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MOMENTS: A New Book by Satsuki Shibuya & Exhibition Announcement
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MOMENTS: A New Book by Satsuki Shibuya & Exhibition Announcement

MOMENT BOOK LAUNCH | a new book by Satsuki Shibuya
Presented at Show + Tell Projects in collaboration with Tappan
Saturday, December 10
6-9pm 

Show + Tell Projects
374 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012  

Join us at Show + Tell to celebrate the soft launch of Satsuki's new book Moment. Presented in tandem with her exhibition of original paintings included in the book, this publication weaves together Satsuki’s ethereal watercolor paintings with her simple yet poignant words. Offering poetic insight on themes such as following the heart and human existence, Moment provides an interlude for those who seek to take a step back, breathe, and shift perspectives, or perhaps even embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Dream-like watercolor paintings and simple, emotionally resonating words invite readers to reconnect with the present moment. 

California-based artist and spiritual thinker Satsuki Shibuya has announced her latest endeavor in cultivating love, peace, and harmony through her work: Moment, scheduled for release on December 15, 2016, is a hardcover book that weaves together Satsuki’s ethereal watercolor paintings with her simple yet poignant words. Offering poetic insight on themes such as following the heart and human existence, Moment provides an interlude for those who seek to take a step back, breathe, and shift perspectives, or perhaps even embark on a journey of self-discovery.

“My hope is that this book will be a catalyst to connect back to the essence of life. A gentle reminder to cherish all the abundance that is right in front of our eyes —for that is where happiness can be found,” explained author Satsuki Shibuya. “We can neither live in the past or future for all happens in the present, yet, one is able to live simultaneously in the past, present, and future, if in the moment.”

Poems, verses, and short passages will be featured in both English and Japanese, accompanied by a collection of new artwork created exclusively for this volume.

Follow along on Instagram (instagram.com/satsukishibuya), Facebook (facebook.com/satsukishibuya), or the studio’s monthly newsletter (http://www.satsukishibuya.com/connect/) to stay up to date on all upcoming news and events.

Show + Tell Projects
374 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012  

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Eric Chakeen | Book Launch
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Eric Chakeen | Book Launch

September 2016

Join Tappan artist Eric Chakeen for the launch of his new book And Away They Goa selection of photographs taken while roaming the racetrack of his hometown in the suburbs of San Diego, Del Mar. The series resulted in a beautiful collection of striking photographs, documenting a subtly disquieting space, with everyone in this world apparently lost in a paradise of nostalgia. 

Eric has worked with Ryan Mcginley, Dan Martensen, Terry Richardson, and Danielle Levitt among others.  

We'll be releasing a limited edition selection of prints from the series soon. Stay tuned!  

 

Featured | The Coveteur | The 15 Ways We're Updating Our Apartments
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Featured | The Coveteur | The 15 Ways We're Updating Our Apartments

August 2016

"Tappan Collective is incredible in the sense that they give you access to quality art and photography prints at an itty-bitty fraction-slash-sliver of the price you’d expect. Case in point: this Gia Coppola print."

 

Featured | Artsy | Gallery Insights
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Featured | Artsy | Gallery Insights

August 2016

"Natural light is your friend."


California-based gallery Tappan uses its light-soaked space to its advantage, allowing sunlight and shadows to interact directly with the artwork. “Utilizing the unique nature of our space, which is adorned with more windows than most galleries have, we have embraced the influx of light, as it casts a truly beautiful and additive natural light and shadow across the exhibition space,” says the gallery’s artist manager Julia Young. “Allowing a natural glow into the room has helped us set a unique tone for our gallery.”

Tappan Artist Updates | What Our Artists Are Up To
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Tappan Artist Updates | What Our Artists Are Up To

August 14, 2016

We are excited to introduce our Monthly Artist Newsletter, where we'll share what our creative Tappan community is doing, introduce you to new Tappan artists, and share recent editorial on the site. The goal of this monthly newsletter is to connect us all and keep each other informed about all the incredible successes of our talented artists. 

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE TAPPAN ARTIST FAMILY

We are thrilled to announce three new artists who have joined our roster this spring & summer. Each working in unique media, these three initiate provoking conversations through their execution, bringing the utmost attention to detail into their compositions. Learn about their practice & explore their work on Tappan. 

DANIEL FLETCHER (UK)  

Silkscreen printer Daniel Fletcher joined Tappan this spring, bringing an impressive body of original silkscreen prints and an eye for perfection in the details. Fletcher's silkscreens are rooted in a desire to create an emotion or feeling through the personification of marks and form. The works ability to disguise this emotion beneath an accessible, representational language allows a viewer to interact with the pieces on multiple levels.

He debuted with his silkscreen series FeelsWe can't wait to see what he does next. 

Shop his collection here. 

ALICE QUARESMA (NY)  

Brazilian NY-based artist Alice Quaresma brings a particular style of work to Tappan that bridges the gap between photography and collage. While pushing the confines of photography, she continues to explore the physical aspects of photo-making, as she uses images from her personal photo archive to elaborate on ideas of displacement and identity. She uses her own life experience as an individual living in a foreign country and the difficulty of finding a personal identity as a major source of inspiration. “I am letting subjective decisions exist in my work the same way we deal with the unexpected in life," explains Quaresma. "Lately, I have been calling my artwork 'photo-objects'. With these, I am bringing volume, texture and the idea of time as a mutated condition to the work."

Our personal favorite, Wonderland 05

 KATE DREWNIAK (Boston) 

Boston-based artist Kate Drewniak joined the roster this summer, bringing beautiful, unique textile & paper pieces, tinkering on the line between painting, collage, and sculpture. We asked Kate how she arrived at creating such a unique form of art-making, "I studied painting in art school, but luckily I was encouraged to explore other media as well. I was doing a lot of sewing and experimented with making 3d forms out of fabric and sewing tea stained paper/forming it into installations and 3d pieces as well. I also started basic bookbinding and making my own sketchbooks with vintage book covers. I didn't want to waste the entire inside of the books, so I started trying to find ways to incorporate the paper into my art. It pretty much went full circle and I started sewing the paper together again."

Explore her new series of mixed media works.

 

EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS, AND NEWS 

JONNI CHEATWOOD at Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Closing August 19

Austin-based Claire Oswalt has been selected as Yen Magazine's Guest Artist for Issue 84. Be sure to pick up a copy and read about Claire's practice. Claire has new works on Tappan's site, too! Take a look. 

Jenny Sharaf (SF) was selected as the Featured Artist for the Paris-based ad agency La Pac's 40th Anniversary Party. The project included several large-scale paint installations and site-specific video projections throughout the entire four-level building.
Photo credit: @clementineburen, @romrom, @streetartnews.

NY-based photographer Brian Merriam took over The New Yorker photo Instagram a few weeks ago. Be sure to check out his beautiful shots of Alaska on their feed. 

Alice Lancaster | sweetgreen
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Alice Lancaster | sweetgreen

NEW YORK, NY 

JULY 2016

Alice Lancaster, Stretching through Time, 2016

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We are excited to share a new mural project that we have been conceptualizing with NY-based Tappan artist Alice Lancaster for Sweetgreen, located at 85th & 3rd Avenue in NYC. 

