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Art Radar 06.17.2010



Amanda Lopez

As human beings, we are faced with the inevitable fact that we will one day pass. Death doesn’t have to be a bad or sorrowful event. It should be a celebration of the life one has lived. Cali girl Amanda Lopez sees the pride in living a full and fulfilling life and shows us her pride in passing on in her recent photographic project. CaliLOVE is a collection of portraits that attempt to capture the value of life. Inspired by el dia de los muertos, Amanda’s exhibition ties together life and death and evokes each of us to see the wealth of our existence.

Amanda Lopez’s work has been featured in Vibe, XXL, XLR8R, and many other publications so you KNOW her work is dope. She is bringing the collection to her California family. As an art lover and supporter of women making moves, I encourage you to go check Amanda’s work.

Free Gold Watch Presents: CaliLOVE

Amanda Lopez

Free Gold Watch

1767 Waller Street

San Francisco, California


Opening Reception

June 18th, 2010

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Show Dates

June 18th – July 13th, 2010


The name Ron Howard is basically common knowledge. Everyone has heard of him and respects his talent as a director. Now, it looks like his baby girl has a talent in film as well. You may recognize her fair skin and red hair from films such as The Village and Lady in the Water. Now, Bryce Dallas Howard is the leading lady in photographer Alex Prager’s latest project, Despair. The film is a short thriller inspired by Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter (1955) and the 1948 ballet The Red Shoes. In this short film, Prager’s first, she attempts to capture one emotion, despair. I can’t lie, the colors in the film are amazing and the execution of the theme is on point. It takes place in the 1960s so you know the fashion, makeup, and hair are gorgeous. I’m normally not a fan of silent videos, but this one is to die for!


The Vader Project

All you Star Wars fans get ready! The Vader Project is coming your way! Don’t know what that is? Well, The Vader Project is an artistic endeavor that features 100 Darth Vader Helmets that were re-designed by today’s top creative minds. Each individual helmet’s decoration is the product of each individual artist’s creative mind. Colorful, unique, and minus the evil villain underneath them, the masks featured in the exhibition are breathtaking. The collection will be in the Los Angeles area for viewing before being shipped off to Philadelphia to be auctioned off. In celebration of the project, the artist behind the creations will be available at the exhibition for a meet-and-greet catalog signing. If you’re a Star Wars fan or just a fan of anything customized make sure you stop by!

The Vader Project Los Angeles Auction Preview Exhibition

On View:

6812 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, California

June 12th -20th, 2010

Noon – 6:00pm


July 10th, 2010


Matthew Barney

When placed under pressure, some of us perform better than normal. Matthew Barney set out to test this theory with his Drawing Restraint series. The underlying catalyst for the creation of the series is the idea that ‘form can only take shape when it struggles against resistance.’ The collection depicts Matthew and others attempting to create graphic art by hand while being hindered, literally. The artists feature are dangling from suspended, clinging to walls, and gripping ropes for dear life while attempting to create. Awesome idea. There are also sculptures, videos, and drawings that emerged from the uncomfortable restraints these artists were placed in. The exhibition, Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail, is currently available for viewing. Go see for yourself!

Matthew Barney

Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail

Matthew Barney


Basel, Switzerland

June 12th – October 3rd, 2010

10:00am -6:000pm


Curtis Kulig

The dreaded ‘I [heart] New York’ tees and bombarded out society. Lucky for us, Curtis Kulig put a creative spin on the cliché slogan. Instead of the overused 4 work phrase, Kulig shortens it to simply ‘Love Me.’ Short and sweet. If you’re a NYer (or a frequent visior) you may see his tag splattered on a light pole, subway sign, blank wall, or park bench. If you aren’t able to make it to the Big Apple you can purchase these prints online from Poster Child Prints. Rest assured purchasers, each print is legit as well as signed and numbered by the artist. I’m on my way to the e-checkout right now!

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