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The LA MAFIA

The LA Mobile Arts Festival of International Artists (LA MAFIA) is the largest exhibition of mobile art to date. The exhibit took place at the Santa Monica Art Studios, a 22,000 sq. ft. airplane hangar that was converted into studios and extensive exhibition space for international shows.

The LA MAFIA 2012, showcased nearly 700 prints, sculptures, installations and videos from nearly 240 artists, representing more then 30 countries and 25 U.S. states. My husband and I conceived of and produced the exhibit with a crew of our friends from the film world, as a way of showcasing the innovative work of our online print shop, Print Vogue. The result was an experience we won’t soon forget. We built rooms like The Olde Curiosity Shoppe in the style of a Dickensian curio shop, created the Botanica Illuminati from a large bay window found at an architectural salvage shop, set up projection and film based installations and more. Over 2,000 people came to the exhibit over its week-long run — many of whom flew in from other countries — and the event was reported on from…well pretty much everyone.

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Curator: Daria Polichetti
Co-Founders: Nathaniel Park, Daria Polichetti
Producers: Lee Buckley, Preston Clay Reed, Nathaniel Park
Production Designers: Shanan Fisher, Casey Cannon
Production Assistant: Max King
Graphic Design: Joel Bowers, Will Hackley, Jose Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl
Event Photography: Doug McNamee

All work for the LA MAFIA was produced and printed by Print Vogue.
A complete event book can be viewed here.

 

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[Influenced by] mugshots

Some may not consider the mugshot to be an art form, but the frankness and unchoreographed nature of these photos often cuts to the heart of a person in a way that more produced photos do not. In particular I am a huge fan of the mugshots taken in Australia in the early 1900s, of which the above are all examples.

About 2,500 mugshots were taken by the New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. And in fact, there is currently an exhibition of a large selection of these surprising works in the Sydney Livining Museums, running through February 28, 2015.

Curator of the exhibit, Peter Doyle, said the photos suggested that compared with the usual mug shots, the cops in New South Wales allowed the subjects to pose themselves, concocting a “potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style, and physical characteristics.”

For me, this goes to the heart of the tradition of portrait photography, something I have a great interest in along with large format cameras (which were used to take these photos) and the history of the Australian prison system, dating back to the late 1700s. So for me, these are a great inspiration on many levels regardless of whether they were intended as art or not.

 

 

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