?
ADLC – Heading to Taiwan for Pow Wow, a project in Hong Kong that is currently in the secret stages and a jewelry project that has been in the works now for a while should be releasing in the next month or so.
Andre Razo, Aryo Toh Djojo, Atiba Jefferson, Aurélien Débat, Ben Sanders, Daniel Frost, Daniel Kent, Eric McHenry, Erin D Garcia, Giacomo Bagnara, Hassan Rahim, Jamal Gunn Becker, Jay Howell, Kevin Lyons, Kyle De Lotto, Maia Ruth Lee, Mark Whalen, Michael Leon, Peter Sutherland, Stacey Rozich, Ted Parker, Todd St. John.
On view till 28 March 2014
Gallery hours Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 6:00PM PST.
Please inquire to gallery for originals.
Slow Culture Gallery
5906 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042 USA
Made possible with generous support from Altamont.