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September 11, 2019


Jason Vass Gallery is now exhibiting Body Language by artist Douglas Tausik Ryder through October 19, 2019 (1452 E. Sixth Street, Los Angeles). The exhibition kicked off with an opening reception on September 7.  

 Woodworking goes digital as Douglas Tausik Ryder’s sculptural works exist both as digital data and in dimensional forms that connect technology to tradition, employing exploratory computer-driven exercises and formulas, as well as his process of conceptual, aesthetic, and physical refinement.  Counterintuitively, these realms are not mutually exclusive. Indeed, this duality allows his work to flow through multiple planes of existence that link technology and aesthetics.

Informed by decades of Tausik Ryder’s trial and error methods that cumulatively push against technical and industrial limitations, the new sculptures represent his most commanding work yet. Technological advancement has always been at the center of art-making but never more so than today.  His technology-assisted art making responds to the digital age through a pioneering creative process, which delivers expressive, crafted forms.

Since the beginning of his career, Tausik Ryder has produced work that explores the limits of technology assisted art-making. His pioneering body of work dates back to 1992, with paintings that deployed billboard printing technology, which he further overpainted – evidence of his long preoccupation to master emerging technologies in service of a creative vision.

“All my life I’ve felt that technical and industrial processes yielded the most amazing objects,” says Tausik Ryder.  “I was driven to master such techniques, using them for artistic rather than manufacturing purposes.”

Tausik Ryder’s innovative industrial processes use geometric code (G-code) – which is a CAD/CAM language – that drives tool paths and shape formation on a CNC (computer numerical control) machine.  The machine processes a material, in Tausik Ryder’s case wood, to meet specifications through the code’s programmed instruction. Creative decisions iterate as they travel back and forth between sources and image making. Machine produced, Tausik Ryder’s pieces are finished by hand, presenting sensuous and tactile surfaces. The computer aids tradition, and bodily forms coexist with rational geometry. 

What sets Tausik Ryder apart is that he is the only artist working in this medium to have an industrial CNC machine tool in his studio, which means his works are created using no outside fabricator. “There’s a big difference,” he says, “between what you can describe to a fabricator, and what comes about through your own engagement with the process”.

The sculptures in their abstract forms negotiate a deft conversation between the biomorphic and the geometric with one figure spawning the next, delivering a formal and ever-evolving consistency.  The loosely referential shapes evoke natural forms and the female body is clearly an inspiration, as is the idea of an almost mythical organic presence that is universal to all humanity and if shared in the right way offers opportunities for generosity, connectedness and hope. Tausik Ryder’s large-scale Venus, with a sphere-shaped orifice cutting through its core, is at the center of the exhibition and invites people to step inside. A smaller version of this sculpture was recently installed in Grand Park in Irvine, CA. Tausik Ryder sees all these new works as “proposals” to be scaled up into large-scale public art that people can engage with, offering a meaningful experiential interaction. In 2020, one of his sculptures will be shown as part of the European Cultural Center’s exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020.

Tausik Ryder’s work has been compared to that of Constantin Brancusi, Umberto Boccioni, Isamu Noguchi, and Claes Oldenberg. His art has been shown previously at Jason Vass, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY; and the University of Pennsylvania. His pieces are also in noted private collections including that of Tom Ford and Richard Buckley. Tausik Ryder attended Columbia University, CCNY, and NYU’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications. A native New Yorker, he now resides in Los Angeles, CA and Shelter Island, NY with his wife and daughter.



ANNOUNCING THE INAUGURAL HIGH NOTE SESSIONS An Intimate Cannabis & Musical Experience Presented by G Pen X Eaze x Jam in the Van

September 4, 2019

ENTER TO WIN tickets August 28th – September 6th

Grenco Science, pioneers in cannabis vaporization and engineers of the internationally-available and ever popular G Pen line of cannabis vaporizers, has teamed up with Eaze and Jam in the Van to present a one-of-a-kind musical experience titled the High Note Sessions. Featuring live performances by cannabis enthusiasts Elle King, Lauren Ruth Ward, Andy Frasco and Chali 2NA, the High Note Sessions combine cannabis, music, and entertainment in an intimate and immersive setting. Enter to win free tickets at . The High Note Sessions will take place on September 9th from 12pm – 10pm in Downtown Los Angeles.

