Giving Away the First L.A. Arts District
Paul Solomon, you're an egregious, impetuous, sleazy, self serving jackass and the worst piece of shit landlord an artist could be cursed with in the Los Angeles Arts District. You and your partner Alan Schneider and his son, your pathetic excuse for a manger, daddy's little boy, the vandelizing liar, David (always looks stoned) Schneider, are lying sleazy con artists that have blatantly and willfully defrauded me! And that's exactly what you assholes did! You scum bags made my life a living hell for the last two years with your fraudulent and illegal commercial use of the Artist in Residence unit directly next to my studio just so you self serving money hungry plutocrat's could make a few bucks more at my expense and you're all pathetic sleazy douche bags for doing so. You pulled a blatant bate and switch on me just like any sleazy con artist, renting me a creative live / work space and turning it into any artist's worst commercial nightmare and right under my feet in the heart of what is supposed to be the LA Arts District you fucking moron! YOU'RE A SLEAZY SELF SERVING ASSHOLE, Solomon! You're a fucking despicable con artist as far as I'm concerned, not a landlord! You have no respect for your artist tenants or their families and I have no respect for a self serving sleazy piece of shit like you! Fuck you from the bottom of my heart! You and your cronies are all pathetic sleazy assholes, and you are here by personally awarded the worst landlord in the arts district, an award of slime and shame you well deserve. Sit on it and rotate sleaze ball!
TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES: YOUR ARTS DISTRICT IS
You know, this is the most intolerable thing I have ever been through and the city of Los Angeles has done absolutely nothing to stop it in two years. And dispite winning my court case against the inconsiderate yuppie pricks that own Wurstkuche, the police still do absolutely nothing to stop the late night noise when called. The LADBS sited Wurstkuche and my landlord Paul Solomon and then have done absolutely nothing since to enforce their order or stop the illegal activity at 808 E. 3rd St.. Jan Perry and the city council hide their heads in the sand and have done nothing to stop this or even intervene in any way. I think you are all totally impotent and worthless! I think you're all pathetic! This is my 4th Artist In Residence in 25 years and I guarantee the next loft I get will not be in this City's so called Arts district. This is no longer a creative environment for artists. You have all recklessly let it become a developers haven for condos and inconsiderate self serving assholes, like the two douche bag owners of Wurstkuche who have come here and totally disrupted my life! To call this the Arts District is total hypocrisy and that legacy now belongs to you all! You do nothing for the actual artists. Hope you're all proud.
This is an AIR building and supposed to be a creative live / work space, and a commercial business can not use it on a 24 hours basis. Hours of operation in a residential building has to be enforced! The city needs to enforce their codes and help the artist who are being taken advantage of constantly by landlords. I know that Linear City is getting more for that space and that is why they are not lifting a finger to stop the Restaurant's usage. They would rather throw me out and turn this space retail as well, and have told me that to my face. I have no doubt they are trying to annoy me away! So basically I'm getting screwed by an inconsiderate none artist neighbor and a money hungry retail minded landlord that doesn't care! Why are the actual Artist's in the Arts District the last ones thought about in this terrible economy! Please help!
That said, and to be honest, because I'm not expecting any cavalry, I'm actually taking the city's advice and filing the first law suit this week. I sent the letter below today and will be following it up with action this week. The owners of Wurstkuche have become arrogant with their success and don't care if they wake me all hours of the night or early morning by using that unit as a warehouse. At this point, the suit may not even stop them. But being kept awake every night and then woken again almost every morning has effected my health, peace of mind, and my work and it has to stop, or at the least be paid for!
These guys come to the art's district and don't care about the actual artist living next to them. I'm an artist and I have have had 5 lofts in the arts district in the last 30 years. When the last artist is actually gone from this area, the last loft turned retail or condo to make a few dollars more for some landlord, will the city still call this area the LA Arts District? Who is the city attracting when the landlords are aloud to chase us off like this?
When the last artist is gone, the last loft turned retail, commercial or condo by the money hungry landlords like Paul Solomon, will the city of Los Angeles still try and call this downtown area the "Arts District"?
A blog letter to Los Angeles Developer & Arts District Slumlord Paul Solomon...