Alice Lancaster is known for her colorful and humorous explorations of female sexuality, body and mind. With pop-culture being a major influence for her work, Lancaster’s subjects range from close friends to strangers with imagined stories. Always experimenting with shape and color, Lancaster often pushes her figures into complete abstraction, forcing the viewer to search for the figure in a sea of lines.


With the female body at the heart of her work, Lancaster produced Stretching Through Time for Sweetgreen in collaboration with Tappan, imbuing the elongated, abstracted body with a color palette suggestive of the seasons. This is Alice's first mural production of her work, and she has beautifully translated her aesthetic into the large-scale adaptation. Keeping the health-conscious mission of Sweetgreen in mind, the mural represents the body’s relationship to the seasonal food we eat, and how crucial this element of our lifestyle is, which is a theme that permeates her bodies of work. Represented by the scale and magnitude of the piece, Lancaster’s mural reaches not only the exterior of the building, but its interior as well, serving as further symbolism of our body’s relationship to the food we eat.

Lancaster lives and works in New York. 

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Featured | Architectural Digest | Where To Buy Affordable Art Online
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Featured | Architectural Digest | Where To Buy Affordable Art Online

July 2016 

"For the Early Supporter: Tappan Collective Founded in 2012 by Chelsea Neman and Jordan Klein, Tappan aims to nurture emerging artists by connecting them to seasoned collectors. This support extends beyond the internet, too: Tappan has curated numerous exhibitions of its artists in assorted spaces throughout Los Angeles. On the site you’ll find everything from handmade ceramics for around $100 to large-scale paintings upwards of $10,000."

 

Dressed Up Normal | Opening Reception
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Dressed Up Normal | Opening Reception

LOS ANGELES, CA 

MAY 26, 2016

Tappan is open Monday - Friday from 10am - 6pm 

8840 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

An exhibition of works by Tappan artists Rosemarie Auberson, Ali Beletic, Molly Berman, Eric Chakeen, Daniel Fletcher, Katy Krantz, Martinet & Texereau, Claire Oswalt, Matthew Trygve Tung & Anna Valdez. Unified by their exploration of iconic imagery and subject matter across varying media, these artists depict aspects of the relatable in our every day, conveying them through unique lenses.

SHOP SELECT PIECES FROM THE EXHIBITION HERE

 

 

SHOP SELECT PIECES FROM THE EXHIBITION HERE

Dressed Up Normal | Exhibition Installation
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Dressed Up Normal | Exhibition Installation

MAY 26, 2016 - JUNE 24, 2016

Tappan is open Monday - Friday from 10am - 6pm 

8840 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

An exhibition of works by Tappan artists Rosemarie Auberson, Ali Beletic, Molly Berman, Eric Chakeen, Daniel Fletcher, Katy Krantz, Martinet & Texereau, Claire Oswalt, Matthew Trygve Tung & Anna Valdez. Unified by their exploration of iconic imagery and subject matter across varying media, these artists depict aspects of the relatable in our every day, conveying them through unique lenses.

SHOP SELECT PIECES FROM THE EXHIBITION HERE

SHOP SELECT PIECES FROM THE EXHIBITION HERE

Dressed Up Normal | Opening Reception Invitation
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Dressed Up Normal | Opening Reception Invitation

LOS ANGELES, CA 

MAY 2016

OPENING RECEPTION  |  MAY 26, 2016  |  8 - 10pm 

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Dressed Up Normal: Rosemarie Auberson, Ali Beletic, Molly Berman, Eric Chakeen, Daniel Fletcher, Katy Krantz, Martinet & Texereau, Claire Oswalt, Anna Valdez

“What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.” - David Hockney

 

Tappan is proud to present Dressed Up Normal, our third group exhibition featuring a diverse selection of works by nine of our rostered artists. Unified by their exploration of historically recognizable imagery and subject matter across varying media, these artists depict aspects of the relatable in our every day, conveying them through unique lenses. Keeping Hockney’s ode to accessibility in mind, these artists share moments and emotions common to us all through notable technique, showcasing an array of color and texture to convey experience of an object, place, or feeling.

 

SHOP THE COLLECTION HERE

 

WIELDING NOW Opening Reception
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WIELDING NOW Opening Reception

LOS ANGELES, CA 

APRIL 2016

Please contact info@thetappancollective.com with any inquiries. 

8840 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday | 10am - 6pm

 

WIELDING NOW Installation
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WIELDING NOW Installation

LOS ANGELES, CA

APRIL 2016

Please email info@thetappancollective.com with any inquiries. 

8840 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday | 10am - 6pm

Emily Knecht | Free People
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Emily Knecht | Free People

LA Art Scene: Tappan Collective & an Interview with Photographer Emily Knecht

April 12, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

 

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Tappan Collective opens a new art show + a discussion with one of the accomplished artists, Emily Knecht.

 

Last Thursday night, online art platform Tappan Collective unveiled their latest exhibition, Wielding Now. Hundreds of art enthusiasts from across the City of Angels congregated in the Culver City showroom to celebrate eight artists and their new works. “The collection showcases a selection of original paintings, collage, sculpture, and photography by various Tappan artists. The exhibits demands intimate interaction of the viewer, which portrays how these diverse artists wield their talents according to their tools (weapons) of choice,” states Tappan.

One of those celebrated artists is Emily Knecht, a photographer known for her vulnerable, playful and undeniably intimate photographs. She first picked up a disposable camera as a kid and now finds herself filling gallery walls in solo and group shows. Last June, Emily showcased “Feelings,” a collection of 35mm film photographs of herself in one of humanity’s most emotional states: documenting herself each time she cried over the course of three years, and received high praise from outlets such as Refinery 29 and Huffington Post, among others.

Now, Emily’s photographs have graced yet another gallery wall with the opening of Wielding Now. Take a peek of the Tappan Collective opening reception below and keep reading to learn more about this exciting photographer/artist.

 

Where are you originally from and how has that shaped who you are today?

I’m originally from Los Angeles and it’s definitely a unique experience. I saw the ocean every day on my way to school, which is why I love water so much. It’s probably why I’m still here and can’t seem to move away. I also think I gravitate towards opposite landscapes in my work. I want to go on another road trip across the country so badly.

Does living in LA influence your work?

I love the colors. The sun. The water. The weather. The ability to get in a car and drive two hours or less to so many different landscapes. All of those things are huge influences for me.

When did you first start photographing? What was your favorite subject to shoot when you first started?

I started with my first disposable camera, probably around 11, when I went to sleep away camp for the first time. I took my first class at 15, and haven’t stopped since then. My favorite subject was my friends — always has been my friends.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Passionate. Anxious. Real.

How would others describe you?

A good friend.

Congrats on Wielding Now! What can we expect to see from you in this show?

Landscapes and naked girls and lots of water! My very favorite things.

I love that your photographs are beautifully raw and vulnerable but also have a playfulness to them. What is it that you are trying to communicate through your photographs?

Intimacy is important to me. I love getting to know the people I’m shooting. Everyone has so many stories and when you’re in a vulnerable situation like a nude photo shoot the things you end up discussing are wildly interesting. I want the viewer to see something more than just a body, their personality, the connection we have, the way the female body fits into nature.

What does your dream shoot look like?

A bunch of friends that want to get naked and hang out and be free and love each other and maybe a farmhouse and some water and trees and empty land.

“Feelings” is brilliant. How did the concept begin? What did you expect from documenting yourself?

