Barnsdall Art Park gets all the attention when it comes to art parks in town. They have movie screenings there and wine events and all sorts of fabulous, Metro accessible things. If I lived on the Westside, I’d be pretty cross that I couldn’t go there. The programming is attractive, yes, but an area in which you can just lounge in greens surrounded by a few art pieces? Is there any place? None come to mind. (Then again, our knowledge of the Westside is admittedly paltry.) While visiting the New Wight Gallery for the MFA exhibition, there was a giant Richard Serra piece across from it that was quite a surprise. We thought it was cool, popped into the show, and wandered back to our car only to notice sculptures were hidden all around us in this green space: there is an artsy sculpture garden tucked onto the Northeastern side of UCLA’s campus.
We heard a few months back from artist Elyse Graham that she was going to be participating in a pop-up shop at Melrose’s Creatures of Comfort. It sounded cool but, naturally, October was a blur and we totally forgot about the event. At Friday’s Ben Jones opening, recent LA transplant Andi Teran tipped us off on a pop up that was happening at CoC. When we stopped in, we realized it was the Elyse Graham pop up and that it was all Su Wu of I’m Revolting‘s curation titled We’re Revolting. It’s not open for much longer but it is well worth the visit.
I only have three magazine subscriptions. One is for Vman, one is for New York magazine, and one is for Out magazine. These three represent what I think are the most consistently well designed and considered mainstream magazines being produced today. When the latest issues of all of the above came in last week, I went through them all as I normally do but found something in Out that was particularly bizarre: a poorly photoshopped, “pLAyful” advertisement for tourism in Los Angeles produced with globs and globs of cheese. I nearly ripped it out of the magazine in embarrassment but I began to wonder: why does this advertisement inspire such anger? Let’s discuss.
I like video installations because I like being placed into another world. There’s something about being placed in a dark public setting to be bathed in bright moving lights with a handful of other people. They are enveloping and, with video, you can really step into something else so easily. Ben Jones is really good at this. He’s the Day-Glo coloring, moving picture making, MOCA sweetheart artist who we, like many, have been taken with for some time. Saturday his new show at MOCA PDC opened with a preview the evening before. We stopped into the show and it is certainly a moving feast for the eyes.
Miriam Cutler is an Emmy nominated Los Angeles based musician. Although her name may not sound immediately familiar, Miram has made the scores to many well known films. These are projects like like Lost In La Mancha, Chris & Don, Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib, , and more, films and documentaries that are lauded for their investigating and analysis of everything from botched filmmaking to an AIDs activist’s struggle. Her most recent work was on the Rory Kennedy’s HBO documentary Ethel, which was released in late October. Curious about the process of film scoring and what the landscape of the industry is like, we spoke with Miriam to hear about her rich history in the Los Angeles music landscape, how she arrived to film scoring, and what it is like being a woman in the film industry.