Dab Art ROSTER
Jonas Lara is a Southern California based mixed media artist, working with photography and paint, primarily focusing on Architectural Abstraction. He earned his BFA in Photography and Imaging at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and his MFA in Fine Art and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Jonas is also a US Marine Core Veteran.
My work revolves around the notion of imaginary spaces and non-figurative objects that are self-sufficient and self-sustained within their compositions. I am intrigued by the mechanisms and kinetics found within both technological and natural structures: the organic and the mechanic. Working with cut paper allows me the opportunity to explore the underlying layers (literally and figuratively) that drive both systems and is an extended reflection of the human condition and our position above, yet never beyond nature.
“My mixed media work consists mostly of prints mixed with different mediums, as well as wood burning, paintings and drawings. My greatest inspiration, and often the subject of my art, is the natural world seen through the lens of my childhood. From my earliest memory I have seen the world around me as organic forms. Each tree is completely different from another and I’m drawn to the patterns, shapes and colors that I see. I first translate what I see through line and then follow the pattern to create the bigger picture. I use my memory as well as inspirational photos that I have taken in order to bring my painting and prints to life.”
My work seeks a nexus where experience transcends visual language.
Through the properties of water my work builds and destroys itself. Banks rise through deposits of sediment. Pours of diluted material leave only traces of what was previously a vibrant passage.
Without a vessel to contain it, water is wild; similarly, my work needs structure. I find that structural answer in architecture, as well as biological forms. As skeletal lines and diffused marks, these anchor my work.
Simultaneously, I work removing weeks of marks in an instant with an orbital sander, I erase, leaving only an archeology - The place where my act of making becomes the starting point for the viewer.
Beyond process it is about visual and metaphorical relationships to time and space. I want the forward progress of my work to be disrupted, to fold back on itself like memory.
Making my work is a ritual where lived moments are absorbed then reformed into new language, one transcendent of garnered expectation, free.
Whether Fibbonacci spirals, scientific theories of disorganized complexity, or the architecture of habitats—nature has long been a primary source for erudition in both art and science.
Recent maps charting social networks on the digital frontier take the visual quality of plant root structures, especially rhizomes. A rhizome is a stem of a plant that spreads by sending shoots to multiple points of self-replicating nodes. The interconnection of the rhizome negates hierarchy and represents a kind of democratic interconnectivity, very similar to the accessible and creative systems of living in a digital age. I find it interesting to see abstract processes mirroring physical designs seen in nature.
My work lets these ideas and symbols collide into evocative patterns that I see as a kind of geography of thought. Borrowing from maps of social networks, the invading patterns of virus behavior or the comportment of swarming insects, and simply the shapes of leaves and petals fallen to the ground — I am interested in disorganized complexity as a prominent overlay to the rational constructions of contemporary life. I strive for associations layered into a collective visual image that asks for contemplation of the structures shaping our knowledge, our relationships, or memories, and our physical experiences.
I will always be drawn to people. Having come from a small but diverse town in the San Gabriel valley near Los Angeles, I want my work to reflect the ethnic diversity that has always been part of my experiences and reality that often times I do not see being represented in popular media. My influences stem from cinema and editorial print. Stories, emotions and ideas captured in a single frame draw my attention. I start with simple ideas and build layers incrementally from there. Including a person of color adds another layer itself because it immediately differs from the mainstream. We are all different, and I love photographing that. I am based in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park.
