Lisa Leone Interview on iGnant





New interview with Lisa Leone on iGnant  :


Opening this week at HVW8 Gallery Berlin – an exhibition showing the work of Lisa Leone, a Bronx-born photographer and cinematographer that had organic relationships with some of hip-hop’s most influential artists.

From in-studio photos of Nas recording his first album ‘Illmatic’ to being on Snoop Dogg’s ‘Who Am I’ (What’s My Name) video set during a shootout between gangs in Long Beach. The artist was in the midst of the generation’s hit singles and music videos, making her known as the photographer whom photographed hip-hop’s history. We had the pleasure meeting Lisa at the gallery before the opening to get an exclusive insight on her work and stories…

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 20, 2016



On view Thursday, October 6th through Saturday, November 12th

Opening Reception: Thursday Oct. 6th, 7pm–10pm

BERLIN — HVW8 Gallery Berlin presents How You Like Me Now?, a solo exhibition from photographer Lisa Leone. The show highlights the final period before hip-hop’s mainstream cultural influence and global expansion. These rarely exhibited photographs are both a documentation and personal exploration of the grit, audacity and raw creative spirit that has become the aesthetic of 80’s and 90’s hip-hop, its innovators, and the often harsh realism that fueled it.

Born in the Bronx and raised throughout New York City, Leone found herself in a unique position in the late 80’s to early 90’s to capture a behind-the-scenes perspective on the incomparable spirit of collaboration that sparked hip-hop’s early artistic triumphs.

“To see a young Nas in the studio with Q-Tip, Premier and Large Professor was not only inspiring, it is the decisive moment,” Leone recalls of the studio recording sessions of Nas’ landmark debut album Illmatic. Her photos from these recording sessions appear to be the only existing visual documentation of this iconic moment.

The exhibition is also a haunting portrait of the city itself, the setting for a diverse cast of characters trying to find acceptance, acknowledgment and community, captured at the tipping point between the devastation of the 70’s and the rebirth of the 90’s. Leone captures the spirit of an era when a city, fresh cultural voices, and a group of young artists all began to turn toward the future.

How You Like Me Now? captures nascent moments from the hip-hop generation’s biggest stars: Lauryn Hill, KRS-One, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, Nas, Biggie, Rosie Perez, The Roots, Queen Latifah, Snoop and many others.

The exhibition at HVW8 Gallery Berlin will feature unique presentations of these timeless images, giving viewers a rare glimpse to a time that will never be what it was.

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About Lisa Leone

Bronx born Lisa Leone began her career as a photographer shooting musicians and personalities for British Vogue and VIBE. She transitioned to cinematography, shooting music videos for artists such as TLC, D’Angelo and The Brand New Heavies.

A few years later, Lisa began work on Stanley Kubrick’s last film “Eyes Wide Shut”, where Kubrick became her mentor. “Exactly” was Leone’s debut film as writer, director and cinematographer, with Rosie Perez (Fearless) and Sarita Choudhury (Homeland). Other films she shot and co-directed include the acclaimed documentary “Just For Kicks” and “Woinshet” with Marisa Tomei.

In May 2012 her solo photography show, Then, opened at HVW8 Art +Design Gallery in Los Angeles. The show chronicles the beginnings of NYC hip-hop in the 80’s/90’s. The show traveled to Milan’s Galleria Patricia Armocida and The Andenken Gallery in Amsterdam.

In September 2014 her solo exhibit, Here I Am, opened at The Bronx Museum. It was accompanied with a book, of the same title, published by Minor Matters Books.

2016 brought Lisa to Dubai for a solo exhibit and to Los Angeles for a group show at the Leica Gallery.

Lisa serves as Vice President of Artistic Programs for the National YoungArts Foundation.

