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.
The Modern Witch: An Interview With Marty Windahl
You guys like tarot readers? You guys like horoscopes? Well, we have a creative interpretation of these concepts by LA artist and general rad lady Marty Windhal, the lady behind Tarotscopes. Marty’s story is super interesting and represents an artist who has found a means to combine artmaking, spirituality, and general oddity in one form.
INSA Animates Los Angeles
Street artist INSA apparently took to a building in Los Angeles and made a really rad, LA apocalypse mural. This is cool–but you know what else he did? He painted it in a way that he could animate it via .gif. The result are some really spectacular moving pictures.
You guys: we are co-hosting an event tomorrow at The Standard, Hollywood! To get everyone excited, we did a bunch of posts to support it. Check these out!
• We toured Steven Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer’s Auroraborealis.
• We made some Auroraborealis inspired cocktails from Art In The Age spirits./a>
• We spoke with Justin Krietemeyer and some folks at National Forest about LA Winters, tacos, and more.
• We spoke with Nite Jewel about her performance!
Shaina Kasanoff’s Wither And Return
Photographer Shaina Kasanoff is quite great. Why? Because she does an excellent job of catching light, very much in the way that Caravaggio did in his paintings. She does quite an excellent job.
Daytrader, A Well Designed Board Game
What happens when a gamer and a design group team up? You get a rad looking game. Recently, Angeleno game guy Samir Lyons and the guys at Italic teamed up to make a board game. The result is a finance game called Daytrader that looks really, really sweet. Help them out on Kickstarter if you want to play it!!
If you live in Los Angeles or are going to be in Los Angeles this Saturday, we have great news for you: we’re co-hosting a party with National Forest’s Steven Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer at The Standard, Hollywood, to celebrate the closing of their Auroraborealis installation. To help us party, Nite Jewel will be performing and Jordan Lawlor of M83 along with Jeffrey Jerusalem of YACHT (and a few others) will be doing DJ sets. Basically, it’s going to be rad.
The fun doesn’t end there either. You’ll also be able to score some free beverages courtesy of Art In The Age and maybe get your fortune told by a psychic. There will be stickers and buttons and pool time, too. What are you doing Saturday if you are in Los Angeles? You’ll be hanging with us.
You can get more details on the event here and please RSVP by emailing [email protected]. You can also catch a post each day this week in support of the event. We hope to see you there!
Making The Arts District: An Interview With Michael Smith and Tyler Stonebreaker of Creative Space
Creative Space is a Downtown Los Angeles company headed by Michael Smith and Tyler Stonebreaker whose job is to bridge the real estate world to the creative world. They breakdown business jargon down to what every day people can understand and get cool businesses cool spaces. The most important thing that they do is study the city to see which parts of town are worth a damn and how a brand could be enhanced by their being there. Case in point? The Arts District. They’re the guys responsible for getting Poketo, Handsome Coffee, and so many more brands down there.
Ben Medansky’s Ceramics
Ceramicist Ben Medansky is a really, really fantastic. He makes really lighthearted and fun pieces that don’t seem like they can be solid materials. They slump and they tangle and they are absolutely great. He ties in lots of kitschy influences in to make these art pieces and many of them are very functional. They’re affordable, too.
Olive Oil From Fig & Olive
We recently got to check out some fancy olive oil courtesy of Melrose Place’s Fig & Olive. It really is nice! You don’t think about how great fancy olive oil is until you try it. The packaging and presentation of the bottle is quite nice, too.
CJ “Big Ceej” Jacobson At The Mercantile
This was big for us: Hollywood’s The Mercantile had a menu makeover courtesy of Top Chef’s CJ “Big Ceej” Jacobson. We got to have a special dinner made by him that was a taste of their new offerings. They’re insane! They’re definitely California country mixed with comfort food. We didn’t eat for a day following this meal.
Austin Irving’s CAVES
Austin Irving is a Los Angeles based photographer who has recently been obsessed with tourist caves. Why tourist caves? They represent how we humans have tried to modify nature to our liking and to our idea of what a natural item should be. It’s super fascinating and her work is on view for a brief period of time in LA.
No Finish Line: An Interview With Alan Stuart of One Long House
Alan Stuart is restless. He’s a designer type who is never satisfied. Case in point? One Long House, his small-but-big-impact design agency recently based in Los Angeles. Stuart does great work with his team and has some super insightful words for anyone who wants to start their own creative agency.
Downtown’s Art District is very much an “It” neighborhood. What doesn’t it–or Downtown–have? High fashion. There is some weird gap down there. Well, that gap is gone: new store 12345 is like a small Opening Ceremony full of playful goodies and setup like a fashion wonderland. There’s even a peephole to take a look inside the store! They’re brand new and you’re going to want to dog ear them in your retail handbook.
The Los Angeles Drink Map
After over a year, we have finally released one of LAIY’s founding features: a map of cocktails and bars recommended to you by the people we have shared in our Featured Interview series. If you are visiting Los Angeles or live here or just want to hear where people drink in LA, this map is for you. We’ll be updating it every Wednesday and we expect everyone to use this as their drinking resource.
Kelly Massey’s Painted Scarves
For some reason, we got it in our heads this week that we wanted to share cool scarves. This is probably because the weather keeps flip flopping from hot to cold but we wanted to share something pretty and functional. Anyway, Kelly Massey’s scarves did just that for us because they are all made from patterns that she paints with watercolors. How pretty! And functional.
See You Later, Scott
LA filmmaker Matthew Miller sent us his film See You Later, Scott and it is the perfect thing to watch on a rainy, Wintry Southern California day. Part dreamy, part nature lust, part travel film, you get wrapped into this strange and quiet world that happens when you get lost in the wilderness. It’s very pretty and the closing credits are pretty rad, too.