If you haven’t seen this video yet, now is the time.
Aussie musician Chet Faker (real name: Nick) has some pretty cool stuff going on these days. In fact, while in Sydney this past week, I had the unexpected pleasure of catching up with the fully bearded and awfully charming musician and guess what? He’s moving state-side! After playing two super awesome shows at SXSW, Chet will be taking up residence in Brooklyn, NY before he sets off on his world tour. If you can’t pack your bags and chase him down in Brooklyn in the next month, you’ll just have to listen to his new album Built on Glass when it debuts in April. Chet Faker also has US tour dates set starting in May. Lucky us.
Stay connected with Chet Faker and all of his travels at chetfaker.com
We were fortunate enough to go to one of our most inspiring working artists, John Baldessari, studio space and photograph him for our current issue ( get it here ). J.R. Mankoff took his portrait, not only of the great artists face, but also of his hands and other objects around the room. Below are some works by John, but be sure to take a look through our HAPPINESS issue to see J.R.’s photos of him.
Works by John Baldessari
In honor of Yoko Ono’s 81st birthday, we wanted to take you back to one of her first, and certainly most influential conceptual art pieces, Cut Piece. Ono executed the performance by walking on stage and casually kneeling on the floor in a draped dress, and audience members were requested to come on stage and begin cutting until she was naked. First performed in 1964 at the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo and then later at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Yoko’s seminal performance was a statement about both trust and feminism. Reflecting on the innocence she saw in her own face during her Carnegie Hall performance, Yoko says she was “expressing how women are treated and how we can survive it by letting people do what they want instead of just insisting on what we want to do.” Though Yoko’s statement can be misinterpreted as rather anti-feminist, but it is her overall focus on the peace and trust that should exist between humans that truly shines through.
Thank you Yoko Ono— for making us think and allowing us to be.
Our Happiness issue ( GET IT HERE! ) deals with the concept of..Happiness. What is it? What do you do to fulfill it and do you know what it even is?
Leonard Knight was a man who built a moutain of love in the deserts of California. For decades he lived out there in his car with no running water or lights. All he cared about was spreading the message of love and giving that to others and maintaing his art. He lived off of the sunshine, donations of others, and the joy he brought to them. He lived his happiness.
"Keep it simple — just love somebody. And sooner or later that love will come back."
Over the years he met so many people with his message and gave them an unforgettable memory, including myself. I was lucky enough to go and meet him a couple years ago. That moment was a very powerful one for me and I have never forgotten it.
Rest in peace Leonard, you did good.
I’ve been stuck indoors for a few days now and needless to say, I have been keeping my brain from turning to complete mush by trolling documentaries on Amazon Prime…( Bless the AMAZON Gods )
I have a deep love for public access television, live anything, and anarchy everything. Thus finding THIS documentary was pretty exciting. It left me wishing it was 1978 and I was in the NYC underground, regardless of how dirty, scary, and cold it may have been. God knows I would have had a few moments on this show.
TV Party was an unplanned honest alternate reality that could be made which would bring in another cultural view point that challenged establishment and was a platform for rising iconic artists such as Jean Michel Basquiat, David Byrne, Fab Five Freddy, Blondie, Klaus Nomi, and so so many more. Each individual who was on the show, had something to get off their chests and Glenn O’Brien, the host, encouraged the limits to be pushed.
This documentary is an inspiration to think differently, say something, and not be scared to be weird. Everyone else is blending in, you don’t need to.
St. Frank founder and CEO Christina Bryant developed her passion for textile art and economic empowerment for people in developing countries through her work in international development and the arts. “I wanted to make the unique and beautiful art I found in isolated communities around the world accessible to people everywhere, while providing talented artisans with a global market for their work.” St. Frank recently opened their doors with an exclusive selection of framed pieces from Laos, Mali, Mexico, Senegal, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. These handmade textiles are globally sourced from artisans working in traditional crafts in low-and middle- income countries. Bold in pattern and color, and rich in heritage, each piece can be displayed individually, or within a larger grouping of art.
The collection includes Turkish kilims, traditional Senegalese weaving, navajo- like Nam Lai woven tapestries, Mexican Otomí and Uzbek suzani embroidery, and Malian indigo dyed pieces. Various framing options are available including black, white, silver, maple, and a super-luxe shadowbox. In addition to their core product lines, they sell one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, and are currently expanding to print editions of their textiles. (Prices range from $645 to $4,300, and prints start at $199.)
St. Frank has a two-fold social mission: To support economic empowerment for artisans and to preserve traditional artisanal craft. In pursuit of this mission, St. Frank partners with entrepreneurial artisan organizations. These boutique workshops and larger cooperatives range from fair trade- certified to social impact award-winners, and from those reviving lost historical craft to those working with organic materials and environmentally-friendly methods. Textiles are the most universal and yet diverse art form; St. Frank brings the history and cultural context of each inimitable piece to the forefront.
Jennifer Sindon is a multi-media artist and filmaker whose videos present a weirdly meditative look at the human process and evolution. Sindon uses and distorts film through a series of other-wordly, often grotesque, images and movements. Her work has the ability to evoke both an interest and discomfort about what breathes on the inside of the human soul.
Check out more from Jennifer Sindon on her website.
Los Angeles based Lulu Brud created Of the Wolves in 2013 after crafting unique dream catchers for her wedding last November. Drawing inspiration from her both her natural and cultural surroundings, Lulu weaves together different leathers, fabrics, crystals, and found objects to create her one of a kind pieces. Each piece exudes a different energy and beauty making each one’s presence perfectly personal.
You can catch one of Lulu’s one-of-a-kind pieces via her web store : http://www.ladyluofthewolves.com/
Any place that mentions breakfast tacos (or any tacos, really) excites me. HomeState didn’t disappoint. Adorably decorated with the requisite deer and Texan baubles, it instantly comforts the diner. Located next to Covell, the menu is full of Central-Texas inspired delights, including weirdly delectable Tex-Czech (?!) pastries called Kolaches. The brisket taco was incredible and honestly after the first bite they could have served me cardboard cutouts of everything else and I would still be happy. So melt-in-your-mouth good with a hint of crunch from the coleslaw and spiked with pickled jalapenos. I’m certain it’s going to be a new obsession.
It’s hard to follow perfection in a tortilla (also available in a delicious sandwich) but I did find the picadillo taco strangely reminiscent of my mom’s pot roast in a nostalgic and surprisingly good way. They get massive points for Frito Pie in a bag, with a vegetarian option, and for having both Tapatio and Cholula on the table. I know it doesn’t seem important but trust me, it is. Side note: I can’t understand why more places don’t have both. More hot sauce options are a good thing and Cholula should probably be included in the food pyramid. Bow down to its glory.
The concept of selling a Mexicane Cola (it’s a take on the classic) that’s brewed and bottled in Maine in a Texas restaurant that’s located in Southern California seems strange. Confused-soda aside, I’m going back for more brisket sooner rather than later. Their queso is also on point, and as a friend recently said, “It’s nice to have a place other than Acapulco that serves it in the neighborhood.” I’m still not sure if she was kidding.
HomeState is located at 4624 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027. Look for the perfectly adorable blue chairs out front!
Happy New Year from The Work Magazine!
In celebration we share a visual party for your eyes by amazing collage artist Steven Quinn.
We hope that everything you set your mind to for 2014 will open up and be gifted from the universe. Have good intentions and make sure to try to give back a little (or a lot) this year.
Also make sure to get your copy of our new issue here !
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