You told me you wanted to turn this space retail the first year I moved in here. But while someone is still living here? It has become very obvious to me that you just don't give a damn and are actually trying to drive me out of this studio so you can turn this space into retail or a commercial space just to make a few more bucks and now, not have to comply with LADBS or LAMC noise ordinance codes with regards to me living next to it. This is the same "screw the artist" mentality that I got from the gallery that just killed me, and the same mentality that has gotten most of America into the financial hole it's now in! Kick 'em when they're down, right? And that is exactly what you did Paul. Rima Fine Art defrauded me just weeks before you served me and I asked you personally for your help to set up a show or two to help me catch up, didn't I? But you didn't even give me the courtesy of a response, and management knew I was just days out of the hospital for my hip surgery when you served me! Like I said. You kicked me when I was down rather then even consider helping. And haven't answered one email from me. So I'm posting this as a blog instead of wasting my time sending it to you. I got tired of getting shit on this past year by everyone, including Linear City and that's why I'm fighting back, win or loose!
The first 3 years I was here, my neighbor in 808, Jeb, was running a rock and roll recording studio and had 4 people living in back, and I never had one noise problem! But just like you did to me after my first year here, you refused to give Jeb a new lease and chased him away after being in that space for 12 years. I have complained to you and Linear City in writing since the first week you rented that newly gutted, un-insulated space as a metal shop for Wurstkuche's construction. Allowing them to literally grind metal and do heavy construction in there right next to me, again, with no more insulation in the walls, and no consideration for me what so ever. The noise was so loud I literally had to leave my studio multiple times. The manager at that time, Frank, assured me Linear City or the new tenants would be insulating the walls. Frank also assured me that Linear City would make sure the tenants in there would comply with the residential hours of an AIR building. BULLSHIT! LIES! ALL FUCKING LIES! Never happened!
You have tortured me! Forcing me to endure their intrusive construction, their none stop traffic and now the never ending banging of metal beer kegs well into the night, 24 / 7 for well over a year now. And despite my complaints, neither Linear City or any management you appointed have done one damn thing to stop it, constrain the hours, or insulate to muffle the noise! You have allowed them to make 808 an illegal extension of their restaurant with absolutely no consideration for the fact that I actually live right next to it on the other side of a thin plaster wall! They have done nothing but bring noise and 24 hour disruptive activity in what was, and still should be, a peaceful creative artist environment! You have done absolutely nothing to enforce the residential aspect of this Artist In Residence building. Nothing! This is a total breach of quiet enjoyment of this space and at this point I actually wish I never moved in here! All I've gotten from you and Linear City is broken promises, bullshit appeasement, pass the buck game playing and out right blatant lies since I moved in here! And despite my complaints, you haven't done one damn thing to change or rectify this situation except to look for an opportunity to evict me rather then lift one fucking finger to help in any way!!
My first impression of you that I blogged about in 2008 was right on the button and it seems that everything my x-neighbors Jeb and Todd said about you was absolutely true! You don't give a fuck about the artists in the arts district! All you give a damn about is how to make money off of us. This became even more apparent when I saw the tiny cubicles you are renting as "artist work spaces" in your building on Industrial. They are nothing more then fucking closets! Tiny cubicles with 4 walls and a door! Gee. You put a lot of care and thought into that one, didn't you?
You are by far one of the most self centered inconsiderate landlords I or any artist could ever have! And that is my experience. You have tortured me with your lack of consideration and it has, and continues to, effect my health, my peace of mind, my work and my ability to just get a fucking nights sleep! Something I should be doing right now rather then writing this blog at 3:00 AM!
Tracy Penwell commented on Rima Fine Art's track record on ARTslant.com
- My response...
So I agree with your comment, "let your track record speak for itself". From what I can see, IT SUCKS!
An anonymous letter sent to me about Dror Darel and Rima Fine Art.
I have no idea who this email is from, but I just got it. Just confirms what I have come to know... Dror Darel and Rima Fine Art are total scum bags and they make a living ripping off artist and investors! Tracy Penwell knows everything Dror Darel does and has blatently backed his lies on behalf of Rima Fine Art. Tracy Penwell is just as guilty of fraud as he is. They are not to be trusted by any artist! Rima Fine Art is a total fraud! They are the sleaze balls of the art world and I warn any and every artist or investor to stay as far away from these pathedic assholes as possible!!
