Artist Erin Burrell is recently out of school. He just finished up at Pasadena’s Art Center and is quickly carving into the art landscape in an unexpected way: through history. The former TBWA/Chiat/Day designer turned fine artist has become infatuated with Los Angeles’ concealed history and is now focusing his artistic gaze toward uncovering these things the young city has covered up in order to seem more progressive or cooler or sexier.
Erin has an interesting look at Los Angeles and is incredibly knowledgable about what is quite literally under the surface, from Victorian houses that once stood where Dodger Stadium is to a trolley system whose skeletal system can be spotted at various points in the city. He is unfolding his own story and hopefully will unfold a narrative that will educate and inform many in our city.
I’m over the scorching heat, so while I spend the remainder of the summer cursing the sun and looking forward to sweater weather, residents of the southern hemisphere are looking forward to the warm summer months ahead. Undoubtedly, the folks that own this private residence on the island of Waiheke in New Zealand are looking forward to spending their summer in their new retreat. While looking up a little bit more info on the island, I came across a surprising tidbit about the island’s name: ”Waiheke translates as ‘the descending waters’ or ‘ebbing water’. This refers to an event when Maori explorer Kahumatamomoe landed on the island and urinated.” That can’t be right.
The so-called Island Retreat was designed by Fearon Hay Architects with Penny Hay as interior designer. The result of their work is a modern and clean residence that is warmed up by the natural materials found inside. Well, warmed up by that and the scorching sun.
Canadian photographer Jennilee Marigomen has a wonderful way of capturing intimate spaces with her camera. Mainly taking photographs of everyday and mundane things, her images still manage to find an incredible beauty in these often simple moments. The images above come from a series of commissioned photographs called ‘Spaces’. See more of Jannilee’s work online here.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Outfest, the most renowned and celebrated LGBT film festival in the world. The festival opened a couple weeks ago with VITO, the brilliant and devastating documentary on the life of LGBT activist and film historian Vito Russo.
Over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours, we’ve had the privilege of being able to share interviews with many of the filmmakers who are sharing very important work at the festival. The works range from documentary to shorts to features and cover topics from large age gaps in relationships to immigration and marriage to trans narratives. All of the works are fantastic and we are proud to share them with you. After the jump, take a peek at a few interviews with filmmakers and be on the look out for their films as many are going to be coming your way and taking film culture by storm.
These are the Francis Gregory Library (top three photos) and the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library (bottom photo) designed by Adjaye Associates. Both are neighborhood libraries in the Washington DC area and have been completed while the architect continues to oversee construction of the Smithsonian National Museum of African America History and Culture located on the National Mall. The libraries are quite different from each another, but both are great examples of Adjaye’s work and contribute to the architectural diversity of the DC area. The diagonal checkerboard pattern that dominates the design of the Francis Gregory Library facade has a surprising effect on the interior, where the design is finished in wood.