It’s late Friday and we’re all feeling a little woozy from a long work week. Thus, relax, drink a cocktail at work, and fall into the homestretch of time that leads to the weekend. We usually like to ingest media that matches our mood, which is why we’ve shared things like Jennifer Sindon‘s work on days like today. Today we present a little collaboration between NYC’s Narcissister and LA’s A.L. Steiner for MOCAtv: Winter/Spring Collection, a gender studying “fashion” art film that is and isn’t about both subjects.
Lots of the Made In LA 2012 alumni have gone on to get big shows and lots of attention and–in general–get more recognition. Artist Nery Gabriel Lemus is no different. He’s an artist whose work is incredibly varied and speaks directly to the Southern California/Latino narrative and beyond. His work is deeply personal which, when we shared his Made In LA work, we noticed separated him from the rest of the pack: his art pieces are pulled from the heart and are so rooted in his life experiences. He was recently featured in a KCET Artbound story, where they sat down with the artist to get a deeper peek into his creations.
There are many mysteries in Los Angeles but there is only one mystery that has kept the city stumped for decades: where did the French Dip sandwich originate? Was it at Cole’s or was it at Philippe’s? We may never know as both have different origin stories unique to them and both have enough street cred to back up these claims. It’s an iconic Los Angeles debate and goes into one of the city’s great divisions: are you a Cole’s person or a Philippe’s person? We don’t actually claim a side since we–Gasp!–have not been to Philippe’s yet. That said, thankfully a handful of film people wanted to let both sides tell their tale by way of a little film: The French Dip: A Tale From Los Angeles.
What did I do when I was in school? I wrote little one man shows and participated in various little plays on campus but I didn’t really do anything of substance that actually got my work out into the world. Perhaps part “those were the times” and part absurd ignorance, the thought didn’t occur to me or any of my friends to spread our artistic reach beyond our school and into the real world. Maddie Sharafian is still in school and she is a much wiser student that many of us were. She’s currently at Calarts and she’s studying character animation. Like many, she’s throwing her work online and getting the world to see it. What has this gotten her? Well, a very coveted spot on the Vimeo Staff Picks channel, i.e. a guaranteed one hundred thousand eyes on your work. What was the piece in question? A little animation about a helpful dog assisting its master make a meal.
Everyone knows that Urs Fischer has a show at MOCA. Moreover, everyone knows that a ton of locals helped him make what’s at the MOCA Geffen space. Even though boring grandpa assholes at the Los Angeles Times think what he and locals did was “crude” and by “kids and hobbyists,” we were super impressed and almost overwhelmed with what people put into the project. We wish we could have conveyed more of what went into making in the post we shared on the process but, really, you will not understand unless you were there. It was insane. Thankfully, MOCAtv caught onto that and made a little video of what it looked like to be making with a shit ton of locals and Urs.