Music with lots of screaming and described as straight “punk” is nothing of interest to me. I associate those sounds with a messy cacophony that exists so that you cannot think: you have to process the warbles coming at you, placing yourself aside to focus on someone else. It’s kind of selfish and like audial terrorism. This is why it was a little surprising that we have been really, really digging LA not-punk-but-some-kind-of-punk band Coming, a band that seems to be pulled from a late seventies or early eighties pre-Goth punk club to make music. Their little Lonely EP is an emotional four song sprint that covers a lot of ground in ten minutes.
Everyone knows that Urs Fischer has a show at MOCA. Moreover, everyone knows that a ton of locals helped him make what’s at the MOCA Geffen space. Even though boring grandpa assholes at the Los Angeles Times think what he and locals did was “crude” and by “kids and hobbyists,” we were super impressed and almost overwhelmed with what people put into the project. We wish we could have conveyed more of what went into making in the post we shared on the process but, really, you will not understand unless you were there. It was insane. Thankfully, MOCAtv caught onto that and made a little video of what it looked like to be making with a shit ton of locals and Urs.
If you’ve ever driven South on Riverside after Los Feliz, you’ve probably seen a little gas station that has been abandoned for some time. It’s gotten better and better looking, transforming from a junk shop into what now looks like it could be a pretty cool place to maybe put in a restaurant or store or something since it’s such a curious architectural base.
Well, someone thought that up already: it has been flipped into a multi-purpose event space that hosts movie nights, food truck gatherings, pop-up retail, art events, and more. It’s now being called The Service Station and it’s a pretty sweet little place that you’ll want to be visiting this Summer.
Did you know: Wilshire’s ForYourArt is welcoming a John Baldessari show starting May 18? Well, they are. It’s called Crowds and it will feature new works made by the artist in collaboration with Mixografia. The body of work sees images from film examined by removing some iconic or memorable elements and replacing them with empty space. It’s an interesting little project that is very much in Baldessari’s ironic, art deconstruction point of view. This somehow got us to digging around John’s work and we discovered a little collaboration he and FYA did a few years ago that totally slipped by us: John Baldessari: In Still Life 2001 – 2010, an interactive art project that lets you make and remake and fuck around with the concepts of a still life.
Spring time in Los Angeles is gala time for the art institutions that inhabit it. From MOCA to LAMAG to SMMoMA, we are in the thick of benefit season to support Los Angeles art. Wilshire’s Architecture + Design Museum always has an excellent and innovative showing in this space, where they tap local (and beyond) architects and designers to participate in making one-of-a-kind objects. Last year, the creatives were tasked with runway ready objects. This year? They’ve tapped their talents to get in touch with what makes a great artistic journey by having them create travel satchels and related items for their 2013 Celebrate: The Journey gala on May 11.
We recently heard from the institution who passed along some sketches and renderings of a few of the exciting projects that you’ll be able to see at the event. They range from picnic boxes for your back to suits that fold into backpacks, all things that will help you on any journey you plan on taking. Let’s peruse these works and get excited for the most cutting edge gala of all the Los Angeles institutions.