Last night at Los Angeles’ MOCA, they unleashed an audio and video feast for the senses: the Mike D of the Beastie Boys curated art spectacular that is Transmission LA. The event featured celebrities, a performance by Santigold, people clawing to get in, and an entire art warehouse packed with moving colors that reshaped and recolored rooms: it was like being on acid with thousands of people even though there were no drugs involved (at least for us).
The event boasted tons of video art/moving art superstars that spanned from Ara Peterson and Jim Drain to Mike Mills to Sage Vaughn to Takeshi Murata–even Los Angeles chef Roy Choi had a hand in it! The star of the show was Ben Jones, who created a room that made you feel like you entered some sort of racing video game, smiling sun and moon, moving floor, and everything. It was baller. The event is only a few weeks long and will be gone in a flash so, if you live in LA or are visiting LA from now until the top of May, you HAVE to see this show.
Brian Rea is a super fantastic illustrator in Los Angeles who just had the chance to work with one of the greatest literary thinkers of our time: Malcolm Gladwell. Rea along with Gladwell and designer Paul Sahre assembled a redesigned, remastered, rereleased, and reanimated (through Rea’s illustrations) version of the books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. Rea’s work on them all is super fantastic and we got to hear about his process and see an extensive look at his work on the project.
Giant Robot has set the pace for a lot of things. The Little Osaka based store/magazine/gallery has created a huge new world of lifestyle and culture surrounding Japanese popular culture. It can even be said that they are the brand responsible for the surge of interest in Japanese popular culture over the past ten years. The result has not only helped changed how we view the culture but also what is included in the art world and the idea of showing art and selling products.
We spoke with Eric Nakamura, the man behind the Robot, who had some really fantastic things to say about life, work, Los Angeles, and how to be successful in the modern world. He’s a guy who can do everything, from photographing something to literally building a wall, and is very proud of what he does. He’s a super nice guy with an equally as nice aesthetic and approach to what he is doing. Check out our interview with him here.
I dont’ think I know anyone who watches celebrity interviews or even cares about things like that. Who does? It seems like a pretty antiquated idea of where to find entertainment. However, artist Alex Israel has turned this idea on it’s head in an art project called As It LAys, where he sits with artists, celebrities, and other personalities and just asks them the most mundane things about their lives, work, and about whatever. Literally whatever: he asks them about what is their favorite pasta sauce, if they use Facebook, if they’ve gone to their high school reunions, what their favorite building is, and all these other insignificant things that are so unimportant that they are sooo interesting and therefore pretty important. They’re also pretty hysterical. Israel’s video series is a part of a show he has up at New York’s Reena Spauldings Fine Art and features thirty of these portraits, which range from subjects like Bret Easton Ellis to Quincy Jones to Whitney Port to Christina Ricci to Vidal Sassoon to Jamie Lee Curtis, whose interview is above. Check it out and catch more over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours and their YouTube page.
Do you notice anything peculiar in the photo above? If you look for a minute, at the center of all of Gary Baseman‘s objects, are three Emmy Awards. That’s right: Gary has won three Emmy Awards for his work, which is a part of today’s theme of LAIY’s weeklong celebration of Gary. The feature covers his entrance into television, movies, and games (specifically, Cranium) and how his work changed as a result. You can check out the story here.
Today is day two of Los Angeles, I’m Yours’ Garypalooza, our five part interview with the one and only Gary Baseman. Today’s interview covers his start in art, his relationship with Los Angeles’ Art Center, and his amazing parents, both of whom are Holocaust survivors.
This week on Los Angeles, I’m Yours, we are going to be sharing all things Gary Baseman. We sat down with him a few months ago, hearing about his life, his process, and his relationship with Los Angeles. We ended up getting so much information that, instead of doing one long post, we’re sharing a different post each day, focused on various parts of Gary’s life, from the story of his parents who are Holocaust survivors to how he won multiple Emmy awards to how he generates ideas to explaining what exactly The Enlightened Chou is.
Simian Mobile Disco have been mum for some time, likely a little sore for a few slight missteps in the past few years. Well, they are back and they seem like they have their stuff together both musically and visually, which is super, super fantastic to hear. They recently released their new single “Cerulean” with an accompanying video by fellow UK folk Jack Featherstone and Will Samuel of ISO Studio.
One of the reasons why this song is so great is because the video they’ve released for it is a brilliant pairing, really personifying the song. The video follows a little circle who is on a journey. To where? It doesn’t matter. He is just pushing along through a video game like world and, even though there is no talking or “story,” the song articulates what this little guy is going through, which you see as he confronts sticky acute angles, color changing shapes, entrapping boxes, and other geometric landscapes. It’s a very simple, visual approach to a music video and has to be one of the best videos I’ve seen in a while from a band. Big high fives for Featherstone and Samuel of ISO on this. (And, if you guys did in fact make this into a video game, I would play this so much. I would give you my money and I would play this game forever.)
Check out the video above and be on the lookout for the release of the band’s new LP on May 14.