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I Love/Loathe Los Angeles

I Love/Loathe Los Angeles

“I Love/Loathe Los Angeles” is an NFT Photography collection featuring the sights of a thriving but declining quality of life in the city of Angeles (Los Angeles). Los Angeles is a city of duality. There are so many things about the city that residents and visitors alike can’t wait to enjoy. The beaches, Beverly Hills shopping, The art scene of DTLA, and the Westside. But there is also the undercurrent of rising costs, unemployment, homelessness, and a serious price gouging of its citizens, making it hard for many Angelinos to stay afloat after having life turned upside down from the pandemic that is still showing its effects almost two years after the city completely shut down. The purchase will also be accompanied by a photobook featuring all of the images in the collection (plus an extra 20 for 50 total) and their corresponding stories. Click on each image for more information via OpenSea.io. The project starts at 0.25 ETH and is limited to 30 holders.

The Queen of Compton, 2022
House of Daggers, 2022
“Are Y’all Open?”, 2022
Active Driveway, 2022
What Happened on Maple Ave?, 2022
Deadlines and Rent To Pay, 2022
America the Signs are There, 2022
Judging Responsibilities, 2022
Fruit of the Day, 2022
Los Angeles Fashion Week, Downtown Runway, 2022
Toys of Los Angeles Street, 2022
Where Dreams Are…, 2022
“Is It Summer Yet?”, 2022
Toys of Los Angeles Street, 2022
Together Again, 2022
“We Buy Houses Cash”, 2022
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Obscura Community Commission

Obscura Community Commission

We Come in Peace, 2022

Obscura will designate the commission theme or subject to photograph. As a photographer-oriented platform, we want to commission our community members to go out and photograph pressing issues happening today around the world. A team of 10 photographers are awarded the Community Commission to document events, people, or places. We also offer them a mentorship program and a curatorial partnership to help during the commission. Each artist will deliver a collection of 15 NFTs. – Text From Obscura

My idea in looking at Two Years After The Storm is a concentrated eye on the humanity beneath the glitz. Los Angeles, and other cities, have been hit very hard by the recent wave of viruses and homelessness and the citizens are trying to cope the best that they can. Looking at faces, places, and spaces to uncover the stories that reflect our reality. Below are the outtakes from the commission. You can find the final works at Obscura.io and mint them with a mint pass.

PayDay Advanced, 2022
Riding, Rolling, 2022
Property, 2022
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AfroChella Boxing Project by Solomon Adufah

Pattern designed selected from the Ghana, West African Region, By Solomon Adufah

“Sports is a cornerstone of communities in Ghana. Many of the youth in Ghana are involved with boxing both for leisure and career opportunities. For many, it is about survival and representation for their community. Such communities like Bukom, located in the west of Accra, near Jamestown, is one known for nurturing skillful talent of the youth in its community. The boxing series conceptualizes nuances around innocence of the youth, courage and tenacity. The installation further investigates cultural practices combined with global influences with boxing as a sport. This unique training ring is designed and fabricated in Ghana. It is a one-of-a-kind structure freestanding and made of galvanized steel that is designed to be cantilevered against itself once the ropes are attached and tightened. The minimal connection construction allows for a fast build- up and dismantling without losing ring stiffness.” – Solomon Adufah

Render of Pattern on 3D Boxing Glove created by ArtAboveReality
Render of Pattern on 3D Boxing Glove created by ArtAboveReality
Render of Pattern on 3D Boxing Glove created by ArtAboveReality
Render of Pattern on 3D Boxing Glove created by ArtAboveReality
Project Sketches by Solomon Adufah
Project Sketches by Solomon Adufah
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The “I Stand With Immigrants” Mural with Branded Arts and Ivben Taqiy in Philadelphia

The “I Stand With Immigrants” Mural with Branded Arts and Ivben Taqiy in Philadelphia

Even a child knows how valuable the forest is. 
Even a child knows how valuable the forest is. 
Even a child knows how valuable the forest is. 

