Elvis Presley – ‘In The Ghetto’

RR Listen: ‘In The Ghetto’

‘In the Ghetto’ was written by Scott (Mac) Davis, and Elvis Presley recorded and released it in 1969 as a 45 rpm single with ‘Any Day Now’ on the flip side. It’s about a young man who grows up in (urban) Chicago ghetto, steals and fights, and eventually shot to death. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Cranberries, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, and Natalie Merchant have all covered ‘In The Ghetto’. And In 2007, Lisa Marie Presley re-recorded it again as a duet (with Elvis Presley) for charity.

Reserve Result @ Ejen Chuang

RR Watch: Photographer Ejen Chuang

Greetings from Los Angeles, we recently visited Paul Minor’s music video shoot for ‘Queen of The Stone Age’, and Ejen Chuang was on location to shoot the production’s behind-the-scene shots. So check out Ejen Chuang’s work.

Ejen Chuang

Annie Leibovitz @ Vanity Fair Hollywood Isse

Since Vanity Fair started their annual Hollywood issue, Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot all of the covers. And she’s done it again this year, take a look.

Annie Leibovitz

You can view 13 years of Annie Leibovitz’s spectacular gatefold covers here.

Quam Odunsi.

Hypebeast — http://hypebeast.com/tags/quam-odunsi

Arrested Motion — http://arrestedmotion.com/tag/quam-odunsi/

The Art of Elysium & Paddle 8 — https://paddle8.com/artists/quam-odunsi/

Known Gallery — http://knowngallery.com/blog/post/tag/quam-odunsi/

Design Matters Gallery — http://designmattersla.com/dmg/?gallery_categories=exhibit

IMBD — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2334987/

Quam Odunsi — http://www.quamodunsi.com/


Quam Odunsi
Distinction without a Difference
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 20 6-9pm

Design Matters is proud to present the third solo exhibition by Quam Odunsi, Distinction without a Difference.

Distinction without a Difference is a type of logical fallacy where an author or speaker attempts to describe a distinction between two things, even though there is, in fact, no actual difference. It is particularly used when a word or phrase has connotations associated with it that one party to an argument prefers to avoid.

Quam Odunsi is a Los Angeles based artist who depicts the city as clean, obscure, and candid. His vintage photography, collage, silkscreen, painting, film, and sculpture engender nostalgia while simultaneously remaining contemporary. He has become renowned in the Los Angeles area for his images of celebrities and pop culture, under the pseudonym Reserve Result.

The opening reception for Distinction without a Difference will take place Thursday, November 20, 6-9pm. The reception is open to the public, and the show will be on view through Friday, December 19.

Quam Odunsi’s The Reagents
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 7-10 pm

Design Matters is proud to present “The Reagents” by Quam Odunsi. Due to the immense success of his first show at Design Matters in April 2012, “Anachronistic Capture: Motion & Stills”, Quam will be returning this October for his second solo show with the gallery.

Quam Odunsi is a Los Angeles based artist who depicts the city as clean, obscure and candid. His vintage photography, collage, silkscreen, painting and sculpture engender nostalgia while simultaneously remaining contemporary. The anachronistic nature of his images leads to interesting, raw photography. He has become renowned in the Los Angeles area for his images of celebrities and pop culture under the pseudonym Reserve Result.

In “The Reagents,” Quam depicts a series of works in which he takes on the character of a government surveillance official who becomes increasingly absorbed by citizens and their private lives. Quam’s 35mm, 120mm, and Polaroid film images contain surveillances of the lives of others. His artwork takes the form of many mediums; silkscreen, painting, sculpture, and film on archival paper and canvas.

The opening reception for “The Reagents” will take place Thursday, October 10 at Design Matters Gallery from 7-10. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

Anachronistic Capture: Motion & Stills
Opening Reception Thursday March 29th, 2012 from 7-10pm
Design Matters is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Quam Odunsi.

In Anachronistic Capture: Motion & Stills, the Los Angeles-based artist uses vintage cameras and equipment to create motion and stills on celluloid, recording and documenting contemporary subjects with his analog tools from a technological past. Using the city of Los Angeles and its inhabitants as his main setting, he constructs scenes and records the environment as cinematic content on 35mm, Polaroid and Super 8mm film.

