FANFARE-LA Virtual Gallery
The Virtual Gallery is open through the end of February, 2014.
ALL the items in the FANFARE-LA Exhibition are also available here at the show price. In addition, extra works are available from nearly every artist in the show. Unless otherwise marked, each item in this gallery is being offered as a limited edition framed print with a certificate of authenticity from FANFARE-LA. Prices do not include sales tax or shipping. To make a purchase in the Virtual Gallery, contact us to receive a quote within 24 hours.
To use the virtual gallery, simply scroll down to the name of the artist you wish to view. Click on an image to see a larger version with the title, description, and price. Please note: Title/Price/Description information will not appear on most mobile devices. Please use the full web version to view this information.
The artist known simply as Captured Erotica enjoys creating beautiful, edgy, thought-provoking images that entice the viewer to appreciate the allure and delicious enjoyment of fetish photography. He does so by bringing a polished technical skill in lighting and editing to a form that traditionally focuses primarily on content. “If someone looks at my work and forgets about it five minutes later, then I am not doing my job as an artist.”
Captured Erotica is a self-taught photographic artist. Residing in the strict Bible Belt of his native Georgia, he is obligated to operate his camera under two different names in the two separate worlds of erotic and nature fine art photography. For the sake of his more conservative clients, he keeps these worlds separate.
C.E. likes taking care of three Boston terrier rescues with his girlfriend, going on hikes in the woods, and taking long drives from one end of the country to the other...filling up his memory cards along the way.
He has been published and participated in:
“Secret Magazine”, issue #34 (2010)
“BDSM for Writers”, 2011 (cover) by Dr. Charley Ferrer.
The Art of Contemporary Shibari exhibit at Mother Dog Studios, Houston Texas
Dan has been an artistic photographer for over 30 years. The creative arts run in his blood, as his father was a water color painter and his grandfather a professional photographer. Dan’s photographic interests have followed many different paths experimenting in traditional Silver Gelatin work, Platinum/Palladium, Cyanotype, Bromoils, and hand coloring. Most recently, his photographic direction has been influenced by the work of Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhard, and Man Ray. For the past 8 years, Dan has focused all of his photographic efforts on creative nudes working with both amateur and professional fine art models from around the world.
“The search for the true beauty in working with the human body/soul has been an enlightening adventure in my work. I work with my models to create a mood and feeling that allows the viewer to experience what I do from working behind the lens.
Traditional “old school” photography techniques, materials, and equipment enable me to interject the emotion and essence that I envision in my final images. My hope is that viewers of my work can achieve an emotional response that challenges their viewing experience.”
Dan works exclusively with large format film cameras using black and white film in sizes of 4 x 5, 8 x 10, and 8 x 20 inches. He does all of his own photographic printing by hand in his home darkroom. He works primarily with older “antique” equipment, much of which is over 100 years old. He feels that the image quality of older camera lenses from the turn of the century provide a very different look and feel from today’s modern digital equipment. No digital equipment or processes enter into the creation and production of Dan’s final photographs.
Dan makes his home with his wife, Lynne, in La Quinta, CA, east of Palm Springs.
In the two decades David has worked with the camera, the subjects he has photographed have varied as far across the spectrum as one would expect to encounter within the realm of advertising and lifestyle photography. But it is through images of erotica that employ elements and themes reminiscent of the mid-20th century, that his artistic passion thrives while displaying the female form in all it elegant beauty.
His images carry nostalgic tones from off the cover art of pulp fiction magazines and detective novels from the days of when the radio show crime fighter saved the damsel and solved the mystery in thrilling twenty-minute segments. Such photography revisits the world where a filter-less Lucky Strike and a half-glass of bourbon constituted a proper lunch for any self-respecting gumshoe. All the ladies who pose before David’s lens wouldn’t be caught dead without a proper pair of seamed silk stockings, heels, and the correct tone of red lipstick to portray a lingerie-clad temptress or damsel in peril.
David doesn’t consider himself a documentarian when creating his erotica, but rather a storyteller. His images tell stories of passion and lust—dark fantasies and sexual daydreams that all of us have but rarely speak of. He judges the success of a photograph by its ability to stimulate the viewer to complete the story that his image has started in their imagination. David Evad has given you the opening scene of sensual intrigue. You complete the story. If you wish to learn more about David and his work, visit www.damselnoir.com.
Eugene Frankel born in Kiev, Ukraine. Inspired by European masters of erotic photography, Eugene is making his mark on the industry primarily through his experimentation with black and white shots of nude women, mostly “next door” real women.