Hello Mr. Goldner.
I saw your posts on Artwatchdog and wanted to contact you. This message is and will remain anonymous, I will say only that I have bought art from Dror Darel once in the past, later to discover I was outrageously overcharged, having been told by Mr. Darel that I was getting the "deal of a lifetime." Needless to say I do not have a high opinion of him at this time. I do not wish to get involved in your current dispute, but thought I would inform you as to a few issues regarding your artwork.
Having spoken with a few of Darel's other customers, I learned that a practice he engages in often involves solicitation of "investment" in art. In my case, he just out and out ripped me off... he never asked me to "invest." But what this entails is persuading buyers to essentially buy shares in art works... for example, if he is asking $40,000 for a painting, he will solicit an "investor" to hand him let's say $10,000, with the promise that when the painting is sold, the "investor" will receive his money back with interest.
Here is where you come into play. I know, through word of mouth, that Mr. Darel aggressively pursued a number of his clients to invest in your art. Whether any of them did is unclear to me. However, he has a client named Bob Eisinger who is one such client. My understanding is that Darel solicited him very intensely to "invest" in your art. He may have done it, he may not. However, if he did, there is a very real possibility that you have been stolen from.
Do what you wish with this information. Eisinger owns
a business that sells insurance in Phoenix. I won't advise you any further,
as I don't really know Darel, except to say that he is a con artist who
may well have already collected money for your work. I just thought you
should know this, as, having been conned myself by this man, I sympathize.
I wish you well in your pursuit of justice, and hope that you collect the
compensation you deserve.
|Response to AZ Better Business Burrow re: Dror Darel,
Tracy Penwell & Rima Fine Art's Fraud
As well as finding several law suits filed by artist against Dror Darel for fraud that I think I sent you links to previously, Dror Darel also has a current unpaid judgment against him in a Canadian Court for $1,430,651.44. A link to the latest 2009 Alberta court ruling is posted above.
>From what I have found out, if it is proven that Dror Darel is financially linked to Rima Fina Art, Tracy Penwell has a lot to loose as well since she is the actual owner on record of the gallery. It's all in her name. So Tracy Penwell has chosen to cover up for Dror Darel's fraudulent activity instead of being honest. But weather the gallery is in her name or her husband's, Rima Fine Art is responsible for my damaged canvases and the total breech of the contract we had. They did nothing they alleged in there response with regards to promoting my work. Never saw even one promotional piece of material, other then the on line gallery. And that I had already done myself. They had total physical and contractual control of all of my newest art and only showed a fraction of it on their walls. There was only 2 out of 24 canvases up on the walls when my friends happened to stop by the gallery and were quoted 17,500.00 per canvas. If my work didn't sell, it was because of that obscene price. 5 times what they should have asked. They did nothing they promised written or oral in almost a year, which has now left me in a financial black hole.
And again, Dror Darel is the one who originally contacted me as the alleged co-owner of Rima Fine Art after my art submission to Rima in January, 2009. Not Tracy Penwell. Dror Darel is also the person who came to my studio and personally saw the work. Dror Darel is the person I turned the canvases over to at Rima when I drove them there, and who actually signed the 5 year contract with me as the alleged co-owner of Rima Fine Art in June of 2009. I only met Tracy Penwell once, the day I dropped off my canvases to Rima, when Dror introduced me.
But Tracy Penwell doesn't even mention Dror Darel in her response. Nor has she mentioned him in any correspondence she has had with me since I picked up the canvases. Yet, I never once dealt with her or even spoke with her during my entire unfortunate experience with Rima Fine Art. Please ask her why??? It was always her husband Dror Darel I was dealing with, from start to finish. And Tracy Penwell was not even present when I picked up the canvases on April 21st. Again, it was Dror Darel who alleged to me he was the co-owner. And from what I could see, he seemed to be the one who was running the gallery.
