The landmark Pacific Standard Time in Southern California is drawing to an end, an art event/happening/showcase that shared the history of mid-century Los Angeles and Southern California. The series of art shows kicked off in October and pushes on (officially) through Saturday, when it will end. To celebrate its closing and wish it a fond farewell, we have acquired a ton of limited edition matte posters that we want to giveaway!
We have three posters in total–one Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames, one Jason Schwartzman Celebrates John Baldessari, and one Anthony Keidis Celebrates Ed Rushca–which you can win if you tell us a few things. We want to hear what Southern California art means to you. Tell us who your favorite artists are and how you think they’ve shaped the greater artistic landscape in the world. Have any directly influenced you? How has that influence manifested itself? Give us your answer via Twitter with the hashtag #TFIBpst or on our Facebook post here.
This answer could be as long or as short as you want it to be: we just want to hear why Southern California art is important to you and what you think its place in the world at large is. Entries are due by April 10. If you want to up your chances of winning a poster, you can also enter a concurrent contest over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
Everyone’s new favorite grooming product makers, Malin + Goetz, has skipped coasts and has very recently opened up shop in Los Angeles. The store they opened is very much like their products, impeccably designed, cool, and clean, definitely a very inspiring place to pick up things that keep you looking your best. We got a chance to take a peek at it opening night, which brought out Mr. Malin and Mr. Goetz themselves to kick off the store’s opening and to welcome Angelenos into the store. It also must be noted that the brand scored a great spot in Larchmont Village, a cool, historic, and central neighborhood, making it easy for everyone to visit. They’re right next door to fellow New Yorkers Babycakes‘ second Los Angeles location, which definitely confirms that they are destined to do great business and keep their cool train running quite quickly. Take a peek into the store here.
A few weeks ago, Bobby and I were looking to buy some sort of bench or shelf to place underneath a window in our apartment. We wanted a little plant shelf, to introduce color and greens into our space (because it was completely devoid of both). While at CB2, we happened upon an old looking bench that was nearly $300. It was a nice bench, yes, but $300?? Are you serious?? I could get something for a fifth of the price if I hunted around thrift stores for a day or if I just built it myself. So, I built a shelf myself. And, you should too.
With a lengthy, impromptu stay at Home Depot and an hour or two of planning, sanding, painting, and planting, I refined the wood, painted it, and hung it while Bobby planted and readied plants. Within the span of about three, maybe four, hours and one hundred dollars from our pockets, we had this floating slate grey shelf that was just as good–if not better–than that expensive CB2 creation. It was quite simple to make too because all it is is a piece of wood I painted and sanded screwed into a wall by way of support from three brackets you don’t even notice. It was absurdly easy and so cheap: the wood, brackets, sandpaper, and paint only cost about twenty dollars! The plants and pots were the expensive part. (Yes, we spent $70 on plants and pots. It was an investment!)
If you have a free afternoon this weekend and want to change up your space for Spring, this is a simple and elegant solution. For more details on the specs of the shelf and more photos of it, check out Los Angeles, I’m Yours. Hopefully we’ll all start building our own shelves and objects and make it so silly homeware stores recognize that their prices are a *little* absurd–and that we can do what they do ourselves.
Are you one of those people who are crazy about your coffee and are borderline obsessed with your morning cup of Joe? Well, we have something for you! We came a little late to the party on this but Newport Beach’s Column Five sent us a rad poster to log our coffee consumption. It’s basically an IRL personalized infographic. They were having people log their coffee consumption and return findings for them to share. Even though it was a holiday gift, we somehow didn’t get it until recently and missed the boat on sharing findings. Nevertheless, we had to share because it’s pretty great, both sleek and inviting for you to paint on your coffee every day (and then use it to brag about your coffee findings). Check out more of what they sent and how you can get your own here.
As we notice so many young, sexy sounding craftsmen entering into the world to make a living from creating it should be noted that there are probably hundreds of people who have been slaving over the same craft for a lifetime without the same recognition. John Talbot is a woodman who turns pieces of wood, freshly cut from trees, into beautiful bowls and objects. He isn’t young, he isn’t opening some cute shop in Williamsburg to sell his goods, and he isn’t trying to make it a trend: this is something that he does and has done for a long time–he’s just now getting able to speak about it.
He is the subject of a video by Wiley Rogers where we get a glimpse of Talbot’s work process and what he thinks about it all. He speaks about how the bowls–which he sells at farmers markets–are like people to him, each with their own imperfections and souls that he has to accept and not try to change. You see him carving away and sanding and tuning a piece to his liking as it rotates quickly on a spit. The video is much like the video posted last week on ceramicist Sue Paraskeva but provides insight into the thought process behind the work.
You can check out the video here.
Kelly Wearstler is an icon in the interior design world and is quickly gaining momentum as an interdisciplinary designer, crossing from interiors to fashion to an as of yet named design world. She very recently released her Fall 2012 collection, which is a decidedly more accessibly yet edgier entry into her canon. We were able to view the collection in her studio and showroom, which is a space full of seamless and elegant extensions of her personality and aesthetic, spanning from clothes to homewares to jewelry to food, even.
Click here to check out the rest of our visit.
The band YACHT are no strangers to The Fox Is Black, as they’ve been mentioned when their last album was given a sneak peek, when they got a nice poster from Reworks, and when we realized the brilliance of the song “Shangri-La.” Now, the band are no stranger to us or you as we took a peek into their Silver Lake home and asked them questions about life, music, Los Angeles, and the intermix of the three. Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, the core of YACHT, are two of the sweetest people we’ve interviewed on the site and had some of the most profound things to say. Also, their spot is pretty sweet. You can check out the interview here.
Os Gemeos have brought their magical realistic high art street art to Los Angeles, in a show that opened this past weekend at Prism. The artist duo have completely transformed the space from any other white-walled gallery space to a bright red, orange, and yellow world of disembodied heads floating around, rising from the floors, glittery sparkles popping out of paintings, drum based music pumping from various mysterious locations, and even a face that sits above the building, watching traffic.
The show sees new paintings, sculptures, and even a few knitted pieces by the artists, which they have sewn into the space, somehow opening a wormhole from our world into theirs. It’s a phenomenal show. If you are in the Los Angeles area or traveling through here in the next month, you have to stop by to see it since it is just batshit insane. Check out more photos from the show here.