Inspired by the evolving cannabis culture and cutting-edge music scene, the High Note Sessions is an on-going series designed to let fans discover and experience the best of both. The inaugural event features:

● Live performances by Elle King, Andy Frasco w/ Chali 2na, Lauren Ruth Ward

Hit for Hit, an interview series hosted by Indica Sativa with the musical guests

while they go hit for hit with Grenco Science’s new, advanced technology G Pen

Gio vaporizer

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● Enter to win tickets @ August 28th – September 6th

The High Note Sessions was conceived of as a discovery platform, integrating the latest in cannabis technology and musical entertainment while providing an immersive experience for fans both in person and online. The inaugural High Note Session will take place in Los Angeles, CA on September 9, 2019 and expand to cities all over the world.

About Grenco Science

Grenco Science is a leader in engineering advanced cannabis vaporizers, setting new standards in aesthetics, portability, functionality, and user experience. Through proprietary research and development, as well as collaborations with influencers in music, art, and fashion, Grenco Science is transforming the cannabis experience and leading the movement to bring cannabis traditions to the 21st century. Visit

About Jam in the Van Jam in the Van created their first solar powered mobile recording studio in 2011 and has since grown to be one of the premiere taste makers and discovery sources for new music in the world.

The brand releases new content on their extremely popular YouTube Channel daily.

About Eaze

Eaze and Eaze Wellness are cannabis marketplaces that connect adult consumers with licensed retailers and products. We are on a mission to enhance safe access to legal cannabis, educate people about cannabis as a tool for wellness, and drive smart cannabis policies. Learn more at .

Pali Wine, Arts District Food and Wine Pairing Event!

May 22, 2019

Pali Wine Co ( was created in 2005 and has since grown into one of California’s premiere wineries producing over 50 types of wine with 5 tasting rooms in Southern California, including: Funk Zone – Santa Barbara, Wine Ghetto – Lompoc, Little Italy – San Diego, Anaheim Packing District – Anaheim, and the newest, Arts District – Downtown Los Angeles. 

Each tasting room brings an authentic winery experience to the neighborhood while collaborating with local artists, performers and restaurants to create a unique neighborhood experience.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of  Pali’s Arts District tasting room, Pali Wine Co. is excited to announce that they will be hosting a food & wine pairing event in partnership with Porto’s Bakery & Café on Sunday, June 2nd from 3-6pm in their Arts District Downtown Los Angeles tasting room (811 Traction Ave, Los Angeles).

Porto’s will be debuting two new salads and a dessert at the event as a Pali event exclusive. Porto’s Head Chef, Tony Salazar will be on hand to present their carefully-curated wine pairing menu.

The $25 menu includes either: Mini Guava Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mini Medianoche or Potato Ball Trio® – A Porto’s classic that is available year-round on the Pali tasting room menu. All entrées are paired with a glass of Pali wine and one of Porto’s two new salads that will make their debut at the event. For dessert, Porto’s will be serving their all new Mini Milk n’ Mango Cake and debuting their new Guava Creme Brûlée, not yet available in stores. The evening will be capped off with a DJ and giveaways to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Pali tasting room

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Ooh La LA: Rosé Day L.A. Presented By Corkcicle

May 10, 2019

Calling all Rose lovas…. The 2nd Annual Rosé Day L.A. presented by Corkcicle in Malibu at the beautiful Saddlerock Ranch to celebrate National Rosé Day!

From noon to sunset, indulge in various rosé offerings at the most elegant summer kick off experience. Complemented by live DJ’s, luxury brands, delicious food pairings, leisure games and more! We look forward to having you at the “must attend” event of the summer.  