About HVW8 Gallery Berlin

HVW8 Gallery Berlin was established in 2014 by HVW8 Gallery co-founders Tyler Gibney and Addison Liu. HVW8 Gallery was founded in 2006 in Los Angeles with a focus on supporting fine art and avant-garde graphic design. HVW8 fosters artistic visions at the intersection of art, music and design, and collaborates with an international community of artists. Emerging and established artists such as Cody Hudson, Jerry Hsu, Jean André, Atiba Jefferson, Brian Roettinger and Haw-lin Services have exhibited their works in Berlin at HVW8. More info at

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HVW8 Gallery Berlin
Linienstraße 161 10115 Berlin




As I was waiting in front of the HVW8 Gallery in Berlin to meet Jerry Hsu for the first time in my life, I again went over the notes I had written on a rumpled piece of paper. I knew I had to ask the right questions in order to get a deeper impression of who Jerry is and how his mind functions. It began to rain and I had to take cover inside of the gallery, where some of Jerry’s expressive photos had already been hung up on the white walls, while others still were packed in boxes. While looking around, I felt like the whole room was filled with love, while also charged with related but at the same time totally opposite feelings of sadness, and even hints of quiet pain. On one side of the gallery, an adorable naked girl was portrayed sitting in a tub, while on the other side, a man on a lonely street was captured throwing away a fresh bunch of flowers into a trash can while walking by. Somehow Jerry seems to have an eye for quiet and mundane scenes that, on a closer inspection, depict a much deeper theme than what might appear at first glance.


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photo Estevan Oriol, 2016

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 16, 2016




On view Friday, September 23 rd through Sunday, October 16 th
Opening Reception: Friday the 23 rd , 7pm–10pm

Featuring Photographs by:
Steven Arroyo, Alex Bortz, Jason Clifton, Faso, Patrick Hoelck, Niko the Ikon,
Adri Law, Steve Olson, Estevan Oriol, Dan Regan,
Rick Rodney, Patrick O’Brien Smith, Spanto, Paulo Wallo

HVW8 Art + Design Gallery
661 N Spaulding Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

LOS ANGELES — HVW8 Gallery, in collaboration with Gil Veni Vici, presents East Side Story, a multidisciplinary art exhibition about the north easternmost neighborhood in Los Angeles through the perspective of Gil Veni Vici. Born and raised in El Sereno, Gil shares a glimpse into his personal lifestyle by featuring 14 artists and tasking them with creating a piece of work that embodies the feel and culture of East Los Angeles. This group of artists, which includes emerging and established photographers, will payhomage to the Latin landmark and community-driven culture that this neighborhood represents. The featured photographs are taken in East L.A., with Gil acting as both the creative director and the the main focal point of the work, celebrating his Mexican- American heritage. These portraits speak to Gil’s unwavering respect for the nuances of his roots and daily reality. In a global art climate obsessed with naming what L.A. is and isn’t, Gil demonstrates what L.A. means to him simply by nature of being.

Entering the space, one will feel as if they are stepping into a familiar East L.A. party or celebration scene, including a layered cake with pillars and colorful lighting alongside the photographs exhibited. The entire presentation explores the idea of a collective neighborhood and its deep-rooted traditions. The exhibition will also feature a large-scale installation and performance piece in the form of a poker game sequence. The characters depicted include opposing gangsters, a recontextualized childhood image of a surreal experience. In this dream state, confirmed by the mermaid character playing the dealer, one can imagine a collapsed encounter of different subcultures in a moment full of whimsical surrealism. A theatrical meeting of minds gathered to dramatize moments from Gil’s own childhood, where memories have now become both unbelievable truths and familiar fantasies. The viewer is invited to step inside an intimate storyline that is stopped in time and representative of Gil’s upbringing.

The opening will feature local food by Escuela Taqueria and drinks provided by Sean B of Serve Mobile Bars. Bradley Soileau, AUSTO, and Allie Teliz will be spinning oldies and hip-hop, dirtbikes and four wheelers will be on display, along with a piñata and other Mexican-American traditions. A limited edition release of Gil’s clothing line entitled 50K will also be available for purchase, alongside a zine and other takeaway items.