I don’t think I expected anything because I honestly wasn’t sure if I would ever put those photos out there or what it would turn into, if anything. It started one night when I was saying goodbye to an ex boyfriend. I had already started dating someone new but he and I hadn’t seen each other since we had broken up and we had dinner as a final goodbye and I cried and I asked him if we could take a photo together. From there it moved slowly. I would fight with the new boyfriend (who 4+ years later is still the boyfriend I fight with) and I would take out my camera and snap one or two photos and put it back. There’s something about documenting these moments for me that is really important. It’s okay to feel that way. It’s okay to cry. It doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us stronger. There are so many fears about showing emotion, and I’ve always been horrible at hiding mine but it was something I was ashamed of until I decided not to be.

Favorite photographer?

Nan Goldin most of the time.

Favorite subject to shoot?

Naked girls and barren landscapes.

Who is your fashion icon?

Diane Keaton in the Woody Allen times, and Angelina Jolie in By The Sea.

What can we expect next? Any big plans coming up that you can share with us?

Books. Shows. Travel.

What does being “free” mean to you?

Being open. Saying yes. Not being so afraid. Having fun. Knowing that this is the one life we are given and never wanting to have regrets.

See Emily’s work below and be sure to stop by Wielding Now for more exciting work.

 

The exhibit is open to the public from 10-6pm, until May 14. Featuring artists include: Jonni Cheatwood, Luke Chiswell, Michael Gittes, Alice Lancaster, Emily Knecht, Jeff Kraus, Travis Schneider, Isaac Zoller.

As told by Free People

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Jenny Sharaf | Desert Gold | Palm Springs, CA
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Jenny Sharaf | Desert Gold | Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, CA

April 2016

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Food & Wine | Heather Day
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Food & Wine | Heather Day

Meet the Artist Behind the Most Insta-Worthy Café in the U.S.

April 8, 2016 

San Francisco, CA

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The food isn't the only thing worth posting on Instagram at this new spot.

The Den, the newest offshoot of super-modern, super-cool Bay Area-area bakery Craftsman and Wolves, soft-opened on Monday. On the menu: Its famously-photogenic pastries like Japanese milk bread and kougin amann, plus a curated menu of sandwiches and salads. But as beautiful as the food is, the most striking thing about the new spot is the decor. One entire wall of the small space is streaked with vibrant shades of blue, a custom mural by Bay Area painter Heather Day. Food & Wine chatted with the artist about how to design a café in the age of food photography, plus what to order when you go to The Den.

How did you get involved with this project?

William Werner, the chef/owner, found me on Instagram. He left it very open-ended and told me that he loved my work and was going to just trust me on it. When I take on a commission, it has to be with someone with an open mind because ultimately my work is unplanned and they don’t totally know what they're going to get. And that's the beauty of it. When I start to plan, it can kind of fall flat, it's less energetic. It's just missing kind of its soul.

What kinds of things were you considering while you were painting?

There's the whole notion of how much we take photos. When people go into coffee shops they’re taking photos of their lattes and, when it’s a beautiful interior, me personally, I’m always Instagramming the location. So I was actually thinking a lot about, “Oh, if someone’s sitting in this area, what angle would they take a photo of the mural from? And what experience are they having just looking at it? And what kind of composition are they going to capture?” You're not only thinking about the experience when someone walks in, you're also thinking about their experience behind the screen.

Did you have a particular inspiration for the mural?

I have a series of paintings called "Proximity to the Ocean," and they’re very much about being in the Bay Area, being surrounded by water, and the relationship of being in the city and the proximity to the ocean. My work is very much about movement and also very much about water, because I’m pushing and pulling and pouring paint and manipulating it.

As told by Food & Wine

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Brian Merriam | Soho House
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Brian Merriam | Soho House

April 7, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

The Tappan artist on the Iceland trip that inspired his Soho House West Hollywood exhibition. 

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This month, Tappan — the LA-based collective of emerging visual artists — is bringing Brooklyn photographer Brian Merriam’s Awash series to the walls of Soho House West Hollywood. We had a chance to chat with Merriam before tonight’s opening reception and heard more about his travels through Iceland.

“This one was taken at Skógafoss, on the Skógá River in the southern part of the country. There’s so much sunlight and so many waterfalls in Iceland — I’ve never seen so many rainbows anywhere else. Skógafoss is located on the ring road, so it’s one of the more famous waterfalls in the country, but I tried to avoid the conventional way of photographing it and give it my own take.”

 

“This is a river off the country’s main ring road. The ocean is on one side and mountains and glaciers on the other, which makes for a beautiful trip. And any time you turn off of the ring road, you start going up in elevation and immediately into snow. We did that a handful of times throughout the trip just to break up the scenery.”

“This was taken right after we left Akureyri, which is the second-biggest town in Iceland, and yet still only has about 18,000 people. We decided to leave the ring road and take another route that bisects the island through the center in the hope of stopping for gas in a town we saw on the map. This was taken when it started snowing, just as we were coming over the top of the hill and saw what made up the ‘town’. There was practically nothing there, just three huts near a hot spring. We somehow happened upon a woman who helped us call in a rescue vehicle with a full tank of gas for us — no extra charge. That would only ever happen in Iceland.”

 

“All of my photos are shot on expired slide film. My roommate had a giant bag of expired slide film in the freezer that he wasn’t using at the time, so I stocked up and it became a recurring tool. Now I actively seek out the medium. This photo here was a fun one because my friend who I was traveling with made a photography book where the cover was a photo of me taking this photo. It’s called The Young Earth by Jordan Sullivan."

As told by Soho House

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Chelsea Neman | Loeffler Randall
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Chelsea Neman | Loeffler Randall

March 30, 2016 

Los Angeles, CA


CHELSEA NEMAN SAW A DISCONNECT IN THE ART WORLD BETWEEN EMERGING ARTISTS AND POTENTIAL COLLECTORS—SO SHE CREATED TAPPAN COLLECTIVE. LR LOVES HER KEEN EYE FOR ART AND OPPORTUNITY, AND WE’RE EXCITED TO SHARE HER EXPERT TIPS ON STARTING YOUR OWN COLLECTION.

Tappan was founded with the idea that we could change the way emerging artists connect with collectors. We support emerging artists by sharing their work through e-commerce, crafting interesting digital context about the artists, and making art approachable to collectors.

My favorite art nooks in L.A. are our artists’ studios—it’s inspiring to be in the space of an artist. We love taking collectors on studio visits and sharing the feeling—the colors, the materials, all the work and the place where it happens.”

“Collecting is a lifelong process. It’s interesting to look back at the different pieces you acquire over time—some are very representative of a particular moment in time.

Buy what you love. I think art and style are similar in that they are an expression of your individuality.”

“LR is refined and still edgy—it allows women to look effortlessly chic, which happens to be my favorite look.

My best kept secret is mixing contrasting elements in art and fashion, whether it’s black and navy or traditional oil paintings and contemporary photography. Things that clash are more interesting because they create dialogue.” 

CHELSEA’S SEVEN TIPS FOR STARTING AN ART COLLECTION:

1. Remember that art is personal.
As the saying goes, “Buy with your eyes, not with your ears.” When you start looking for works, trust what you’re drawn to. Don’t buy it because you think you should.

2. Start getting involved.
Go to gallery openings and fairs. The more you see, the easier it will become to work out what you like.

3. Feel comfortable asking questions about artists and their work.
Spend time learning about the artists you’re investing in.

