21 QUESTIONS: DONCHRISTIAN JONES

We’ve had our eye on him since his guest verses on both Le1f’s mixtapes. Since then, the internet prophets predicted his impending solo effort. Dozens of 11:11’s later, came My Crew – the self-produced first single off DonChristian Jones’ inaugural mixtape The Wayfarer brought to us by cult-favorite label Greedhead, came with a clever video to boot , proving to be worth the wait. Jones is a painter/musician/Wesleyan grad/beat-maker/renaissance man who recently performed at MoMA PS1 and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was also involved with the “Blues for Smoke” exhibition in 2013. It should also be noted that DonChristian is a babe of epic proportions, so when we got the chance to make awkward small talk with him, LAC Carpe Diem’d. Enjoy:

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So, what’s up?
Just got home from work. Gonna eat this here Chinese food and work on this record.

Can we get you something to drink?
I’m good. I got an ice tea.

Favorite thing to look at?
Right now? The TLC biopic.

Rock, paper, or scissors?
Paper.

Do anything last night?
Watched American Horror Story at my friend Pedro’s…that show stresses me out.

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How late did you stay up?
I’m up late every night.

Meals or snacks?
Meals. Big, bad-for-you meals.

Do you sit down in the shower?
I really don’t.

Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? Have to be alive.
Melvin Van Peebles, Erykah Badu, Jim Jones, my Dad.

Your biggest fan?
My Dad.

If life could resemble any film… any film score?
The John Adams score for Io Sono L’amore.

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Who would you commission to take/paint/draw your portrait?
James Franco

Blue or black ink?
Black

Cotton or wool socks?
Wool for winter

When was the last time you really froke out at someone?
These two cops that pulled me off of a train in Brooklyn and told me they saw me hop the turnstile. Proved to them I had an unlimited metro card, but they made me late for work nonetheless.

What was the first thing you said aloud this morning?
Lol

Are you listening to music right now?
Yung Lean and Kelela.

Your dream collaboration?
The Dream

Where and when can we catch your next show?
December 28th, Brooklyn Bowl, Le1f’s Camp & Street Kwanzaa Party. We’ve been dreaming about this party for years now. Should be really great. Live performances all night, and many special guests. Oh, I’m also opening for him in Australia before that, so come down, yeah.

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If we gave you $50, what would you buy?
I won’t say…

 Last 3 Google searches?
1. Ian Isiah “Freak You down” video
2. Tek “Buddy Gyal”
3. Mark Twain

What are you doing later?
Finishing a mural

Can we come?
Probably, yes.

Oh, and you can check out his new Yung Lean remix here.

 

photos: Becky McNeel

GIRL WONDER: PETRA COLLINS

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Once again, we wonder what these pregnant moms were drinking in the 90s. The young talent pool is filled, and we are jealous – okay, not exactly jealous, more like intrigued

At the age of 20, Petra Collins has a list of titles: Curator, artist, photographer, muse, model, creative director, etc, etc. Her work has been featured in Vice, Rookie, i-D, Bullet, Vogue Italia, and the list goes on.

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She is part dreamy and part controversy. Inspired by the age-old idea that young female sexuality should be kept hidden, she uses her photos to bring the conversation to the forefront. Using nostalgia and scantily clad females she plays with the male gaze phenomenon, ultimately turning the idea on its head. Her work is the epitome of the female gaze. The subjects are empowered with only a hint of natural vulnerability, as they go through everyday life – not always doing what you want them to do. Sex, menses, high school, feminism and badass babes are words only attempting to sum up the perfection that is Petra Collins and her art.

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THE PAINTED LINE: ARTIST MARCELA GUTIÉRREZ

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photo Eudes de Santana

The presentation of fashion is continuously challenging itself to evolve. Editorial legends like Mert & Marcus, Nick Knight, David LaChappelle, and scores of others are pushing high fashion towards increasingly abstract states of presentation and context. It’s no longer enough to have an emaciated, grayscale model draped in a casual white button-down being misted with ocean spray. You need to transcend realism and resist the urge to relate to the consumer. Editorial advertising should be treated not as a means of example, but as an opportunity to demonstrate the great heights of a brand’s imagination, and to catch those wandering eyes as they flick through the pages.

