John Tallacksen
  • Male
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • United States
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John Tallacksen Studio
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Art Interests
Art History, Book Making, Collecting, Digital Imagery, Drawing, Iconography, Illustration, Liturgical Design, Mixed Media, Museum/Gallery, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
As a visual composer, I commemorate: people, places, and moments in my Los Angeles neighborhood that go unnoticed by the rest of the city or world. When I tell someone in an area like Hollywood that I live in Pico Union, they usually don’t know: where that is, who lives there, or what happens there. Through original print editions and painted prayers on locally used and broken skateboards, I collect the essences of both Pico Union and MacArthur Park’s culture in the images of locations and typical moments with my neighbors.

The printed images created directly from life are of historic buildings or scenes in the neighborhood such as elders playing poker in a popular donut shop. I also paint scenic prayers for the city in mixed media on used broken skateboards that have carried our young people through the elation and pain of the city’s many surfaces and pathways. Directing attention to these over-looked treasures of my city is very much at the heart of my practice.

The goal of my editions is to make the viewer curious about the places and people depicted in them and go as far as to make a visit. 7th and Carondelet is the title of an 8″ x 10″ black and white edition of 15 prints that depict an old building on the intersection of the same name in Los Angeles. This building can be found today and it is the home of historic artisan shops Aardvark Letterpress and McManus & Morgan Artist Paper. Both businesses are struggling to survive and are very involved in printmaking, so by printing the faces of the two stores multiple times I introduce their image and location to my audience. The particular building in this linocut was built sometime around the 1920′s. This print is created in an 1800′s to early 1900′s block print line work which highlights the beauty of the architecture’s era. I like my buyers to use these prints in their private spaces as a tool to tell others about the treasures of our neighborhoods.
Accomplishments / CV
John Tallacksen
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-290-6777

Participating Artist in L.A.P.S. Give And Take Exhibition 2014
o Submitted an edition titled Charles White, 10 8” x 10” linocut prints total
o 100% of the proceeds go to the Los Angeles Printmakers Society

Xolo Press Printmaker's Collective, Co-Founder (August 2013 – Present) Los Angeles, CA
o Regularly create print editions in a shared studio under the Xolo Press name
o Assist in organizing exhibitions for the collective and gallery representation with the goal of keeping printmaking disciplines and sincere imagery of Los Angeles fresh within the worlds of: art collectors, academia, and the contemporary arts industry.
o Assist in maintaining public print studio at Self Help Graphics & Art where we share studio space and invite new artists to print while providing technical instruction
o Regularly donate original prints to Self Help Graphic's archives and stock

Residency at Self Help Graphics & Art, Professional Serigraph Studio (July 2013) Boyle Heights, CA
o Invited into Self Help Graphics' professional Serigraph program for one week to compose an image titled Serenata En El Callejón 12th and Alvarado for a screen print edition of 50 (with 12 proofs) in collaboration with Master Printer Jose Alpuche.
o Painted 9 different color separations on clear film by hand
o Assisted in the handling of each print from press to drying rack and packaging
o Chopped, numbered, titled, signed, and dated each print by hand in pencil
o Prints from this edition are collected and/or archived at 11 locations including: UC Santa Barbara Library Caridad Archive of Chicano Printmaking, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Print Department, Self Help Graphics & Art, Self Help Graphics' Traveling Exhibition, Mexican Fine Art Center Museum Chicago permanent collection, and University of Notre Dame

Group Exhibition Directed by Urs Fischer, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen Contemporary (April 2013 – Aug 2013) Los Angeles, CA
o Under the direction of Sculptor Urs Fischer I sculpted two clay pieces: one of a middle aged man who looks like a father typical to the Pico union neighborhood sitting on a couch with a coffee about to get up and go to work, and the second sculpture was a portrait modeled after then MoCA Director Jeffrey Deitch who posed for the piece
o My work and name were documented along with 1,499 other artists on MoCA TV and a book titled The Making Of Yes by: Cassandra MacLeod

Apprentice to Master Printer Juan Rosillo, InterArt (June 2012 – Present) Los Angeles, CA
o Received training in linocut, screenprinting, and etching methods as-well as press operation
o Co-teaching with Juan Rosillo weekly printmaking workshops for the residents of Skid Row Housing Trust's Carer Building in downtown Los Angeles.
o Co-hosting monthly figure drawing workshops with live models, and a self portrait exhibition with the students from Skid Row Housing Trust
o Assist in InterArt's print fair booth at Monstruos Del Print an event held at Self Help Graphics in 2012

Volunteer Artist, Art Division (May 2012 – Present) Los Angeles, CA
o Volunteer drawing coach in Dan McCleary's weekly figure drawing class at Art Division a low cost college level art school for dis-advantaged young adults in inner city Los Angeles
o Donated prints from my editions Tamales On Bonnie Brae and La Lavanderia On Pico in the Art Division Annual Benefit and Auction (2013 and 2014 respectively) 100% benefiting Art Division. Also donated two postcard sized originals in the Twitter Art Exhibition at Exhale Gallery in Los Angeles (January 2013) with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Art Division
o Assisted in the organization of the new art book library at Art Division.
Curated and Exhibited in Group Graffiti Themed Art Exhibition, Mama's Hot Tamales (Summer 2011) Los Angeles, CA
o Organized 8 local graffiti artists including myself to exhibit/perform in the venue for one month along with a large opening event with live music.

Group Exhibition The Human Stipple, Tribal Cafe (2010 ) Los Angeles, CA
o 6 original works, including paintings and drawings, exhibited along with 3 other artists

Staff/Volunteer Art instructor, S.A.Y. Yes Pico Union after school program (2007- 2011) Los Angeles, CA
o Taught yearly art electives with junior and senior high school students. Classes included: illustration, film appreciation, and computer imaging

o 2010 - 2014: Deacon in the First Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles
o 2013 – Present: Founding member of Xolo Collective, a group of printmakers who share a studio at Self Help Graphics & Art.
o 2012 – Present: Co-Instructor and member of the Carver Printmakers Club, a workshop for residents of Skid Row Housing Trust to create and exhibit prints together founded by Master Printer Juan Rosillo
o 2008 – Present: Member of the L.A. InnerChange Book Collective, a collective of residents in the Pico Union/MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles designed to foster micro-enterprise through the: reading, selling, and trading of books first and then launching each member into their own personal vision for business ownership.

Additional Skills
o Experienced in: animation (2D and 3D), clay sculpture, painting (oils, gouache, acrylic, watercolor), anatomical drawings, illustration, and graphic design
o Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, and Premier
o Able to multitask and manage tight deadlines

o Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA: 2003 – 2006 Animation and Visual Effects
o American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL: 2000 – 2002 Illustration

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At 7:14am on March 24, 2014, David Robertson said…

Welcome to the CIVA Network!

I like the concept of honoring the people, places, and moments in a community that usually goes unnoticed by the world.  I think that follows Christ's example -- giving respect and dignity to the outcast, those on the margins of society (woman at the well, Zacchaeus the tax collector).

One of the reasons I joined CIVA is to connect with like-minded people with a passion for the arts and how it can touch a person’s soul.

I look forward to seeing more of your work!


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