Date Archives June 2013

“Four Eyes” – The Work of M&E

M&E Exhibition Opening

I’m a big fan of the work of Irish/Swedish duo M&E. The pair have been working together for almost 10 years and in that time they’ve produced some really fantastic work ranging from album artwork and music videos (you might recall their amazing Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band’s “Black Egg” video which we featured on the site last September), to art direction, photography & set design. They’ve got a great number of skills and together they’re a wonderful creative talent.

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Space Suit of the Week: Tonight @ Gallery 1988 West, LA

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HI LOS ANGELES! What are you doing tonight? Tonight is the opening for SPACE! The Gallery Show – a group art show curated by artist Mike Mitchell at Gallery1988 (West). The event will feature a collection of original artwork at celebrates the past, present and future of man in the universe. The opening is from 7 – 10 pm; for more info you can scope their Facebook page. I wish I was in town to see it myself.

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Top Five From Los Angeles, I’m Yours: Week Of 6.17

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The Process Of Design: An Interview With Joey Roth
We’ve been fans of the work of designer Joey Roth for years and we were so surprised to hear from him a few years back that he had actually moved to Los Angeles. We were so pleasantly surprised because he’s such a talented, smart guy–and he totally adds to an ongoing tradition of clean, modern design that is often overlooked in Southern California. We caught up with him to chat about his work and to hear what exactly his process of making is.

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James Turrell’s A Retrospective
If you’ve dipped a toe in the recent bubbling jacuzzi that is the art world in America, you will have gotten several splashes from James Turrell who has multiple shows happening concurrently. One of them is an amazing, almost too absorbing retrospective at LACMA. It’s broken into two parts–his past works and recent works–and it is built out on his own terms: you have to reserve a ticket and there are strict maximum capacities of certain pieces. There is one piece that you get to stand on the inside and it feels like you are in the stomach of a beautiful monster: this is the best art show of the year, hands down. While you are there, please stop into the gift shop: we picked out a few things for you.

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Modern Quilts by Hopewell

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Hopewell napkins

Steeped in tradition and built by friendship, Hopewell is a new design workshop producing artisan-minded products. Founded by art director Eliza Kenan and fine artist Clair Oswalt, the company takes its name and ethos from the Hopewell Exchange System, a Native American cultural exchange that saw various materials transformed into handmade products that were then traded. Though Kenan and Oswalt have a wide range of handmade experience between them—from painting to woodworking—their first Hopewell offering is centered around quilts.

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Feel like Deepak Chopra – Kanye West’s “Hold My Liquor”

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It’s not that Kanye is back. The man hasn’t left since 2004, the year of College Dropout. Wait, that’s not right. Maybe that point was Talib’s classic track “Get By” from 2002. Wait. I think I’m wrong again. We all first met Kanye with “Izzo (H.O.V.A.) in 2001. This is the guy who bragged about doing “five beats a day for three summers.” Since we lost James Brown (RIP) he might be the hardest working man in the business. Because of him, stocks in croissants are up 500%. For real.

It’s not that Kanye’s back. It’s that different attitude, brass bull balls swinging in a brand new style. Audacious, unfiltered, and focused, Yeezus dropped on Tuesday, June 20th.

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A ‘Very Semi Serious’ Cartoonist Film

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The new documentary Very Semi-Serious gives a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes of the New Yorker, specifically the cartoon department. An active part of the magazine since 1925, the cartoons have come to define the publication with their sardonic wit and wry take on humanity. Filmmaker Leah Wolchok tried to get the documentary project off the ground years ago only to receive a “no” from New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff. But in the last six years, she’s continued her plight taking on producing partner Davina Pardo in the process. They were finally granted access to the magazine’s cartoon department and archives, and editor Bob Mankoff, which is a rarity, and are currently in production to tell the story of legendary cartoonists in the past, present, and future.

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Two Large Firms Vie To Redesign The Miami Beach Convention Center

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When I read the headline “Miami Beach Advisory Board backs Portman-CMC plan to overhaul convention center” I thought the competition was over. The competition is taking place in the middle of Miami Beach, a town about to spend a lot of time and a lot of money to redevelop its convention center. But before breaking ground (or breaking apart the sea of asphalt that surrounds the current convention center) Miami Beach has to pick a plan, and they only have two to choose from. These plans are from OMA and BIG.

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12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic

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Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic is the name of a 13-minute documentary about the history of independent record label and production team DFA. Released last month to mark their 12 year anniversary, it’s a fun film which paints a great portrait of one of the decades most iconic labels.

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