Bleu Avina

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Encinitas based muralist Bleu Avina has taken Southern California by storm. Armed with spray cans, paint brushes, and a desire to share his vision with others, Bleu has continued to create beautifully crafted murals that tell a story about our societies ever relying dependance on technology. -James Pawlish/The Citrus Report

Who is Bleu Avina? Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been making art, did you have any sort of formal training?

I’m twenty four, currently living in Encinitas California. I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid, but never really knew what I could do with it until I was about fifteen. I’ve taken some art classes but lost interest quick and fizzled out of them.

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A large portion of your work is centered on bio-mechanical form. Is there any specific reason why?

We all depend on machines and technology to one degree or another, so I like to incorporate that into my work by combining human body parts or organs to mechanical things.

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Tell us a little bit about your creative process.

When I work at home I like to listen to music. Get my spirits up with a little dancing, then I just start. Once I’m in the zone I’ll work for hours and don’t really care about anything else.

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What is your favorite medium to work with?

Mostly acrylics, I like to work with a few different mediums though. Water colors, ink, charcoal. I do a lot of drawing with microns as well.

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What inspires you?

I get inspiration from everything I take in. Subconsciously it’s all there, it just takes concentration and awareness to get it out. Most of my work is a response to our culture, the bar for whats culturally normal keeps getting raised, and we want more and we want it faster. Which I think takes us further away from ourselves and others. So, I like to make art about that.

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Are there any artists that have helped shape and influence your style?

My friend Chet Wheatly’s art influenced me growing up. I didn’t really know much about art until I met him and saw what he was doing with it. I used to bite on his style and he would call me out for it. Other than that there are plenty. Kieth Haring is my hero. I like a lot of street artists, Herbert Baglione if probably my favorite at the moment. The Ukrainian duo Interesni Kazki, Blu, Escif, Liqen, and many others.

You’ve had the opportunity to do some mural work. Do you find yourself wanting to work more in the streets, rather then the studio?

Absolutely. That’s my main goal right now, it’s hard for me though. I’m kinda of starting out at the bottom. I’m anxious to get it out there. So any opportunity I have I’ll go for. I think I have something different to bring to the table in the street art world.

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What are some upcoming projects you have planned?

I have a friend who’s a videographer, we’re going to do some stop motion videos of me painting. I’m in the process of getting my art on some t-shirts. I’ve been searching for walls to do murals on. Other than that, I’m painting and doing lots of drawing.

What are you currently listening to?

Mainly Fela Kuti. I can listen to it all day. For the majority of my recent work I was listening to nothing but talking heads, I can’t get enough of them.

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Good Style: diadora Heritage Mi Basket 84

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These are looking like a good buy. Old-school Italian sportswear company Diadora just released the look of the Heritage Mi Basket 84, originally made for the 1984 Olimpia Milano professional basketball team, and it will see stores later this year. We like that nice broken in look…

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Picasso, the trendsetter

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Never mind that in 1956, Bardot went to visit Picasso’s studio near Cannes during the famed Cannes Film Festival. That is interesting, but we are looking at Picasso’s style here. Swear to god, we were at Unionmade in SF yesterday, and almost bought the exact same look Picasso is going with here. We call this, in short, timeless.

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Sage Vaughn @ MOCA for Transmission LA

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Good friend and a very fine artist, Sage Vaughn, who showed at our FIFTY24SF Gallery this past November and December, has his work in the epic Beastie Boy Mike D curated Transmission LA at MOCA 17-day exhibition. Mouthful, but you get it. We saw that Sage posted his wall of envelopes, which look especially fantastic all orderly like this. His envelopes are always really great snippets into his style and method, some of our favorite work around. Love this wall.

Merkley???

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James Pawlish talks to San Francisco photographer Merkley??? about his influences, nudity, Mormons and new book entitled ZZZ??? Zebras, Zeppelins & Zucchinis.