Opening Reception: Friday the 23 rd , 7pm–10pm

HVW8 Art + Design Gallery
661 N Spaulding Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

About Gil Veni Vici

Gil Veni Vici began his image hustle simply by existing as a young person in Los Angeles, stumbling upon local artists and brands in L.A. and impressing them with his own personal sense of style and values. His image repertoire is filled with homages to his family and identity. East Side Story is a culmination of Gil’s roots and career thus far; a happening saturated with the vibrance of East L.A.’s visual culture.

About HVW8 Art + Design Gallery

HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, Los Angeles, was founded in 2006 by Tyler Gibney and Addison Liu with a focus on supporting fine art and avant-garde graphic design.  By furthering artistic visions at the intersection of art, music and design, it soon became one of the premier underground galleries in Los Angeles.  Over the past 7 years emerging and established artists such as Parra, Brian Lotti, Kevin Lyons, Hassan Rahim, Mark Gonzales, Cody Hudson, Lisa Leone, Janette Beckman, and Jean Andre have exhibited their works. In 2014 HVW8 Gallery expanded with a location in Berlin, Germany. More

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Join us Friday September 2nd, 7 – 10pm for an installation and performance of Cosmic Perspective by MNDSGN.

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Installations By:
Eric Coleman

Performances By:
Ras G + The African Space Program
Coleman (DJ)
Jamma-Dee (DJ)
Benedek (DJ)
Sakanoi (DJ)

‘Shows You’ Exhibition with Haw-Lin Services


Haw-lin Services
‘Shows You’
22 July 2016

The Berlin based duo with their first solo exhibition in Germany at HVW8 Gallery, Berlin in collaboration with Adidas.

For the exhibition, ‘Shows You’ Haw-lin Services will showcase a selection of spacial and graphic imagery that reflect their eclectic and detail based process.


Jacob Klein b. 1980, in Warendorf, Germany.

Nathan Cowen
b. 1983, Santa Cruz, California, USA.

Haw-lin Services and Haw-lin are run by Jacob Klein and Nathan Cowen.

The work of Haw-lin Services examines visual culture through the mediums of creative direction, photography and graphic design. Their process is grounded in research, concept development, and iterative collaboration. Haw-lin serves as an online mood board and presentation of their inspiration, interests, art, photography, nature, sex, shoes, and Michael Jordan.

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IMG 9389
150cm x 200 cm
UV direct print on PVC (with 2 rivets)
Edition of 3

‘Duet’ with Jean Jullien and Jean André – July 7th


Jean André and Jean Jullien ‘Duet’

Thursday, July 7th, 6pm-10pm

HVW8 Gallery
661 N Spaulding Ave
Los Angeles, CA

DUET- Jean Jullien & Jean André @ HVW8 Gallery

HVW8 Gallery, Almost Skateboards and Cliché Skateboards present DUET, a celebration of art and skateboarding featuring the work of internationally renowned French artists Jean Jullien and Jean André. The opening reception for the exhibition is on Thursday July 7th.
In addition to new original works from each artist, the show will feature a special showing of limited edition skate decks along with other limited items. Only 50 of each limited edition deck will be made.

Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist whose tongue-in-cheek works often have the ability to capture the imagination while making a poignant observation about the subject matter in question. His comical style often captures reflections on everyday life or current events and pokes fun at the mundane, but at the same time is provocative enough to elicit a profound reaction in the viewer.

Jean André is a French artist that often uses the female form and erotic imagery as the focus of his work. His “gentleman art” can often be cited as both pulp and satire that draws on influences from Matisse and Gainsbourg to Drake and 80’s eroticism.

HVW8 Gallery was founded in 2006 with the goal of supporting contemporary art and avant-garde graphic design, and has featured past solo exhibitions with both Jean André and Jean Jullien.