4. Only spend what you’re comfortable with.
One of the founding principles of Tappan was that great art can be bought at any price point.

 



5. Document your purchases.
The more information you have on the context of your purchase, the better. In years to come, the history of where the work has been, the book from the show it was a part of, or the note the artist wrote you will all increase its value.

6. Ask yourself, “Why am I drawn to this piece?”
Does it make you see life differently? Does it inspire you? Do you like the artist’s technique? As you ask yourself why you’ve purchased the art you have, you will not only learn about yourself, but also become more thoughtful in your future purchases.

7. Just do it.
Once you start buying art, you’ll become more comfortable with the process and then you’ll begin to see what direction you want to take your collection in.

PRACTICE CHELSEA’S ADVICE:

You could win a new gallery wall and closet full of shoes in our LR x Tappan sweepstakes. One lucky reader will receive $1000 gift cards to Tappan Collective and Loeffler Randall.com! Enter here

As told by Loeffler Randal.

Tappan Collaborates | Loeffler Randall & Honestly WTF
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Tappan Collaborates | Loeffler Randall & Honestly WTF

Loeffler Randall x Tappan Collective Giveaway 

By Erica

March 30, 2016 

Los Angeles, CA

Because of its everlasting influence on fashion, art has been a continuous and favorite theme at HonestlyWTF. So you can imagine how ecstatic we are whenever those two worlds collide, like today, with our friends at Loeffler Randall having joined forces with Tappan Collective for the ultimate giveaway. If you aren’t already in the know, Tappan is an über cool online platform where art enthusiasts at every level can go to discover and collect pieces from talented, emerging artists. And like art, Loeffler Randall accessories are best loved for their thoughtful, directional point of view and a timeless quality. Art, shoes and handbags . . . together, it makes perfect sense. I mean, wouldn’t you want a chance to fill your closet by winning a $1000 gift card to Loeffler Randall and your walls with a $1000 gift card to Tappan Collective?! Find out how easy it is to enter the giveaway after the jump but in the meantime, get to know these three amazingly talented, California-based artists and check out the art they created, inspired by pieces from Loeffler Randall’s spring 2016 collection.

LOLA ROSE THOMPSON: By way of sculpture, watercolor and three dimensional installations, Lola Rose Thompson is interested in the idea that objects can receive and transmit information that may be stored but difficult to see. Much of her work is accompanied by descriptive and lengthy titles, full of literary devices.

How does living in California and the mystic of the California girl play into your art?

I love living in California – there’s so much to see and do here, incredible nature, lots of culture and diversity, and of course the ocean.  I was born in the summer, and have always loved to swim…and hang out with other ocean loving California girls….aka mermaids. (In the last few years, I’ve made both paintings and sculptures of mermaids).  I think growing up here has of course influenced both my personality and my art practice. I am definitely a California girl – I love nature, I love getting out of the city, and I love working outside! One thing I really appreciate about watercolors is that they are convenient to bring with me anywhere – I adore painting ‘en plein air’ – and I always bring a set of watercolors and some paper with me when I travel, so I can paint at the top of a mountain after a hike, or on the beach, by a pool, etc. I am definitely inspired by the beauty and expansiveness of the California landscape and I think thats reflected both in my paintings as well as my sculptures.  I’m also inspired by another element of life in California – Hollywood. I’m interested in the power of stardom, pop stars and celebrity culture and the strange contradictions of Los Angeles – a city which is both shallow and deep – where people are obsessed by fame and beauty and plastic surgery, as well as new age fads, and various forms of spirituality and mysticism.

What does medium mean to you? 

I work in different mediums depending on what I’m interested in at the time. I make paintings, primarily watercolors and oil paintings, and I make sculptures and installations, using various different materials, from neon, to ceramics, to found objects.  For me the medium of an artwork is just a tool for expressing an idea  – so whether I am working with paint or with neon, I am still just trying to explore an idea.  The titles of my works are really important – I think that titles can add so much to a work of art – and I’m really interested in the relationship between the story of the image and the story of the title.  For me the title is an opportunity to give the viewer more information, which may not be visible in the artwork itself.  I like to play with our expectations for how we understand a work of art – instead of telling a story pictorially, with images alone, I use the title to create add to or create a new narrative that may or may not exist in the image.

How would you describe your work?

My stock answer is naked girls and barren landscapes, but that’s pretty vague lol. I think as I’ve been getting older, I’ve started to connect more to being a women, and what that actually means. My newest obsession is pregnancy and motherhood.  My friends are starting to become mothers right now and documenting those moments is really special for me.  I am starting a project based on that to turn into a show/book.  Maybe it’s the hormones, but I’m just really affected by it.

Are you inspired by a subject or an emotion/feeling?

Both.  You can’t create something that’s not there. It’s about finding the emotion or feeling within the subject that’s in front of you at that very moment. You can’t superimpose a feeling on a person or place that isn’t there.  But you can see the emotion/feelings that a person is feeling in that moment and go from there.

How would you describe your personal style?

Mine changes.  I like simple.  But sometimes I want to go a little crazy.  The idea in general is good if you’re not so rigid with it, you have to be open to change.  People get stuck I think.

 

Why do you love Loeffler Randall?

I love the simple designs.

 

JENNY SHARAF: Multidisciplinary artist Jenny Sharaf explores the mythology of the California girl, and it’s relationship to femininity, with an array of mediums. Her process toggles between analog and digital with brightly painted painted canvas and abstract collages.

 

How would you describe your work?

Primarily I’m a painter, but my practice incorporates installation, printmaking, digital collage, and public events. Much of the work seeks to explore femaleness, counter culture, our current media moment and the mythology of California.

What inspires you?

Modernist chairs. Tarot cards, crystals, vintage fabrics, swimming pools, museum dates.

How does living in California and the mystic of the California girl play into your art?

California is a part of me and seems to come through in the work. My mother and both grandmothers were these archetypical California girls and that definitely informs my aesthetic. The mystic of the CA girl is forever young, complicated and sun kissed.

How would you describe your personal style?

Style informs the world of who you are, and it should always be personal. My personal style is a mix of old and new. Lots of retro pieces and classic basics. It’s hard not to get paint on everything I own.

Why do you love Loeffler Randall?

Loeffler Randall is feminine without being too girly.

 

Enter to win a $1000 gift card to Tappan Collective, as well as $1000 gift card to Loeffler Randall by entering your email address HERE. Winners will be announced April 11th by Loeffler Randall through a random drawing.

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Wielding Now Opening Reception Invitation
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Wielding Now Opening Reception Invitation

LOS ANGELES, CA

APRIL 2016

Tappan 

8840 Washington Boulevard #102

Culver City, CA 90232

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday, 10-6pm; Saturday by appointment.

WIELDING NOW: An exhibition of select works by Tappan artists Jonni Cheatwood, Luke Chiswell, Michael Gittes, Alice Lancaster, Emily Knecht, Jeff Kraus, Travis Schneider, and Isaac Zoller.

wield |wēld|

verb [ with obj.]

hold and use (a weapon or tool)

have and be able to use (power or influence) {effectively}

WIELDING NOW showcases a selection of original paintings, collage, sculpture and photography by Tappan artists. While diverse in media and message, these artists powerfully exercise their control over their artistic tools, demanding our interaction with the work and encouraging an intimate participation in each of their moments.  Wielding their ‘weapons’ effectively, taking control of their tools to paint, sculpture - to capture moments - appears almost effortless. Their medium is their language - a mode of communicating effectively, asking the viewer to not only admire the pieces but to engage and digest them, to really participate in their language.

