Design

Francesco LoCastro

By Natology

“In the realm of intersecting ideas, lies the opportunity of transformative change, ” Francesco LoCastro.

Francesco LoCastro has the heart of a painter and the mind of a twenty-first century philosopher. His recent body of work explores subjects in the metaphysical and existential realms, which he conveys through a visual language that is both accessible and complex. Through the use of shapes, colors, symmetry, layers and movement, Francesco presents his work across a platform that transcends the diversity of the human experience. There is a meditative quality beneath his paintings, which is brought to life in subtle video movement. Each painting is constructed through symmetrical layers that are slowly stripped away to reveal a nucleus within a configuration that reflects the invisible structures that define our experience. Deep, I know; but you can also appreciate it from a purely aesthetic place that’s pleasing to the eye and inexplicably peaceful.

As we prepare to shift into a new paradigm, we see the evolution of thought reflected in present dialogues. Francesco LoCastro is an active voice in the contemporary art movement and is helping to steer things in the right direction. Noted for his contributions to Pop-Surrealism, LoCastro is recognized as a key figure in bringing its urban contemporary aesthetics into the realm of fine art. As a painter, curator, and founder of new art fairs, there is a proactive element behind each action that defines him as a humble visionary of our time. Artists have always functioned as mediums in conveying higher levels of understanding and LoCastro airs on that of the 4th dimension. As artists we are the catalysts in the transformation of society and Francesco occupies an important place within it. Below is a glimpse at his latest geometric goodness. Pay close attention to his paintings and videos, there often appears to be a digital design element but it’s been created by hand.

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Dripped in LA’s Fashion Underground

By Natology

What do you get when you cross LA’s emerging underground designers and a DJ line up guaranteed to make a paraplegic dance? You get Dripped.

Dripped is a Los Angeles-based fashion soiree and trunk show established in 2010 by local hustler and style diva, Marianne Cotan, aka Geisha. I met Geisha at Coachella earlier this year and since then have admired her dedication, love, and straight hustle for creating a platform where local designers / creatives can collectively build their brands, ideas, and community. Dripped takes place four-to-six times a year with a special edition for LA Fashion Week. Each event hosts a different theme that’s curated by a series of various art installations and performances that circulate the party. Geisha plans on developing Dripped into a miniature trade show that focuses on helping young designers build accounts with affiliated buyers and boutiques, while incorporating a series of workshops to teach about branding and the business of fashion. Some people say LA’s a tough crowd, and I agree. However, Geisha has a way about her. She makes you feel a part of each production and as if you’re at the right place at the right time…and maybe you are.

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Photos by:  Young & Sleek and Rony’s Photobooth

Want to check out some of the best of LA’s underground? Here are some of the brands from Dripped’s roster, just in time for the holidayz.

Joyrich
Dimepiece
Kill City
GPPR
Hellz Bellz
See You Monday
Mama Dona
JC Rags
Black Banditz
Casen Kreation
Miss Wax
Honey B. Gold
CowGirl Heaven
YRU
theBEAline
Natalia Benson
Marina Fini
Shred Threads
Mama Doux
Buttons & Bows
Qloak Showroom
Closet Freak
Virgo Boutique
VidaKush
Zalez Studio
Pingping & Rabbit
Deandri
Mooke by Yuske
Rojas
Maricela Marcel Vintage
Echo Park Independant Co Opt
Cobrasnake
Allysun Maria Dutra
Prep Jerks
A Rare Bird of Fashion
Clumsy Cat
Jonathan Burdine Clothing

Yours Truly,

Natology