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And the winner is….

After much debate and for a variety of reasons, we have decided to have two winners!

Michelle:

www.littlelovesartist.com

and Alain:

http://www.alainnorte.com/

Congratulations to our two winners! If you like what you see, visit their websites, email them, buy art from them!

Happy Holidays from all of us at A Bad Crit!!

xox

-Monica

For Immediate Release:

Want a chance to have your work featured on A Bad Crit?

Enter our first ever Holiday Greeting Card Contest!

You can choose a specific holiday, make a general “Happy Holidays,” or “Seasons Greetings” card. It’s all up to you!

The winner’s design will be featured on the blog, sent out in an email blast, with more possibilities thereafter. A Bad Crit will also link your website/blog and contact info for all of your adoring fans to find you and your work.

The card design should be 300 dpi, 5”x7” RGB as a .jpg (for the purposes of the blog).

Everyone loves free publicity!

The deadline for entries is December 15th.

Email us at: abadcrit@gmail.com for more information!

xox

-A Bad Crit

The Wofflehouse Featurette

By: Magtotoart

Ever wonder what happens when your living space fills up with art that you’ve made and you don’t want it laying around collecting dust? Ever wonder what happens when an art teacher/artist needs to appease the bills-bills-bills beast? Looking for that special porta-potty watercolor to hang in your home? Got a thing for nurses?

Well, I’m here to bring to you the official Wofflehouse General Store Studio Sale.

Jenifer Wofford is a Bay Area based artist who has traveled the world and just so happens to be a good friend and mentor of mine

Go check her website out: http://wofflehouse.com/

When you’re done learning, laughing, and maybe crying a little, stop by the wofflehouse general store and check out the goods!

http://store.wofflehouse.com/

Have fun!

"Making a Music Video" with Andre 4k

By: Magtotoart

When I asked Andre 4k what it was like to direct a music video, I had no idea what I was in for. I knew that it was no piece of cake. My brief stint in the production industry taught me that. But I wasn’t aware of all of the prep work involved. I wasn’t aware of all of the setbacks involved in making a video on your own. The video I worked on was all set up by the time I got there, and all I had to do was stare at some monitors, help compose some shots, hold some cords, and adjust some clothes and chairs.

Andre gives us an inside look on his process. This is the story of a director on his way up:

"So the name of the first music video I’m presenting is titled “Heroes” from up and coming local artist Cahlaj (collage). I met him earlier this year in February through a mutual High School friend. I had to go through a lot of treatment such as finding extras, shooting locations, looking for props, networking with other filmmakers, borrowing equipment, and making at least five to six different shot lists every time the slightest thing was added or excluded. Right now I’m guessing, but coming up with the whole concept might have taken me two months. The next step was trying to find a day to shoot on. My schedule was pretty flexible but the artist Cahlaj was a fulltime student from Cal State Fullerton who also worked fulltime. So it was really hard for him to be open for a shoot while he juggled college classes, work part time, doing his music on the side, having a social life, and then shooting a video in two different locations in LA… So we met in February-April and had a few meetings to discuss what message we wanted to get across, made sure we had our locations secure, and his song was mastered and mixed. The artist wanted a view of downtown LA buildings in the background, and a little kid with a towel around his neck, which was just a visual look to a bar in the song.

In the month of April, I was ready to shoot the video, but he kept postponing and postponing because of his schoolwork load so we rescheduled until the end of the semester. Again, more delays because the artist was saving up to buy his own microphone and was going to mix the vocals and track by himself. Which didn’t turn out as great so he was recommend a engineer, who liked to take his time. In the meantime I was trying to confirm that I had a downtown loft location booked for the shoot but ended up going thru hell trying to confirm the date because the loft owner lost their phone. I included a scene at the high school we went to. The artist claimed he still talked to one of the teachers who still worked at the school and everything should be good…wrong he waited the last minute to contact her that added another few weeks pushed back.

This video was shot in August on two different days. Day one was shot in the industrial side of downtown LA filled with graffiti and street art, then we headed over to the top floor of a 6 story loft (no elevator) where we would had a view of some skyscrapers, and then end it off with a green screen setup. Day two was about 3 weeks later after we got authorization from the high school to shoot on their property, and also shot some more green screen footage in a friend’s house in Westchester while the rooms were clear from his family moving out.

After I had all the footage I went in nonstop trying to edit as fast as I could, prepping Photoshop pics to be animated, compositing the green screen footage, etc. A good week and a half goes by and once again his audio engineer still hasn’t mixed the song, or any of the songs for his whole entire mixtape. As irritated as I was I just took a break from the project and talked to more artists who was looking for a new director and respected my work ethics. On and off I would go back and tweak certain things until his engineer got his life together and now I can finally present his music video that took way to long to produce. It was a learning experience that didn’t make me want to quit but approach things differently since I’m up and coming.”

You can watch the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPt9P-B1k58

Gnomon’s Sketch Theatre Event

By: M.Song

As an artist, when people ask me to define what “art” is I am usually left speechless. Not because the question is insulting my intelligence or because of some deep seated trauma involving gauche. It’s because “art” is a loaded and ephemeral question that can’t be explained without a lot of time and cigarettes. There are many interpretations of what “art” is. Is it just a device to express the soul, or is it just another way to tantalize our eyes? Can art be defined by a tangible object, or is it a feeling that can be manipulated and molded at the creators choosing? Sketch Theatre is one of those venues that skirts that line of ambiguity. 

