Sometimes I’m sent work by a friend or reader about an artist we should check out and I’m like, “Wait: haven’t I already written about this person?” Often, this is a very easy thing to recognize. Sometimes, it isn’t which is the case with Cactus Club, which is local Melinda Tracy Boyce’s paper good shop name. Her work is illustrative and jewel toned and is simultaneously a processing of Southern California nature paired with general animal buddies.
At the beginning of June, I went on my first cruise for work. It was a job where I’d be working by myself as a television show filmed and was basically all by myself as everyone around me was having fun. It was both great and terrible.
Zachary Zezima is a New York animator currently based in Los Angeles as he attends CalArts. He made a little animation this year called CRUISING which feels surprisingly similar to my experience of a cruise ship: I was alone, at sea, despite being surrounded by people. It’s a very unique experience that he captures in such a bright, light way.
We got a message from local illustrator Nick Lu about a cool project he worked on that compares our city to another beloved city. Working with writer Diane Ratican and illustrator Eric Giriat, the group created the book Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?. It’s a little comparative study for the two, a love story dedicated to two of the world’s most beloved cities. In looking at the work, a funny thing comes up: we have a lot more in common with the French city than we think.
Joanna Neborsky is a Los Angeles based artist who describes her work as “jittery ink drawings, retro-fried collage, and clumsy animations.” She works mainly in illustration and has a very specific, wonderfully loose point of view that is very gestural and specific while being open and minimal. Her work is effortlessly cool and easily appeals to many. She’s also done some pretty fantastic food work that sees her applying her jitters to a hungry crowd.
Poketo is weloming San Francisco illustrator Lisa Congdon for the signing of her book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, a collection of hand-lettered quotes by the artist. There will be a corresponding art show too and it’s all happening on June 14.a