Paved New World: William Brent added to Daniel Pinder Upcoming Starrer

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Daniel Pinder’s new film project, Paved New World Paved has added more talent to a project that’s a major project for the actor. Pinder is well-known for his role as Michael on Chicago PD, and the upcoming film Skate God. He’ll now be joined in the Paved New World project by another talented actor, William Brent – also known as Billy Unger. Brent, above, starred in the long-running Disney hit Lab Rats, as well as appearing with stars Kristen Bell and Jamie Lee Curtis in the recent films You Again and The Descendants 2.

In Paved New World, Brent will play the part of Funch, a “bad guy” role that the actor is excited to portray. The film focuses on the challenge between two skaters who race against the clock to see their hometown skater hero, Gibby (Andy Schrock) as he completes a suicidal gap jump on his skateboard. One of the two avid skateboard fans, Slim, will be played by Pinder; the other fan role is yet to be announced. Claudia Lee ( Kick-Ass2 and Hart of Dixie) will play a biker who is also the love interest for Slim (Pinder). Ava Allan, Olivia Rodrigo, Connor Weil, Kamil McFadden, Tilky Jones and social media stars Josh Paler Lin and Chad Tepper are also in the cast. With the addition of Brent, excitement is building, as the stellar cast continues to grow.

The film already has an extensive behind the lines pedigree. The film, written by Bio-Dome creators Scott Marcano and two time Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winner Kip Koenig of Greys Anatomy is directed by Skate God director Alexander Garcia.  It’s being produced by Brad Krevoy (Dumb and Dumber) along with Marcano and Garcia.

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Above, Daniel Pinder

“Paved New World is set in the 90s and follows two teens, Slim and Kilgore, on their last day of summer as they travel across town to watch their skate boarding idol attempt a suicidal skate trick,” Pinder explains. “It’s really a coming of age story about these best friends on a journey of finding themselves.”

Pinder calls the film’s story vividly relatable, and says he relates well to the character, and was able to bring his favorite hobby – skateboarding – to the character, as well. Having the lead role in a film supported by such strong and skilled acting talent like Brent is beyond exciting for the young actor.

“I understand Slim and…I feel like I’ve been very close to this character most of life,” Pinder asserts.  “What I most identify with in him is his passion. I’m very excited for everyone to meet Slim.”

Paved New World is set to release June 21, 2018.

Beautiful Parts

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Above, Nurit Avesar’s “Pre-Existing Condition,” an elegiac look inside the body and into the spirit.

Beautiful Parts, closing tomorrow at the CSUN gallery in Northridge, is an incisive sum of those parts, featuring works from Marlena Guzman, Catherine Bennation, Jessika Edgar, Zeina Baltagi, David Estrada, Kristine Schomaker, Rain Lucien Matheke, Nurit Avesar, Alexsandra Papoban, Kimberly Morris, Michelle Nunes, John Zarcone, Monica Sandoval,  Mona Karsa, and Kellan Barneby King. Juried by artist Kim Abeles, and organized by the curatorial collective, Rough Play, the exhibition is also the first annual exhibition hosted by the CSUN Alumni Association Art Chapter and CSUN Art Galleries.

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Above, David Estrada crosses two time periods – what these Renaissance men conceive of as beautiful appears different than ours.

The exhibition takes a look at the malleable concept of beauty that changes with time, trends, and cultures; the artists were asked to consider society’s messages about what beauty is today, and how they personally absorb those messages. It’s a provocative question and a prescient one today. With social media creating a global forum in which to connect and to criticize – body shaming trolls, anyone? – what does beauty have to do with it? 

The exhibition features works that deal with body image, and with an artist’s portrayal of the body. Abeles has chosen works that in an exhilarating way often present the body – and beauty – as distinct elements. 

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then there is much here that is beautiful, some of it abstract or distorted, some mysterious, as if an artist as alchemist had created an installation.

 

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Viewers can take in the detailed watercolor by Zeina Baltagi, “Becoming,” which presents the artist’s underwear as if it were a delicate mosaic. A beautiful garment used for a prosaic purpose is presented on a visual pedestal as it were, the fine covering of a part of the body that may or may not be considered a beautiful one.

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A more alien image is presented in Alexandra Papoban’s work, above,  a serenely intimate image of a human torso.

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Kristine Schomaker’s “An Uncomfortable Skin” is one piece that evokes a mysterious lab, the aforementioned alchemist’s work, or a candy-maker’s workplace. The analogy isn’t entirely out of place. Always a bravely revealing artist, Schomaker allows viewers a look at her own personal navigation of an eating disorder, as well as a magical accumulation of reconfigured past works, fragments of wigs, plastic spoons. The large scale piece seems to posit the idea that we are who we are, whether we are in bits and pieces, whether we are “whole,” whether we feel as beautiful as we “should” look. 