With the search ongoing for fresh mediums of expression within fashion publications, we can see a notable gravitation towards brush and paint representations of models and their wares, with illustrator and designer Marcela Gutierrez being a key figure in directing the aesthetic towards the border that joins fashion, art and photography. If her name is unfamiliar, you may have seen her massive watercolor portraits covering the windows of Prada’s New York and Los Angeles flagship stores.

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Harper’s Bazaar Spain Beauty, April 2013

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Gutierrez’s body of work is defined by precise and vibrant impressions of existing fashion portraits, amplified contrast of near-arbitrary color, and deft blotches of damp pigment. The result is an entirely fresh interpretation of the portrait, and one that seeks to merge the collective visions of the models, designers, photographers, and make-up artists through the eyes of a painter.

Yet, it seems that diversity of culture is deep at the root of this artist’s outlook. Marcela was born in Florida, raised in Guatemala, studied in Mexico and London, worked in Milan, and then settled, at least temporarily, in New York. When viewing her extensive portfolio, which contains a mixture of work for Harper’s Bazaar, editorials for Vogue Spain, and commissions for Shiseido, Swarovski, and Beyoncé, you get a sense of her vast array of cultural influences.

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Read Marcela’s full article in our newest issue

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text by ROSS GARDINER

 

 

BOY WONDER: ARTIST JACKSON BEYDA

If you’re lucky, you find your calling as a teenager. Unfortunately, most of us struggle with our voice well into adulthood, but artist, Jackson Beyda may be fortunate enough to skip that phase in his life. The 17-year-old, Los Angeles-based artist sticks to what he knows – his city and the relationship it has with those around him. His art is imaginative, youthful, spiritual, and wise. He may be one of those teenagers you’ll refuse to ignore.

 

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Q&A: APHIDOIDEA COLLECTIVE

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If you havent heard of the name Aphidoidea, chances are you’ve likely seen some of their work. Born out of Los Angeles’ downtown arts district, the self-proclaimed “open collaborative think tank of design” has created some of the most stunning environmental and visual art installations to grace the best coast. The collective is the brains behind this past Coachella’s ‘Through the Cattails’ massive illuminated light sculpture, Burning Man’s ‘Crystalline Centrum’, and a long list of equally inventive and all-around awe-inspiring architectural installations. Next project on their list? Sitting down with the LAC team and entertaining our seriously ridiculous questions.

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So, what’s up? Nothing much, just prepping for a long year of work.

Can we get you something to drink? Sure, a redeye with a side of expresso.

Aphidoidea? What’s up with the name? We work collectively like a colony, plus we love tomatoes and hate ladybugs.

Coachella or Burning Man? A walk in the park or sand in everything? At least at Burningman you don’t get any tanlines. If you know what I mean…

Rock, paper, or scissors? Rock beats everything, whoever tells you otherwise if full of shit.

Do anything last night? Coming up with drawings for a piece we are submitting, exciting stuff.

How late did you stay up? Usually as late as it takes, but last night it was probably around 3ish. Long nights are part of the game.

Meals or snacks? Meals. AYCE KBBQ.

Your craziest installation to date? Burning Man 2012 had some of the harshest weather and dust storms, it was lovingly referred by some as Burnapocalypse 2012. So, being in the middle of the Playa in a whiteout trying to hold up our project from the winds was pretty crazy.

Who would you invite to your fantasy gallery opening? Jabba the Hutt, as long as we don’t get thrown in the rancor pit.

If life could resemble any film… It would be PRIMER meets BRAZIL meets JURASSIC PARK meets THE NOTEBOOK meets GREASE ends with HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN.