I assume Dror and Tracy for that matter both thought because I was in California, Dror could get away with lying to Arizona courts. But they didn't know me very well, and they thought wrong. So maybe you should ask Tracy Penwell directly what her husband Dror Darel's current affiliation actually is with respect to Rima Fine Art, and if he could legally sign a contract with me. Or how she can back up her statements if she was not even present when I picked up my canvases on April 21st. He signed the receipt she mentions as well. Again, she was not even there.
Thanks again for all your efforts. Let me know if there is anything else you need.
A letter to Tracy Penwell and Rima Fine Art
After filing a complaint against Rima Fina Art with the Arizona Better Business Burrow, I got this response...
Below is my response back to Tracy Penwell, Rima's "President":
Rima Fine Art did not do one single promotion for me, not one! I asked Dror a dozen times over the last year to show me anything you were doing! Anything! I begged him to show me any promotions you were doing! Anything!!!! You did not show me one single thing in a year! I begged him dozens of times to set up a show! NOTHING!!! Not one single thing! Your claims that you did otherwise is pure fiction! All I got from you, Dror Darel and Rima Fine Art was empty promises! You did not do one single promotion! You did not set up one single show! You did not create one single Giclee Print to market! NOTHING! You are a liar and neither you or Dror have a stitch of integrity what so ever! Your response to the better Business Burrow is just pure bullshit and that is the only thing you do well!
My complaint stands with the better business burrow. The receipt I signed only varified that I got the canvases back. I don't dispute that. What I do claim is that I got them back in a damaged condition. I gave you 24 pristine, un-stretched canvases and you damaged 8 of them. And it was only the eight canvases that you handled and displayed that were damaged. You never even showed the nudes which was half the collection and the center of what I do!! So your claim that you prominently displayed my work is just not true. And at your own obscene price of $17,500.00 a canvas, the eight you damaged comes to 140,000.00 worth of damage. 17,500.00 a canvas isn't even close to the price I discussed with your partner and co-owner, Dror Darel when I turned over the canvases. And when I asked Dror what Rima was asking for my canvases, he blatantly lied to me! If you thought that price was okay with me, then why did you lie about it when I asked? Do you want to explain that away as well?? And those damaged canvases don't even include the breech of contract. You did not follow through on any agreement, written or oral! You did not produce any Giclee prints! Not one... at least that I know of!
You and Dror Darel are total con artists and you did not follow through on one single thing Rima promised when we signed a contract. And again, how can Dror Darel even sign a contract on behalf of Rima Fine Art while he is claiming to the Arizona courts that he has no affiliation what so ever with Rima? Dror Darel represented himself to me as the co-owner of Rima Fine Art along with you. But that is a lie to, isn't it? You, Dror and Rima Fine Art are a total fraud! You guys use your gallery as a front to scam artists like me and Dror has a history of doing so that is all over the internet! I wish I googled Rima a year ago! You knew exactly what Dror was doing and you knew he doesn't have the right to even sign a contract with me! You're both in this together and I will see you both in court if that is what it takes to get to the truth!
A few things I found out about Dror Darel & Rima Fine Art
Dror Darel on Arizona arrest report. Page 24. Dror Darel arrested January 2010:
Rima Fine Art, Dror Darel, Tracy Penwell on the front page of Art Fraud Report:
More Rima Fine Art, Dror Darel Links:
This Canadian Artist accused Dror Darel of using her art as collateral for a personal loan when it was on consignment!:
Rima Fine Art: One Artist's Nightmare
This is my experience with Rima Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ. My first gallery and maybe my last!
I spent almost a year working on my first 24 paintings on canvas before I even started looking for a gallery. I have been painting for 30 years, but all on photographic paper until two years ago. It was painting on canvas that inspired me to submit my work to galleries.
I was very excited when Dror Darel one of the owners of Rima Fine Art first contacted me after getting my submission. He raved over the canvases and we ended up signing a 5 year deal. I drove all the canvases to Scottsdale myself. That was a year ago. Last week I fired Rima Fine Art! I caught them blatantly lying to me about the price they were asking for my canvases. Normal is 50% of the sale price. Two times what the artist is asking. Rima was asking 5 times what I wanted per canvas! Far above what we discussed when we first met or what is normal for the industry for art work on consignment. And all while they knew I was struggling just to pay rent! My attorney calls what they did fraud. I call it self centered, irresponsible, narrow minded greed! And yes, fraud too! People like this are the reason this country is in such terrible financial turmoil, and now that's what Rima has done to me!
