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Selections from:  7 Tips for Taking Better Selfies

Dec 12, 2013     Heather Kelly

Pull in guest stars

If you find yourself sitting next to someone famous like, say, the president of the United States of America, ask him if he’s game to take a group selfie you can show your friends back in Denmark. When taking group shots, especially with strangers who are indulging you, always use the front-facing camera. Even though the back camera on smartphones is higher quality, it is harder to correctly compose an image without seeing the preview on the screen. You don’t want to accidentally cut someone out or awkwardly have to re-take the picture.

If necessary, it is acceptable to ask the President to help steady your camera.

Selfies have emerged as an acceptable way to document important world events, especially ones that involve crowds. In Thailand, protesters at recent anti-government rallies posted a number ofgreat selfies that showed a more personal angle of a larger news story.

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Fix your face

“Pig nose, giant forehead and beefy shoulder are all preventable selfie faux pas,” says model and artist Gina Teichert, who is working on a series of paintings based on her selfies. She recommends making sure your head is tilted down enough that you are not getting a selfie of the inside of your nose, and not turning your head more than 30 degrees in any direction, which can cause foreshortening.



SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The healthcare debate comes front and center in the Mission on Wednesday, when emerging San Francisco conceptual artist Gina Teichert takes on political issues that are rocking the nation in an election year – or that should be.

Gina Teichert will debut her new work, “National Anthem,” a conceptual visual art installation, on Sept. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. Teichert will be showing “National Anthem” along with works from her previous series, “Spare Any Change.”

Teichert’s new work, “National Anthem,” is a confrontational work riffing on the personal and political quagmire that health care has become in the United States. Suspended from the ceiling at varying intervals, a series of American flags and re-envisioned health insurance bills – the artist’s own –will populate a troubling landscape.

Teichert illustrates a pattern of relentless premium increases and personal stresses she, like many Americans, experiences while health care is bandied about as a political weapon.

Visitors will also get a fresh look at “Spare Any Change,” an earlier series featuring actual signs used by homeless people on the streets of San Francisco, encased in resin and reimagined for a jaded public.

An unabashed critic of the gallery system, Teichert produced the show herself.

“I felt that there really wasn’t a place for this kind of discourse within the established gallery system,” she says. “Dealers are only willing to support certain kinds of political expression. They’re comfortable with street art, they’re comfortable with Occupiers; but they’re uncomfortable with me. I think dealers want women like me to make home décor for their clientele and to smile and look pretty at the opening. No one expects me to have a voice.

“In San Francisco, I am the counterculture.”

Teichert brings a human element to the supercharged debate surrounding health care, and the political orphan that is homelessness: “The subject matter of my work is very personal,” she says.  “Working from a place of sincerity is only possible if you’ve lived it. I show it though my own eyes.”

Selections from “Spare Any Change” were included in the Los Angeles Art Association’s Annual Survey by Juror Charlie Manzo of Gagosian Gallery, New York.

Guest DJs [In]Response will perform at the show, which is open to the public and members of the media.


Selections from: Recognition begins early at the Academy of Art University

Sunday, June 12, 2011       Regan McMahon     San Francisco Chronicle, AA3

This spring, at the San Francisco de Young Museum’s annual exhibition of young artists’ work, titled: “Where To? The Call of the Times: New Generation Student Showcase,” four fine arts students from the Academy [of Art University], competing against students from all over the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley and Stanford, won the opportunity to have their work displayed in the museum.

According to the theme of the juried exhibition, students had to submit works of art that call attention to the urgent social issues of our times.

Teichert’s piece for the exhibition, titled “Digital Prison,” is an oil painting on the subject of human trafficking and sexual slavery in the digital age. It features the figure of a young girl in her underwear amid pixels and digital code, “insinuating that this technology is escalating the problem, because there is very little policing online,” Teichert explains.

PRESS RELEASE: November 23, 2011 Contact: Nancy Kaye Los Angeles Art Association Gallery 825/Main Administrative Offices 825 North La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90069 phone: 310.652.8272, fax: 310.652.9251 e-mail:, website:

For immediate release: Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) will present the 2011 OPEN SHOW, LAAA’s signature survey exhibition of the very best emerging contemporary art. The 2011 Open Show is juried by Charlie Manzo of Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY.

Distinct by design, LAAA’s annual OPEN SHOW has developed into one of the most potent survey exhibitions of emerging art. The opening reception is from 6 to 9pm on December 10, 2011 and runs through January 6, 2012 at LAAA’s Gallery 825.

Featured artists include: Georgette Buckley, Amanda Charchian, Palmer Earl, Thomas Frontini, Tm Gratkowski, Kaldust Guedel, Tracey Harnish, Shelley Holcomb, Caroline P.M. Jones, Peter Kempson, Barbara Kolo, Jonas Kulikauskas, Olga Lah, Gray Malin, Abdul Mazid, Ryan McCann, Janet Milhomme, Peter Nagy, Johnny Naked, Miguel Osuna, Chris Otcasek, Jung Eun Park, Alexander Philippe, Henry Rasmussen, Gary Raymond, Osceola Refetoff, Launa D. Romoff, Sam Senack, Marinta Skupin, Grafton Tanquary, R.W. Tartter, Doug Tausik, Gina Teichert, Michael Verbenec, Jodi Weitzman, Valerie Wilcox, Daniel Williams and Joan Wulf.


About: Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues for emerging Los Angeles artists of all media. LAAA began as a civic art institution in the 1920s, connecting elite art interests to Hollywood collectors, emerging after World War II as the center of Los Angeles modernism and finally becoming the city’s nexus for emerging artists of all media. LAAA serves as a dynamic force for contemporary ideas, outreach, and community. Gallery 825 and Los Angeles Art Association are located in the heart of La Cienega Boulevard’s Restaurant Row at 825 North La Cienega Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90069. Gallery hours are 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday or by appointment. Please call 310.652.8272 or visit