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Their Winter 2003 Group
“The Optical Lounge & The
On Saturday, January 25,
Los Angeles, CA - Arts organization and bi-monthly art
event Create:Fixate kicks off 2003 with their 5th event
on Saturday, January 25th from 8:00pm - 2:00am entitled “The
Optical Lounge & The Audio Lab.” Create:Fixate’s highly
successful shows feature a slice of LA’s best emerging visual
artists, DJs, and musicians. The winter 2003 group art show
takes place at a private loft in Downtown Los Angeles at 1146
East 11th Street, Los Angeles, 90021. The Optical Lounge will
feature eighteen painters, sculptors and photographers. The
Audio Lab portion will include eleven DJs spinning a variety
of electronic music, plus a special performance from members
of Dakah, a live hip-hop orchestra. A minimum donation of
$5.00 is suggested but no one will be denied entrance due to
lack of funds. Please visit
for more details.
Create:Fixate is an organization dedicated to showcasing
the work of emerging artists. From its inception in December
2001, they’ve produced much-anticipated one-night-only art and
music happenings at a secluded Downtown Los Angeles loft.
Organization founder Michelle Berc, an artist and
photographer curates the ever-growing talent pool of visual
artists and musical guests. “Today the LA art scene is
stronger than ever. I want to help connect up-and-coming
artists with the professional art world and the community
at-large. By assisting innovative new artists, my goal is to
encourage galleries/curators to look upon Create:Fixate as a
venue to discover emerging talent.”
Each event offers new artists and new musical guests as well
as returning artists but with new work. Past Create:Fixate
events have pulled an average attendance of 500 guests and
each show boasts a high art sales rate. The doors open at
8:00pm and early arrival is encouraged to enjoy ample viewing.
Below you will find short bios on the talent being showcased
at the January 25th Create:Fixate event: “The Optical Lounge
and The Audio Lab.”
The Optical Lounge:
Jonatan Damian is a graduate of Art Center College of Design
in Pasadena, California, where he studied Environmental
Design. He works in a wide range of disciplines, often
combining the fields of fine art, furniture, and interior
design. Recent furniture pieces have been shown at the Salone
Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Italy and were also
featured this year at The Ace Gallery in New York and at !d
Gallery in Los Angeles. His work has been published in Modo
(Italy), LA Times, NY Times and Furniture Style. Other
exhibitions include "Inner Action" video installation at Carte
Blance sponsor show, California, "Un-Sexuall" space
installation at Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA,
"Theories of a Perfect World" video installation, at Red - Los
Angeles, CA and "Sequence" at Roam Gallery - Los Angeles, CA.
Drew Dunlap has been in LA for three and a half years after
studying in New York City. His major influence from the West
Coast has been the juxtaposition of the natural and the
artificial, which is apparent in the Southern California
landscape; mountains, seascapes, and desert, contrasted with
super highways and industrialization. The current body of work
on display is exploring these elements - the fabricated versus
the natural. Drew uses contrasting materials such as astro-turf,
metal and wood with subtle text to portray our current
environment, as well as to offer a bit of refuge in form of
Michelle’s unlimited creative endeavors include art,
photography, film and music. Recently, her artwork and
photography have been her central focus. The motivation behind
Michelle’s photography stems from her passion for music and DJ
culture. This musical passion also inspires her 2-dimensional
artwork. Using design markers, Michelle creates a unique
perspective, contrasting the granular structure of pointillism
with the complexities of fractal design and tribal folk art.
Her pieces are both organic and geometric in nature. Although
reminiscent of the pop art of the 60s, Michelle’s artwork
contains fluidity uncommon among the 2-dimensional trend of
that era. She is also the founder of Create:Fixate.
James studied Art and Architecture at the NC School of Design
and at SCIARC. Originally from North Carolina, he has been
living and working in California for the past 11 years with an
extended period in South Dakota. Working in many different
mediums and scales, James has been exploring the space of
drawing and silence as process. The current works focus on
energy as line, awareness, slowness, the point where the
individual 'signature' is the whole. Current works:
water-soluble crayon, graphite, photography and bees wax.
Leslie Jay Griffith
Hollywood Hills native, Art Center alumni, and Spoonlamps
creator, Leslie employs universal tools and materials in
combination with light to create unique art objects. Through
pattern, repetition, and obsession, comes Spoonlamps.
