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Side by Side in Silver Lake

by Lisa Wayne

An Interview  with Artists Paris Helena and Bryan Meador 

A unique collaboration between the stunning photographer Paris Helena and visual artist Bryan Meador, A Touch Of Spring was presented by Zephyr Projects and hosted by famed photographer, Mark Seliger at Makers Mess in Silver Lake for a one-night exhibition. This intersection of art and fashion featured great music and homespun cocktails, all endlessly enjoyed by the night-style, downtown crowd. Helena and Meador, were joined by friends Ethan Supple, Michelle Stafford and Hal Ozsan, along with Irwin Miller, Dana Boulos and Xander Mozejewski.

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Artistic work by Paris Helena and Bryan Meador

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Artistic work by Paris Helena and Bryan Meador

Artistic work by Paris Helena and Bryan Meador

Paris, how would you describe this highly original Art Form?

A bi-coastal collaboration between myself, a fashion photographer, and visual artist Bryan Meador combining photography, painting, and collage.

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Artistic work by Paris Helena and Bryan Meador

Bryan, what is your background?

I’m originally from Oklahoma and now based in Brooklyn. I came to New York to attend Parsons, where I studied communication design. I fell into the world of photography during that time, working in the fine art photography world. Eventually, I wound up working for Mark Seliger, which is where I first met Paris.

Paris, how is each piece crafted?

The collaboration started with my intent to give Bryan a blank canvas and the freedom to do his art in his way, which I admire so much. In Los Angeles I produced a fashion photoshoot to create just that with the help of the exquisite diaphanous model Annie Montgomery. I sent the digital files of the shoot to Bryan in Brooklyn and gave him full reign to do as he pleased.

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Bryan, what are your upcoming projects?

I am represented by Zephyr Projects, a new platform for emerging visual artists. Later this month, we’ll be celebrating the launch of Zephyr with a showcase in Brooklyn, which will feature recent paintings of mine. I’m also working on a new body of work called Natural Selection. It’s an attempt to illustrate our changing relationship with the natural world, which I hope to exhibit in the fall.

Paris, what do you seek to inspire in your audience?

In a society where there is so much commotion and multi-tasking, I just want my images to make people stop and garner a moment of their attention. To take them out of the insanity of their day-to-day lives and make them feel something, forget something or want something.

Images from the event ‘Touch of Spring’

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Paris Helena, Annie Montgomery, Bryan Meador, Mark Seliger

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Bryan Meador, Paris Helena, Lisa Wayne

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Paris Helena with her artwork

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Paris with her mom

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The Muse of the project – Annie. What is better the art or reality?

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Xander Mozejewski

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Photos by Jaime Chan @jaimechanphoto

 

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Website: www.zephyr-projects.com

Bryan’s IG: @bryanmeador

Paris’s IG: @parishelena