A Salon | Hosted by Lani Trock
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A Salon | Hosted by Lani Trock

 

 

 

Tappan | Spatially Speaking Opening Reception
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Tappan | Spatially Speaking Opening Reception

February 11, 2016 

Spatially Speaking Opening Reception 

Please contact info@thetappancollective.com for any inquiries regarding exhibited artwork.

 

 

Tappan | Spatially Speaking Opening Week
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Tappan | Spatially Speaking Opening Week

February 11, 2016

Los Angeles, CA 

Tappan proudly presents Spatially Speaking, an exhibition of works by artists Heather Day, Cheryl Humphreys, Satsuki Shibuya, Lola Rose Thompson, and Lani Trock. Exploring the space for conversation created through the presentation and varying media of the work, this exhibition will highlight the experiential, mindful, investigative, and interpretive qualities of the five artists’ work. 

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10-6pm

8840 Washington Boulevard #102

Culver City, CA 90232

Cheryl Humphreys 

Heather Day

 Lani Trock

Lola Rose Thompson

Satsuki Shibuya 

 

Tappan | Platform Dinner
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Tappan | Platform Dinner

Spatially Speaking 

Private Opening Dinner 

February 9, 2015

Los Angeles, CA

Tappan hosted a private dinner to celebrate our new gallery space. The first exhibition, Spatially Speaking, opens February 11, 2015 to the public. Gallery hours are 10am - 6pm. 

 

Tappan | Platform
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Tappan | Platform

Tappan x The OUTNET x Miami Art Basel 2015
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Tappan x The OUTNET x Miami Art Basel 2015

Miami Art Basel 2015

December 4, 2015

Exhibiting 17 works at the W Hotel in Miami, Tappan partnered with the OUTNET on an event to celebrate emerging artists and self expression through art and fashion. Artwork by Cheryl Humphreys, Eric Chakeen, Gia Coppola, Lola Rose Thompson, Luke Chiswell, Martinet & Texereau, Mattea Perrotta and Ward Roberts was highlighted at the event.

Trophy sculptures by Luke Chiswell and an original painting by Mattea Perrotta

Jenny Lopez, Sophia Macks, Rocky Barnes, Sofia, Daniela Botero, and Erica Pelosini toast TAPPAN x THE OUTNET at Miami Art Basel 2015 

 OUTNET Co-President Andres Sosa with TAPPAN founder Chelsea Neman


Artwork by: Martinet & Texereau, Ward Roberts, Lola Rose Thompson, Mattea Perrota, Eric Chakeen, Cheryl Humphreys, Gia Coppola, Luke Chiswell

Cheryl Humphreys | I Just Have This Feeling
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Paul Loya Gallery presents "I Just Have This Feeling" - a solo exhibition by Cheryl Humpreys. 

In this exhibition, the artist explores the visual dialogue of communication in a digital age, questioning our current paradigms through matters of love, memory and an acute curiosity of the ever-evolving definition of connection.


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Cheryl Humphreys | I Just Have This Feeling

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

PAUL LOYA GALLERY PRESENTS "I JUST HAVE THIS FEELING" - A Solo Exhibition by Cheryl Humphreys

Los Angeles, CA
November 7, 2015

 

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Humphreys is an emerging American contemporary artist whose education and career as a designer have played an integral role in her ability to communicate through the medium of paper. The artist’s blind embossings eschew the trappings of traditional printed work, leaving only shape and shadow visible in an effort to draw the viewer closer and create a quiet and intimate conversation.
In this exhibition, the artist explores the visual dialogue of communication in a digital age, questioning our current paradigms through matters of love, memory and an acute curiosity of the ever-evolving definition of connection.
Expanding upon the iconographic lexicon that characterizes her work, the artist now introduces color, optimism, and love in this collection in an honest and thoughtful attempt to re-sensitize and reconnect to the tangible. I Just Have This Feeling

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A Dinner to Support the Arts
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Elle Magazine & Longchamp honored select Tappan artists and hosted a dinner at the Longchamp store in New York to celebrate the arts. Tappan Collective's Alice Lancaster, Eric Chakeen, Lola Rose Thompson and Thomas Hammer presented their work.


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A Dinner to Support the Arts

A DINNER TO SUPPORT THE ARTS

ELLE X LONGCHAMP X TAPPAN COLLECTIVE

New York, NY
September 29, 2015


Elle Magazine & Longchamp honored select Tappan artists and hosted a dinner at the Longchamp store in New York to celebrate the arts. Tappan Collective's Alice Lancaster, Eric Chakeen, Lola Rose Thompson and Thomas Hammer presented their work. Longchamp's President toasted Tappan artists and guests received unique works by Lola Rose Thompson and Thomas Hammer. The floral installation was uniquely crafted by Lola Rose Thompson on-site for the event.

Satsuki Shibuya | Flow
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Poketo presents "Flow." 

Satsuki presented twenty pieces of fine abstract watercolor – each following a unique intuition, energy and spirit. The blend of art and spiritual meditation created a contemplative atmosphere.


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Satsuki Shibuya | Flow

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

POKETO PRESENTS FLOW - SATSUKI SHIBUYA SOLO EXPEDITION

September 18, 2015

Los Angeles, CA


Satsuki presented twenty pieces of fine abstract watercolor – each following a unique intuition, energy and spirit. The blend of art and spiritual meditation created a contemplative atmosphere.

 

Images from Poketo

Lani Trock | Trust in the You of Now
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Lani Trock | Trust in the You of Now

Urban Outfitters Interview

April 2015

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LA artist Lani Trock does it all. A photographer and artist, Lani's work stems from a love for the natural world, which is the theme of her upcoming show "Trust in the You of Now," which opens this week at Space 15 Twenty and relates to the ways that our surroundings (and the spaces we create for ourselves) affect us. From photography to flower foraging, a unifying theme of Lani's diverse body of work is how plants, flora, and pieces of everyday nature came be experienced in different environments and expressed in a range of mediums. Leading up to the opening, we visited her in East LA to learn more about her work, admire her amazing plant-filled home, and get her tips for creating everyday flower arrangements using what's around us.

Photos by Chantal Anderson

Can you share more about your diverse body of work and how your experience has evolved into what you're doing now? 

I was born and raised on Oahu in Hawaii, and we moved to San Diego when I was 13, where I attended high school. I studied philosophy at UC Santa Cruz, and moved to Los Angeles the summer after graduation. I've called LA home for nearly nine years. In this moment, I am a photographer, forager, and installation artist, but during my time here I have done many different kinds of work. I believe the way to thrive in the future economy is to embrace our own unique and diverse skill sets, and remain flexible to adapt, as our interests and abilities shift shape over time. About a year ago, when I was first approached about doing an installation for The Standard Hotel, I'd never considered the possibility of doing this kind of work, and now it's all I'm dreaming about. I've always loved finding edible things growing wild, but I definitely never imagined I could work as a forager. That still feels totally wild and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to it. Who knows what will show up in the coming years? I think my only professional objective is to exist in a state of curious discovery, open to whatever opportunities may present themselves next. 

Can you share more about the pieces/work you'll have in the Space 15 Twenty show? 