Sketch Theatre was created by Alex Alvarez who also happens to be the founder of Gnomon, a school for visual effects and arts in Hollywood. Artists apply and come to their studio rig and sketch what ever they want. This work is then turned into a short video for everyone to view. It’s dictated in their mission statement that, “Aspiring artists are exposed to contemporary artists and the various career paths taken by these like-minded individuals who all began their careers by simply putting ideas and expressions down with a pencil & paper. The brilliant myriad of artists featured on Sketch Theatre strip down and expose raw sketches on camera, never failing to captivate and inspire” and they stay true to it. Giving opportunities to the younger audience and trying to break preconceived notions of art is the feeling that I got from this project. So it’s no surprise that Gnomon would have a gallery reception to showcase these artists.

Celebrating the release of their first book and using the Gnomon gallery space, Sketch Theater and Gnomon showed us how much class they have. Instead of the usual stuffy white walls of your typical gallery, Sketch Theater really made it all about the young people. Open bar, Dj, and elegantly dressed bar girls left the impression that it was a place to celebrate their creation together and share a little bit of what they wanted to portray with their project. The mood came across and, to a certain extent, I would also say that about the art work that lined the walls of the gallery. 

    

Why a certain extent you ask? While I see what they were going for it was more of a celebration that it was an art show. If there was a need to actually analyze and compare against other art shows I would have to say that, while there are a lot of beautiful sketches created through spontaneous inspiration, it is hard to say that they are in their autonomy, completed pieces of art. As I asked for opinions of the show, each opinion was as different as their own definition of art was. While some said they had a hard time viewing the sketches as pieces, there were others that said that they loved the simplicity and unpolished feeling that it gave. Most just enjoyed their intoxication and saw it as an interesting experience. In the end, while it might not be what everyone defines as high art, I can confidently say that if anything, it was a great time. Whatever your definition of “art” may be, there is one thing that we can all agree on and that is that the experience always outweighs the label.    

     

For more on this event, the book, and the video, go to:

www.gnomongallery.com

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Opening of “When We Were Kids”

By: Magtotoart

I never know what to expect at gallery openings. Once you think you know the crowd, they switch it up. Since starting the blog, I have realized that depending on the body of work being shown, the people that come to the show will differ. You can count on the regulars: art appreciating folks who like to sit and sip wine (or in this case Pabst) and discuss color, movement, influences, and allusions in the work, the gallery regulars: people who are faithful to the gallery and are at the openings regardless of what is being shown, the randoms: people who you otherwise would not find in the high-toned fancy white cube setting of a gallery, and the people of the scene (not to be confused with scene-sters): folks who are well versed in the specific style and background of the work being shown. The latter will follow the artists of their particular scene from gallery to gallery, event to event, and show love and support. All of these people are the spice that makes each gallery opening unique and special for the artist, the gallery, and the usual patrons.

After working in a gallery setting for a year, I have studied these different groups and come to appreciate what each sector brings to the table. Each group, when mixed with others, makes the show into a show. You will always have the one drunk guy who wanders in off the street in a trench coat and no shirt to make the even entertaining and at times scary, but the eclectic, fluctuating groups are what really do it for me. I love seeing people who would otherwise not interact be thrown together in a gallery, all there for the same cause: to appreciate art. Attendees of a gallery show are there to support the artist and the gallery and to make it special. It’s like going to someone’s birthday party; the night is not about you, it’s about them and it’s your job to make it special.

The opening of 1:AM’s “When We Were Kids” featuring work by Minette Mangahas, Christopher De Leon, and James Garcia was a prime example of the demonstration of this love and support. I saw a lot of people hanging together, looking at art, hugging, and taking pictures. Perhaps my upbringing in a similar setting influenced the scope through which I saw the interactions at the show, but it seemed to me that the artists, for the most part, had some great support from family and friends. The show is a collection of work that speaks to being brought up in the Philippines and the US (for more see: 1:AM’s site) and there was a real sense of community happening at this opening.

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

  

     

For more on these artist’s, see the 1:AM website: http://1amsf.com/art/

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Opening of “That Was Then, This is Now”

By: Magtotoart

Last Thursday, I attended the opening of “That Was Then, This is Now” featuring collaborations by RISK and COOZ.

COOZ was one of my instructors in college and I consider him somewhat of a mentor and idol, so this was a fun show for me to go to. It was a humbling experience because it reminded me how far I have to go and how much I have to prove as an artist. It was both motivating and exciting.

111 Minna is a great venue for these kinds of shows because it showcases the work nicely. The space is open and they have good furniture for pontificating. The downside to having an art opening with a full bar is that sooner or later, there is going to be some drunk dude/chick touching the paintings. Regardless, it was a beautiful show, in a nice space. If you’re in the area, check it out!

Here are a few of my faves:

To see more of the work, (and way better photos) visit:

http://www.111minnagallery.com/2011/that-was-then-this-is-now/

For more of COOZ (Nathan Ota)’s work go to:

http://www.nathanota.com/

For more of RISK’s work go to:

http://riskrock.com/

Under Maintenance

Hello loyal lovely readers!

Please excuse our absence. We are making some changes and filling our brains up with awesome things to share with you!

Stay tuned and see you all soon!

xox

-The A Bad Crit Team

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