OBEY x Debbie Harry are launching their collaborative collection at Obey's very first pop-up store on Melrose tonight, and guess what? Our Masculine de La FEMME Volume 1 Zine will be showcased along with many other artist made zines and books. Thanks to our favorite publishers Cash Machine for bringing our art into Debbie's open arms. (well, we hope)
"Feminsim means equality, in every way and every circumstance."
- Mieka Tennant
MDLF : What are three words that other people would use to describe you?
MT : Nurturing, playful, calm.
MDLF : What are three words that you would use to describe yourself?
MT : Curious, loyal, carnivore.
MDLF : If you knew you were going to die in the next six months, how would you live your life differently?
MT : I would live pretty to close to how I live now, with the exception of moving all the ones I love onto a compound; learning how to play the saxophone; and putting on concerts for everyone each night.
MDLF : Recently, certain human experiences (like c sections, anxiety, depression) have been labeled “pre-existing conditions.” How are these labels detrimental to women’s health?
MT : I find it hard to wrap my head around the health care system in the US being from Canada. Myself and so many people are at at risk and have been punished for the individuality of their health. It's another example of human rights not being protected.
MDLF : What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
MT : Allowing myself to evolve and change, not limiting who I am by how I once was or thought I should be.
MDLF : What values in others do you most cherish?
MT : The subtle care that comes from someone paying attention to another person and their enjoyment in making someone else feel seen and special.
MDLF : Many people are uncomfortable identifying with the world “feminist.” Why is that?
MT : Because it is associated with the feminine getting stronger, which is perceived as a bad thing.
MDLF : Is your work changing in the current political climate? How so?
MT : In accountability and evaluation of it's contribution. I only want to do work that expresses my heart and fight.
MDLF : What should we be fighting for?
MT : Each other.
Mieka Tennant, Co-founder of Anouk Collective
35mm film by Dan Monick
Art Direction | Wardrobe Styling by Monica Reyes
Interview by Monica Reyes and Ariana Coyle
Masculine de La FEMME short film featured at the We Choose Art // A Feminist Perspective Exhibition located at the
Montalban Mezzanine Theatre in Hollywood, CA. March 10, 2017
Art Directed By : Monica Reyes
Filmed By : Dan Monick
Music By : Yvette Hammond
Edited By : Sasha Gransjean
Featured Artists : Nylo, Low Leaf, Francisca Valenzuela, Mstr Of Disguise , Chebo, Jamie Scoles , Rachael Larkin , Darsan O Connor
Creative Direction by : Monica Reyes
Video by Vida de Castro
Featured Artist : Darsan O Connor
MASCULINE DE LA FEMME ZINE
Masculine de La FEMME
44 pages, color xerox, staple bound
Black and White images and color polaroids with hand drawings by Monica Reyes
Featuring Nylo, Low Leaf , Mstr of Disguise , Francisca Valenzuela, Briana Evigan , Krista Alvarez, Chebo , TK Anderson , Rachael Larkin , Jamie Scoles , Darsan O'Connor
Join the We Choose Art team on Friday, March 10th at The Montalban theater and celebrate the 3rd installment of We Choose Art | A Feminist Perspective a group show curated by Baha H. Danesh.
This is a FREE event and doors open at 7:00 PM. Arrive early and explore a night of eclectic fine art, interactive art installations, and mind shifting feminist performances.
Also, for one night only, viewers can experience our Feminist SAFE ZONE Installation, which includes protest signs, photographs, and artwork created by the students of Bravo Medical Highschool inspired by the historic Women’s March in Los Angeles!
A Feminist Perspective will take place upstairs at The Montalban Mezzanine Gallery located at 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, California 90028.
Following We Choose Art’s philosophy of creating a collaborative community of artistic expression, this unique exhibition continues to document the vibrant and creative culture of modern feminist artists.
The show includes both male and female artists whose works continue the feminist dialogue of equality for all. The work presented spans over 40 years with a diversity of artists working in the Los Angeles area. The featured artists are showing works that deal with concepts of race, class, culture, politics, social commentary and representation of women.
We Choose Art | A Feminist Perspective is presented by:
Shoebox PR and The Montalban
VISUAL ART BY:
Ashira Siegel Fox
Baha H. Danesh
Zara Monet Feeney
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
DeenaOH & Co
Fleur The Tease
DJ Luis Diskoe
On January 21st 2017, millions of women, men and childern around the world marched in solidarity in the name of equality and human rights. It was an incredible display of organization, spirit and love.