Ty Bennett is a self-taught artist who lives and works in
Oceanside, California. His paintings represent the
spirituality of delirium, combining images both volatile and
serene. "No mind" appropriation of kitsch, and esoteric
imagery create a setting for absurd and hidden meaning.
Gary Palmer was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968, and
educated at University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he
gained his MA in Architecture in 1991. He spent his early
years traveling the world etching out his paintings on city
streets in the ephemeral medium of chalk.
Palmer’s work has been exhibited in group and one-person shows
since ‘96 in Los Angeles and Venice, California. Selected
Exhibitions include BHG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Art Heals -
group show 2001, The Sand Box, Abbott Kinney Blvd., and Beige
Magazine, Hollywood - group show, 2002.
The paintings are abstract figurative works in a variety of
media. Palmer’s travels to East Africa, from Malawi to the
island of Zanzibar have been the subject matter of his recent
work. The paintings form a diary recording the journey of the
artist’s own life. He now resides and paints at a monastic
retreat close to the border to Mexico, and his work is
featured on the web at
Originally form Buffalo, New York, Rebecca moved to Los
Angeles in 1996. She has been working in the field of
photography since 1998. Her pieces are inspired by seeking
symbolic value and beauty in things that have been discarded.
A Hollywood native, Colin Woods, age 27 has approached the
surreal style of painting in his own way. Influenced by
graffiti and comic book art, he lets it show through his work.
Using various mixed media, Colin reveals what you may see in a
childhood dream (or nightmare). Involved in other creative
hobbies like Video Editing and Hip-Hop production, the Fine
Arts are what drive Colin to stay creative.
Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Elizabeth graduated
from Corcoran School of Art in 1994. Her work has been
exhibited in many group and solo shows in the D.C. area. In
2000 she moved to Los Angeles and is currently continuing her
studies in photography at Art Center College of Design. This
time she is working on her commercial side of photography. Her
images tend to deal with a more sensual nature of life.
Clay is a self-taught artist who recently moved here from
Austin, Texas to San Diego, CA. He works mainly with PhotoShop
creating large scale digital collages, some of them consisting
of over a thousand layers. All of these layers compressed
create an explosion of vibrant abstract images of beauty and
Andrea’s degree in Psychology & Holistic Health along with her
love for music and art has sparked a new hobby since 1998. She
has been creating "Visual Music" by making cut-n-paste
collages. She shares these along with her photography at
various art shows.
Yeager is a photographic artist with a fascination for
Polaroid film. He lives and works in Venice, California
Known for his civic and artistic activities on the Drum and
Bass DJ scene, Spectr uses black light paints to bring his
oversized cyber-punk images to life. Influences from comics
and Graffiti (as well as a steady diet of intense underground
beats) fuel the intensity that is somehow balanced with a
subtle sense of elegance drawn from an interest in fashion.
Andrew A. Soria
Andrew needs to make art. Favoring (but not excluded to)
painting, sculpture and printmaking, h continues to make art
that allows him to have fun and enjoy the process of creation,
which gives him the greatest payoff. A musician at an early
age, he can play most string and percussion instruments and
will pull a groove out of anything he can make noise come out
of. Andrew works as a visual effects artist and designer in
Trace is a glass artist originally from Belfast, Northern
Ireland, currently living in Venice, CA. After a few
Glass-blowing lessons in Oregon a couple of years ago, she
acquired her own torch setup and began experimenting and
developing her own style and techniques. Trace's main focus is
jewelry, glass pendants and rings with an emphasis on depth
and perspective within the glass. Trace’ jewelry is currently
being sold in Fred Segal and Sharon Stone will be sporting her
jewelry in the up and coming movie Cold Creek Manor. In
addition, Elle magazine recently used her pieces in a photo
shoot for the November issue and Trace was recently
interviewed for the artist feature in the next edition of the
Matt discovered photography while touring the world as a
musician, and soon after discovered the possibility of
creating mandalas using photographs. Each mandala is one
photograph duplicated into four quadrants, two of which are
reversed, and all are placed together digitally to create a
central mandalic image. This simple process turns something
ordinary like a tree into images that are both strangely
familiar and strikingly otherworldly.
Jim is self-taught in photography. His work is about
empowering women not exploiting them. All of his models have
been inspired by being able to express their inner fantasies
during the actual photo shoot. He is also the Pro Manager at
Samy's Camera in Hollywood, CA.
