HAUNTING PAINTINGS BY ANDREW HEM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrew Hem has been painting all his life, first as a graffiti artist in his teenage years and now as a full-time exhibiting artist on a worldwide scale.

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Raised as the child of Cambodian immigrants in Los Angeles, Hem’s illustrative paintings bridge disparate aesthetic influences as well as cultural touchstones and sensibilities. Hem’s paintings typically highlight an individual within a group of figures, homing in on the one person who is often somberly staring out from the canvas. Using a cool palette in which the colors do not quite match up with the real world, the artist creates somber moods in illusionistic spaces set at a remove from reality.

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Igloo Hong Artists David Choe, Aaron Horkey, Esao Andrews, Andrew Hem, Mars-1 and El Mac on location in Agdz, Morocco

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Mars-1 Photo: Paco Raterta

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Aaron Horkey Photo: Paco Raterta

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El Mac Photo: Paco Raterta

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Esao Andrews Photo: Paco Raterta

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Mars One and Aaron Horkey Photo: Paco Raterta

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David Choe piece being photographed by Igloo Hong’s massage therapist

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Andrew Hem

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David Choe Agdz

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DVS-1

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David Choe and DVS-1

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David Choe

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David Choe and DVS-1

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DVS-1, Andrew Hem and David Choe

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David Choe

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Igloo Hong

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The Legend of Igloo Hong

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David Choe, Esao Andrews, and Andrew Hem

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David Choe

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David Choe

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Igloo Hong

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Igloo Hong

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David Choe

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Mars-1

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El Mac and Mars-1

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Andrew Hem and David Choe Igloo Hong

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Andrew Hem and David Choe

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Andrew Hem Igloo Hong

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Igloo Hong

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Igloo Hong

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Agdz, Morocco

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Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong

David Choe Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

 

David Choe, Esao Andrews and Andrew Hem Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

 

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David Choe and DVS-1 Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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Andrew Hem Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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Esao Andrews Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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El Mac Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

Aaron Horkey Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

David Choe Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

David Choe, Mars-1, Esao Andrews, Andrew Hem Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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David Choe Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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Photo: Paco Raterta

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Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong

Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong

Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong

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David Choe Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

David Choe Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

David Choe, Esao Andrews, DVS-1, Aaron Horkey, Andrew Hem and Mars-1 Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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David Choe and Andrew Hem Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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David Choe Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong

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El Mac Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong

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Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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David Choe Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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David Choe, DVS-1, Esao Andrews Agdz, Morocco Igloo Hong Photo: Paco Raterta

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DATE FARMERS ART STUDIOS launches: COACHELLA WALLS at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival

There’s more to this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival than any other year.  The difference being the launch of a community  revitalization project called “Coachella Walls” in conjunction to the Music festival.  Organized by Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, the “arts driven community revitalization project” aims to beautify the downtown area with some of the most talented and recognized artists in the world.  The list of contemporary artists/muralists include: The Date Farmers (Coachella), El Mac (Arizona), Nunca (Brazil), Estevan Oriole (Los Angeles), Saner (Mexico), Andrew Hem (Cambodia), Liqen (Spain), Albert Reyes (Los Angeles), Vyal Reyes (Los Angeles), Sego (Mexico), The Phantom (Los Angeles), Eye One (Los Angeles), Jim Darling (Texas), and more.  It also aims to raise awareness for the Eastern Coachella Valley community and dedicates the project “to the anonymous farm worker.” True to the aims of the project, El Mac’s recent mural just completed this week reflects exactly that:

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Three more murals are underway from  Date Farmers depicting two farm workers marching by a car, one by Nunca, and one by Cambodian American artist Andrew Hem.

In addition to the Coachella Murals, the Date Farmers have organized a group show at their studio, on view through April 27, featuring works by the participating artists of the ‘Coachella Walls’.

COACHELLA WALLS // APRIL 2014 // HISTORIC PUEBLO VIEJO DISTRICT from ACADEMY OF STREET ART on Vimeo.