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.
Somehow I missed the skateboarding trend as a teenager. Any other adult male or female I know can pick up a skateboard in casual company and try to ride it and maybe even do an ollie or two. Perhaps Tony Hawk’s grasp on culture in the early nineties into the early 2000s is to blame for this–who knows! I’ve always had a fear of skateboards as I’ve never been able to effectively (and safely) ride them. I’m fascinated by them and by people who’ve mastered this means of locomotion because it scares the shit out of me. Skateboarding site The Berrics and Quiksilver teamed up to make a little Los Angeles skateboarding video that has Austyn Gillette travelling super quickly across the city in a palm sweat inducing dash across neighborhood sidewalks and busy streets, all caught from a moving car.
Southern California has also had an influence on Jill Greenberg’s creatively, too. If you look at her work over the past decade, you see a shift from her trademark high gloss photos to some more naturally lit photos that speak to our surroundings. Los Angeles has helped Jill evolve.
The Grove is at mid-metamorphosis. They’re shuffling in new stores, retooling old ones, and expanding and revamping others. It’s all going to make for a less annoying shopping experience, too. In addition the newly opened Banana Republic, Micheal Kors‘ just opened up his new shop a week ago from today. It’s pretty nice.