It’s kind of always Summer in Los Angeles but, since it’s actually Summer, men are put in a little bit of a predicament that is extremely silly: can I wear shorts out tonight? While I am a staunch shorts wearer, am never seen in anything else *but* shorts, and have written about this many times, I am permanently aware of the perceptions surrounding this article of clothing. I recently was almost turned away from my favorite bar (Bar Stella, ahem.) for wearing shorts, something that was shocking because–not to throw shade–but the shorts I was wearing were $150 APC shorts I saved up all Summer of 2010 to buy: those are not “just shorts.” They are fancy shorts and I did not look like some casual schmuck.
Because this issue is a matter of taste and styling, we made a little report that we’d like for you all to start sending around to establishments that have beef with bros wearing shorts out. Use this as a guide for yourself or for your bouncers to understand what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to wear out. Obviously certain places have certain aesthetics, we get that–but “shorts” do not automatically mean that someone is dressing overly casual or overly sloppy. After all, we are in Southern California, the casual capital of the world where it is always seventy degrees.
What is a boy scout in 2013? Does anyone care? Outside of the antiquated machismo related to insecurity toward gender and sexuality, the boy scout is less of a cultural force and more of a symbol of classic American boyhood. This image of scouts is largely attributed to artist Normal Rockwell‘s visualizing of them and his work with by-boy-scouts-for-boy-scouts publication Boy’s Life. But what do boy scouts look now? That’s what curators Andrew Pogany and Ben Lee Ritchie Handler wanted to know. They tasked twenty-one local artists to examine Rockwell’s work to create a new visual vocabulary–perhaps even an idealized vocabulary–for viewing boy scouts in 2013. The resulting body of work is Good Intentions, a group show at Subliminal Projects in Echo Park.
Design studio Dorothy is not based in Los Angeles. In fact, they aren’t even in America: they’re in London. They do have some attraction to Los Angeles though as they have created a series of printed works dedicated to films, movie culture, and the city we live in. They’re part tech-y, fake sciency art projects and visual cinephile meditations on beloved films, presented in clever ways. You Los Angeles movie hounds will want to snatch some of these up and toss them up in your home or office.
Laura Owens is an LA artist. Having graduated from Cal Arts in 1994, she quickly went from being a local talent to a herald of the re-emergence of painting on the international art scene. For the last two decades, she has been a vital part of the LA landscape, even as she has maintained her distinctive voice in painting – as inclusive of different styles and subject matter as it is serious in its examination of the problems of image making. Throughout it all, she has been a pre-eminent practitioner of LA cool: seemingly laid back, but also intelligent, rigorous, and quietly badass.
This past month has been a doozy for me, which may explain why LAIY has been a bit barebones for late May through June. I was working on two Style Network shows, one of which was recently launched pop culture and fashion mashing Style Pop. Being in that world for over a month and reading and writing about everything from North West Kardashian to testicular beautification, there seemed like there would not be any opportunities for overlap in the projects. Well, surprise, just before being wrapped on the show a little local something popped up that we had to share: some light, Southern California slanted jewelry was talked about on the show. The work comes from Maya Brenner and they are some very luxurious local wears.
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.
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.