This week on Los Angeles, I’m Yours, we spent a lot of time reflecting on what we shared all year. This included lots of lists of our favorite thats and this, these things and those things: we recapped ourself for a week! If you haven’t had a chance to poke through LAIY in the past year, we did it for you and chose the best in subjects from art to drinks to dramas. Enjoy the best of what we’ve done for 2012 and what we enjoyed most in Los Angeles in 2012. See you in 2013!
Bill Finger’s Ground Control, a work-in-progress photograph series of miniature dioramas, explores the themes of braving the journey to the last frontier and humanizing the effort of placing boots on Martian soil. The series came out of Finger’s fascination of the idea that travelling to Mars would be a one-way trip. A sacrifice of earthly existence and all previous known ways of life. The next humans to venture outward will need to be someone bold and unlike any that have previously wandered outside of our stratosphere. The space colonizer cast in Finger’s constructed scenes have the desire to make the mystical trip but with no specific skills to allow him/her to do so. But someone has to do it.
So says her Facebook, and based on the images above, I’m inclined to agree with her. I came across her work as I was plumbing the depths of Flickr, and what caught my eye was how wildly imaginative her photos felt. This small series of images is an interesting fusion of portraiture with landscapes which I’m totally in love with. These images are both totally surreal and totally epic. I think it’s really nice that these are in black and white as you can focus on the shapes that are created, rather than the colors. I highly suggest exploring Alison’s work further, this is just the tip of the iceberg for her.
Everyone loves space suits, but has anyone tried to catalog the use of them in popular media. Editor Keith Melton decided to take a stab at it, creating a supercut of around 50 films showcasing space suits from around the last 50 or 60 years. While the song may be a bit distracting, it’s quite interesting to see the diverse ideas costumers have had about space suits. Some in the video are more traditional, NASA-esque suits, while some designs are pretty out there.
Every year Skinny Ships, aka SF based illustrator Richard Perez, counts down his favorite albums of the year in unique and creative ways. This year he’s fully embraced the GIF, creating beautifully animated homages to his favorite albums. I think it’s such a rad way to present a list like this. Obviously it takes a super creative guy like Richard to make something like this, but I’d love to see more people try to attempt it. He’s counted down to five from ten so far, and three images above are my personal favorites. You can see the rest of his picks by visiting his Tumblr here.
Yesterday’sDark Igloo Desktop Wallpaper was a stark, holiday-ish NICE from Dave Franzese. Today is other half of the duo Mark Miller’s take for your desktop which is a collection of black, grey, silver, and off-white toy accessories from many of our childhoods. See any that look familiar? Surely you do. The image almost feels like a display of weapons that a character in Robot Chicken would grab during a fight scene, which adds a really playful quality to it. That said, it retains a very understated sophistication from the perfect balancing of light and color. Miller’s wallpaper is backhandedly about the holiday season as it references toys, memory, youth, and nostalgia in one clean image. Now let’s all spend the afternoon trolling eBay for action figures from when we were kids…
The other day I came across the work of painter/illustrator Jonny Ruzzo and was floored by the image at top. Jonny is originally from Rhode Island who then moved to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts and get his BFA in Illustration. I love Jonny’s work because it’s so fluid and there’s so much motion involved in each piece. PLus he pulls from a rather vibrant palette that brings even more life to each of his pieces. You can check out more of his work on his website or on Behance.
I came across the work of the London-based illustrator Emma Lewis the other day and was really taken by it. Influenced by folk art and outsider art, Emma’s illustrations manage to be raw and naive yet always beautiful. Her drawings are simple but they’re also rich in imagination; combining interesting textures with quirky compositions and creating strange and wonderful images. You can see a small selection of her work on her website here. Go check it out!