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Artists have always contributed to protest and revolt in ways that capture the dialogue and propel people forward. But Artists may need to do things now as protest that maybe they don’t see as art. So what follows are links to guides prepared by good, solid sources about what to do if you run into trouble as a protester.
Quarantoons by Bill Kieffer
Cheyanne Sauter, Executive Director of Art Share LA, speaks to NOT REAL ART about the challenges of leading a non-profit arts organization during good times and tough times.
An essay — and artworks — from the edge of fashion; a literary and visual creation from artist Beth Abaravich
Artist Rachel O’Donnell shares the importance of finding your tribe in the art world.
At NOT REAL ART, we think art shouldn’t be so serious and humor is a great way to celebrate art and the artists who make it. So, we are teaming up with veteran comic Katie Love to see if comedians can use their funny bones to make art more relatable. So…
Sage legal guidance for artists from Deviant Art’s former chief legal advisor Joshua Wattles.
City of Fish: Quarantoons by Bill Kieffer
Whelp, this certainly wasn’t covered in art school. Right now, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic and being confronted by some pretty uncomfortable realities. I’m constantly vacillating between two contrasting reactions which I’m sure has become the norm for all of us. But where does this leave the art world when the real world is falling to pieces?
COVID-19 is a real and deadly threat that must be respected and dealt with immediately. Yet, it’s not the long term problem plaguing independent visual artists. The long term problem facing artists is: lack of consumer demand for original art.
Art from the mind of artist Bill Keiffer
Bill Kieffer is one of those artists too talented to put in a box. A multi-discplinary, multi-dimensional, multi-media creative professional, Bill writes, designs, paints, draws, sculpts, fabricates and tattoos. He’s exhibited his artwork in art galleries, created commercial work for global brands, produced stop motion animation in Hollywood and he’s tattooed hundreds of proud clients’ bodies with his art.
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Contemporary Artist Man One discusses his art installation at Sneakertopia, a pop-up art museum in Los Angeles focused on sneaker culture.
Rachel O’Donnell was born in Dallas, TX and attended a performing arts school where she studied ballet and contemporary dance. “That’s kind of where I thought my creative path was going. Then I ended up taking art classes and really enjoyed it. I had a teacher who said I should pursue this on a professional level.”
It was early morning in Japan when Jessie Noguchi called in for the interview. She was visiting her family there, following the loss of her grandmother who deeply influenced her life and her art. “My grandmother had an eye for art and she knew what she liked. It always came from her soul and not because the painter was famous or anything like that. In February 2018, before my grandmother passed away, she requested that I do something to express myself to the world because she knew that I am the kind of person who is still dreaming of things I want to do. So I started posting Instagram photos and also digital paintings and paintings on canvas.”
Thony Loui was born and raised in Haiti and always knew he would be an artist. “I loved art, but I didn’t get serious until I was in high school when I made a logo for a famous local band.” This brush with fame wouldn’t be Loui’s last. In 2018, he was commissioned by Conan O’Brien to paint Conan’s portrait on the back of one of Haiti’s tap-tap buses. “He gave me 24 hours to do the painting on the tap-tap bus, which I did!”
Monica Leal Cueva was born in Mexico City and grew up in Monterrey, Mexico. After relocating to Los Angeles twelve years ago, she found it challenging to adapt and suffered bouts of anxiety and depression. Sometimes, her anxiety was such that she couldn’t do everyday tasks like go to the grocery store. Taking art classes and working at an art studio “changed everything,” shared Leal Cueva.
Marguerite Kalhor grew up in Roseville, CA, a small suburban town outside of Sacramento, complete with rural farmland, tract homes, and a mall. In high school, Kalhor was considered weird for making art. When Kalhor learned that she had won the Not Real Art grant, she was “stoked.”
Karen Fiorito is no stranger to being different and in full view. Her controversial ‘Trumpocalypse’ billboard in downtown Phoenix gained international media attention. In high school, she was bullied for standing out. “I was kind of punk rock. Kids would pick on me because I was different and looked different.”
Eben Eldridge is a painter, a musician, and a preschool teacher who says his duty to the kids is to teach them the basics, the “straight-up, social-emotional reality.”
Maria Delvs is a newcomer to L.A., but certainly not to the art scene. The daughter of an oil painter, Delvs’ first memories as an artist began in her childhood home in Miami, Florida. She says, “The best thing about being an artist is channeling myself through my hands. You can’t buy that. You can’t make that. Nobody can take that from you. No matter what you have or don’t have financially, you always have that.”
Talya Covello was born and raised in Culver City, California. While in film school, she discovered that she naturally gravitated towards production design because she “liked that whole aspect of building worlds.” But, production design didn’t fully engage her artistic expression and she had always liked photography, a talent her father recognized in her early on. “He knew I was going to be a photographer. He always told me, ‘follow my heart, do what you need to do.’”
Bustillo describes her art as abstracted cityscapes, doodles, with an anything goes motto. “Because when it’s anything goes, you can MacGyver the sh**t out of it!”