The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Author: Kiesha Raines

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Known Gallery has started off 2012 with “Last Year,” a collection of new works by L.A. based artist Sage Vaughn. “Last Year,” combines the casual qualities of collage art that he has worked with for the past four years, with the introduction of the intricacy and dexterity of woven tapestry. Selected pieces from “Envelope Series,”a body of work consisting of small paintings cut and reassembled with found images on manila envelopes, served as inspiration for the incredible tapestries. Envelopes seem to serve as a sketchbook for Sage and it's a way for him to constantly create things while he is working on new pieces, lending themselves to serve as companions to the tapestries. Vaughn seamlessly combines the two mediums in 'Last Year' which will be on view until January 29th. Take a look at more images of the new works provided by Birdman, after the jump. -Kiesha Raines

Acclaimed urban artist David Flores and 92-year-old Hollywood photographerPhil Stern make a very unusual duo. However, the two defy their generationgap and collaborated for a highly anticipated show at The Phil Stern Gallerytitled “The Beginning of an Era.”Flores creatively manipulated Stern’s iconic images of stars such as MarilynMonroe, Louis Armstrong, James Dean and Frank Sinatra giving them thefamous “Flores treatment,” Hollywood glamour meets a postmodern aesthetic.

Stern’s timeless photos are adorned with verymodern touches, creating a new brand of pop art.Despite the difference in age, backgrounds and mediums the two artists havecreated an amazing show by finding the balance between giving the images anew life while also preserving the integrity of the photos.To anyone that has tried to explain street art to an older generation, it is relieving, tosee such different artists collaborate in such an innovative way. Stern and Flores’ trulyexhibits the power of art to unite people.The Beginning of an Era will remain on view for the public until February 4, 2012. - Keisha Raines


Graffiti artist POSE and photojournalist KC Ortiz unveiled 'White Wash' at Known Gallery's opening reception on November 19th. In the show, the two men explore and explain what the term “whitewash” means to them. For POSE,it references society’s attempt to eradicate graffiti and suppress human expression.Using his signature aggressive, hand painted collages of pop culture icons andephemera, he dives deeper into abstractions and new mediums while Ortiz’ takes a global scale and represents United States involvement with thepeople and places he photographs in nations like West Papua and Burma. Much of hissubjects have been “whitewashed” by history and policy and can be seen in his 12 powerfulphotographs of Wes Papua and Burma’s armed struggle. - Keisha Raines

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