1. Wherever they go, they try to make something that makes sense for the neighborhood, and the community. And they always make something positive, something the artists hope people can enjoy -- regardless of whether life has greeted them with great fortune. Armed with a vision and their cans of spray paint, El Mac and Retna will transform a forgotten wall into a piece of art.

    El Mac and Retna are street artists, born in LA. They use building walls as blank canvases for their imagery, and the duo has collaborated to create murals all over the world. El Mac and Renta have very different styles, and have been collaborating the last few years. They combine their artistic forces in a specific way: El Mac creates huge lifelike portraits and Retna, calligraphic brushwork and decoration. The result is striking imagery that is unique and recognizable as theirs. It's not uncommon for street art fans and documentarians to gather to watch the progression of an El Mac and Retna work in progress.

    El Mac and Retna art feels appropriate for the street because the artists themselves embrace the city streets, the different neighborhoods, and the blend of cultures and backgrounds of the people that fill them. Street art, including the work of El Mac and Retna, also reflects a new attitude about accessibility to art in our environments. "Why not see all the walls painted," says Retna. "Let the Arts Roam!"

    Created by Joris Debeij & Terence Loos. Music by The Pilots
    jorisdebeij.com - terenceloos.com - thepilots.nl

    more portraits @ iamlosangeles.com

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  2. A portrait of photographer Aaron Huey's work on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Featuring Shepard Fairey.

    See the Cowbird Community Storytelling project here: cowbird.com/collection/pineridge/

    World premiere opening night ShortsFest, Seattle International Film Festival 2012
    **Winner: Best Short Doc, Red Nation Film Festival, 2012**

    Directed by Eric Becker / weareshouting.com/
    Produced by Scott Everett

    Music."Black Chow" by Big Spider's Back: circleintosquare.com/item/memory-man
    "Mélodrames Télégraphiés (in B major 7th) Part 1" and "I Know That You Don't Like the Future Like I Do" by Brian McBride
    and "Hægt, kemur ljósið" by Olafur Arnalds

    Honor the Treaties: honorthetreaties.org
    All photos (c) Aaron Huey / aaronhuey.com
    With Artwork by Shepard Fairey and Ernesto Yerena

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  3. Ernesto Yerena: Vision 2020

    Photographed and Directed by Todd Mazer

    Produced by B+ and Todd Mazer

    Edited by Luke Lynch

    Show info Courtesy of Avenue 50 Studio.

    The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present GANAS 2020, an exhibition of stencil and collage on canvas, and rubyliths by artist Ernesto Yerena. The exhibition is based on a story written by Yerena detailing a fictional revolutionary movement, GANAS, fighting for reform, empowerment and dignity. The opening reception for GANAS 2020 will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 7-10 PM. The exhibit will be on display through September 4, 2011 and is free and open to the public.

    Yerena, born in El Centro, California, currently living in Los Angeles, but moving to Arizona fights for justice not only on paper, but in the community. He is the founder and curator of the Alto Arizona Art Campaign and the We Are Human Campaign.

    Avenue 50 Studio
    131 N. Avenue 50
    Highland Park
    323 258 1435

    Ernesto Yerena: hechoconganas.com/
    B+: mochilla.com/
    Luke Lynch: luketheeditor.com/
    Avenue 50 Studio: avenue50studio.com/

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  4. It was "the best of both worlds" for young Ernesto. A child of Mexican heritage, Ernesto grew up in El Centro, CA, which is a small town near the Mexico-US border. El Centro, with its proximity to Mexico and the immigrant culture, helped Ernesto develop an appreciation for the challenges faced by his fellow Mexicans. In El Centro, Ernesto felt safe and had the wealth of resources one has in America, but he also had access to his own rich cultural heritage by being so close to Mexico.

    From this experience, Ernesto formed his image on the world, and today his energy is spent bringing his perspective to new audiences. Ernesto relocated from El Centro to LA to expand his activities as an politically-orientated art activist. Los Angeles and its many people from all over the world have taught Ernesto even more about his Mexico. People come to the LA looking for a better life and they infuse the area with their varying cultures, some of which are rarely seen in El Centro and just across the border in Mexicali. Ernesto easily conveys his beliefs to you, stating simply that he is "in solidarity with any movement that stands for self determination."

    Ernesto is now leaving Los Angeles for now, partially so that he can be closer to his cause. You might recognize his work from the pro-immigration marches and demonstrations in Arizona, which were organized in opposition to the strict immigration laws in that state. "Borders are the cause of a lot of issues on this continent," says Ernesto.

    More portraits @ iamlosangeles.com

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  5. Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in El Paso, Texas, Werc Alvarez is an internationally renowned graffiti artist. His talents have taken him to cities around the world while his masterpieces fill galleries and books alike. Werc recently left his imprint on the border region he calls home by contributing a 90ft mural as part of the Paso PortAll project. On Our Way To Stardom documented the project and got a chance to pick the brain of the man behind the can.

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