Brewery Art Walk 2018 Part 2 Jewels Cutting Crystals and Cooking Coyotes
The next Brewery Art Walk is not for a few months, but I do not intend to wait to long to finish writing about my art excursion. Unfortunately my life was taken over by illness. This next piece combines a collection of work I explored involving crystals, and I threw in cooking just as an added C.
There were several jewlery makers on hand at the Walk. I discovered two of them. Claudia Endler and Nicole Ohayon . Endler makes what she describes as jewelry with “modern aesthetic” with “meaning and intentions.” She likes to do work with a personal touch. Claudia also shares space with the Architecture Fabrication studio Telemachus.
Nicole Ohayon makes her own jewelry and teaches others how to design in 2 day workshops. At Ostudioworks, her space at the Brewery, she teaches metalsmithing and glass work.
Now to cutting. One of the exhibitions was on Laser Cutting and services which included not only solid mediums, but also paper. LA Laser Cutting produces works from stencils, to engravings, 3D Props, wood engravings, and 3D light designs. They also do work for weddings and branding. LA Laser Cutting was founded by Guillermo Bert, Chilean Born Los Angeles resident. Bert works with cultural and modern symbolism working with native tribal weavers in addition to working with multimedia.
Bert explores issues of consumerism and displacement in his works as can be seen in the picture of some of the engraving work with slogans like “Fake News” and “There is no filter for Toxic Culture.”
The Cubes seen in these two photo are part of a series called “Incubator.” By the way the “crystals” involved in this are the Lasers, get it.
Now to some real crystals. Grown by an artist, Randi Hokett makes art in a very unique organic fashion. She grows crystals herself. Takes me back to making rock candy as a kid, but this is a bit more impressive.
The process is not completely random as she in effect has been working with this medium for some time and influences the size of the crystals and their placement. Hokett’s work is a true melding of chemistry and art.
If you have the chance to visit the Art Brewery stop by her studio and ask about her process. It truly looks like she is growing gems on canvas.
Finally to cooking. Not exactly what one would consider a topic for art, but we all have to eat and for some eating is a form of creative artistry. So the Brewery actually has its own cooking school. It is called “Hipcooks,” and I have written about it before. They teach private and group classes, and can cater their lessons to special diets. They actually have locations in other cities in California, and Oregon and Washington State. This Brewery Walk they held a raffle giving away free classes, but they also shared their space with a multimedia artist.
At the very front of the “Hipcooks” studio hung a collection of canvases created by Patrick Haemmerlein, each with song pages at the top, and each had a coyote painted in the image. You can see more of the images in this series on his website.