On Friday, La Luz de Jesus gallery invited viewers to reflect on how we see ourselves with their group exhibit, “Temple of Art”. The evening also celebrated the Baby Tattoo book release of the same name, the brain-child of photographer Allan Amato who has taken interest in photographing over 50 fine artists. Many of them have been featured on our blog recently, and will be familiar to Hi-Fructose readers; Christine Wu, Dan Quintana, Hueman, Junko Mizuno, Karen Hsiao, Ken Garduno, Kent Williams, Shaun Berke, Stephanie Inagaki, just to name a few.
Photographer Allan Amato’s “Temple of Art” is a series of portraits of fine artists over two years in the making. His black and white images provided the canvas onto which the subject was encouraged to interpret his or her likeness. You could say these are artists who look like their art; Jasmine Worth shares the regal quality of her Madonnas, Danni Shinya Luo has the grace of her watercolors, and so on. Opening December 5th at La Luz de Jesus, their collaborative exhibition enhances their personal characteristics and quirks.
Stephanie Inagaki truly is a reflection of her art, and her art imitates the eclectic life around her. She is a Japanese artist living and working in Los Angeles, who we’ve previously featured here, and a well traveled individual with influences borrowed from various world cultures. Her charming studio is like a temple filled with these souvenirs, photographs of friends, her favorite art books, even her furniture has a deeply personal history. All of it provides the inspiration for her revealing and abstract charcoal self portraits. We caught up with her to learn more about why she exposes herself this way.