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A New Gaze: A Conversation With Stefano Galli

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In examining photographer Stefano Galli’s images, you’ll notice an attention to detail. He isn’t creating elaborate sets or perfecting the styling of a client but is instead documenting a scene that is happening or a place that exists in this city: the image zooms in on something that has caught his eye. There is a feeling of juxtaposition to his work, a tension between the place and the person or object and atmosphere.

It’s a reflection of Los Angeles, too. A city of extremes and opposites, often fascinating in their juxtaposition, Galli has been able to (literally) zoom in on these subjects to show how funny and interesting our city can be. To get an idea of where he is coming from and what is the motivation behind the work, we had a little chat with the artist.

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From The Inside Out: An Interview With James Schnauer Of Glow

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If you’ve ever attended a trade show, you know that there is more to the exhibition floor than the goods on display. Brands will create elaborate, temporary worlds to envelop visitors, to wow them with the pop-up display. Most of these mini-experiences are behind closed doors, by and for those of a specific industry. The creativity shown in these worlds are often missed by outsiders, a sad reality of these industries. Los Angeles can sometimes feel like this, too. It’s big and unmapped, full of captivating exteriors and carefully crafted façades intended to show off aesthetic inventiveness. Unless you have a tour guide or have lived here for long enough, the city can feel as though it is all behind closed doors.

This is a fact that James Schnauer is trying to overcome. He and his Marina Del Rey company Glow have made a name for themselves creating extravagant temporary worlds for businesses, typically in the entertainment industry. Now, he’s hoping to break out of the exhibition space and into the public. “For us it’s all about people and the interaction within a space,” he explains, seated in Glow’s colorful, relaxed conference room. “Whether that comes with a bunch of restrictions or is indoor or outdoor—or whether it’s totally open—that keeps things fresh and interesting. I’ve always worked in smaller studios where you have a bunch different jobs: that keeps you nimble, able to change your course quickly.”

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A Cow Is Too Much Trouble In Los Angeles

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A few weeks ago, I was wandering around Franklin Village used book club Counterpoint and stumbled upon a stack of serial novels and vintage romances. They ranged from mid-century love affairs to seventies sci-fi pseudo-epics and had some of the craziest, catchy names. I literally scanned through them all, in case a rogue title provided itself to make for a great gift or funny coffee table item. Believing there wouldn’t be anything fruitful, I neared the end and found one faded orange spined tale: A Cow Is Too Much Trouble In Los Angeles. Yes, A Cow Is Too Much Trouble In Los Angeles is a book I found and I had to buy it.

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Foreign Waters

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Near the beginning of the year, I met up with one of our contributors Alec Rojas for a drink at the lobby bar of The Roosevelt. The environment is an interesting juxtapositions of Los Angeleses: it’s gaudy and over the top while being classic and refined. It is filled with locals but also home to many confused crowds from Hollywood and Highland. The place is the kind of local destination that you won’t readily admit to visiting but has a certain magic to it that only the most hardcore of Angelenos will appreciate. It is a fascinating, conflicting local haunt.

The image of The Roosevelt felt particularly fitting for the meeting since Alec was relaying a copy of his new book, Foreign Waters. It’s a noir-ish sci-fi sketch of Los Angeles in the future, one that feels so familiar yet so foreign. It’s a tale of intoxication that may feel alien but stands parallel from the lifestyles many in the city now inhabit. Foreign Waters is the kind of read that makes you question what reality is and if you are doing it correctly.

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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