Rima had 24 canvases and in a year, only showed 7. And all 7 of those canvases are damaged, plus one other! That is 8 damaged out of 24 canvases I gave them. 1/3 of the collection! And that five year written contract... That was to produce 99 giclee prints of each piece. In a year now and despite asking repeatedly, I have never seen even one giclee print. Nothing! Not even a digital file to look at and approve!
Want some numbers? Okay... I was asking 3500. a canvas. I caught Rima fine Art trying to ask 17,500.00 a canvas. That's right, 17,500 a canvas in this economy! I'm an unknown artist! And they are asking 5 times what I was asking from them when they are on consignment! And when I confronted them, they lied about the selling price! Needless to say, I rented a van and drove to Scottsdale, AZ myself last week to pick up all my art work.
I am now selling the canvases for 1/10th the price I caught Rima Fine Art asking! Rima Fine Art didn't sell one thing at that obscene price or do one damn thing they promised, written or oral. I gave them 24 large canvases as well as transparencies of older work they liked and they never created one Giclee print in a year! Nothing! Never set up a show. Never sold anything because of pure greed greed greed!!! Rima was actually telling me for months now they were trying to sell my canvases at cost for me because they knew how much I was struggling! Lies! I felt like I was totally conned by them, and I'm sure I'm not the first artist that has been victimized. A gallery is supposed to be the artist's partner and they acted like they really cared. They don't! It's all about their bottom line and that's it! Not the artist! It is normal for a gallery to double the price the artist is asking and many galleries are asking for even less in this economy. But 5 times my asking price when they are on consignment ! That's obscene and Rima killed me by selling nothing at that price this past year!
I had a friend that was driving through Scottsdale and she stopped at Rima to see my work. She called me right after she left there and told me the price they quoted her for one of my canvases. I actually thought she was mistaken. So she called the gallery back and confirmed the price they had quoted her. No wonder nothing was selling!! I called the gallery and asked Dror Darel what the gallery was charging, and he blatantly lied to me. Then when I confronted him with the fact that it was friends of mine that were just in the gallery, he literally pulled out a calculator and tried to justify his cost. They were on consignment asshole!!!
I felt like I was dealing with a sleazy used car salesman that had just taken me for a year long test drive! I was just another stupid artist that gave Rima work and expected they had my best interest in mind! They didn't! And what is even worse is the 8 canvases that they damaged! Do you think Dror Darel and Rima are taking any responsibility? Not a chance! No integrity either!
This has really left me in financial ruins. I put hundreds of hours into that art. And Rima Fine Art did absolutely nothing they promised me. Didn't follow through on one damn thing! No promotions. No shows. No Giclee's that I was told I would get of the work. Nothing in almost a year now. And then I find out they are asking this obscene price for my work that no one in America could afford when they know how much I have been struggling? That was the cherry on the cake! I'm about to get evicted because I was counting on an advance Rima Fine Art promised me 6 months ago! This has killed me. Unless I can sell a few paintings myself in the next few days, I'm screwed!
|Artist Bio for David Goldner
Artist - Photographer David Goldner is a Los Angeles native who discovered photography in Jr. High School in the early 70s after his Father brought home a Canon SLR from a business trip he had taken to Japan. Within a week, David found that camera still in its box and asked his father if he could use it. He never gave it back!
By High School, David had his own dark room and was majoring in photography. After High School he attended Santa Monica College again majoring in photography. Later he attended the renowned Art Center College of Design.
One of David’s mentors from afar was Francesco Scavullo. A master of the black and white portrait, who recently passed away in 2004. “I love his black & white images and the way he poses women for his camera. He’d use the lines of a face, the eyes, the lips, the shoulders, to create the composition within the image. I’ve always tried to take note of the angles of the face and body lines the way he did when I shoot glamour or anything for that matter”. But… despite his major being photography, he was very influenced by many of the painters and designers at that prestigious school and by the world of art itself. Patrick Nagel and Alberto Vargas are two of the artists that are still among his favorites. Their influence in his work shows today. David attributes this influence to his father and his monthly subscription to Playboy Magazine that featured work from both of these artists.