JP:Who is Merkley??? Tells us a little bit about your personal life and upbringing.

Merkley???: Hey, that’s ME! I’m Merkley??? I grew up Mormon in Utah with two step moms, two step dads and 17 siblings some of whom share DNA and others who are merely Steps a.k.a “invaders”.

I am The Heavyweight Sleep Champion of The World and I eat my own weight in mexican food every 20 minutes. Old Faithful ain’t got shit on me.

Even though I make pictures of mostly naked people, the subject of sex or eroticism still gives me the heegeebeegees.

Yes I reinvented that word to pay proper homage to The Bee Gees without whom I would be completely lost fashion wise. Blame nobody but yourselves. Blame nobody but yourselves.

BTW, I am STILL technically a Mormon. I think that’s pretty fucking cool.

I baptized people in Brazil you know, Yeah, LOTS even. I’m still good friends with my favorite missionary companion there. He is now married… to a MAN.

I think he too is still technically Mormon.

You asked.

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You have a pretty unique sense of style? Where do you get those three piece corduroy suits of yours? I heard you have a different color one for every day of the week.

Ha, this means I get to talk more about The Bee Gees. I have stolen most everything I am from those fine brothers and you know what? My father claims that we are RELATED to them. I know right? I can’t prove it but there certainly are a LOT of Gibbs in the bloodline. From Whales even. I don’t know if the Gibbs in the Bee Gees have welsh ancestry, I’m told they do but you can google if you want.

Anyway, yeah I actually have 31 suits all the same. There is a nice lady in Hoi An Vietnam that makes them for me. We do everything over yahoo video chat. You all can Skype as much as you want but Thuy ‘n I like to keep it old school.

I once talked with her about The Bee Gees when she was making the pattern for the first suit.

I wasn’t planning on this being so much about The Bee Gees, I swear.

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A lot of your photos incorporate props and uniquely crafted installations. How would describe your creative process?

You know how when you are five years old, Mormon, upper lower class and you don’t have a lot of toys so you play with groceries, sticks, bugs, cardboard boxes, dead rodents, dead batteries, dead plants, Broken radios, Upside down TV’s, neighbors pets and stuff from your mom’s closet?

No?

Well it’s exactly like that.

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Your work has this sarcastic/fuck you attitude to it that’s hilarious. Tells us about this side of your personality.
I have no idea what “sarcastic” means.

My turn to Google. hold on.

Ok, I just read what that means and FUCK YOU for saying it.

I’m totally sincere about everything always and forever infinity.

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When did you first pick up a camera. How has your style evolved over the years?

I’m guessing I probably picked on up as a baby at some point although I probably just slobbered on it and tossed it just out of reach. Then I probably crapped my pants and cried.

I don’t remember much about my infancy so lets skip ahead to the year 2000 when I bought a palm pilot attachment that let me make digital photos that were about 300

Ben Tour “Notes From the Underground”

Catalog Gallery Presents : Ben Tour ‘Notes From the Underground’ from Catalog Creative on Vimeo.

Old friend, Vancouver-based Ben Tour, is set to open a new series of works on paper at Catalog Gallery in Vancouver this Thursday, March 8. Tour says of the work, “This show is a collection of works on paper and painted installations. I approached the imagery as a series showcasing my style and preferred materials and techniques. My themes involve strength and fragility, love and regret and aim to illustrate the universal vulnerability that is the human condition.”

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Ben Tour “Notes From the Underground”

Catalog Gallery Presents : Ben Tour ‘Notes From the Underground’ from Catalog Creative on Vimeo.

Old friend, Vancouver-based Ben Tour, is set to open a new series of works on paper at Catalog Gallery in Vancouver this Thursday, March 8. Tour says of the work, “This show is a collection of works on paper and painted installations. I approached the imagery as a series showcasing my style and preferred materials and techniques. My themes involve strength and fragility, love and regret and aim to illustrate the universal vulnerability that is the human condition.”