"Trust in the You of Now" is a meditation on identity and environment; how the spaces we choose to inhabit shape our sense of self, and how a temporary immersion in nature can facilitate a deepening of that internal connection. The installation is largely plant-based, with several swings and spaces to lounge in. The creation of both the photographs shown and the installation itself are meditative practices which help me establish a closer connection to self, through working with natural, living mediums. The name comes from an Oblique Strategies card, and serves as a reminder that I am exactly where, and how I need to be, in this moment. Working with and spending time in nature reinforces that trust in myself and my intuition. 

From photography to art direction to flower foraging…you have your hands in a lot of different projects! How does an interdisciplinary focus inform your overall aesthetic? 

I've always been interested in many things at once, and it feels as though everything I have invested time in has helped prepare me for what's come next. In the past five years, through the visual work I've done, I have been frequently pushed to refine and more clearly establish my personal aesthetic. For me, when something feels really right and clear, deep down, on a very physical level, that means I've done a good job. It's very tempting to get caught up in what other people think of your work, especially in the constant feedback social media machine we exist in, but when it comes down to it, I'm not doing this for anyone but myself. If someone else connects with the work, that is a beautiful byproduct, but ultimately I do this work because the process, the actual doing of it, satisfies my soul. I've learned that these practices are absolutely necessary in order to stay peaceful, while living in an intense urban environment. 

 

How do your projects end up overlapping? What are the common threads that connect everything? 

I'm not sure that they overlap exactly, but I often end up working on a broad spectrum of projects with my clients. I feel so lucky to have fallen into such a beautiful, supportive, loving, and incredibly talented creative community. For me, this is real draw; what makes living in LA so magical, and keeps me from wanting to escape back up to the redwoods. 

What sources most regularly spark creative inspiration for you?

When I'm feeling creatively stuck, I take 20 minutes and go for a walk in my neighborhood or work in my garden. Or go to sleep early. A solid night's rest really does wonders for my problem-solving abilities.  

It seems like there probably is no "typical" day in the life for you…do you have any constants, any daily rituals? 

Every week, my schedule changes, but every morning, I wake up and meditate first, then have a cup of coffee while I review my weekly task list and create a sublist for that day. After that, I'm usually either out shooting or at home editing or emailing, both of which are honestly a bit of a struggle for me to keep up with. The less time I can spend on the computer, the more productive and happier I am, so I do my best to streamline and work a lot on my phone, often sitting outside while doing so.

 

The only constant commitments in my schedule are foraging and flowers for Alma on Tuesdays, and on Thursdays, Ashleigh Parsons (co-owner of Alma & founder of its outreach program) and I teach an improvisational cooking class together for Alma Community Outreach at New Village Girls Academy. I've grown to appreciate both days as anchors in an otherwise unpredictable week. Our class is always a breath of fresh air, and we are currently planning to expand the program, and bring in a different creative professional from our community each week, to hang out, help harvest from the school's garden, cook with us, and chat with the girls about the work they do. Tuesdays are equally wonderful because I spend the morning foraging outside, come downtown to Alma, and then after flowers, I stay for family meal. After we eat together, Ashleigh and I walk Sage, the Alma pup around the block a few times, and talk about whatever needs letting out. I really treasure that space. It's so beautiful having a friendship with those I work with.

Nature plays a huge role in everything you do — can you share more about how your surroundings and the outdoors influence the work you produce?

I love working and surrounding myself with plants quite simply because of the way it makes me feel. I am filled with love as each new leaf, fern, and flower unfurls into the world. I love the way they each grow at their own pace, and need slightly different conditions to be happy. A lot like humans in that respect. They remind me to appreciate exactly where I am in this moment, challenges and all. I am drawn to them aesthetically, and photograph them frequently as a result, but I think the real attraction lies in the feeling. I genuinely feel better when surrounded by living plants, which I learned the word for yesterday: biophilia, the theory of which, suggests an intuitive connection and attraction between humans and other living beings. 

What are your favorite neighborhood spots? 

I love walking in the east LA canyons, especially Mount Washington, Glassell Park, Eagle Rock and Monteceito Heights. There are so many beautiful gardens and sudden grand views. Most of my life I've lived near the ocean, but there is something about the feeling and visual tone of this part of Los Angeles that I am completely drawn to in this moment. It's hard to imagine living anywhere else. Local businesses I love and frequent are Proof Bakery for coffee and incredible pastries, Sqirl for the sorrel pesto rice bowl and their unreal homemade jams, Mickey Hargitay's for beautiful, happy plants. Bar Stella for the best old fashioned on a bougainvillea-filled patio at dusk. Alma for their otherworldly seasonal tasting menu & wine pairings. For a Saturday night soul dance party I go to Funky Sole at The Echo. And then to relax in the day, a hike in Altadena to the waterfall at Eaton or a wander through Huntington Gardens, one of my very favorite places to be in LA.  

What other projects do you have up your sleeve right now? 

I'm developing two installation projects, one of which is a continuation of "Trust in the You of Now," but will be more permanent in duration, and will utilize drought-tolerant and plants native to the region of each installation site. I've been a long-time admirer of the work of Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish neo-futurist architect who never compromises form in the name of function, all while considering how the design of these spaces will physically and psychologically affect the people who occupy them. With this work, I would like to create spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, but that also provide an opportunity to explore the effect that these environments have on the people engaged with them. I am very interested in creating these installations in places where people are frequently under stress, like airports, schools, or hospitals, to serve as a space to escape for a moment, meditate, reconnect with the self, and even play. I think the swings are a very important part of the installation, because as adults, we often forget the importance of making time to play without a goal or intention. 

The second installation is a public, edible art project, that will examine issues of human rights and access to healthy food, industrial agriculture and government subsidies. Apart from installations, I'm working very slowly on a collaborative printed project about women artists, inspired by a book found several years ago while visiting my grandma's house in Baltimore. 

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Satsuki Shibuya Exhibition
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Satsuki Shibuya Exhibition

Reve En Vert
Satsuki Shibuya Commission

London, UK

REVE EN VERT

Tappan Collective & Us

"We asked Satsuki to create a watercolour inspired by Rêve En Vert
In her California studio, she created the piece. Her thoughts are below.


'When finding inspiration to paint the commissioned piece for Rêve En Vert, I went back to channel their core mission: to create an ethos where sustainability, not only production, but the hearts of the designers are celebrated.
To shed light on responsible consumption that leads to a better tomorrow, not only for human kind, but to all who inhabit this world together, and to do this through visual and ecological curation.
The piece was created in dialogue to this mission and allow viewers the opportunity to connect with their own inner truth - that we live not on an island of isolation, but in a community, which together, have a choice to make a difference in our everyday.'"

Luke Chiswell Exhibition
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Luke Chiswell Exhibition

As It Goes by Luke Chiswell

Sydney, Australia

Lola Rose Thompson | Intermix
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Lola Rose Thompson designed an exclusive tote for the Intermix opening in Thousand Oaks, CA.

 


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LOLA ROSE THOMPSON x INTERMIX

THE WESTLAKE TOTE

October 2014
Westlake, CA

Lola Rose Thompson designed an exclusive tote for the Intermix opening in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Images and below interview courtesy of Intermix

Your watercolor technique is really interesting. What’s your process?