Davia King is an abstract expressionist artist who uses bright colors. By layering think layers of acrylic ink and using water, air and gravity to manipulate the paint she captures a visual interpretation of creative energy. By allowing the composition to take on a life of its own rather than try to force a preexisting idea, each piece is unique and cannot be replicated twice exactly the same way. Davia has done a number of gallery shows including HUD Gallery in Ventura, Dysonna City Art Gallery in mid Wilshire, and The Angel Station in Santa Monica. Underground art shows have included “Pancake and Booze”, and “Chocolate and Art”. Other pop up shows have been held in Cafes, office spaces, retail stores, vape lounges, private estates, and the DTLA art walk and the Venice Art Crawl. If you are curious to see what she is currently working on, you can bop on in for a studio tour while enjoying a nice cup of tea. She loves to share her art with anyone who wants to know more about it! Davia began her art training at the age of 12 taking private lessons. After listening to the sensible rational of the world at 18 she decided to study Business Management so that one day she could be comfortable and rich! She graduated with a B.A. in 2005 from Brigham Young University. After working in corporate America for a year and at the ripe old age of 25 she retired. After some deep introspection she redirected her path to become a life coach and received her M.A in Spiritual Psychology in 2010 from the University of Santa Monica. While taking on clients Davia realized she was helping other people live out their dreams, but still wondered what was her own? So she life coached herself and accepted all she really wants to do is create! Back to the art she flew and in 2011 she began publicly showing her work. After a ten-year hiatus she gathered up enough courage to simply follow her own heart! Davia hopes that by sharing her story others will also have the courage to follow the dreams in their own heart. Davia was born on the edge of the Wasatch Mountains in Provo, Utah. Growing up with such great beauty around her was inspiring but the big city energy and culture has always beckoned her and in 2009 she moved to Los Angeles, where she currently resides.
As a traditionally trained artist Blair Martin Cahill is extremely interested in the new dynamic of art and uses an amazing array of modern tools in conjunction with long established techniques.
By combining traditional methods of foundry casting and textile production with cutting edge technology, Cahill finds infinite opportunities for producing completely unique and truly
contemporary fine art.
Cahill's new work encapsulates the traditional with the modern and juxtaposes dissimilar materials, such as steel and silk.
Cahill obtained her BFA from California Institute of the Arts and then attended the University of Arts London, Chelsea for her MA in Fine Art. This further established her individual style of combining elements of color and light. In addition to studying at Art Center College of Design she was awarded the Digital Fabrication Residency.
Cahill has lectured at the Collage Artists of America and her work is held in private collections internationally.
Carolyn Reed Barritt
I make drawings, paintings and sculptures. An overheard word or phrase, a photograph, a found shape, a single line in a novel; any can spark an idea. This idea then grows and turns into a theme for a series: possibly one of landscapes, or of artworks representing single moments in time. Often what triggers an idea is a combination of disparate words, a spray of leaves on a sidewalk, or what is in the background of a seemingly mundane photograph.
For my paintings and drawings I use a combination of primitive and precise marks and shapes. My sculptures are constructed with a combination of natural and man-made elements.
Edgar Takoyaki developed his passion for photography after documenting his first visit to Japan with a point-and-shoot camera in 2005. In the years since, Edgar has studied the technical side of photography while developing his distinctive style. His subjects are varied, from portraiture and travel photography to elaborately staged sci-fi-noir scenes. Much of his work reflects the influence of Japanese culture and science fiction, and is distinguished by a dark, atmospheric quality that suggests a larger story behind each image.
Edgar has shown his work at a number of solo and group exhibitions in California, and he has earned international recognition in recent years. In 2012, Edgar was presented the Jury Award of Merit (Landscape) in the International Fine Art Photography Contest Grand Prix de la Couverte. He was also invited to London as an exhibitor in the Life-Framer Alternative Lives Exhibition in 2014.
Edgar is currently compiling a body of work based on his custom-built robot. He lives in Ventura with his wife, three cats, and robot companion.
Janet Milhomme is a Los Angeles photographer and mixed-media artist who has worked in the fields of journalism, marketing, public relations and publishing. She has worked as a stringer for United Press International, special correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, West African correspondent for London-based South magazine, assistant editor and feature writer for Escape magazine and author for Pearson Publishing. Her photos have been published internationally in newspapers, magazines and books. In recent years she has participated in a number of juried and group exhibitions, some featuring notable curators from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco MOMA, Orange County Museum of Art, and Gagosian Gallery of New York. She has received awards from galleries as well as the New York Center for Photographic Arts, and Women in Photography International (WIPI). Her photos are held in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.