Even a child knows how valuable the forest is. The fresh, breathtaking smell of trees. Echoing birds flying above that dense magnitude. A stable climate, a sustainable diverse life and a source of culture. Yet, forests and other ecosystems hang in the balance, threatened to become croplands, pasture, and plantations.

Even a child knows how valuable the forest is. The fresh, breathtaking smell of trees. Echoing birds flying above that dense magnitude. A stable climate, a sustainable diverse life and a source of culture. Yet, forests and other ecosystems hang in the balance, threatened to become croplands, pasture, and plantations.

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This Is NOT A Riot: Protests in Los Angeles

This Is Not A Riot: Protests in Los Angeles

2020 was a wild year. For everyone. From the pandemic to the repetitive news of unarmed black civilians being murdered by police, the countless blow of economic and emotional turmoil took their toll on the world and Black Americans in particular. The summer of 2020 was a breaking point for the citizens of the city of Los Angeles as the news of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery (alongside other racially involved incidents) prompted folks to take to the streets in protest against the brutality of Americans by law enforcement.” – Badir McCleary. Order Now! – Paperback Book Pre-Orders are available now on ArtAboveReality.com/shop for $24.99. This title will be released with Barnes and Noble Press in Early March! For digital readers, you can also order the E-Book via the website and also on Amazon (for Kindle users) for $9.99. Thank you in advance!!

 

Protesters marching down Beverly Blvd
Protesters leaving Pan Pacific Park marching down Beverly Blvd
Protesters marching down Beverly Blvd
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The Art Influencer

The Art Influencer by ArtAboveReality

The art world is changing. Art has always been a driving force in community enrichment, creating social awareness and enhancing the juxtaposition of our society and the artists canvas. Today, the art works have grown in scale and complexity to intrigue new audiences and revive the collective appreciation of art in general. These folks don’t just create, they inspire.. We call these folks The Art Influencers…

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Gallery 38

Gallery 38: Los Angeles

Gallery 38 an ongoing project by ArtAboveReality and Bancs Media, opened its doors in March of 2015 embarking on the West Adams community with a goal of resurrecting the neighborhood’s past history of visual culture and adding to the renaissance of art booming in the Los Angeles area. With time and painting, our vision with the help of our artists and the community we’ve been able to transform and breathe artistic creation back into a sector of the city needing resurgence. Named in a LA Weekly article as “The Center of the burgeoning West Adams Art Scene”, Gallery 38 has done over 20 solo exhibitions, 2 global art fairs, and have invited other emerging artists to join in by offering the gallery as a part-time studio and event space, thus creating a community of creativity.

With a community-based approach, Gallery 38 has been able to continue the tradition of presenting emerging and established artists while focusing on developing the community around them. Within the two years, the community has seen an eclectic interest in the aesthetics of the neighborhood showcasing a wide range of visual art from murals to academic exhibitions and panels in the community. The unique artists that light up the gallery and neighborhood, differ in concentration, composition, and social status, but are brought together by their unifying element of mixing mediums and thought-provoking imagery. Gallery 38 will continue to be a pioneer in bringing appreciation, education, and artistic freedom while displaying jaw-dropping exhibits and impermanent installations throughout the global arts community.

Address: 5376 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. https://gallery38.com/

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Google Open Gallery

Google Open Gallery

We were so excited to be one of the first users of the Google Open Gallery platform that looked to feature creatives and institutions alike in a digital setting, to further the education of arts in the public and museums. We created our first exhibition, which featured up-and-coming and established artists focused on storytelling from inside their studios or around their local neighborhood walls.

Alloyius McIlwaine for the ArtAboveReality Collection on Google Open Gallery.
James Dupree for the ArtAboveReality Collection on Google Open Gallery.
Stolen Dreams in the Promised Zone by James Dupree for the ArtAboveReality Collection on Google Open Gallery.
La Ciudad de Color de for the ArtAboveReality Collection on Google Open Gallery.