It’s always a bummer when a pretty cool Kickstarter project fails to reach its goal–especially when it gets super close to its goal! Here’s a project that we missed but we’re very much into: AboutFaceClock. The project is a designy clock intended to be more versatile than your normal clock as it plays with the form of the time device, allowing you to do whatever you want with it.
Molly Nilsson is essentially post-now. She’s a Sweedish musician with a witty take on handcrafted gothy synthpop. She conducts performances through a label she manages for herself, using the Internet as a conduit for booking shows, promoting events, and creating music and video: she is both her own puppeteer and puppet. She’s fascinating and is undoubtedly one of the most talented musicians working today. Although she may sound unfamiliar, you’ve likely heard of her by way of John Maus’ cover of her song “Hey Moon” which she also lends her vocals to (listen to her original here).
This Friday, Nilsson is going to be in Los Angeles for a one night only, super rare performance to promote her album History. She’ll be at La Cita’s Punky Reggae, which is peculiar because she is neither punk nor reggae. We spoke with Molly super quickly for an almost precious and tiny Questions With A Visitor. What a treat to speak with her–and catch her new music for the song “I Hope You Die” after the jump, too.
It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with The Quiet Life, the little Los Angeles designy clothiers. They are known for their shirts and hats and have expanded into some winter wears too. They’ve been around for nearly fifteen years and still are carrying on an imagery driven brand, one that is about celebrating great images and the making of an image. Their new collection has new entries into this canon in addition to some heavier items that we haven’t seen before. (Then again, it has been a while since we’ve visited their online store.)
Highland Park’s Night Gallery is just too cool. They consistently are putting on good shows, they have an unrivaled exclusivity, and a late night allure that is more performance than business gimmick. It’s a sexy place that sounds like an art fairy tale come to life. We have yet to go but we got a note from artist Alika Cooper over the weekend about her recently opened Night Gallery show with Anna Mayer. The show and the space certainly live up to their names.
During the last year, I had the unique opportunity to witness a body of art work born by the hands and mind of the artist Sandeep Mukherjee. You could say I was his assistant but it was like no other job I ever held—-more like a middle-age mentorship. Sandeep approaches his art much like his life outside the studio—with grace, dignity, inquiry, care, seriousness and definitely humor. Fortunately, I have never found myself working for an artist who continues doling out the same doses of processual, sado-masochism onto his or her assistants like they did unto themselves when they had to make the work on their own. No, Sandeep would rather take formal elements of color, composition and material and ground them up in his version of a wave particle mortar and pestle that causes no one any harm or danger. Sandeep’s process is a controlled yet complex experiment with multiple matters and mixtures subsumed, exposed and allowed to develop naturally. What is revealed over and over on the surfaces of his paintings is utterly unique, visual elixirs of wild richness, density and spatial ecstasy.