Two crazy Questions With A Visitor happened this week, both of which we did not think we had a chance in hell of booking. One was with famed and acclaimed Japanese designer and architect Kenya Hara about his Architecture fo Dogs show that is currently on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The other was with Jan-Patrick Schmitzof, the President of Montblanc, about his involvement with bringing 24 Hour Plays and Urban Arts Partnership to Los Angeles. Both were in town for quick visits and we (Somehow!) had the chance to speak with them about what their thoughts are on the city.
There’s a group of students at UCLA who have been producing an arts journal that they’re hoping will bring all the arts together to work together. It’s called GRAPHITE and their most recent issue is just out and is all about movement. There’s a Miranda July interview and some rad artwork–and it’s all done by undergrads. We’re super impressed with this and can’t wait to see more from them.
Design studio Dorothy is not from Los Angeles but they recently made a map of LA through film titles and a star map that is a play on parlor game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. They’re both super well done and, while a clever gimmick, could totally take off as the new “wall art” people with even the smallest eye for design will take up.
Shepard Fairey has an art gallery in Los Angeles called Subliminal Projects and their current show is fantastic. It’s called Good Intentions and it seeks to re-imagine and re-examine the works Norman Rockwell did in relationship to the Boy Scouts of America. There is a lot of LGBTQ subtext and dirty, bad things happening but it all relates to the Scouts lack of awareness of minorities: they are an antiquated group that are only relevant because of their surprising ignorance. This show rips them a new one, if you will.
This may be only a Southern California problem, we are aware, but men in this constantly Summer atmosphere are frequently being chastised for wearing shorts and short pants. It’s thought of as sloppy and overly casual when, really, it comes down to a matter of taste and styling. It’s shocking that bars and restaurants and more turn men away for wearing this article of clothing when in fact the look can be executed with a degree of sophistication. Thus, we made a report of good shorts, bad shorts, and no shorts for everyone’s reference on what is and isn’t sloppy for men when wearing shorts.
Oh! One other thing: check out these cool, abstract inspired-by-LA prints from Hamish Robertson. We love them and they *almost* made this week’s top five cut.