His work has been shown at galleries around the world, and he has been credited with helping create what his patrons refer to as the new voyeur chic, which is a more stylized look with candid intimation. Eugene presently lives in Sherman Oaks, California.
I was raised in Arizona and currently live in Chicago. I am completely self-taught. As a result, I've developed a unique esthetic guided only by my desire to create the type of images that appeal to me. My work has been featured on The Huffington Post (December 2013), Beautiful Decay, The Daily Mail, and more. I also run a studio where I try to bring some of my artistic eye to commercial portraiture.
It is the honesty that draws me to photography and videography. There is an interesting complexity in people, and their wide variety of body types compel me to use the human form as my predominant subject. In my work I capture questions about who we are and how we see ourselves. My images serve to expose the open, vulnerable, and sometimes uncomfortable realities of our hidden nature. This process, revealing elements of our shared humanity, is fascinating to me. It allows me to simultaneously explore and illustrate feelings through my art while provoking social discourse.
I want my work to show the core commonalities beneath our vast diversity. As such, my projects often features series where the angles, poses, and backdrops are unifying while the unique models and faces are as varied as humanity itself. We are all the same. We are all different. Even though multiple series contain unrelated themes, they are all illustrating unique parts of the same body. www.graciehagen.com
Ero Kawaii (b. 1966) is an American artist and photographer whose work explores the intersections of eroticism and cute or “kawaii” culture. Grounded in opposition and contrast, his photographs explore the underlying erotic and perverse nature of traditional aesthetic forms, inviting the viewer to examine their own erotic sensibilities and relationships to non traditional or taboo subjects.
Starting in 2006, he began regularly visiting Tokyo where he had his first exposure to the combined influences of Japanese underground erotic culture and mainstream Japanese “kawaii” culture. Those two elements have helped define his work focusing on the juxtapositions of youthful beauty, innocence, and playfulness on one hand and injury, medical fetishism, latex, and themes of bondage, restraint, and masochism on the other.
One of the themes that animates his work, is the idea that the protection of what we regard as innocent is often an act of violence against that which we wish to keep safe. The origins of violence, damage, and injury can often be traced to the defense of what we hold most sacred. The erotic, as both forbidden and alluring, as both violation and nature, is a place where that negotiation and conflict have the deepest hold on our psyche and imagination.
By bringing together these seemingly different and distinct themes, his work asks us to question the distance between what is celebrated as cute, innocent, and pure, and what is reviled as deviant, bizarre, and perverse. His mission is to both make the uncomfortable safe and make us uncomfortable with the safety we feel as spectators, voyeurs, and participants in contemporary society. Ero Kawaii lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
I was born into a family of artists. My mother and her family were artists and performance artists and they enjoyed classical music. My father and his family were building contractors and designers, and he played a musical instrument. Not until I entered college did I develop my artistic skills; my major was Industrial Arts with a Fine Arts minor. I developed my skills in furniture design and manufacturing, and abstract sculpture and photography. I graduated with a BA degree in 1962.
While living in New York City, I began making female body part sculptures, exploring various media.
I have been a photographer most of my life, and during the last twenty years, I photographed Mayan and Aztec ruins in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. While photographing the models for my erotic female sculptures, I realized I had a unique style that I wanted to continue with nude, artistic, erotic and fetish photography. I’m trying to accomplish two things with my photos: one is to tell a little story by capturing a moment I created in time, and the other is pushing the limits of erotic, fetish, bondage and fine art nude photography to the thin line between artistic and porn, without crossing over.
I have displayed my photographs and/or sculptures in Miami Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Denver, Portland, Seattle, LA twice and 7 times in San Francisco, including a one man exhibition and 5 exhibitions I produced and curated in San Francisco: “ON THE EDGE” Erotic Photography Exhibition and SAN FRANCISCO EROTIC ART EXHBITION. I received a People’s Choice Favorite award for my sculpture, ZebraGirl. 3 of my sculptures were prize winners in the “Art Undressed” exhibition tour and are featured in its third Volume. The World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach has purchased 7 of my erotic sculptures, which are on permanent display at the museum. I maintain the following websites: www.eroticartevents.com and www.eroticfemalestatue.com
Originally from France, Marie Lafranque is a self-taught artist who shows her love of all things soft and feminine in her photography. She recently moved back to California after spending some years living in Chicago, where she participated in art shows and galleries throughout the region. While living there she spent her summers traveling throughout the United States to many different art shows, enjoying the process of meeting her clients just as much as selling them her art.
