Photographer Michael Jang attended CalArts in the 1970s and he took so many photos that he basically created an unofficial yearbook for the university. The photos are surfacing now and being shared and shared and shared because they captured such a specific, wonderfully careless moment that is in some ways timeless. The images are the subject of a neat little Hamburger Eyes zine and you can read more about it here.
There is so much to love about Mykki Blanco. The queercore rapper is a fascinating persona and fabulously aggressive performer: the artist is not to be taken lightly. This is why Halloween week in Los Angeles just got a little sweeter: Mykki is coming to town for a big “Halloween Rave” that is being co-produced with Mustache Mondays and Bernhard Willhelm. This is all going down on October 25 and will feature many, many rad alternative performers. Get tickets now (and note that only a certain amount of pre-sale are being released).
In case you are looking for a read, look over here: there is a new, brightly colored art and culture magazine called Paradise that recently debuted onto news stands. It has a bi-coastal feel to it and claims to be the “most pleasurable publication to hit the newsstand in ages.” That sounds exciting!
To splash itself onto Los Angeles’, Paradise is having a party on Thursday, October 16, today, at Akbar. It promises to be bright and avant-garde and will include a few performance art breaks. To make things even sweeter? Paradise will be for sale on the premises.
The photo of a photo being taken was taken at the Hammer Museum’s 12th annual gala Saturday night. It is a moment that happened behind a closed door—potentially in private—made public by the New York Times. It’s incredibly candid considering Walker’s work cast her, the artist, as an analytical, serious creator who—while not without wit—doesn’t have time for frivolities like smart phones. Moreover, Walker is the type of person who takes a photo of a celebrity when chatting with said celebrity at a work event: she’s that type of person? But at least she has an iPhone. That case does make the phone appear to be some sort of not-iPhone.
While this image is probably a fact of “Rich people talking about rich things,” you have to wonder what Walker and Jones would be talking about. What drew them together? What was that magnetic pull? Did Walker catch Jones’ eye, smiling, thinking and then articulating, “Do I know you or do I know of you?” What was there conversation like? Is Walker a fan of Parks and Recreation? Is Walker a fan of Jones’ father? Did Jones get to see Walker’s Sugar Baby over the Summer? Is Walker considering a Barney move, embarking on an epic film adaptation of her shadow play Song Of The South, exhuming the piece from REDCAT and casting Jones as the famed mum? What did they talk about? What was Jones attempting to get out as Walker snapped the photo? Was there more than just one thing being listed on her hand?
There are no clear answers. There are empty glasses, there is Walker’s flimsy purse, and there’s also a man attempting to scamper out of the photo.
Surprisingly and simultaneously—adding tension to this alternate Walker and Jones inhabit—there was also Doug Aitken talking to a Rodarte wearing John Baldessari. That was another thing that happened in the art world over this past weekend.
Jacqueline Di Milia
This November Henry Wolfe returns with the release of Encino, a 4-song EP that’s as unexpected as it is anticipated. The collection includes two well selected covers, “Your Motion Says” by the legendary Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson’s, “All I Think About Is You,” and two original tracks, “Miracle Mile” and “Encino,” just released last week. The songs are moody and romantic, well constructed and sincere. Everything we’ve been waiting for since the 2011 release of his debut full-length, “Linda Vista.” In support of the album, Wolfe is currently on the road for 6-stop tour with Dawes and he’ll be at the Bootleg Theatre November 11th, but first we’ve got him cornered.
Sum up your new EP in 5 words or less.
Songs about romance and fear.
How did you choose the two cover songs?
Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson are big influences. Both could write timeless, beautiful songs. But at the same time, the choices they made musically were radical and distinctive. I’d like to emulate that balance.
What’s the biggest change from your previous release, Linda Vista?
These songs don’t swing. The rhythms are straighter, they lean forward a little more. Also, the lyrics in the new songs are less direct. There is more room for interpretation.
What is your first music memory?
I remember going to visit my cousins during the holidays and the only record my uncle played was Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits. There was something about the sax solo on ‘Your Latest Trick.’ It was like looking at the boxes of R-rated movies in the video store.
What’s your favorite chord when playing guitar?
I’m a sucker for the major 7th.
What’s the strangest thing you do alone?
I like to watch PBS. Particularly the Newshour.
Pivotal life-changing moment?
Finishing my first record.
If you performed in costume, which consume would it be?
This is my costume.
What live performance/concert saved your soul?
Phish. New Year’s Eve. 1996. I’d never hear them before and they played a song called ‘Harry Hood.’ I thought they were saying ‘Henry.’ I thought they were singing to me.
Can you explain yourself?
I was on mushrooms.
If you had it to do over again, would you?
Probably. It’s fun.
What’s the best advice you have taken?
Start by starting.
What’s the best advise you have to give?
Or listen here.
Jonathan Horowitz has brought massive scale collaboration to downtown Los Angeles and he wants (needs) you to be involved. In his newest project, 590 Dots, individuals are invited to participate by drawing an 11 inch circle in the center of a blank canvas with black acrylic paint. With no pencil or ruler to better achieve perfection, the exercise is a foray into the acceptance of irregularity and uniqueness. Together the dots create a portrait of those who came through the space during the month-long period. In compensation for your time (they suggest it takes 30-60 minutes to complete a dot), you will be rewarded a handmade check for $20.
356 Mission is open Wednesday - Saturday, 11am to 6pm, with the exhibition closing October 18th.
Photo by Sarah Aubel
Does anyone actually like poetry? You probably associate fans of the literary genre as dusty college professors or teenagers who just discovered E. E. Cummings: it’s not really cool. Like emo music, you associate it with cries for attention and cries for relevance and cries from behind a closed door, cries that say, “MOM. YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND.”
Poetry can be cool, though. Seriously! Poetry is only as good as the writer which, while obvious sounding, is something readers usually miss. If a poet is stuffy, the poems are stuffy. if the poet is giddy, the poems are giddy. If the poet is hip, the poems are thusly contemporary works of literary art.
Mandy Kahn is the perfect example of this. She’s an earthy, surfer chick type with an aggressively understated sense of humor. Paired with a brilliant self-reflexivity, she is able to make poetry that is so light and so relatable that you have to wonder if she is indeed writing poetry. Her approach and subjects—which range from short notes on reality television to an address dedicated to dirty dishes—are wonderfully common and conversational and exactly what you have to look forward to in her new book Math, Heaven, Time. You kind of feel like you are reading extended Tweets or that you’ve slipped inside someone’s mind, hearing a mixture of a ramble and personal philosophy.
Having read the book once and re-read the book one and half times, the sweet little book is a delight. What Kahn does isn’t make poetry cool but elevates her medium from centuries of intellectual baggage, dusting it off and handing it over to you—the reader—to discover a new voice and a new style. Kahn’s work disallows you from shrugging if off, sending it away to text books and fusty journals. You’ll want to pass it around, sharing the experience, and sharing that particularly poetic mindset to another.
Dark, psych folk project, AMINALS reaches the holy trinity with their new music video “SIDES.” Floating on a divine wave of Peter Gabriel, Edward Sharpe and Skip Spence communion, AMINALS channels the evocative nature of music deities before them. Haunting and ethereal, the duo repeat the provocative phrase, “alone in the desert where you have no one, alone in the desert with nothing at all.” The video for “SIDES” executes the concept of fleeting time and wandering memories beautifully, expressing the juxtaposition of a “wrinkle in time” against a world where we are taught neither time nor space really exist, just one long linear spectrum.
Video Shot by Elleree Fletcher
VIA Manimal PR
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