MDLF and our friend Mstr of Disguise collaborated on a t-shirt in support of the march. We passed out a handful to some of our favorite female activists, artists and extraordinaire. With the help of TK Anderson, we gathered the crew together before the LA march and TK who is a MDLF contributing artist, shot an epic group photo as well as plenty other photos documenting this historic day. We are so proud of our MDLF extended family as they stood together and stood proud sending out a message of courage, equality, strength and hope. Take a look at the gallery below all shot with BW 35mm film + Digital. Many other images can be found on social media under the tag that we thought best encapsulated our message
We have made the shirts available in the store on preorder. We moved through the first stash so fast and are currently waiting on our next batch. A portion of the proceeds of each shirt goes to Planned Parenthood.
All photos provided by Analog Portrait Contest. See More Images Here
ARTIST'S + MAKER'S COLLABORATION
MDLF x MSTR OF DISGUISE x OLD LADY BABY
We are so proud to announce the opening of Masculine de La FEMME's first Artist's + Maker's Co-Op Shop! We have collaborated and featured the work of two amazing artists from MDLF.
A Portion of the Proceeds goes to Planned Parenthood
Wardrobe Stylist, Ann-Marie Hoang of Mstr of Disguise and Designer, Samantha Vanderhoof of Old Lady Baby agreed to collaborate with us for the Women's March in LA happening Jan. 21st. A group of carefully selected influential women who care about today's social causes and aren't afraid of censorship and mincing their words will be wearing these tees and chokers while marching by each other's side while being photographed by the amazing TK Anderson. TK Anderson will be shooting all images on BW and Color 35mm film.
Simultaneously, MDLF Co-founders, Dan Monick and Monica Reyes will photograph and document the Women's March in Washington, DC - also on BW and Color 35mm film.
If you are going to either marches in LA or in DC - please get in contact with us, and we'll connect you with the groups that are attending.
Now Space Gallery
Holiday Soiree + Pop-Up Art Bazaar
co-curated | hosted by Monica Reyes, founder and Art Director of Masculine de La FEMME
w i t h
many of our favorite artists, designers, and vintage collectors
5390 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90032
December 17, Saturday 12pm - 5pm.
S I L K D E G R E E S
6152 York Blvd LA CA 90042
December 10th 6-9PM
Showboat Gallery is pleased to announce Silk Degrees by Dan Monick, co-founder and photographer of Masculine de La FEMME. Silk Degrees is a personal account of life in Los Angeles. The still lifes of ordinary objects, windows, sidewalks and coyotes weave together an energy that is so special to the city . Part photography, part sculptural, and part installation, Silk Degrees is the neon nights and cooked days in the city Monick calls home.
Dan Monick is a photographer, musician and director who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
His work has been commissioned by and featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited at such galleries and spaces as Fluxco Gallery, Little Bird, Meter Gallery, Subliminal Projects, Space 15twenty, The Ace Hotel and Soo Visual Arts Center amongst others. From 2003-2006 Dan Monick was a co-curator at the Jeff Electric Gallery in Los Angeles, focusing on first shows for new artists. He was an administrative member of the gallery and community-based arts center THIS: Los Angeles from January of 2010 until February of 2011. Gingko Press published his first book "Seven Years with Atmosphere and Rhymsayers" in December of 2010. His second book, “Every Payphone On Sunset Blvd” was published in October of 2012 and was part of Ed Rucha's Books & Co exhibition. 2012 was also the year he founded F/S Press with fellow artist and Muay Thai fighter Anthony Anzalone. F/S Press published artist zines and monographs. Monick also co- founded Cash Machine, an artist run project space and publisher in Atwater Village with an inaugural show featuring over 100 artists who all created one of a kind pieces to create a fake newsstand where all work was sold anonymously for $99.99. Monick's third monograph Psychic Windows was published by Cash Machine in February of 2016
Briana Evigan is a multi-talented actor, dancer, producer, humanitarian, animal-rights activist, an advocate against human trafficking, and a health & fitness lifestyle coach. She travels all around the world making global impact and ground breaking changes to help bring new life and empowering perspective for thousands of women.