Marie began her journey as an artist after falling in love with oil paints and canvases, only to realize one summer that she enjoyed the art of photography even more. While she still paints when she gets a chance, photography allows her to convey emotions at the touch of a fingertip in a way that is extremely satisfying to her, and she's been concentrating on that art form ever since that discovery.
Exploring the feminine side of erotica, Marie works to find the moment when a model drops her shield and succumbs to the camera in order to create a truly raw and beautiful expression. Working for that trust and getting to those instances of true vulnerability are pure joy for Marie. She hopes you will share in that with her.
Lawrence “Vegas” Lamontagne was born in Bell County, Texas, in 1983. He is an Electrical Engineer and veteran with nine years of military service. He received his BS from Louisiana Tech University. His military service and his current career have allowed him to travel to over 25 states and 3 countries outside the US.
FANFARE-LA is Vegas’ first exhibition. He first became interested in photography while stationed abroad in Honduras, where he met and worked with Develon Douglas, an editorial and artistic photographer and owner of Vocal Visions. Many years later Vegas was introduced to an artist named John Hornbeck, who inspired him to first pick up a camera and try his hand at photography. Vegas immediately began networking and learning all he could. What started out as a hobby quickly became an artistic outlet. For Vegas, photography provides a freedom of expression without strict guidelines—something otherwise not present in his life. He uses the contrast of light and shadow to highlight lines and express beauty. He hopes his images will in-turn inspire other artists.
Lawrence Lamontagne is a Las Vegas native who now resides in Southern California.
Internationally published photographer Mike Lawson was recently distinguished as the cover artist in Volume 4 of The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography, a prestigious collection of the best work in the genre worldwide. He lives in Virginia and amusingly describes his photographic style as, “unsound, and predicated on endless experimentation." There will be no formula or standard lighting setup found in his repertoire.
Picking up a camera for the first time in 2009, Mike found that his formal training in physics and optics provided the technical knowledge required, but he quickly abandoned it when his ongoing feud with the light meter began...the first day he didn't want a perfectly exposed photograph. While he dabbles in the rare landscape and nature photo, he is most at home with people and imparting a demure and lyrical romantic feeling to the viewer.
Mike’s vision for his photographs is that they embrace the here and now, while simultaneously invoking vivid memories that stir our hidden emotions. It’s not portraying the world in a new light that intrigues him. The true “new light,” as Lawson refers to it, is in the eye (and mind) of the viewer...often betraying the very life we live behind our outward façade.
Read more about Mike at www.lostforwordsphotography.com
Jeehyun Lee, 33, is a Los Angeles native. She is a daughter of two Korean immigrants and was born into a Protestant-Christian home. This is the first time her photography will be displayed for all to view in person and is sad that her conservative mother won't be at the opening. But that’s better than traumatizing her mother.
For the past several years, Jeehyun Lee has been taking a course every semester at her local community college. She is extremely grateful for the community college system. She has taken courses in darkroom photography, filmmaking, film history, art history, music theory, logic, speech, and even acting. When Jeehyun Lee turned 30 years old she came up with the motto that is a driving force in her life, which is: To create and live in beauty. She hopes that at least one person will understand and be touched by her work.
Jeehyun Lee would like to thank the organizers of this event for including her in the collection.
Retrotie, the journey….
During that inevitable chase for the American Dream, Retrotie had a constant internal battle between conservative life and his need to express art and sexuality. He found himself at a crossroads many times. The first artistic path he chose was that of music, lyric, poem, and prose. He identified more closely to the darker tones of medieval madrigals and later to rock-and-roll and the associated lifestyle. This eventually gave way to a more conservative ideology that sent him into the workforce of computer support and brought him up to speed on the technological advances of our time. As the pendulum swung, he found technology alone wasn’t enough to satisfy him as a whole person. Midway through the first decade of the century he clutched his first digital camera and sought out suitable subject matter. A curious, sexually open, and intelligent person, Retrotie identified with the world of fetish and eroticism. Stemming from a personal lifestyle choice and possibly from the fact that he is ambidextrous, dyslexic, Bi-polar, artistic, and logical, he identified with the dichotomy of Dominance and submission. During his discovery of fetish art, Retrotie found he didn’t agree with the typical depiction of mainstream fetish. Being that of stubborn free spirit, coupled with his desire to demystify the subject of his passion, he took on the task of showing a more inviting face to a “darker” alternative sexuality.
Retrotie invites the viewer to experience his erotic art, delicately garnished with fetish undertones, in hopes to allay fears and break current societal stigma associated with fetish and alternative sexual choice.
