Laura Austin

This Place Is Nowhere Art Show

12 December 2013, 21.37 | Posted in Art, Event, Party | No comments »

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This Saturday is the opening of the “This Place Is Nowhere” at the Paul Loya Gallery in Los Angles. The first art show curated by my good friend Gus Cawley this show will feature the work of Corey Smith, Gordon Holden, and Scoph. If you are in the Los Angeles area you should definitely stop by… with this combination of guys it is guaranteed to be a good time. Check out the Facebook event page here. And the full press release after the jump.

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10 Years Of Monster Children Book

23 October 2013, 22.34 | Posted in Art, Design, Photography, Product | No comments »

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Tired of having house guests over and trying to figure out a way to entertain them? Well Monster Children just solved your problem with the release of their beautiful “Ten Years Of Monster Children” book. Plop this thing down on your coffee table and let the 295 pages full of the best of their stories, interviews, photos and features do the rest. Get your hands on one right here.

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Punch The Camera: Issue 3

19 June 2013, 02.08 | Posted in Art, Photography, Product | No comments »

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Punch The Camera is a bi-annual photography zine inspired by adventure, exploration, and open spaces. All things I personally am a big fan of. For the latest issue of the zine put together by Justin Parkhurst I was lucky enough to be one of the photographers featured alongside Foster Huntington, John Kilar, Justin Parkhurst, Jim Mangan, Kevin Trageser, and Bryan Schutmaat. If you want a little taste of the wanderlust evoked by this book of photos you should pick up yourself  a copy right here.

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Photo: John Kilar

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Photo: Jim Mangan

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Photo: Bryan Schutmaat

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Photo: Justin Parkhurst

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Photo: Foster Huntington

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Photo: Me

Black On High Art Show

01 May 2013, 21.32 | Posted in Art, Event | No comments »

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My friend Alexis Gross is on a roll with these art shows at The Gallery next to The Burgundy Room. See below for more info on the upcoming shoe “Black On High” opening May 3.
LA’s The Gallery presents Black on High, a Brooklyn takeover of Hollywood, with work from Othelo Gervacio, Alexander Heir, Jess Poplawski, Dilek Baykara and Tamara Santibanez. The exhibition brings the darkside to sunny LA with each artist bringing their unique perspective on the punk/metal scene to the gallery. Presented by Alexis Gross, the show is the latest in a series by the artist and curator’s takeover of The Gallery on Cahuenga. Opening night is this Friday, May 3.

Featuring the works of New York artsits:

Othelo Gervacio (www.othelogervacio.com)
Tamara Santibanez (www.tamarasantibanez.com)
Alexander Heir (www.alexanderheir.com)
Jess Poplawski (www.jesspoplawski.com)
Dilek Baykara (www.dilekbaykara.us)

The Gallery 1621 North Cahuenga Los Angeles, CA 90028

Exhibition Opens MAY 3, 2013
8 P.M. – LATE
1621 NORTH CAHUENGA BOULEVARD
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90028
On view through MAY 31, 2012
THE SHOP inside of THE GALLERY will be in full force as well including many zines and original work by established and emerging artists.

Ben Rayner Photo Show

04 April 2013, 02.41 | Posted in Art, Event, Photography | No comments »

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On Thursday, April 4th Alexis Gross & The Gallery next to The Burgundy Room will present 1000, a solo photo exhibition by photographer Ben Rayner. 1000 is an explosion of sorts of Rayner’s brain, with the exhibition aptly featuring 1000 photos spanning the past ten years of Rayner’s subjects covering the walls. A sensory overload of good times, faces, places, objects and dogs- a life collage.

Ben Rayner is a british photographer based in New York. Rayner has had solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Tokyo and has released two monographs of his work “Powerballads” in 2010 and “(Un)Familiar” in 2012 as well as numerous zines such as “Hello Buddy” which was entirely dedicated to dogs. Rayner has shot for magazines such as Vogue, Vice, Dazed and Confused as well as the likes of Nike, Converse, and Adidas.

