This Thursday FAMILY, one of the best indie book stores in LA, is celebrating it’s one year anniversary with a giant sized art show. The show is appropriately titled ‘Thank You’, and features 26 artists with styles all over the place. The list includes Geoff Mcfetridge, Aaron Rose, Will Oldham, Joanne Oldham, Dave Eggers, Paper Rad, Ian Svenonius, Mike Mills, Cheryl Dunn, Phil Elverum and a whole lot more.
It’s weird to think they’re shop has been open a year already. I remember last year wandering in there randomly and being excited by the amazing books and the absolutely beautiful Jordan Crane wallpaper. And then a few weeks after that they had their opening party and I got tipsy on Dewars and then ate at Canter’s for the first time. I’m guessing the show starts around 7 and goes till everyone gets kicked out.
Here’s to another year of good memories from FAMILY!
Last night I was checking my stat counter and noticed that someone had visited my site after searching for Todd Hido, the amazing photographer who creates the moodiest/creepiest photos of rural suburbia. Well I ended up coming across a video interview with him (it really wasn’t hard, it was on the first page of searches) that’s actually really good, even though it’s over a year old.
First off he’s a white guy, not Japanese like I thought he was, and his last name is pronounced “high-dough” not “he-dough”. He gets his creepy photos by being kind of creepy himself, standing outside of people’s houses from anywhere to 4 – 10 minutes, getting the extremely long exposures you see in his photos. Okay, I actually think that part is funny, not creepy. Check out the video, it’s 10 minutes worth of photo fun.
Early last month I posted the news of Harmony Korine being the new face of Marc Jacobs, and it looks like he still is, as I came across a new ad pairing. The new ads feature him and a little girl, one with her holding the flower, and one with him smelling it. It’s completely simple, totally beautiful, and has nothing to do with clothing at all, but helps build the image that the brand itself represents.
It feels to me like Juergen Teller gets to have a mini gallery placed in all of the biggest fashion magazines. They’re just art as this point, and Marc Jacobs foots the bill for it. I also like Harmony Korine a lot, so that helps as well, but it’s always nice to come across pretty images like this in the beginning of a magazine.
Earlier tonight I went to Swoon’s Drown Your Boats show at the New Image Art, and I was totally floored by how amazing it was. I knew who Swoon was in a vague way, but I wasn’t entirely familiar with her work, so it was amazing to see it in person.
Swoon works primarily in cut paper, which I’m pretty sure she wheat pastes to walls. It was astounding to see all the tiny pieces that make up her work. The pattern in the photo above is all tiny bits of hand pasted paper, there must have been hundreds of them all over the walls. Her paintings were also really amazing as well, I was really in love with all the colors that popped through. I also think that most of the show was put together with scraps of found things, like old plywood and cardboard.
Flipping through the latest issue of Vapors I came across this Lomo ad and it immediately made me smile. But as I was reading it, I noticed that this wasn’t just the regular old LC-A, this was the LC-A+, meaning they’ve made it better!
I have an older LC-A which I really love, but seeing the improvements they’ve made makes me want to get a new one. First off there a cable release thread so you can take long exposure photos so much easier, and there’s a multi-exposure switch, which just sounds fun. It’s neat to see that they’re still trying to improve upon the design of the camera, even though it’s pretty stunning as it is.
Also be sure to check out the LC-A+ gallery if you’ve never seen what kind of photos you can get, they’re extremely beautiful.