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John Zarcone’s “Information Theory” presents realistic, intense images of a young man and woman, created on loose canvas. Below them are the words “El Significado es irrelevante,” translated as “the meaning is irrelevant.” The image is emblematic of the exhibition: here we are, love us or leave us.

Beauty, like life itself, is fluid. We are here, time passes, and we are gone in a heartbeat. The beauty of a smile, a face, a gesture, a touch – what we see and what we remember are highly subjective.

Take a look at the all-too-fleeting exhibition that reminds us of just that, before it closes.

CSUN Art Gallery is located at 18111 Nordhoff Street in Northridge.

  • Genie Davis; Photos courtesy of the gallery

 

Artmonious: Synergy Between Apps and Art

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There’s a new way to find art in town, and that’s Artmonious, a mobile art app that launched in a very meta way last week – with a live Venice pop-up displaying some of the art available through the company’s technology.  The Abbot Kinney event drew a crowd to see works by LA-based artists such as Alex Gross, Timothy White, and Jean-Christophe Dick.
With an ambition to create the worlds biggest social media art network, this mobile app has an algorithm for art taste, as Pandora does for music. One piece is shown to a collector at a time, with the collector having the option swipe left if they don’t find it appealing and right if they do. The more a user swipes right, the more the system will learn the collector’s taste in art.
Artmonious co-creator Casey Fannin discusses how the app came about. “My fiancee Alex and I saw there was something missing from the online art world. A few things stood out to us. First, there wasn’t any mobile art app that everyone was using. Second, we felt every online art gallery website looked the same. There was a lack of personalization when you looked to find art.  And also the experience felt overwhelming because of how many choices you are presented with.”
Seeking to create a different experience for people, one that was simpler and more personalized, they focused on a mobile experience because they felt that was the direction the art world is heading.
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“So we thought of swiping left or right to one artwork at a time as an easy way for someone to discover art, but also if we build an algorithm that could learn peoples taste as they swiped, that would personalize it more because we would know what artworks we should present as each person continued to use the app.”
Fannin is excited by the idea of giving artists a new and innovative outlet to reach the right collectors for their work.
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“Our technology and the data our app can learn through swiping is very exciting and will be extremely useful. We want our app to not only be a marketplace to buy art, but a fun app you can use to discover new artists and artwork,” she attests.
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Fannin has a degree in printmaking and graphic design, and after school she was hired  Park West Gallery, one of the largest auction houses in the world. “I lived aboard cruise ships for 2 years conducting live art auctions. I really learned a lot about the sales side in the art world working for this company,” she reports. After she left the high seas, she packed up and moved west, and is currently gallery director at the Morrison Hotel Gallery which specializes in music photography.
Fannin’s partner and fiancee, Alex Kaplan, moved from New York to Los Angeles to write screenplays, but was drawn into the tech world, becoming a senior account executive for two technology startups, Main Street Hub and ZipRecruiter.
“After watching ZipRecruiter grow from startup to receive a $63 million dollar investment, Alex was inspired to start his own company,” Fannin says.
Asked what artists she finds most inspiring, Fannin demurs from picking favorites.
“I particularly like discovering emerging artists. There are so many incredible artists in each city, especially right here in Los Angeles! Most people looking to buy art have no idea that they can find an original piece of art by an artist right in their city that is extremely affordable,” she relates. “And even better, they can find something unique that speaks to them that isn’t the same print your neighbor bought from Ikea.”
Take a look at how Artmonious works right here.
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– Genie Davis; photos: provided by Artmonious

Pestered About What to Do on Halloween?

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Pattern vector created by Veraholera

Here’s a bug in your ear – if you’re wondering just what to do to celebrate the season – check out the Halloween Film Pestival,  this Saturday October 21st at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s that you ask? Well, it’s an event sponsored by the Western Exterminator Company that presents a variety of bug-themed films, popcorn that can optionally be topped with flavored crickets, and insect infused lollipops as treats.  Yes, there will be traditional movie candy and soda provided gratis, too.  And attendees can dress up in costume.

What’s screening? Bee Movie, The Ant Bully, Epic, The Birds (wait – birds eat bugs, don’t they?), The Fly, Big Ass Spider, and Eight Legged Freaks. 

Between flicks you can participate in a cricket eating contest and explore an exhibit on entomology – that’s the study of bugs, naturally.

Pesty parking worries? Like the film fest itself, it’s sponsored and free. Los Feliz Movie Theatre is located at 1822 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027; parking is around the corner at 4640 Melbourne Ave.

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To screen a film, RSVP to your movie showing of choice (up to 4 tickets). Seat availability is first come, first served. To RSVP buzz over HERE.

  • Genie Davis; bug photo (top) Pattern vector created by Veraholera – Freepik.com