The FUN One: An Interview With Patti Astor
Patti Astor is the woman behind iconic New York art establishment the FUN Gallery, a late seventies/early eighties hub that helped break the careers of Basquiat, Haring, Futura, Scharf, and many more. What is she up to now? She’s living the dream out at the beach! She’s a total character and has done everything from star in movies to professionally protest to book writing to trailer living.
Greetings From Utopia!
Adding to the LA canon of “I love this city!” inspired work, artists Jimmy Marble and Amanda Jasnowski teamed up to make a photo series of people painted in brightly colors out in the LA. It’s a mediation on the dreaminess of the city and is so well executed. We wish there were more of these photos!!
Why Do Articles Like This Annoy Me?
I’ve been really annoyed with Buzzfeed in general and one of those annoyances was by way of a cliché, lame, stupid, “~*~BuZzFeEd CoUnTdOwN PoSt DerRpY dErrP~*~” post about traffic in LA. This wouldn’t annoy me but it was just so incorrect and stupid and really, really ignorant. It goes in line of many by-LA-for-LA writings and media items that are annoying because they are so not representative of Los Angeles. It’s our mission to eliminate this culture so I kind of wrote a poem about it.
A Glitch Is A Glitch
We’ve recently become obsessed with Adventure Time and one of their episodes was batshit insanely beautiful in a fucked up artsy way. It was their A Glitch Is A Glitch episode that saw local David OReilly direct, animate, and write the episode. It represents a very rare collision of art stuff, kid stuff, adult stuff, and animation stuff in one fifteen minute bite.
A Movie Mural On Melrose
To help promote the film This Is The End, James Franco made a mural in Los Angeles that depicts the cast looking generally insane. It’s a bizarro happening and, while weird and playing into your thoughts on Franco’s “art,” is a neat marketing strategy for such a big film. We have mad respect for the producers for letting Franco make some crazy talk painting as his press contribution for the film.
Oh! A few other things: we got a couples reading from Marty of Tarotscopes and–if you are in LA–we highly suggest you enter our contest to win tickets to see a documentary on Levitated Mass.