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Computer Jay and MAUD interactive sound Installation June 24th

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Friday June 24th, 7 – 11p
Live from HVW8 Gallery :

Computer Jay featuring MAUD

DJ Set by Free the Robots

MAUD is an interactive sound installation inspired by the Moog Synthesizer, and aimed at allowing people to experience the instrument in a tactile, and immersive way. It was created as an homage to pioneering artists who have leveraged technology to push the limits of popular music.

Using conductive paint, reactive LEDs, ultrasonic and IR sensors, MAUD is programmable to playback and control the parameters of custom sounds and samples to create a unique experience.

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HVW8 Gallery— Tyler Gibney on Art & Politics



Listen to the Interview — Tyler Gibney of HVW8

To not stand for something means you’ll fall for anything. HVW8 Gallery co-founder Tyler Gibney has never been content on the sidelines. Despite the inability to vote as a Canadian citizen, Gibney put his artistic stake in the ground for the 2016 Presidential Election. The global influence of the United States is an important part of the world’s fabric. To be apathetic and not challenge the world around us is a great disservice according to Gibney. The HVW8 story is not focused so much on the candidate they support. It’s about the very decision to pick a side and to tell a story through art in the divisive world of politics.

By Eugene Kan
Photos by Alex Maeland

Full Interview HERE



Bernie Sanders NYC Exhibition


Bernie Sanders at the opening night.


Artwork by Dan Buller and RoStarr


Deee Lite’s Lady Miss Kier


Aaron Draplin, Luis Calderin, Cody Hudson


Dan Buller


The Hole NYC



Romon Yang ‘RoStarr’, Prince Language


Bernie Muppet, Bernie and Jane Sanders, Dave Driscoll.


Stretch Armstrong, Pete Rock


Tyler Gibney, Luis Calderin


Patrick Martinez

Photos from the Art Of A Political Revolution NYC now online.


Interview on CTV News


Karl Hab presents 24H LOS ANGELES



Opening and Book Signing: April 20 2016, 7-10 pm
Exhibition Runs: April 21 – May 8th, 2016
Location: HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles

24 hours Los Angeles is not a book and exhibition about the city of L.A. It’s a unique vision of one city shown through the eyes of young photographer Karl Hab. After many trips to L.A., Karl wanted to share his love and admiration for this town and what it means to him. During those various experienc- es in the City of Angels, he tried to capture a certain essence of this city from a different point of view, especially using aerial shots.

There is a special feeling when you come to L.A. and it starts when you exit the airport. It’s something so special that it’s hard to explain with words, especially when it comes to the beauty and the buzz of this city – which is why Karl used his lens to express himself.

The photos are organized by chronological order – starting with the beginning of the day and its cold tones to its end with the warm ones – showing the city through many angles and many shades.

The book and exhibition is about a single vision, a unique feeling of a city which changes every day. This is why Karl’s photos re ect the sensitivity of the light, the colorimetry of the landscapes and a topic he holds dear: colors, planes, cars, and many more.

After reading and viewing 24 hours Los Angeles, you may see something different in a city you thought you knew so well before.

The introduction of the book is written by the New York based artist Daniel Arsham.

There are no page numbers, but hours corresponding to these times: morning, noon, afternoon and evening. You’ll also find GPS coordinates that represent the captions.

HVW8 Gallery Los Angeles
661 N. Spaulding Ave, 90036

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Jerry Hsu at HVW8 Berlin, April 29, 2016, 6–9 pm

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‘A Love Like Mine Is Hard To Find’ by Jerry Hsu

The LA-based photographer with his first ever solo exhibition in Germany at HVW8 Gallery, Berlin in collaboration with Slow Culture LA.

Opening: April 29, 2016, 6–9 pm
Exhibition Runs: April 30 – June 4, 2016
Location: HVW8 Gallery, Linienstr. 161, Berlin
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