Quam Odunsi (b. Chicago, Illinois) is an artist of Nigerian descent who lives and works in Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA Extension’s Certificate in Feature Film Writing & Directing, he was selected for all four-quarters of the highly competitive and selective art of filmmaking program. He was chosen as part of the six Directors to exclusively premiere their short film – his being Kissed By Season – at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and shown later at the Sacramento International Film Festival. Borland, Odunsi’s first feature film, was shot on location in the natural surroundings of Texas and premiered at AFI in Dallas. Recent exhibitions include Taco de Lomography at the Lomography Gallery and First Pump at Hold Up Art. You can see a teaser for this show, Anachronistic Capture, here.

The Continent Africa – VF’s Coverage

RR Watch: The Continent Africa

As an American & Nigerian citizen, I believe America is built on opportunity and generosity; and I know we’re the philanthropist country that the world looks upon for humanity. With that thought, I’m extremely proud to highlight articles and coverage on Giving Americans in the plight to save Africa.


VF’s Coverage of Africa

Annie Leibovitz

The listed links are from VF’s special Africa issue with guest editor Bono: (1) ‘The 20 Historic Covers’. (2) Raising Malawi. (3) Saving Malawi’s Children. (4) Madonna’s Malawi. (5) Picturing Genocide. (6) Out of Africa. (7) Telling African Stories. (8) The Lazarus Effect. (9) Jeffrey Sachs’s $200 Billion Dream. (10) More Africa Stories From VF’s Archives.

Annie Leibovitz Shoots Disney

Annie Leibovitz shoots Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Year of a Million Dreams campaign, and recruits Scarlett Johansson, David Beckam, Beyonce Knowles, Oliver Platt and Lyle Lovett as Cinderella, Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty and March Hare & Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Beyoncé Knowles is repped by Dennis Ashley, Robert Gibbs, II and Andrea Nelson-Meigs @ International Creative Management, attorney Ken Hertz @ Goldring Hertz & Lichtenstein LLP, publicist Alan Nierob @ Rogers & Cowan Public Relations and manager Mathew Knowles @ Music World Entertainment.

Borland – Feature Film

Borland is a feature film about a multi-character examination set against an annual parade in an industrial Texas town where anything can happen today, setting up what can happen tomorrow. Focusing on the divergent lives of two (best) friends in a twenty-four hour period, Borland chronicles the innocent curiosities of children, the delicate emotional roller coaster of young adults, the practical and emotional intricacies of married life, the emptiness of being lonely, and the harsh reality of sudden loss.

In one day, lives can change. The town of Borland, Texas is one of America’s hybrid industrial towns, experiencing economic hardship due to the loss of jobs that have defined what Borland is about. One early autumn day, the lives of some of the inhabitants of this small American town are changed. The Stakes family is a middle-income family suffering the effects of Borland’s economic hardship. Robert and Felicia Stakes own their own printing shop, but are forced to shut down their business. The situation is further complicated by Felicia’s torn heart between the man she married and the man she loves, a carpenter by the name of James. The evolution of their relationship is further compromised by James’ sudden plan to relocate his business. His desire to take Felicia with him places her in a precarious decision to either continue the unhappy life she’s been enduring or take a chance at happiness with the man she truly wants to be with. Jacob and Nathan are the sons of Robert and Felicia. Nathan is the younger son, whose day illness imprisons him to the house, so he watches curiously from the window the events that transpire outside. Jacob is a college student ready to return to the university. His life is dictated by his relationships with his best friend and the girl he has developed feelings for. The direction of his life depends on the evolution of these two relationships.

The Collins family is one of the more stable families in Borland. Rebecca and Evan Collins own their own cleaning business but have not been affected by the economic hardship of Borland. Their wealth affords them to chair Borland’s annual parade. Plans are unexpectedly changed, however, when Rebecca’s sister, Patricia, loses her young son Koston while walking the streets of town. The search for Koston unites them, but in the process, another tragedy that has befallen one of their children is discovered. Squito Collins is the son of Rebecca and Evan. His state of being rests on the amount of dank (cigarettes with formaldehyde solution) he smokes and on the feeling that his life is adrift. His parents, college and his relationship with a local girl haven’t provided him with what he’s looking for. It’s only with his best friend, Jacob, does he feel some purpose. But that all changes when they both develop feelings for the same girl. The other townspeople of Borland include Alexandra, the employee of the Stakes’ printing shop. She is an old maid in-the-making, whose only reason for life is to take care of her ailing father. Brianna Richards is the all-American girl who becomes intertwined between the emotions of two best friends, Squito and Jacob. Her friend Sarah wants love and thought she found it with Squito, but circumstances prevent them from being together. Borland reflects what life can hold on any given day for anybody living in any American town.