I don’t think I’d be alone in saying that Ben Rayner is one of London’s finest portrait photographers. A plethora of great talent has stood in front of his lens, from Alexa Chung, to Wolfgang Tilmans, and if it’s good enough for them, it most certainly is for me. Some great editorial features too that shouldn’t be missed, including work for Vice, Vogue and Wonderland.” Alex Bec – It’s Nice That.

The Gallery Next To The Burgundy Room Opening Reception Thursday April 4th 8pm-Mindnight

1621 North Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028

Ed Templeton For Relapse

13 March 2013, 20.28 | Posted in Art, Photography, Skateboarding | No comments »

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Not too long ago I had the pleasure of dropping by Ed Templeton’s house in Huntington Beach, CA to do an interview and shoot some photos for a feature I was writing for Relapse Magazine’s Art Issue. We sat and talked for over an hour straight about everything from the influence of skateboarding on his creativity, and how he manages to shoot photos of people on the streets without being noticed, and his whole skateboarding girl thing. Afterwards he gave me a tour of his house, studio, and darkroom while I shot off some photos for the piece. It was definitely rad to rap out with someone so prolific and influential in not only skateboarding, but photography as well. Ed is an incredibly humble guy.

See some more photos after the jump then head over to Relapse Magazine’s website where you can read the feature and look at the rest of the issue right there…. or if you are in NYC go pick it up from select newsstands.

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Everyone’s A Photographer: Opening Party Recap

06 November 2012, 11.25 | Posted in Art, Party, Photography | No comments »

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Full house at Lomography’s space right on Santa Monica Blvd.

Friday, November 2nd I had the privilege of hosting a group photo show titled “Everyone’s A Photographer” at the Lomography Gallery Store in Los Angeles as the winner of their “Win Your Dream Space” competition. Long story short, Lomography offered up their different gallery stores all over the world to whoever came up with the best idea how to utilize each space for an entire month. And I was lucky enough to win their LA location with this photo show I dreamed up involving a group of California-based friends that I have personally been influenced by creatively.

Click more to see the rest of the recap & photos.

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Punch The Camera: Issue 2

27 August 2012, 07.20 | Posted in Art, Photography | No comments »

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A friend of mine, Justin Parkhurst, recently released the second issue of his photo zine “Punch The Camera“. When you hear the word “zine” you tend to think of a couple black and white xeroxed pages crudely bound by a string of thread. “Punch The Camera” however is more of a soft cover book filled with 104 pages of full color images on nicely bound premium stock paper. And printed on those pages is the work of 8 different photographers including the likes of Peter Sutherland, Jim Mangan, Gary McLeod, and Justin himself. You can buy a copy for yourself here and support a project that many of us think of doing ourselves and rarely follow through on.

More preview images after the jump.

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Flat425: A Peek At Chad Muska’s “Deconstructionism”

19 July 2012, 07.32 | Posted in Art, Skateboarding | 3 comments »

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The other night I had the chance to get a sneak peek at Chad Muska’s new Los Angeles art space, Flat425, which is currently functioning as Muska’s studio and a showcase for his latest body of work titled “Deconstructionism”. As the name suggests, all the pieces are based around breaking down materials and reconstructing them to create something new. Which seems to reflect what Muska is going through in his own life. For example one of the pieces is six months worth of shredded information dumped on a canvas and soaked in resin. It is a work in progress in which new pieces are constantly being added, and well… probably destroyed. If you happen to be in the LA area and would like to take a look for yourself you can make an appointment at info@flat425.com. To keep track of what is currently happening inside the studio you can check out the Flat425 Facebook page or Chad Muska’s page.

More photos after the jump…

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These Friends Three: This Los Angeles Art Show

22 February 2012, 02.35 | Posted in Art, Party | 1 comment »

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Upcoming on February 24th I have a few friends featured in a massive art show entitled “These Friends Three” at the THIS Los Angles gallery. If you happen to be in the area I highly recommend coming out for the opening from 7-10PM at the gallery on 5906 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA. With over 100 artist featured including Any Mueller, KC Ortiz, Pose, Chris Pastras, Steven Harrington, Travis Millard, Natas Kaupas, Mike Perry, Jared Eberhardt, Geoff McFetridge, Cleon Peterson, Chris Bettig, and many many more there is bound to be something you find interesting. Check out the Facebook event page for more info.