Behind the Walls: The Art of the Favelas

After Rio’s shiny, spectacular Opening Ceremony on Friday I came across this sobering picture that quickly brought me back to reality and filtered my view of the Olympic games. Brazil’s honest portrayal of the slave trade and the upbeat, energetic favela portion of the ceremony obscured some of the horrific present day realities behind the historical and … Continue reading Behind the Walls: The Art of the Favelas

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-28: Shinique Smith

When I started Culture Shock Art in 2010, my goal was to explore street art and graffiti in Los Angeles, after I stumbled upon street artist JR’s work completely by accident.  The process of discovery through investigating the origins of one of his murals led me to his 2010 TED talk after which I purchased one of his lithographs.  That … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-28: Shinique Smith

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Reflections on Service, Sacrifice and Self

For the past 10+ years my office has been a supporter of our local YMCA in Downtown Los Angeles, and every year we sponsor the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Brotherhood breakfast.  I have been asked to attend this event no less than 6 times and each year I curiously look at my fellow attendees invited to the breakfast.  The … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Reflections on Service, Sacrifice and Self

Weekly Rewind Vol. 1

I’m trying something new.  Here’s my Friday round up of my absolute favorite posts from last week in Fashion, Music, Art, and Food.  All posts are inspired by Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  So let’s jump in! 1.  Kara Walker-Indypendant Article   The Kara Walker Domino Sugar Factory exhibit has closed, and I have to say I had mixed feelings about this particular … Continue reading Weekly Rewind Vol. 1

The Art of Storytelling: Havana and the Wrinkles of the City

Storytelling plays such an essential role in our lives because they create a level of connectedness that’s achieved through relatable or shared experiences.  Great stories provide the bridge between our imagination and reality in remarkable ways.  When I have a strong emotional response to art it is usually associated with a story that I immediately attribute to a piece. … Continue reading The Art of Storytelling: Havana and the Wrinkles of the City