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The American Visionary Art Museum defines Visionary Art as “ art produced by self-taught individuals\, usually without formal training\, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in t he creative act itself.” Northeast Los Angeles is home to such an artist--B rian Tolley (briantolley.com).

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When Brian was three-years-old\, he was looking for something to do and picked up some loose twist ties and sta rted to bend them. At first he made simple 2-dimensional pieces. Something about the twist ties really intrigued him and he just kept twisting. Eventu ally\, he started to make 3-dimensional objects. In his early teens\, he st arted to get more serious about this twisting thing\, encouraged by his aun t May. A few more years of honing his very unique art form resulted in his use of only white twist ties which he would color with markers. The resulti ng figures and objects became more detailed and complex\; some have removab le components.

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Each of the twist tie art pieces is made without glu e or armatures\, then painstakingly hand-colored and detailed. The small pi eces take 1-2 weeks to complete. Larger pieces\, such as his size 12 Conver se high-top tennis shoe\, are amazingly detailed\, down to the labels and t read.

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Future Studio Gallery is incredibly proud to exhibit Mr. Twis ter's Twisted Art Show\, and introduce Brian\, who resides in Eagle Rock an d attends Eagle Rock High School\, to the Northeast Los Angeles art world a nd beyond.

DTEND:20120901 DTSTAMP:20140712T051106 DTSTART:20120811 GEO:34.1086597;-118.194417 LOCATION:Future Studio Gallery\,5558 N. Figueroa Street \nLos Angeles\, CA 90042 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Mr. Twister's Twisted Art Show\, Brian Tolley UID:229408 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120811T220000 DTSTAMP:20140712T051106 DTSTART:20120811T190000 GEO:34.1086597;-118.194417 LOCATION:Future Studio Gallery\,5558 N. Figueroa Street \nLos Angeles\, CA 90042 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Mr. Twister's Twisted Art Show\, Brian Tolley UID:229409 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR