I’m most embarrassed of my intellectual hoarding. Like most people who finished high school within the past decade (give or take five years), there’s this inclination to stockpile “what is cool” even if it is in our own minds. This can be a Tumblr you’re obsessed with that you are unwilling to share with others or an early seventies Italian horror film that you only show to special people: these are all examples of intellectual hoarding. They are these things out in the world that anyone can access but you, for whatever reason, feel like you discovered it and had a hand in making it and that your sharing it is doing the world a service.
I’m so awful about that and I’m kind of ashamed that I act this way. Music is a big thing that I hoard, thinking that no one has heard of whatever bizarro Berlin techno diva I’m obsessed with this week. As a means to cleanse this tendency and share some hoarded things, I decided to mix them all up into a mix. It is by no means an expert audial splicing but it does represent music that comes from this semi-entitled place we all have been in.
The hope of this mix is that you’ll encounter some new acts or jams that I’ve had on repeat in some form or another within the past few years. Some are like five years old (How, Still Going??) while others just came out Tuesday (Sup, Sky.)–they are all in my opinion “good” and an attempt to get you to move your ass at work.
An Interview With Jill Greenberg, Part One And Part Two
Jill Greenberg is one of our favorite photographers working now. She does commercial work we’re all aware of and fine art work that is always fascinating. We had a chance to speak with her about her work, practice, and art making and visit her studio and amazing home in Los Angeles. She’s truly a one of a kind artist–and she showed us some peeks into her creative lifestyle that very few people have gotten to see. If you’re in LA, you can catch some work of hers up now at Katherine Cone Gallery and, if you are in New York, she has a show opening at ClampArt on October 18. She also has a new book out, too.
MOCAtv MOCA, Downtown LA’s constantly discussed bad boy art institution, has just unveiled a really super amazing online art collision: MOCAtv. The effort will have various video art and educational videos shared online that will focus on everything from LA artists to happenings all around the world. This is so exciting because an art video collision on such a large scale hasn’t been done before–and we’re super proud MOCA are the people to do it. (If you subscribe to the channel, you also get a three month free membership, too.)
American Apparel’s Halloween
Every year American apparel releases their Halloween costumes and every year I am always fascinated by them because they are so absurd while being so clever. We analyzed this year’s costumes for practicality, overall silliness, and wearability. It’s a good resource for costume ideas–and laughs.
Menu’s From Los Angeles Public Library
The Los Angeles Public Library unveiled an online resource to give you a look into Los Angeles (and beyond) food history and food graphic design history by way of an online menu database. They’ve opened up their rare book and documents to scan in and share menus from the twenties through the past decade. You could spend hours searching for all these weirdo old food places. You can even find some old recipes, too.
We’re big fans of local outfitters Aether and their balance of loving winter weather and summer weather clothes. They recently sent out their Aether Journal, an alternative to cataloguing that is more informative about the Aether lifestyle than it is about product, product, product. It’s a fairly genius way to get you excited about what they are all about without hitting you over the head with it.
I don’t know how but at some point in one of my moves I lost my passport. It’s a been an extremely annoying predicament as it makes filling out job paperwork difficult and has definitely made foreign travel impossible. Every post office visit is a reminder that I have yet to renew this travel document and that I really, really need to. It’s inexcusable! I now feel like I have more urgent reason to get a passport as we recently got our hands on Bellroy’s Travel Wallet, a sleek, sexy, leather travel carryall to help hold your documents in style.
The wallet is a somewhat exaggerated billfold made specifically to make your traveling easier. Instead of using those fucking ridiculous security pouches or one of those dumb around-the-neck ID holders, Bellroy gives you the adult version of travel assistance. It’s masculine and made of super soft, fine leather that you can practically feel aging wonderfully in your fingertips.
The beauty of the wallet is in the details–and there are a lot. There’s a pocket for your passport, an area for business and credit cards, a double sleeve for bills (for monetary notes and airline tickets), in addition to a small silver pen embedded at its center. Every time I travel–even without a passport–even without a passport, I’m a mess with what to do with my wallet and then plane tickets and then my phone and money and blah bler bley blah: everything gets lost in pockets and I have a panic attack during boarding time because I convince myself that I’ve lost my ticket. I have to get on a plane for in late November and I will be using this wallet because it is the perfect travel container. It’s just so smart–and good looking, too.
You can find the wallet on the Australian brand’s website. Bellroy runs their brand on the philosophy of “slimming your wallet,” a philosophy every person should take to their wallet. Why not apply it to travel? I certainly need a well designed answer to that–you probably need that, too. Now, if only I had a passport…
Our Featured Interview With Chris Johanson And Johanna Jackson
It was almost by extreme happenstance that we got to interview Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, who are two of the most interesting, coolest artist and people we’ve gotten to speak with. They work together to make art that is a fusion of art of life and their life in art. They’re next level people who are all about recycling to an extreme and repurposing what they find into beautiful, curious artworks. Thus, art is their life. (Also, we couldn’t fit both of them above so we put their little pup in.)
A Tour Of LAMA
Los Angeles Modern Auction (LAMA) is a few-times-a-year auction organization that gets super high end fine art pieces that regular, not-institution persons can bid on. Yes, they are all super expensive and pricey–but anyone can take a look at the goods! We toured their warehouse last week and were blown away: there were Andy Warhols, Ellsworth Kellys, Ed Ruschas, Murakamis, tons of Eameses, Chuck Closes, some Keith Haring, and lots and lots and lots more. It’s a modern art wonderland!! The actual auction is this Sunday with previews going through tomorrow. If you are in the area, you must stop by.
October 3, 2011
This seems like an almost impossible statement but LAIY turned one year old this past Wednesday. Can you believe that?! We took the day to reflect on our very humble start.
Ting Eagle Rock Brewery is a leader in Los Angeles microbrewing. Did you know that one of their founders is a woman? Ting is her name and she is trailblazing women in the beer world. Wigs made a documentary about her and she is just the sweetest. You have to check it out and grab some Eagle Rock Brew if you are ever in Southern California.
Near the Beverly Center there is a super secret, metallic looking mural located at Orlando and 3rd. We were super surprised to happen upon it and had to take tons of photos. It’s really something. We have no idea how long the piece has been up but we hope it stays up for a long time.
The A & C Shop At HVW8
We’re really late on this but Art & Council curated a little shop at HVW8, an art and design space. One of the biggest features of the show are five extremely limited edition Modernica chairs that artist KRINK took to. They are drippy and trippy and really, really rad. They even made a process video that’s super great, too.
Move over Comic-Con, there’s a new kid in town: Comikaze. Last weekend was the second annual pop culture/comic book/horror/etc. festival that brought out tons of great artists and tons of great characters and tons of great oddities. There was a zombie apocalypse zone, Elvira had a whole museum, there were live Quidditch games, and–best of all–Stan Lee was there. What’s so cool about that? He’s actually in charge of the convention. Doesn’t get any more legit that that!
LA In NYFW
Last week was New York Fashion Week. What does that mean for us in LA? Our best and brightest designers were out there sharing their wears. We shared nine or so LA designers who were in New York and analyzed what they all did and how they connected to each other and Los Angeles. Bottom line? Jewel toned interpretations of sky and sea, which are very LA.
Zack Herrera’s Downtown Oz
Photographer Zack Herrera did something super clever: he noticed that Downtown Los Angeles at night looks like Oz, the fictional land from L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard Of Oz. He captures zones that look like Oz creatures would crawl out of and entry points that look like the entrance to that green land (but it’s actually the underside of a bridge). It’s really fascinating and incredibly clever. If you have ever been to Downtown LA, you’ll think it is amazing.