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How an OWN Senior Exec Is Helping Promote L.A.'s Art Scene

Noah Webb
Aaron Sandness and Tina Perry

Tina Perry, who sits on the board of The Mistake Room, also is a collector of emerging Angeleno artist Aaron Sandnes

This story first appeared in the Dec. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Tina Perry's home sits on a ridge above Hollywood, a shimmering glass box of a structure. The executive vp business and legal affairs at OWN and her husband, digital distribution entrepreneur Ric Whitney, moved in only recently, but already the space has been transformed into a rotating gallery for their burgeoning art collection.

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Perry sits on a swath of lawn outside her house with artist Aaron Sandnes. Inside, his work — including a quartet of canvases dotted with bullets, 136.36 Seconds — is showcased alongside pieces by Brenna Youngblood and Charles Gaines. Perry fell for Sandnes' work at a 2013 charity auction for The Mistake Room, a nonprofit downtown art space, on whose board she sits. "The Mistake Room is dedicated to exposing the L.A. art scene to international artists," says Perry. At the auction, she adds, "my husband and I wanted a piece of Aaron's very badly, but we were outbid." Later, the couple visited Sandnes' studio and started collecting his work.

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"People are realizing that L.A. is a really inspiring place to be creative in," says Sandnes, 34, a native Angeleno whose work ranges from sculpture to video art, from geometric drawings to text-driven works with neon tubing. "If you're looking for an artist who paints palm trees, I'm not that person. There is a darkness, a life to L.A. that is much more interesting to me." 

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