The True Artist: An Interview With Greta Waller
Greta Waller is a Los Angeles painter who we are obsessed with. She is a classic painter who does very curious still lives and landscape paintings of things from ice to porcelain figures to what is in her closet. We had the chance to visit her home studio and chat with her and learned she is such a diehard artist who just wants to paint. She is a rare breed! She’s also totally a character which you find in the story. Watch out for F-bombs!
Building Block + WAKA WAKA At IKO IKO
Fairfax’s always cool IKO IKO welcomes a rad little collaboration between LA makers WAKA WAKA and Building Block. The resulting work are these bags and accessories that reflect a graphic, geometric obsession. They also employ really zanily tanned leathers and almost oddball wooden statement pieces to go with them. They’re funny and they’re beautiful and we’d love for people to be walking around town with these.
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Bringing Everything Together: An Interview With Willard Ford
Willard Ford is a very cool guy who is doing lots of things. Most recently? He’s combined three of his businesses into this super group agency called Flagship, which deals with fashion, design, and sports. Super interesting. What’s also interesting? His space. It used to be an old movie theatre he converted into a work/live/play zone. It’s incredible!
Men’s Group: The Video
We won’t hold back: Ben Jones is our favorite Los Angeles contemporary artist. His work is so bright and interesting and certainly engages many of your senses. To look back at his work and to also catalogue his recent MOCA PDC show The Video, Jones teamed up with PictureBox in New York to create this scrapbook of his work. It’s a neat little book that certainly is as quirky as his creations.
W/// By Weltenbuerger Los Angeles
Weltenbuerger is a Los Angeles fashion brand that just opened up a store in Los Feliz Village. They sell lots of designers and vintage clothes but also have their own in-house brand W///. The brand is totally avant garde and feels very much like futuristic monotones that only really cool people can wear. We’re totally digging them and how quirky they can be.
Coldwater Canyon’s Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
Coldwater Canyon is a local pickler and canned food maker. We recently found their Strawberry Rhubarb jam which won them the Best In Show for jams and jellies in the 2010 California State Fair. That’s huge! How is it? Amazing. We had it on a cracker with goat cheese and it is simply divine. We highly recommend this. We’re sure their other food stuffs are great, too.
Steven Harrington Lights It Up
Steven Harrington recently did another collaboration with Belgium’s Case Studyo. What was it? A lamp! Surprise! He made three, actually, and they’re titled Remain In Balance. They look like the are painstakingly stacked pieces made from wood and they are quite covetable. Who wouldn’t want these guys in their house?!
The Film Independent Spirit Awards
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are basically The Oscars cool younger brother who likes to party and doesn’t give a shit if you don’t dress up. In fact, he encourages you *to* drink and *not* to dress up. By some magic, we got invited to attend the ceremony this year by Jameson–one of the big sponsors for the event–and realized that it is the Los Angeles award ceremony because it’s so laid back, supports unknown artists, and gives the proper nods to big timers, too. It was a wonderfully fun time and so hope we can attend again in the future. (Also, yes, that is Francis Ford Coppola talking to Sofia Coppola in the photo.)
Downtown’s CB1 recently opened a new show titled Performing Methods which features artist Chris Oatey’s paintings and sculptures which are all made through a very physical process. They’re very enveloping and complicated and, to help highlight visual art that is in a way performative, he curated Performing Methods–In Context within CB1 too, a group show that features other artists who do similar performative work. Please enjoy this as our Featured Interview this week because we had to take a bye week due to technical difficulties.
The Modern Craft Project In Los Angeles
The Modern Craft Project is an effort by Wallpaper Magazine and Ketel One to celebrate makers and creatives. To introduce the idea to LA, a very intimate dinner was held that featured fancy cocktails by Ketel One mixologists and food by the Animal guys. It was delicious and fun and really showcased an LA artform that has come into its own: food.