The Audio Lab:
Live Performance featuring members of Dakah
Dakah is a local musical group best described as a hip-hop
orchestra. With over 50 members, the group contains strings,
horns, percussion, vocalists, DJs, and MCs. Many of the
group’s musicians are classically trained. Dakah takes live
music to the next level and a must-see to experience how
today’s culture has taken the old and mixed it in with the
new. Create:Fixate is fortunate to present a handful of
Dakah’s members who will be performing a spontaneous live jam.
This will only draw you in to catch their next show, which
will include all 50 members.
Since 1994, John Tejada has more than 50
recorded releases to his name. John has recorded for over a
dozen of the world’s most respected techno labels including
7th City, Playhouse and Sino as well as his own 6 year old
Palette Recordings imprint. He has showcased his unique DJ
skills all over the world including Australia, Brazil,
Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and his own birthplace Vienna,
Mok & Rusta
Originally from the UK, Mok & Rusta currently reside in Los
Angeles where they run sublife.com, an internet site dedicated
to drum and bass. Three years ago they started broadcasting "Databass",
a live internet production showcasing some of the best drum
and bass DJ/Producers. During the past two years they have
hosted "DataBass Sessions", LA’s premiere monthly Drum and
Bass club and "Substance", a weekly club at the Knitting
Factory, which introduced new sounds from this musical genre.
Recently, they’ve gone undercover working hard running their
recording studio as well as producing their own original
soundz, which will soon be released later in 2003.
Liza Richardson hosts "The Drop," 6:00pm to 9:00pm, on 89.9
KCRW and DJs around the underground West Coast house scene.
She recently music supervised the Mexican hit, "Y Tu Mama
Tambien" and supervises commercials exclusively through
stimmüng, a music and sound-design house based in Santa
Monica. She has found musical solutions for brands such as
Microsoft, Apple, NASCAR, Acura, Honda, Nissan and Motorola.
Andrea Giardina aka DJ AquaVee has been DJing since 1992.
After inspirations by such LA clubs at Flammable Liquid and
Sunday Love, her passion for house music grew ever stronger.
She started her electronic vinyl journey in Los Angeles and
made her way down to San Diego where she frequented The Guf &
Deep. At Club Post Nuclear in Laguna Beach she landed her
first gig. After college in San Francisco and travels around
the world, she finally settled back into Los Angeles where she
has been DJing ever since. Since Oct. 1999 she has been a
buyer at Beat Non Stop Records on Melrose in Hollywood.
Nowadays you can hear her spinning what some might call "Deep
Tech", a combination of house and techno. Her vinyl collection
is such that she might be called upon to DJ a downtempo,
house, jungle, breakbeat, trance or even world music set.
Frosty produces charity dances for senior citizen nudist
colonies, polishes roller derby trophies, doubts all double
coupon claims, smuggles bootleg Bon Jovi cassingles, and
serves as executive vice president of the Burt Reynolds
look-a-like club. In his spare time Frosty runs internet radio
station dublab.com, scribbles phrases for XLR8R Magazine,
freaks airwaves on KPFK, and along with pal Daedelus records
as Adventure Time for Plug Research Records.
Kate is a classically-trained pianist who has
also studied jazz piano, composition and music technology.
Originally from Chicago, Kate became a part of the Chicago
house scene as a young teenager. Since then, she has served as
the music director at WNUR 89.3 Chicago, and was a radio DJ
and recorded electronic music in Chile. She has a new album
coming out in Spring 2003 on Traum/Kompakt. Along with
producing her own music, she plays experimental techno,
minimal techno, hip-hop, downtempo, etc.
This beat soulja loves to mix it up. Look inside her crate and
you'll find house, 2-Step, broken beat, jungle, bossanova, and
jazz. If you catch her DJing across town, her set is bound to
hop from one style to another because as she puts it: "There
is only one thing worse than someone who doesn't like to get
down--someone who ONLY likes to get down to one kind of
music!" Also, look out for her most recent tour de force,
Concentric Beats--a documentary film that explores the
drum'n'bass culture in the United States.
Known for his electro-tech-house beats, Trichome has been
spinning records for 5 years. He is also part of the ELM crew,
known for heading up the LA local electro scene. ELM’s events
showcase electro DJs and producers from all over the world.
DJ Lynk is best known for his down-tempo and breakbeat soundz.
His label is BrokenSignal, and you can find him on the decks
on any given night at 1235 Vine, and the Derby.
This sound navigator has been designing sound-scapes for 8
years, moving people from D.C., to AZ and now LA. Classically
trained, you can expect to hear an eclectic mix covering the
full spectrum of the drum and bass sound.
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