Painting with watercolor is unpredictable. Even the most skilled painters can’t totally control the way the color bleeds into the water. You have to relinquish control to some degree, and I love being surprised by the way the paint moves as you add water. I’m basically a self taught painter. Although I studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I never took a painting class, so I’ve never learned the “right way” to paint. I think is an advantage sometimes. It allows me to experiment, make mistakes and be playful.

My actual technique is always changing. Sometimes I use lots and lots of water and really let the pigment go where it wants to go. In other paintings I exert more control, let layers dry completely before painting over them and generally use less water. The thing most people don’t realize about watercolors is how important the water is. I often paint the entire painting using only water, and then just add a little bit of paint to an edge and let it travel where it wants to.

Literary devices go hand in hand with your work. How did you first become interested in thinking more about words and art together?

If I weren’t an artist, I would probably be a writer. Both my parents are writers. In high school I was the editor of our literary magazine, and in college I took many creative writing classes. It was inevitable that my writing would become a part of my art practice. Apart from painting, reading is probably my favorite thing to do. There’s almost nothing I love more than getting lost in a book. When I really love what I am reading, I can’t leave the house; I’ll bring the book with me into the bathroom and stay up all night trying to finish it.

Do you have any favorite subjects?

I’ve always loved learning about history, reading about ancient societies from Sumerians to Ancient Greece and China to 18th century Russia. Reading is like opening a vortex into the past. Recently I’ve been re-reading the classics—Dickens, Austen, Tolstoy, Hardy. George Eliot is one of my favorite writers; I’ve made paintings with titles that refer to her books. I’ve also made paintings based on various characters from Tolstoy’s most famous works, like Anna Karenina andWar and Peace.
When I was a kid, my Mum used to make me read the New York Times out loud at the breakfast table. I hated it then, but now I realize how much it shaped my interests. I still love reading the actual hard-copy newspaper, and my titles are often inspired by current events, headlines, and political figures. I love combining ideas that seem disparate, like glitter and dictators, naked girls and the Analects of Confucius.

How are you inspired by your surroundings?

L.A. is such an inspiring place to live and work. Everyone I know is creative and ambitious and it’s great to be surrounded by that kind of energy. I go to my studio in Chinatown every day to work, but I also always have paper and watercolors in the back of my car. I’ve been known to pull them out at a big party, a dinner party, even at an art opening. It’s nice to be able to sit down and work anywhere. 

Which artists do you admire most?

It’s hard to know where to start. I adore the watercolors of Francisco Clemente and Marlene Dumas. David Hockney is also one of my favorite painters. I think Tracy Emin is a fantastic artist and I admire her ability to be so honest and vulnerable in her work. Olafur Elliasson is a Danish artist who makes incredible sculptures and installations using elemental materials like light, water, air and temperature to create a totally unique experience for the viewer. His work is hard to explain if you’ve never seen it in person, but suffice it to say that I’ve wept while standing in front of one of his works, which I think is one of the best reactions to art one can have. Another artist I admire is Pierre Huyghe. I saw a big retrospective of his work at the Pompidou in Paris last year, and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. His work is smart, funny, strange and totally brilliant. In one work he made a Brancusi head into a shell for a hermit crab to live in, so the piece is this big terrarium, filled with hermit crabs swimming and scuttling around with beautiful bronze heads for shells. In another piece he made a concrete sculpture of a reclining woman and turned her head into a bee hive, so thousands of bees fly and hover where here head should be. It’s pretty special.  

 

Heather Day | Intermix
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To celebrate the opening of Intermix in Palo Alto, Tappan's Heather Day designed an exclusive tote.


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HEATHER DAY x INTERMIX 

THE PALO ALTO TOTE

 

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MAY 2014
Palo Alto, CA

To celebrate the opening of Intermix in Palo Alto, Tappan's Heather Day designed an exclusive tote.

“These paintings are never planned. Every mark creates a series of expectations similar to a conversation. When a question is asked, an answer is anticipated. The compositions often act as pages requiring several in a series to tell a story. I typically have about 5-10 paintings in progress at any given time.”

“I begin drawing a quick gesture on paper or stitching an organic line across the canvas. This allows me to address the blank space and begin reacting to the simple moments I have already created."

“I continue building on this history by pouring and manipulating layers of paint.”

“The result is a product of an experience, leaving behind documentation of how the event transpired.”

 

Images and quotes from Intermix

 

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Apples & Oranges
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Tappan Collective and Prohibition Gallery presented an exhibition of new photographic work by Clara Balzary and David Kitz.


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Apples & Oranges

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
APPLES & ORANGES

September 29 – November 3
Opening Reception: Saturday September 29th
6039 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232



The Tappan Collective and Prohibition Gallery are pleased to present an exhibition of new photographic work by Clara Balzary and David Kitz.

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David Kitz was born in 1987 in Los Angeles, California. He received his BA in Fine Art from UCLA in 2011. For this exhibition, David Kitz presents five large scale photographs from his ongoing series INVISIBLE ENVELOPES. Taking a detour from his more documentary and observational photographic practice, Kitz has turned to a controlled setting wherein he composes his pictures not by shifting his position in relation to his subjects, but through the creation and alteration of the subjects themselves. Inspired by Roland Barthes description of photographs as "transparent envelopes" as invisible vessels for their referents, Kitz has set out to investigate the ways in which one could break these envelopes open or shift their boundaries. In doing so, he constructs still-life arrangements comprised mainly of existing imagery and small three dimensional objects. Using what he has lying around the studio-- old National Geographic magazines, vintage Playboys, fashion ads from catalogues, and other detritus, he layers and builds, bisecting, interrupting, and disrupting original imagery to create shapes, lines, angles, and new borders. Finally, using his 4x5 film camera, he captures the scene beneath, conflating space, confusing depth, and at times creating an illusion of multiple focal planes. The resulting images bridge the usually disparate fields in picture making of still-life and photomontage and in effect, produce a larger envelope within which his subjects reside.

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Clara Balzary was born in 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She received her BFA in photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For this exhibition, Balzary presents a group of color photographs taken in rural Iceland earlier this year. Produced by a point and shoot film camera, the images are straightforward, reactionary documents of experiences within the sublime and foreign landscape. Balzary provides highly subjective and diaristic images of a personal experience as a tourist, while at the same time investigating the role of the tourist abroad. These photographs display a concern with the ethereal palate of the landscape, while questioning the context and validity of the traveller’s snapshot.

Amanda Charchian | The Collective Yes
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Amanda Charchian | The Collective Yes

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AMANDA CHARCHIAN | THE COLLECTIVE YES


Stephen Webster
Beverly Hills, CA


Tappan Collective hosted the opening of Amanda Charchian’s solo exhibition The Collective Yes at Stephen Webster on Via Rodeo in Beverly Hills.

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Jay Ezra | Hidden Harmonies
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Curated by Tappan Collective artist Jay Ezra, the Hidden Harmonies exhibition for the Los Angeles Opera aligned with motifs from "Tosca". If ever an opera conveyed the human need for Art, and the reliance on Art to express one's emotions, it is Puccini's "Tosca".


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Jay Ezra | Hidden Harmonies

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

HIDDEN HARMONIES

Curated by Jay Ezra

Tosca at the LA Opera

Los Angeles, CA

 
Participating Artists: Amanda Charchian, Doug Galante, Stevie Howell, Dean Levin, Cesar Vega and Julian Wellisz.
 
