If you pressed this music lover to name the best (and, sadly, all too underappreciated) singer-songwriter alive and working today, he would name without hesitation, the impressive Andrew Bird. A bold statement, especially when music is such a subjective, personal experience. Bird’s performance this Sunday at the Greek Theater served only to further cement this notion.
For whatever reason, it seems like collage artists are having a bit of a renaissance. Maybe we’ve not been paying attention to the technique, maybe it’s a result of being able to cut and paste on computers: no idea. Artists are making some really exciting pieces now and it has been seen everywhere from Made In L.A. to Carl E. Smith to UC Riverside to the work of our own cover boy of the week, Kevin Appel. It’s an exciting moment for the technique, especially in relationship to Los Angeles. Another voice in this conversation? Gordon Magnin, a contemporary collage artist whose work is very stylish and very witty.
Rachel and Marisa of Otherwild really are putting the art in Artisan’s Patio, the quirky little shopping complex their store is a part of. Yesterday they held a dance/food/fashion program entitled Tea Dance Taste Test Trunk Show, a combination of three very different disciplines that attracted a cool audience–and lots of curious tourists. We had no idea what to expect but, somehow, everything was quite as expected: a delightful collision of cultures and communities brought together in Hollywood.
Rhonda, gurl. It’s been a long time. Last time me and you hung out was–I don’t know–in June 2010? I think that’s right. It was some party you had at El Cid and your boy Juan Maclean was putting on a show. It was sweaty and there were Jell-O shots and I think I fit in but I don’t think I did but I had fun despite not having the strength to stay up to 4AM partying. You know how to party, gurl.
Friday was a reunion for us, Rhonda. Some of my girls and I decided we were going to see what you were up to as you brought one of my favorite bands to Los Angeles, Still Going. We had no idea what to expect since it had been such a long time but, as you are, you are anything but disappointing. We had a ball: you are the baddest bitch in town. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, gurl.
Since we’re on the subject of architecture, here’s a local project that may end up taking over the faces of many buildings around Los Angeles: The NZE Prototype. NZE is a sustainable design concept that marries already standing structures with adaptations and pre-made modifications intended to make a building more eco friendly. The project is made for community oriented buildings–like schools and cultural centers–to help them be more cost efficient. Also, the prototype is quite eye catching.