Top Five From LAIY: Week of November 26

Top Five From LAIY: Week of November 26

Shaping Time: An Interview With Elyse Graham
Elyse Graham is a fantastic artist that we’ve been a bit obsessed with. She is currently making these neon, melty looking geodes that–when cut open–reveal these complex geographies of her time shaping and molding them. They’re insane! Funny enough, they were born out of her trying to cope with the lack of time markers in Los Angeles. More on this in a moment…

A New Identity For The University of California
It’s always great to see gigantic institutions switching up how they look to be a bit more contemporary. University of California did this in a big way recently by totally revamping their brand identity. It’s certainly very West coast and very, very beachy. We’re into it.

Things We’ll Miss About Portland, Things We Missed About Los Angeles
Along with Bobby, we were up in Portland and, because we cannot be without our constant comparing to LA, we made a little list of what we liked about Portland, what we weren’t too hot on, and what we missed about LA. We certainly loved Portland but, boy, is it good to be home.

LOST (in LA)
This is interesting: the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery has a show up based on the JJ Abrams’ show LOST but presents it in a very intriguing way. Instead of John Locke sculptures and cocaine filled Virgin Mary paintings, artists took the concepts of the show–confusion, loss, struggle, etc.–and turned them into a crazy art show. It’s certainly strange but that’s also why it’s so entrancing…

“Seasons”
Like Elyse, we have a tough time marking time in LA. We wrote a little essay to note how complicated it is here and how we try to cope. This week it has certainly felt Autumnal as it has been very rainy: finally a way to tell that it isn’t Summer!!

KYLE FITZPATRICK

November 30, 2012 / By

‘Interval’ by JSHIH

Interval by JSHIH

Earlier this month I got an email from a fella named Jordan Shih about an album he released under the moniker of JSHIH. Titled Interval, the record is an eclectic mix of electronic sounds that feel inspired by classic R&B jams. I’ve listened to the album around 10 times now and it’s certainly a gem. You can click here to purchase for yourself through Bandcamp.

Bobby Solomon

November 30, 2012 / By

75 Amazing Sports Photos

75 Amazing Sports Photos

75 Amazing Sports Photos

CNN posted a pretty awesome gallery of sports images from the year, collecting their 75 favorites. Hands down the best one was the photo at top of Ning Ding playing in the women’s singles table tennis quarter-final match at the 2012 London Olympics. The way her body is poised, the ball seemingly inches from her nose, the way her arms seem to interlock seamlessly. I don’t think you could have composed a pose like this, even if you tried.

Bobby Solomon

November 30, 2012 / By

Space Suit of the Week

Graziano Panfili - ALIENation

Graziano Panfili - ALIENation

Graziano Panfili - ALIENation

Graziano Panfili - ALIENation

There are those days that you feel outside of yourself–your mind is elsewhere and you’re unable to stay grounded. Daydreams lift our minds in the clouds and we are transported from the moment. In his series ALIENation, Italian photographer Graziano Panfili’s captures these drifters- the ones “that have big dreams.” They are alien to their surroundings. And we’ve all been there.

Alana Zimmer

November 30, 2012 / By

‘Buckyball’, A Sculpture Dedicated to Buckminster Fuller

'Buckyball', A Sculpture Dedicated to Buckminster Fuller

'Buckyball', A Sculpture Dedicated to Buckminster Fuller

Photos by NYCLovesNYC

Continuing the theme of light (see: bending light illustrations and bending light illusion) we have, today, an installation in New York’s Madison Square Park. Buckyball is the brainchild of artist Leo Villareal and an homage to structural pioneer Buckminster Fuller. Here, a familiar-looking geodesic sphere is built with LEDs embedded in the hexagons and pentagons that make up the sphere within a sphere. The result is a pulsating sculpture that is nearly thirty feet tall and completely mesmerizing. Don’t believe me? Watch the video below, or go see it in person. Buckyball is on view until February the first.

Bobby Solomon

November 29, 2012 / By

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