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Dax Gallery is a progressive art gallery that showcases some of the county’s best contemporary fine and street art from both established and up-and-coming artists. Located on Randolph Street in the town’s SoBeCa district, the gallery boasts a 4,500 square foot open space in which works are exhibited with the aim of making a lasting and evolving footprint within Costa Mesa’s arts community.

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Charmaine Olivia Approaches Oil Painting from a New Perspective

Written By: Gina Magnuson A Must See: “Portals” Arrives at Costa Mesa’s DAX Gallery April 2nd

Costa Mesa’s DAX Gallery presents “Portals” by Charmaine Olivia, an ongoing exhibit running from April 2 – June 2, 2016. Known for its collection of eclectic pieces ranging from abstract sculpture to surrealist painting to portrait photography, DAX Gallery has become a hub for emerging artists. The DAX Gallery space has served not only as a place for art, but also as a center for local events, lectures, workshops and more. DAX Gallery has showcased work by a spectrum of renown artists, such as sculptor and taxidermist Peter Gronquist, muralist and designer David Flores, hyperrealist sculptor Kazuhiro Tsuji and iconic photographer Mike Miller.

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There’s something that grows in the spaciousness of the heart and mind.. a profound sense of tenderness that envelopes your thoughts in the present moment. When you sit in the midst of this mysterious human incarnation and realize that the idea is not to perfect ourselves, but to perfect our kindness and generosity towards each other.

The thought of this became crystal clear last week when I spent some time in the studio, aligning with Charmaine Olivia as she prepared for her upcoming solo show at DAX Gallery. Little did I know upon entering her love nest that our vibration would resonate on the level that it did- it’s just not too often that we meet people who tune into our same introspective frequency.

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He’s captured notable LA rap figures like Tupac Shakur, Coolio, Snoop Dogg, and Eazy E; album covers, lowriders, and fashion models, all with a breathtaking flair and energy that espouses west coast/Los Angeles culture. Known as a true originator, Mike Miller developed his own particular brand of photography in the late ’80s and ’90s while his subjects would emerge as legendary artists with their own mythos further sealed by Miller’s sharp black and white shots.

You’d be hard pressed to remember another photographer whose work was more rampant on notable rap album covers than Miller’s, and for the discerning fan hoping to see his photos brought together, head down to Costa Mesa’s Dax Gallery where a major sampling of Miller’s work will be on display starting this weekend.

“Love West Coast” highlight’s Miller’s career, arranging a major sampling of his work covering West Coast rappers from the ’90s, as well as elements of LA culture such as cars, skateboards, Hollywood, tattoos and– of course– women. Co-curated by Dax Gallery owner Alex Amador, the exhibition is a then and now of LA cool, with Miller’s photographic eye firmly capturing what makes the city so great.

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DAX Gallery is proud to present Love West Coast —an exhibition featuring the iconic work of Los Angeles based photographer and director Mike Miller. Love West Coast features a collection of intimate photographs of musicians, artists, athletes, actors and women who make up the style and culture of the West Coast. Love West Coast has been collaboratively curated by DAX Gallery owner, Alex Amador, photographer, Mike Miller and Art Director, Shannon Miller. Seeing the progression of Mike Miller’s career and after experiencing his iconic images of rap legends like Tupac and Easy E, Alex has always taken an interest in the work of true photographers. “I believe photography has lost its sincerity and would like to support the originators like Mike Miller.”

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Love West Coast —an exhibition featuring the iconic work of Los Angeles based photographer and director Mike Miller. Love West Coast features a collection of intimate photographs of musicians, artists, athletes, actors and women who make up the style and culture of the West Coast. Love West Coast has been collaboratively curated by DAX Gallery owner, Alex Amador, photographer, Mike Miller and Art Director, Shannon Miller. Seeing the progression of Mike Miller’s career and after experiencing his iconic images of rap legends like Tupac and Easy E, Alex has always taken an interest in the work of true photographers. “I believe photography has lost its sincerity and would like to support the originators like Mike Miller.” In Mike’s book, West Coast Hip Hop: A History in Pictures, he presents just what the title implies. A repertoire of his iconic images covering the golden age of rap. His current release, “Love West Coast Girls,” is the 2nd book Mike has published with his wife Shannon, which portrays the symbolic beauty of West Coast women and the prominent culture that has stemmed from influential artists and musicians. Love West Coast —an exhibition featuring the iconic work of Los Angeles based photographer and director Mike Miller. Love West Coast features a collection of intimate photographs of musicians, artists, athletes, actors and women who make up the style and culture of the West Coast. Love West Coast has been collaboratively curated by DAX Gallery owner, Alex Amador, photographer, Mike Miller and Art Director, Shannon Miller. Seeing the progression of Mike Miller’s career and after experiencing his iconic images of rap legends like Tupac and Easy E, Alex has always taken an interest in the work of true photographers. “I believe photography has lost its sincerity and would like to support the originators like Mike Miller.” In Mike’s book, West Coast Hip Hop: A History in Pictures, he presents just what the title implies. A repertoire of his iconic images covering the golden age of rap. His current release, “Love West Coast Girls,” is the 2nd book Mike has published with his wife Shannon, which portrays the symbolic beauty of West Coast women and the prominent culture that has stemmed from influential artists and musicians.

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