The New Horror Maker, Part One: An Interview With Simon Barrett
Since it’s Halloween time, we figured we’d do some ~*~sPo0Ky~*~ interviews. The first went up this week and it is with fantastic new horror writer Simon Barrett. Barrett is known for his real and raw scary stories which are totally in vogue now in the horror world since V/H/S hit screens earlier this year. He is super smart and has some great things to say about creating, writing, Hollywood, and how it all comes together.
Greta Waller’s Blurred Vision
Greta Waller is a local painter currently pursuing her MFA at UCLA. We’re totally in love with her blurry, often humorous paintings that deal with the temporary put into permanence in her paintings. We’re also super, super, super in love with the above close-up painting she did of a Pomeranian. I even e-mailed her to enquire about purchasing it.
The New York Times On Jeffrey Deitch
The New York Times published an article a week ago about Jeffrey Deitch and all the drama surrounding MOCA. It’s a fascinating read and very, very accurate: it all boils down to a lot of LA art people being gossipy, fickly, cocktail party chatters who tainted his name. We’ve had that happen to us (They called us the “Art Tea Party,” which we love.) and we know this to be true. It seems like a karmic loop is coming full circle for the LA art world…
Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake is one of our favorite places to shop and they are increasingly getting better and better as they are carrying more and more random, exclusive stuff. Local outwear makers ReCut Supply are a good example as Mohawk are carrying their first collection of vests made from vintage military material online. They are some pretty rad wears.
Barack Hussein Obama
Graphic novelist Steven Weissman e-mailed us about his great new book Barack Hussein Obama. The book is a satirical and funny and dark look at an alternative universe Barack Obama. It’s fantastic. If you are in Los Angeles, Steven will be speaking at Skylight on Sunday.
Oh! If you missed our pop-up at Meltdown, check out how it went here!
Art Booking: An Interview With Ben Lee Ritchie Handler Of Gagosian Gallery
Ben Lee Ritchie Handler is definitely the coolest librarian we’ve ever met. He is the librarian at the Los Angeles Gagosian Gallery, which is likely the biggest gallery in the world. He’s practically a walking contemporary art textbook since it is his job to catalogue works from the show and help educate gallery employees and visitors in various art movements and persons. We also got a really sweet behind-the-scenes peek at a Gagosian Gallery.
Alika Cooper And Anna Mayer At Night Gallery
Alika Cooper is one of our favorite Los Angeles artists and Night Gallery is likely the hippest gallery in town. The two have teamed up with the addition of artist Anna Mayer for a show that is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10PM to 2AM. Where else does that happen?? I guess only in LA. Cooper’s works are these fabric collages that suggest painting and drawing and depict sometimes sexually graphic scenes of women, which is all pacified by the fabric. Mayer created these objects that appear to be lost from a modern tribe–and their power is still very palpable. This is a show to see if you are in LA.
A Movie At Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
We don’t think very many Angelenos have been to the touristy Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It’s right in the middle of our version of Times Square so you can imagine the appeal of going to a movie there is pretty low. Well, we went to one and it was spectacular. The space is HUGE and it is so ornate and fun and represents the magic of Hollywood. Sure, it can be a little cheesy and it definitely is very stereotypically “Asian” but it is quite a feat of architecture.
Hear LA and GREATER THAN
This was fun to do: we made two mixes for our pop-up shop. One we shared on LAIY and represents the current crop of LA acts we’re into now and the other we shared on TFIB that is a bit of an exploration of the idea of being “too cool.” Both are great and fun and we’ll have to make more of these. If you’re in LA tomorrow, stop by Meltdown Comics and see us! We’ll try to hook it up with a gift or something if you say hello.
David Kitz is a Venice Beach based artist and designer who recently made a really simple, really sleek light fixture called the L-Lamp. It’s the perfect little lighting unit that we are sure everyone would enjoy to have next to their bed or on a desk or something. It’s wonderful–and from a great homegrown talent!
Download the mix by clicking here
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.
The mix is also made in promotion of Los Angeles, I’m Yours and The Devastator‘s one-night-only pop-up shop that will be happening this Saturday at the Meltdown Comics Annex. The event is to help The Devastator celebrate their newest issue and lampoon the idea of all things “Indie.” Intellectual hoarding? Totally a product of the indie/hipster/silly people revolution. Enjoy the mix and you can catch another mix we made for the event over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours. Both mixes are going to play at the event, too.
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.
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.
Unrelated but important: if you are in LA and want some seasonal scares, check out our haunted house guide. Also, don’t forget we have an event coming up.
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…