Who would you commission to create your portrait? Any one of those caricature portrait artists on the Santa Monica Pier. Gotta support the budding artists.

Your favorite hiding spot in LA? A long night at King Eddie’s Saloon followed by post last-call Chinese at Won-Kok in Chinatown.

Blue or black ink? Black, darker the ink, the deeper the hue…

An art project you most regret? We got stranded in the middle of the Yuma desert at night on some sand dunes for a lame independent movie prop. We ended up having to get picked up by a relative who lived in Calexico. Never a dull day.

Ever sit down in the shower? No, but now that you mention it, it actually sounds kind of cool. I guess it’s like taking a bath without brewing in your own dirty stew.

When was the last time you really froke out at someone? WTF is froke! Froke you! Lol. No, seriously, WTF is froke.

What was the first thing you said aloud this morning?  Coffee. Now.

Are you listening to music right now? Whatever Pandora thinks I like at the moment.

Your dream project? Anti-gravity museum.

If we gave you $50, what would you buy? With 5 of us @ $10 bucks each we would get the following: Cocoa Krispies & milk, beach ball & Tapatio hot sauce, a case of Monster energy drinks, a six-pack, and a bottle of cake flavored vodka.

Last 3 google searches? 16 gauge shear press nibbler, Camp Bisco, Froke.

Where can we catch your next installation? On the beach at Santa Monica’s GLOW event in September.

What are you doing later? Working on a scale model for a public art project in Colorado.

Can we come? Don’t know, do you get your hands dirty?

See all of Aphidoidea’s latest work here

21 QUESTIONS: PAIGE SMITH

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Street artist, graphic designer, and all things in between, Paige Smith has been busy beautifying dingy corners and dilapidated sidewalks with her “Geodes” project. Since its conception in 2011, her geodes have traveled the world, popping up in the strangest of places. (LAC writer Ross Gardiner just stashed some in his suitcase en route to his hometown of Ballachulish, Scotland. Ever heard of it? Neither had we. Where on earth do we find these characters?)

We sat down with Smith to pick her brain and find out what she’s up to next. (for a more in depth look into Smith’s work, be sure to check out her artist feature in our newest issue here)

 

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So, what’s up?

Busy making glittering minerals before my trip to Bali this month.

Can we get you something to drink?

Whisky please.

Do anything last night?

I saw my long lost sister who lives in Australia and wrestles koalas and we got drunk. True story.

How late did you stay up?

I hit the pillow at 4am.

Meals or snacks?

Meals, I really like to eat a lot in one sitting.

Ever gotten caught installing your Geodes?

Not yet. The only person that’s ever asked what I was doing was a homeless woman who stuck to that spot and told everyone that passed by not to touch it.

Where’s the farthest place your Geodes have travelled?

There are some in Amman, Jordan, but a box is on its way to Johannesburg right now.

Who would you invite to your fantasy gallery opening?

Walter Murch

If life could resemble any film…

The Goonies

Who would you commission to create your portrait?

Chuck Close

Your favorite city spot you installed a collection of geodes?

My kind friend that owns the Daily Dose in DTLA keeps letting me install them. I’ve done some great experimenting there.

Blue or black ink?

I don’t care; it really depends on how nicely the pen writes.

An art project/idea you most regret?

I spent a year and months attempting to create an installation that never ever worked. I finally let it go, but it was an awesome lesson.

Ever sit down in the shower?

When I’m hungover.

What was the first thing you said aloud this morning?

I’m hungover…

Are you listening to music right now?

I have “Everything Everything” and “Mother Mother”, on repeat.

Will you text the person you like today?

I do every day. He really can’t shake me.

If we gave you $50, what would you buy?

I’d buy something shiny; probably gold paint.

Last 3 google searches?

Wilson Phillips, Garbage Pail Kids Paige, The Mighty Boosh

What are you doing later?

I’m going to eat cookies on my couch.

Can we come?

Please do, will you bring me cookies?

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Learn more about Paige Smith here: http://acommonname.com/