If ever an opera conveyed the human need for Art, and the reliance on Art to express one’s emotions, it is Puccini’s “Tosca”.
 
The painter Cavaradossi sings, “Dissimilar beauties are together blended by the mystery of art…” Instead of modeling his Mary Magdalene after his lover Tosca, he chooses to portray Tosca’s beauty through contrast – the Mary’s eyes blue, hair blond; Tosca’s black and dark. In the madness that is love, perhaps only Art can allow one to express themselves in “opposites”.
 
In her greatest moment of despair and loneliness, we find Tosca making an eloquent reflection on her life and the first thing she exclaims is: “I lived for Art”. Before love or God or Cavaradossi, she defines her existence in relation to Art.

 


In collaboration with the LA Opera, the Tappan Collective presents a portrayal of Tosca through the opera’s six leitmotifs. These motifs were used by Puccini to identify characters or emotions: the violence and social upheaval that beset Rome at the time; the feline, caressing nature of Tosca herself; the love between Cavaradossi and Tosca; the fugitive Angelotti; the torture of Cavaradossi; and the light-hearted, carefree mood provided by the Sacristan.
 
In a similar fashion to Puccini, but moving from the musical the visual, each leitmotif has been paired with an artist from the Tappan Collective. The six panels have been organized in a circular fashion, mimicking the opera’s through-composed structure.

Michael Gittes | Moments in the Bellum
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Tappan Collective artist Michael Gittes presented a solo exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory. 

Moments In The Bellum is Michael Gittes' representation of moments from the Civil War. Rather than ride the coat tails of our collective memory, Gittes takes an approach that is focused on the human more than the history and the person more than the politics.


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Michael Gittes | Moments in the Bellum

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
MICHAEL GITTES SOLO EXHIBITION 

MOMENTS IN THE BELLUM

Park Avenue Armory
May 8, 2013


Moments In The Bellum is Michael Gittes' representation of moments from the Civil War. Rather than ride the coat tails of our collective memory, Gittes takes an approach that is focused on the human more than the history and the person more than the politics. With this, a tension between objective and subjective is born throughout each work and the body as a whole.


Gittes' style balances traditional representation with an abstract technique through which the emotion of his work expresses itself. The frenetic cacophony of lines creates work that feels aggressive. In Gittes' choice to address the Civil War - the violence of his work becomes subdued against the collective perception of war, morality and American identity. His combative strokes give way to vulnerability under the weight of the viewer's empathy for the subject. His rendering forces the viewer to consider the subject's humanity at the given moment, yet his opinion on the person's actions, morality or place in history is left without expression.
Written by Grant Gittlin

Pop-Up Exhibition Standard Hotel
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A dynamic pop-up art installation from the artists at Tappan Collective. 


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Pop-Up Exhibition Standard Hotel

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
POP-UP EXHIBITION STANDARD HOTEL

Los Angeles, CA

Party guests at The Standard Downtown L.A. are used to flowing drinks and pulsating music, but Thursday night they were treated to something else: the eclectic, electronica-influenced soul of Nite Jewel and another dynamic pop-up art installation from the brilliant folks at L.A.'s hot young art upstart The Tappan Collective.

 

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Art Basel Miami 2012
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The Tappan Collective exhibition at the Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.


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Art Basel Miami 2012

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

AQUA ART FAIR

Miami, FL


The Tappan Collective exhibition at the Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.

La Cena of Attention
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A dinner party during Art Basel 2012 was hosted by American Two Shot - a downtown New York boutique and gallery, The Tappan Collective - an online platform connecting emerging artists to aspiring collectors, SweetGreen - an east coast restaurant chain promoting health and community, and Flour Shop - a Brooklyn bakery.


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La Cena of Attention

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
LA CENA OF ATTENTION

ART BASEL 

Miami, FL

A dinner party during Art Basel 2012 was hosted by American Two Shot - a downtown New York boutique and gallery, The Tappan Collective - an online platform connecting emerging artists to aspiring collectors, SweetGreen - an east coast restaurant chain promoting health and community, and Flour Shop - a new decadent Brooklyn bakery. Fresh flower crowns by Cult Gaia were donned by many of the guests.

Guests sat alongside the water at a private residence in South Beach. SweetGreen served signature salads and Miami staples such as stone crab and fresh fish. Flour Shop had an amazing array of desserts such as key lime cake balls, pineapple carrot cake, fresh kiwi and pineapple lollipops dipped in chocolate. Drinks were sponsored by Marquis Vodka and Honest Teas.


Guests included: Harley Viera Newton and her boyfriend DJ Ross Shwartzman, Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor and her boyfriend Tappan artist Michael Gittes, Carlos Quirarte (NYC Nightlife - Jane, Westway & restaurant the Smile), Harry Bee (NYC Nightlife - The 88), Kelly McCauley (CFDA), Carter Cleveland (Art-sy), Cody Allen (Le Baron), Roy and Yuvi Alpert (owners of Freehand Hotel in Miami), Sarah Nicole Prickett (writer/it-girl), Jenna Sauers (model/writer), Melissa Gilbert (Stylecaster), Yara Flinn (designer-NOMIA), Dakota Solt and Lisa Ziven (Designers- CryBaby Presents).

Kelly McCauley from CFDA was chatting up the Alpert brothers Roy and Yuvi about the opening of their new Freehand Hotel, which was the hottest place to stay for the young hip crowd. Harry Bee was still buzzing from his success the night before with his Terry Richardson and OH WOW Gallery event at the Standard Hotel.


Tappan artist Michael Gittes (Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor's boyfriend) scattered melted syringes filled with paint across the dinner tables (the instrument he uses to create his unique portrait paintings), such as the portrait Eve displayed at Tappan Collective's booth at Aqua Art Miami during the Art Basel week. (photo of Jordan, Chelsea, Atlanta and Gittes in front of painting attached).

Tappan artist Kelsey Shultis made three, 3ft sculptures made of wood and linens that spelled the word TAP.

COUP!
News & Events

COUP!, a collaborative pop-up space in West Hollywood, CA opened during the 2012 Season and was curated by Los Angeles companies Tappan Colelctive, Crybaby Presents and Cult Gaia.


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COUP!

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

COUP!

West Hollwood, CA


COUP! was a collaborative pop-up space in West Hollywood, CA open through the Holiday Season 2012 curated by Los Angeles companies THE TAPPAN COLLECTIVE, CRYBABY PRESENTS & CULT GAIA.


The creative minds behind these companies came together in a dynamic showroom experience. Including a new exhibition of framed and gift-ready works of art from The Tappan Collective's roster of emerging artists, clothing and lifestyle products from CRYBABY Presents, and headwear and accessories by Cult Gaia. COUP! was a space for discovery and patronage of Los Angeles independent labels.

 

Tappan Collective Launch Party
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Tappan Collective celebrated the launch of the online art gallery.

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Tappan Collective Launch Party

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

TAPPAN COLLECTIVE LAUNCH PARTY

June 9, 2012
Los Angeles, CA


Tappan Collective celebrated the launch of the online art gallery www.TappanCollective.com in it's inaugural pop-up group exhibition on June 9th, 2012 in downtown Los Angeles.

The show examined the topic of our virtual lives and how the modern consumer interacts with the world through their various technological devices. Exhibiting artists included fresh talent out of New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London. The night included music by DJ Harley Viera-Newton, food trucks and drinks sponsored by VeeV.

 

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