Ben Lee Ritchie Handler is a cool librarian. Such a claim sounds impossible but Ben Lee really may be the world’s hippest bookman. He’s a gangly guy who is always suited in casually formal wear with a head of cleanly messy hair. He has a punk rock air to him and has the charm of a giggly muppet. He does a lot in Los Angeles, including DJing at Mandrake and stand-up comedy at art shows. He’s very smart and can speak to various movements of contemporary art. After all, his cool librarian credibility comes from his work with Gagosian Gallery; he is their embedded Los Angeles Librarian and Archivist.
Sheesh: it’s been such crisp weather this week, no? It’s really been quite Autumnal! While man of us are grabbing coats and bundling up while we can, we’re in a weird mix of Summer hangover activities and Autumnal greeting celebrations. Like what? Well, like tons of stuff you’ll find in THE RECAP!!
Have you seen the Gensler Los Angeles building Downtown? It’s located on Figueroa and is a curious building as it is your standard Downtown office structure however it is full of design wonders and architecturally interesting features. I was walking to a meeting one night and almost stopped to sneak in and take photos. It is a totally bizarro departure from everything else around it and it draws you in to know more. We’re still trying to get more on the space but we did find a video on one of the features we saw while peeking into their lobby: the SLO_Gen Table.
As much as I love seeing art exhibits, sometimes I’m like, why am I not in a Nissan 370Z hurtling sideways through a controlled slide at 100mph? Last week I couldn’t have told you where the nearest racetrack was in Los Angeles. Today I’m here to tell you that race cars are extremely difficult to get out of and that Chris Forsberg is an amazing guy. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and interview the self-taught, Formula Drift championship driver. He handled my lack of knowledge about the sport with a smile and took me out for a little drifting, pro-style.
Daniel Kulka is a Brooklyn based multi-discipline artist. He was out West earlier this year spending time at Joshua Tree National Park as he was awarded an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service. Joshua Tree and its beautiful and bizarre features had a great influence on his work and inspired a project. The Edge Effect is the result of his time spent there, a photo project dedicated to reflecting on the desert’s many beauties.