If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the photo I took of the Jacob Hashimoto exhibit at MOCA entitled Gas Giant. It’s a massive installation taking full opportunity of the entire space, filling it to the brim with over 30,000 paper kites which took 25 days to install.
Influenced by ample sources that range from sacred architecture, post-war abstract painting, the Light and Space movement from the 1960s in Southern California, and the 1990s generation of Los Angeles painters, Hashimoto expands painting and collage strategies in an ongoing exploration of abstraction and landscape through color, repetition, association, and even simple marks and gestures that when combined together, result in the infinite layers of complexity that characterize his work.
You should definitely watch the video below which shows the installation of Gas Giant which must have been an extremely stressful, arduous process. You can also click here to read and see more about the installation.
There are a lot of Los Angeles makers. There are painters and coffee makers and ceramicists and woodworkers and all sorts of people who make things, many of which have some reverence or relationship to the city that surrounds them. The city has become a paradise for those who make!
To speak to this and to really capture something in the air, LAIY has some exciting news to share: we’ve launched a video series to share stories of the creatives the city is housing. They are quick little peeks into culinary or fashion worlds, designers or juice makers—and they all speak to something very specific about the city. First up as our subject is crazy local jean maker Sinclair Denim, fancy pants (and more) makers who put an incredible amount of work into their crazy jeans.
Have you ever looked at your city’s flag? Chances are you probably have not. You’re probably aware of your country and state’s flag but your city’s flag is probably something you didn’t know you had. A lot of cities have flags, actually. Los Angeles is one of those and it is an embarrassment. It’s like a Bob Marley celebration cake that Cookie Monster attempted to claw up. It’s so bad and sad and needs some help.
In honor of September being LA’s birthday month, we wanted to give her a little love by pushing you in LA and out of LA to make a flag for the city of Los Angeles. Like TFIB’s Re-Covered Books Contest, we’re conducting the first Project Rebrand Los Angeles and hope to come up with a few options for rethinking the Los Angeles flag.
So, we want you to get your entries in: what do you think LA’s flag should look like? Send them in and you could win $50 from Amazon and some other goodies, too. We can’t wait to see how everyone interprets the city…
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.
I haven’t quite known what to think about Peter Zumthor’s proposed overhaul of the LACMA campus, ever since I saw it described as a “black flower.” It confused me. I know black flowers exist, but the architect’s nickname for the project doesn’t help me understand this enormous, amoeba-shaped slab of concrete that the architect has plopped down onto the sunny Los Angeles terrain. And aren’t flowers, even black ones, usually delicate? This project is something much sturdier and larger, and when it’s done, will probably smell a lot more like the neighboring La Brea tar pits than a flower.
Beauty, Decay, and Art Making In Los Angeles: An Interview With Amir H. Fallah
Amir Fallah is a brilliant Los Angeles painter. His works are bright and realistic, full of fantasy yet takes on still life. He is making truly modern portraiture. You know what else he does? He started Beautiful/Decay, a printed institution of contemporary art. After over a decade dedicated to the project, Fallah is now focusing on his own art. We’re pumped to have gotten to share what he’s doing as he transitions from writer/blogger/art enthusiast to full time artist. He’s going places!
Kevin Appel’s Screen (Double Desert Inverted)
We shared artist Kevin Appel’s story months ago and we noticed there was a pattern up on his wall that he mentioned being a project he was working on. That project was finally revealed and it is a wall decal/installation with Maharam titled Screen (Double Desert Inverted. The piece plays into his desert/Salton Sea gazing aesthetic and makes it so you can have a triangular desert in your space.
Jimmy Brings You 2013 and Jeremy Rendina’s 2013 Moon Calendars
We somehow forgot that this was the time of year for calendars. Two caught our eye. The first is a series of twelve posters by local queer zine JIMMY that sees local performance artist and dancer Ryan Heffinton and his Lady Boys shot by Daniel Trese. The other calendar is a letterpress by Jeremy Rendina that is a way to watch how the moon changes in the year but also how time passes. It’s a very interesting piece. Both are available for purchase now.
Reasons To Love Los Angeles
We love New York magazine. We wish LA had an equivalent of New York! Sadly we don’t. Anyway, every year New York publishes a super fucking obnoxious issue titled Reasons To Love New York that is essentially a way for them to masturbate all over themselves about how ~*~cOoL~*~ their city is. It is so gross. After years of getting this issue in the mail, we decided to tell them we can be as annoying and elitist. Thus, our Reasons To Love Los Angeles.
Inside Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater
If you have lived in Los Angeles for at least a year, Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater has caught your eye at one point or another as an intriguing and somewhat confusing institution. Have you ever been inside? Probably not–and most people haven’t! Thus, enjoy this very well made short film that takes a step inside of the marionette theater to see what goes on inside of there. Now we just have to see a show there…
What is the largest building in LA with net zero energy usage? This guy: the new offices of Morphosis Architects in Culver City. The project is at once muscular, techno-savvy and light. The project is muscular in a way that most Morphosis projects are – by highlighting the strength of steel with a cantilevers or large and dramatic steel frame. Here, a cantilever greets folks as soon as they drive into the gated parking lot.
The project is techno-savvy as it incorporates a bevy of innovative technologies. Not just the photovoltaic array that shades employee parking and provides the building with most of its energy, but technologies like the windcatchers installed on the roof. This is the first time these windcatchers have been installed in the states, and they reduce the energy usage of the building by ventilating the space in a way that moderates its temperature. And the project is light. The interior is bright and evenly-lit. There are white walls, a sloping white ceiling, and even a white floor in some spaces. Sixteen skylights light the large studio space; their perimeters are surrounded by florescent lighting for all the late nights employees surely find themselves working.
QUIK, a short film, is a collaborative project between The Berrics and Quicksilver directed by Colin Kennedy, featuring music by We Barbarians and some epic skating by Austyn Gillette. It was filmed in LA’s historic eastside and downtown neighborhoods and shot entirely from moving vehicles. Using a series of quick snippets that have been masterfully woven together, the final product has a building energy that is hard to take your eyes off of.
Gillette’s pedal-to-the-metal skating is top-notch. And the way his skating is interlaced with shots of the city allows it to become more than a skate film. It really is like seeing the city out your passenger window, which is entirely appropriate for LA and its car culture.