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Nikita Budkov: The Song Book

On the evening of September 29th, 2018, our LAAFA Alumnus – Nikita Budkov had his first solo show with us here at LAAFA! His show was titled, “Nikita: The Song Book” and it exhibited collections of current portraits and  landscapes named from songs that fill Nikita’s life. Below are some images of the event and a Q & A with Nikita, detailing his experience of the show.

Q: Overall, how did you feel about your solo show?

A: I felt wonderful about my solo show! We had more than 70 people show up and I think it was a great success. That night was full of smiles, positive spirit, and laughs. We had some serious art discussions happening too. I enjoyed the space LAAFA provided me, it was a one of a kind experience. I could not ask for a better solo exhibition.

Q: What did you learn about having your first solo show and what would you tell others who want to do the same?

A: I learned that the day after the solo exhibition one feels very exhausted, but accomplished too. I would recommend artists to brace themselves and to have answers for all the countless questions awaiting during the show! Other than that, I felt like we did an excellent job on organizing the space, so there were no flaws.

Q: What is next for you now? What are your plans for the future?

A: I am in the process of applying for my so called artist visa to stay in US longer because I am going to have exhibitions almost every upcoming month and I can not miss them! Then there is also a major next Gold Medal show somewhere in the Summer. Contests, grants, I will try to do all of them!

 

 


“Nikita Budkov: The Song Book” was on display at the LAAFA Gallery space on September 29th, 2018 from 7pm-9pm.

 

 

Shopping at Sparrow Mart

Welcome to a world of felt! This past weekend I had the honor of checking out the new installation by Lucy Sparrow, a London based artist who works almost exclusively in felt by  creating soft versions of existing objects. For her first big break in Los Angeles, Lucy has made and entire super market fully stocked with over 31,000 products all made by hand and signed by her! You will literally find everything in this market. Don’t believe me? See the images below:

I first read about this artist in 2015 when she exhibited Madame Roxy’s Erotic Emporium. Although details about this installation and the products that it housed would be considered NSFW (Not Safe For Work) for LAAFA, the simple idea of an artist creating products entirely out of felt, was so peculiar that I instantly fell in love with her work.

All the products in this installation are available to buy and ranges from $15 to $200 and up (like $50,000 and up). In a recent interview that Lucy did with The Cut, she mentions why she chose felt, “I decided to work with felt because I find that it’s a medium that is so synonymous with being a child. It’s an easy fabric to work with, it doesn’t fray, it’s available in all the colors you could possibly think of. So, I thought, I wonder if I could make an entire shop that if you’re daydreaming, it looks similar enough that you could go there thinking it was real.”

And so she did. Having the chance to experience this super market in person brought out the child inside of me. I was suddenly transported back into the days when I would pretend to shop with plastic groceries and be a cashier with fake money and a register that ding’ed just like the real thing. It was an interactive world come to life and now my perspective of supermarkets will never be the same.

Sparrow Mart is located on the second floor of The Standard hotel at 550 S. Flower St. in Downtown, and runs August 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018. The installation is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.