We were recently introduced to Isai’s paintings focusing on his parents and their dry cleaning business in connection to South Central, Los Angeles. As he currently works on a third piece to this series reflecting his role running the shop with his family, we spoke with him about his previous work, and how it was influenced by the gentrifying real estate developments in his community.
While at Isai’s Inglewood home studio, he shares his experience of having to move due to the high cost of living after the gentrification of his neighborhood took hold. Isai further elaborates on how he perceives small business aesthetics versus modernized “cookie cutter” shop design, as well as the freedom to design your home outside of an HOA system.
Back in 2021, we ended our first season of artist features halfway through an outstanding project within the Southern California world of lowriders. After a holiday hiatus, we kicked off 2022 with the second half of one of Los Angeles’ most dynamic, artistic duo. No better way to roll out this...
We began June with artist and friend Gloria “Gem” Sanchez, learning about her work and the path it provides to her family history and cultural ancestry. Diving deeper into conversation, she elaborates on the importance of not only acknowledging a past that existed before her, but embracing what...