SameSource is a west coast photographer with over two decades of professional experience recording images. He works in both landscape and bodyscape, with the latter often exploring human sexuality and fetishism. His photo, “Aristotelian Sex”, was recently selected as one of four photographs included as the best works of erotic art for 2014 by the 12” of Sin international art exhibition. SameSource works have shown at galleries throughout the US and UK, and his work has won top honors at several national art exhibitions, including the San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition and On the Edge. His work was featured in a 2013 Breast Cancer Foundation calendar, and his photo, “French Tips”, was selected as the poster for the inaugural FANFARE–LA.
SameSource has origins in the rural Midwest. After studying music and philosophy in a liberal arts education, he went to Italy and immersed himself in the works of the Renaissance. Returning to the US, he pursued graduate work in music and cinema, arriving on the west coast via the USC film school. Working as a professional artist in various media, his output has included notable works as a recording artist, writer, and filmmaker, though his photography has been his constant catharsis, under an assumed name that frees him to explore any subject matter while reminding the viewer that we are all more connected than separated. As Henry Miller wrote, “We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation—all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.”
SameSource is based in Los Angeles. Discover more at SameSourcePhotography.com.
Deconstructionist Artist Janna Stern is based in the Los Angeles area and has been showing professionally for over 35 years on a national level. She provided this Artist Statement for FANFARE-LA.
This exhibition gives us a great opportunity to show work that pushes certain boundaries. When we say nude, we usually mean without clothes. In fact people can feel nude and exposed when they give a speech or show up at an interview or buy a new wardrobe while they are actually fully clothed. Our fears about people discovering what goes on in our mind and our bodies can make us feel nude. In the past people revealed less about themselves as well as their bodies. There were several topics that one did not discuss: religion, politics, and sex. Clothes that revealed too much of your body were considered risqué. A fetish was only revealed to the shops that were specializing in the objects that were procured to satisfy one's urges.
I have used mannequins and statues in these photos. When we view a photograph of a person we immediately respond to their looks, clothing, expression, or stance. We make a judgment on their appearance or project onto the subject our own condition. It is difficult to use a photograph of a person to create a neutral environment. A mannequin, however, is a blank canvas that can be easily manipulated and contorted to create a desired effect. They are not animated but solely anthropomorphized. I am fascinated not only with the potential inanimate quality, but with the history they have literally carried on their backs; they are stand-ins for collective ideals of fashion, femininity, body image and social status. We dress them up to broadcast our intention, and they offer no resistance to the forces imposed upon them. As they remain a potential ground for society to view itself and self-inflicted standards, I hope we can glean new meaning from the reflections on ourselves they provide for us.
Read more at http://jannastern.com/biography.html
World-renowned bondage artist TomFoolery started doing rope bondage 12 years ago. Since then it has become an integral part of who he is. It is both a sexual and spiritual practice for him and serves as a cathartic and artistic outlet. His work as a professional photographer becomes the literal lens through which his bondage is best viewed, capturing not just his rope work but also the larger context of eroticism. This context often involves extensive suspension work in quiet indoor settings, noisy nightclubs, venues like burning man, or the outdoors in the woods or off of bridges.
His photography is merely the outer layer of his style of fusion bondage, mixing traditional Shibari with Western and Celtic influences. The photographs reveal the energy of bondage that is both highly decorative and functional. Most of his work displays his suspensions, which are dynamic, featuring spinning and swinging.
He is a member of Suspended Animation, and has performed at the Supperclub in SF, Cannibal Flower in LA, and many other events and venues. His photographs have been featured at Cannibal Flower Shows in LA, the San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition, and the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. He teaches regularly at Kink.com’s Armory Studio Series, and he has given workshops at The North West Leather Celebration, Dark Odyssey, and other events.
He is on Fetlife as TomFoolery, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/tomfooleryrope.
In 1996 Vinzent graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art. From that point forward he has been active in a life of teaching and photographing various subjects. In 2006 he became particularly interested in alternative lifestyles as he began his kinky artistic career via a Model Mayhem account and attending his first event at the Lair (a BDSM club in Los Angeles).
Vinzent's work as a photographer is amplified through interactions with people who love BDSM and enjoy expressing those desires in front of a camera—The Feed Back Loop, as he calls it. Vinzent has served as a mentor at Dom Boot Camp (a program for new Dominants run by BDSM Mentors), and a teacher of rope and mummification techniques, including an ongoing course in Glendale. In 2012 his photography was first shown in a gallery at Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. In addition to his work as a professional artist, Vinzent earns a living in the film industry and regularly hones his artistic skills at Dr. Sketchy's Hollywood Figure Drawing Marathons, which pit a room of artists in front of a selection of models for 26 straight hours of drawing.