  • One-day access to the event, June 8th, 2019 12:00PM to 8:00PM
  • 1 complimentary Corkcicle drinking vessel for the day ($30.00 value) 
  • $25 toward your Uber or Lyft ride to the event via our rideshare partner Freebird App (code: ROSEDAYLA19) 
  • Open meadow seating 
  • Gourmet food court curated by Iron Chef Marc Forgione feat. local Malibu & L.A. food trucks all paired specifically well with Rosé. Chef Forgione will be collaborating with several trucks to feature some of his signature dishes. (for purchase $) 
  • Access to all Garden bars serving glasses & bottles rosé wine, champagne & signature cocktails (for purchase $) 
  • Access to the Rosé Beer Garden serving a variety of rosé beer (for purchase $) 
  • Access to the Frozé Zone featuring a variety of frozen treats (for purchase $) 
  • DJ Performances 
  • Leisure games & activities 
  • Art and Luxury brand activations 
  • No re-entry permitted

For more information and ticketing visit:, and

“Rosé Day L.A. Presented By Corkcicle”
Saturday, June 8, 2019 / 12:00pm – 8:00pm Saddlerock Ranch  
31727 Mulholland Hwy  
Malibu, CA 90265 

Ron Robinson features work by internationally recognized portrait artist at iconic Santa Monica and Melrose Avenue locations 

March 25, 2019

For a limited time, discover the dynamic work of local portrait painter Benjamin Anderson at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica and on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. A global brand that serves as the benchmark for quality and style, Ron Robinson has brought four decades of carefully curated personal and lifestyle fashion to fans on the West Coast and beyond. A long-time patron of the arts, Robinson now proudly hosts three exclusive portraits by California mixed-media artist Benjamin Anderson. 

Anderson, whose work has been recognized by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, has captured the attention of national trend titans like Target and Converse, as well as global print and film media. A remarkably versatile artist classically trained in San Francisco, Anderson’s work spans a variety of diverse mediums and themes. His primary focus, however, is portraiture, and his approach – a unique synthesis of classical and contemporary styles – features a uniquely modern twist resulting from over 20 years of steady refining.

Drawn to the story behind each unique subject, Anderson thrives on the challenge of rendering a person’s likeness beyond mere physical appearance. Each portrait captures the essence of his subjects in a way that is both deeply personal and powerfully universal. “There are a lot of people who don’t like how they look in photographs,” Anderson explains, “So my goal is to truly reflect who the person is – not just what they look like. I want to create a portrait that feels like them – an image that keeps people thinking far beyond their initial observation.” 

For his portraits, Anderson draws upon a wide array of tools and techniques to accurately reflect his subjects. In what becomes a highly nuanced process of imagination and discovery, his creative edge is identifying unexamined ways of using material and space to represent his subjects. Anderson will use traditional oils, enamels, wax, wood and even sometimes led lights in his quest to portray his subjects. Relying on a mutual process of collaboration – an intricate dance, so to speak – between artist and client, Anderson’s gift lies in striking an elusive balance between concept and craft, idea and element, “photo real” and ethereal. Nowhere is this more evident than in Anderson’s work at Ron Robinson. 

Perhaps because both men are craftsmen and artists in their own right, the unexpected and alluring effect of Anderson’s work plays well amongst Robinson’s collections – also notoriously avant-garde. The showcased work creates an energy that is both playful and electric. “My goal is to push the boundaries of traditional portraiture,” says Anderson, describing their arresting effect on shoppers. It’s a response both humbling and gratifying to the artist, and it’s what keeps him fixated on his craft. With over 7.5 billion people on the globe, a portrait artist can find inspiration everywhere, which makes Ron Robinson – an ongoing celebration of creative freedom – their ideal (albeit temporary) home.

View the works of Benjamin Anderson at the Ron Robinson flagship location on 5th Street in Santa Monica and the original Ron Robinson boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles at Fred Segal. Anderson’s background, accolades and work – including his latest “just add water” series – can be found at His work is currently being shown at Simon-Breitbard Fine Arts in San Francisco, Whistler Contemporary in Canada and at the Carnegie Art Museum, “The Imaginary”, opening March 10, 2019. Learn more about Ron Robinson’s iconic brand at and follow @RONROBINSON on Instagram for in-store updates and news.

About Ron Robinson:

In 1978, Ron Robinson, Inc. opened its doors at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue. Armed with a decade of experience working directly for Fred Segal as a salesman, buyer and Vice President, Robinson took his hard-earned knowledge and expertise and built a global brand that continues to change the face of shopping and fashion today. The RON ROBINSON brand offers uniquely curated personal and lifestyle fashion and includes the APOTHIA beauty boutique – home of the IF signature fragrance and award-winning interior aromatics – as well as RON ROBINSON men’s, women’s and kids apparel and home design, all of which embody the brand’s long-standing tradition of quality and style. Learn more at