Joelle McTigue

The process is the intention. Artist in Los Angeles.

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Ice cream after trial!



No words…

We beat stupidity celebration cones #zimmerman #defense #dadkilledit

Global Street Art: Quintessentially American: Interview with Ron English



Legend is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but in this case, legend, is the only word that fits. Ron English has been creating his surreal brand of Popaganda since the Seventies; from early, adbusting adventures, sabotaging corporate billboards to subversive parodies of pop icons,…


Introducing Video on Instagram

Over the past two and a half years, Instagram has become a community where you can capture and share the world’s moments simply and beautifully. Some moments, however, need more than a static image to come to life. Until now these stories have been missing from Instagram.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Video on Instagram and bring you another way to share your stories. When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera.

You’ll also find that we’ve added thirteen filters built specifically for video so you can keep sharing beautiful content on Instagram. When you post a video, you’ll also be able to select your favorite scene from what you’ve recorded as your cover image so your videos are beautiful even when they’re not playing.

We’re excited to see what the community will bring to video, whether it’s your local cafe showing you just how they made your latte art this morning or an Instagrammer on the other side of the world taking you on a tour of their city, a mother sharing her joys in parenting as her children laugh and play or your favorite athlete taking you behind the scenes.

So what does this mean for your content? Nothing’s different from photos. We’re still committed to making sure you have control over all of your content. Only the people who you let see your photos will be able to see your videos. And as with photos, you own your videos. You can learn more about Video on Instagram—including our new Cinema feature—by visiting the Instagram Help Center.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

Kevin Systrom

Co-founder, Instagram

Instagram for iOS version 4.0 is currently available for download in Apple’s App Store and Instagram for Android version 4.0 is now available on Google Play.

Now officially known as M. Night Shyamalan’s She’s All That
Dani of the 2Fridas Directing Team:
Photo by Joelle McTigue

Proper Painting Attire

Might be time to upgrade my painting getup. Or at the very least, begin to call it painting attire.


May Day in Los Angeles Slideshow



Angel Art Auction Tonight



Online bidding for the Angel Art Auction has closed and transfers to the live event at Creative Artists Agency tonight. With a committee that includes Honor Fraser, Jennifer Aniston, Larry Gagosian, and Tom Ford, the auction is an example of how Contemporary Art, Charity, and Hollywood currently intersect in Los Angeles.


Photo: Irving Blum and Peggy Moffitt by Dennis Hopper courtesy of Paddle8 website




As a fairly sturdy William Powhida fan, I am biased delighted how the ‘Bill By Bill’ press release reflects his work.

Opening: April 20, 2013, 7-10PM 969 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dismissed Acclaimed provincial New York-based artist William Powhida is pleased to announce Bill by Bill, a new collection of art works fabricated exclusively for Charlie James Gallery and the fast-growing Los Angeles art market. Conceptualized and designed by William each work of art has been crafted by better highly skilled artists, designers, friends, family and fabricators under the artist’s supervision in a studio he visited at least once. After years of going to art fairs intensive market research Bill by Bill represents a decisive breakthrough for the artist into the fields of sculpture and painting by creating unique variations on some of the dominant formulas trends in contemporary art.

Bill by Bill brings together classic Modernist forms with bleeding edge post-studio, conceptually based1 practices to create a mercenary stunning vision of contemporary art. Begun over a year ago while on residency at the Headlands in beautiful Marin County, William has designed a line of auction-ready commodities objects across stylistic boundaries for market-savvy executive producers collectors. These objects are primed and ready for purchase to move quickly at Phillips de Pury. With a focus on painting and sculpture Bill by Bill avoids problems of reproducibility inherent with photography, new media, multiples, and editions which have diminished the deep satisfaction of buying art. These one-of-kind objects are able to offer the ‘experience of art’ at a price that isn’t quite for everyone, which affirms William’s belief that art holds an elitist special place in culture.

A unique, signed certificate of authenticity in the artist’s signature style accompanies2 each hand-touched3 object. The certificate provides the artist’s critical insight into the fascinating design and fabrication process behind each work. These intimate, text-based certificates contextualize each object in a theoretical and aesthetic discourse while situating them in the broader social and political space of neo-liberal capitalism late modernity. Charlie James Gallery is relieved pleased to finally bring this moyen-garde model of art production and distribution to Los Angeles, which we believe is the only city capable of buying this.

William Powhida was born in 1976 in Ballston Spa, New York. Powhida has no upcoming exhibitions at any major art institutions. Recent exhibitions include “Market Value: Examining Wealth and Worth” at Columbia College in Chicago, IL; “On Sincerity” at Boston College in Boston, MA; (2012), “Seditions” at McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, TX (2012), “Derivatives” at Postmasters Gallery, NY (2011) and Dublin Contemporary in Dublin, Ireland (2011). His work has been discussed in October, Art in America, Art Forum, The Brooklyn Rail, Frieze, New York Magazine, and the New York Times. His art was recently featured in the Village Voice, America’s oldest corporate-owned alternative weekly.


1 This does not mean conceptual.

2 The collector agrees to purchase the certificate of authenticity to receive the object.

3 The artist may have only touched to the work indirectly receiving the work or crating it.

Photo: Charlie James Gallery


Jeff Speetjens, Puppeteer on Los Angeles I’m Yours

This month is Puppetfest in Los Angeles which means there are a lot of puppet happenings in and around the city. This means comedy shows with puppets for adults and fairy tale puppet shows for kids and much, much more. You know where it’s actually always a puppet celebration? Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood, a nightclub that regularly features puppets and puppeteers interacting with patrons. We got a tip from artsy person Joelle McTigue about a video on puppeteer Jeff Speetjens, one of Bootsy’s puppet masters. He’s the subject of a mini-documentary that gives a peek inside what it’s like to be a puppeteer in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Landscapes at Grand Central Market by Joelle McTigue
Interior Los Angeles Landscapes

SIGN-UP FOR LEDGER NEWS: half Cut Tea and Lab Art at Fred Segal


LAB Art Opens at Fred Segal Santa Monica

Haircuts, yoga, and Annie Preece paintings all in one place. I love you, LA.

Lab Art opens their 2,000 sq ft gallery space in Fred Segal Santa Monica tonight. After Party is at 41 Ocean, the new Westside members-only dinner club.


First Guest Post on The Ledger: Jeff Speetjens / Puppeteer By Jordan Wayne Long

Matt and I had been wanting to follow around a puppeteer since we began shooting documentaries for our site (Half Cut Tea). I had been calling agents for months trying to find a puppeteer to let us follow them around, but we weren’t having any luck. That’s when I made a last ditch effort and put up an ad on craigslist.


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