While at Art Center in the late 70s David started to experiment with hand painting his own black & white photography using Marshall’s transparent photo oils, pencils and oil pastels. After painting a few small prints, he wanted to go bigger. He bought large rolls of fiber based black & white photo paper that had the right surface and began to make 40 x 60 prints to paint. Mixing the influences of his favorite photographers and artists, David began developing his own unique style that has continued to set his work apart from any traditional hand painted photography. For several semesters in the 80s, David taught his photo painting technique at UCLA as an extension course.
Over the last 30 years, David Goldner’s painted photographs have appeared on calendars, posters, record and magazine covers. Including Playboy. In addition, David has photographed and painted an impressive list of celebrities including; Renee Russo, Kim Bassenger, Demi Moore, Delta Burke, Casandra Peterson and of course her alter ego, Elvira.
Now, with the ever changing of times and technology David
has evolved from film to digital. And from painting his images on large
photo paper to now painting them on large archival canvas. The dark room
is now the computer and was a natural transition for him. He now mixes
his photography with his 3D computer art before adding his hand painted
touch, taking the images and his new works to yet another level. This painting
technique is basically the same as it was first done on the old black and
white photographs in the late 1800s. And although David still starts most
of his paintings with black & white prints, he is no longer limited
to painting on that monotone medium as he mixes his photography with his
computer art, now overlapping the pixels, pigments and paints.
|POSTED: January 13, 2008
PAUL SOLOMON AND LINEAR CITY:
ARTIST? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING ARTIST! RETAIL!
After a money hungry developer turned my last AIR (Artist in Residence) studio at 2121 7th Pl. into a condo for Yuppies, and rudely through all the actual artists out, without compensation or conscience I may ad, I moved just a few blocks away to 808 1/2 E. 3rd St. . A long time AIR loft now owned by Paul Solomon and his company LinearCity. Would you believe that lightning has struck me two times in a row?!
Despite being very clear to LinearCity's agent and Paul Solomon personally that I was looking for a long term live/work space, as well as fully explaining the costly situation I had just come from at 2121, Paul Solomon and LinearCity are now contemplating turning my particular Studio into a retail store, and yes, throwing me out just 18 months after I moved in here! I am just devastated even thinking that I actually may get screwed by another Arts District landlord for the second time in two years! This particular studio has been an Artist in Residence loft in the heart of the Arts District for over 20 years. And a photography studio for a good part of that! I think it is unconscionable that Paul Solomon is even thinking about this after letting me move in here. I could not have been clearer to him and LinearCity's agent what could and especially what could not happen if I moved in here, especially after just going through the forced eviction at 2121. I literally said to Paul Solomon personally: "If you are going to turn this place into a condo or throw me out after the first lease, tell me now, because this is not the right place for me." Considering they called me back and then handed me a lease, I now feel I have been blatantly lied to, betrayed and defrauded by Paul Solomon and his management company LinearCity. They have refused to renew my lease and forced me into a month to month situation at my protest. I never ever would have even considered moving in here if they had been honest with me from the start or even given me a hint that they were thinking about doing this.
It seems the artist in the arts district are fighting a loosing battle with self serving landlords like this that seem to have no conscience or ethics. Their wallets are the bottom line and the only thing that seem to matter to them. I'm just a struggling artist but I'm paying more rent for this studio already than I have ever paid anywhere in my life. And despite making millions on the Mill Street Lofts, the Biscuit Lofts and Toy Factory Lofts, it's apparently not enough for Paul Solomon who apparently needs to make a few dollars more a month from my particular unit, while pushing me into personal and financial turmoil with a second forced eviction in the same amount of years. I think this is unconscionable and I can't believe this is actually being done to me again. What makes it even worse is Paul Solomon's blatent complacentcy and his apparent lack of any conscience about what this will do to my business or me personally. Especially knowing I was looking for long term and that I was just forced out of my last loft for the condo conversion before moving in here!
What is even more perplexing is the fact that this loft
would need tons of work if it were to be any kind of a retail store and
it comes with absolutely no parking! I have no idea what they are thinking.
Well, I was inspired to do another graphic and have gotten
permission to do it as a mural down the block from me on 3rd Street.