Rhye may not be a band you’re familiar with but they are the LA buzz band at the moment who have broken beyond local chains and into many, many people’s ears. They are part R&B/jazz referentials, part minimal dance, and a whole lotta Sade. Their debut album Woman comes out on March 4 and you will want to listen to it. A lot.
Eames Prints To Help The Eames Family
The Eames Foundation is trying to raise money to help restore and preserve the Eames House. To do so, they are selling limited edition prints of Eames designs for $75. What a deal! They look good, they help a great design cause, and everyone wins.
Oscar Week Diary 2013
If you follow movies or have visited LAIY this week, you may know a big LA happening is upon us all: it’s Oscar Week. Thanks to our friends at Vanity Fair, we got to attend some kind of ridiculous parties that we spoke about on the site this week. Moreover, we shared some special LA/Oscar items all Friday which we’ll talk about more in a minute…
A Tour Of Gensler Los Angeles
International architecture and consulting company Gensler has a fantastic Downtown space in an old Bank of America. It feels like a more high tech cousin to Wieden-Kennedy’s Portland office and is super, super fabulous. We’d love work here!
Questions With A Visitor: Terre Thaemiltz, AKA DJ Sprinkles
Terre Thaemiltz is the best working house artist around. Hands down. He’s making his long awaited LA debut at a show tomorrow night. We had the chance to speak with him about his thoughts on LA. What does he think? We’ll just say he won’t be moving here any time soon…
Billy By Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams is a young fashion photographer currently attending Art Center. He does a great job with editorial photography but his personal work, where he gets weird, is super great. The best example of this is his series Billy which sees a genderless/genderfull androgynous guy. He is super colorful and juxtaposed against LA and the result is an almost futuristic, not LA photo set. It’s great.
Oscar Prints From Gallery 1988
One of our favorite things we shared in our Friday Oscar postings was some work The Academy commissioned Gallery 1988 to do. It included everything from an Olly Moss interpretation of every year’s big Oscar wins to Nan Lawson making cutesy cinema Valentine’s. This is a huge collaboration and we’re so glad it happened: a rare moment of The Industry supporting local art!
The Art Of Communication: An Interview With A.L. Steiner
A.L. Steiner is a fabulous artist whose work is very confrontational in that she challenges you to understand issues in our society. For such serious work, she’s actually quite a funny lady. We had a great time hearing her history in publishing through her art practice now. Everything connects!
140 Years Of The 501
Levi’s recently had a big birthday party for their 501 in Los Angeles and they built some elaborate, beautiful art installations to tell the history of the jean from 1863 up until now. It was a great, arty effort by such a big brand and it served as the venue for the birthday. We wish more people could have seen them in person but, alas, they were struck after a day.
Curators Andrew Bernardini & Lauren Mackler Take Set Pieces To Milan
Angelenos Andrew Bernardini and Lauren Mackler recently curated a show at Milan’s Cardi Black Box that saw many contemporary LA artists working together for a collaborative show. Tasking art people like Liz Glynn and Sarah Cain to make sets, artists built out these living spaces or fake performance spaces, three dimensional parts of an art space that were then populated and embellished with artwork by other LA artists. It’s a great concept and cool sounding show that brings LA art outside of LA. We chatted with the curators about the process.
A Peek Inside The Brand New Topshop
This may be old news to you people in Europe and in New York and Chicago but we Angelenos just got a flossy new Topshop/Topman and we are dying. It’s two stories of bright colors, detailed fun clothes, flossy accessories, and more. We were pumped to get to take a sneak peek at the store but, really, we likely won’t be able to get back there for weeks because there will be a forcefield of shoppers surrounding the store for a very long time.
All around rad guys and art bros Will Bryant and Eric Trine are in Los Angeles this weekend for a cool little collaborative art show at Poketo. The two drove all the way down from Portland for it and we had the chance to have a quick convo about what went into making #AlleyOopLA. For anyone of you guys who follow the two guys on Instagram, you’ll want to check this out to find out what exactly they were up to.