Salva is one of those musicians whose work is a pastiche of musical reference. His music is part 1990s Jock Jams, part booty bouncing sample rewiring, part drum machine gone wild, and part hip hop dance: he makes fast paced, high energy that electronic is in between halftime show gyrations and The Grind. Odd Furniture is his latest release and, yep, you can bet you get every single one of these references on this five track, twenty minute long petite banger.
Los Angeles art is all over the world. It would be absolutely impossible for us to keep track of every single LA ambassador working outside of our city as it happens every week on small and large scales. There are some really magnificent efforts, too. We received a note a few weeks ago about a very Los Angeles show that opened very recently at Milan’s Cardi Black Box. The show is Set Pieces and is curated by Angelenos Andrew Berardini and Lauren Mackler. The show has Los Angeles contemporary artists Sarah Cain, Liz Glynn, Samara Golden, and Mateo Tannatt building artistic set pieces that feature the work of other LA artists from Amanda Ross-Ho to Zoe Crosher to Eli Langer to Raymond Pettibon. Set Pieces is a wonderful concept and obviously shares Los Angeles’ creativity, collaborative nature, and climate with art goers in Milan.
To get an idea of what went into the project and where the inspiration for Set Pieces came from, we spoke with curators Andrew and Lauren about the experience and what it means to be Los Angeles contemporary art ambassadors. Hear what they have to say and take a tour of the installed show after the jump.
Levi’s is a very old brand. It’s not like a few decades old or even a century old: it is a hundred and forty years old. That’s insane! It’s such a super old and (still) super relevant brand. They’re continuously doing neat things and, if you haven’t noticed from our periodic coverage, they like to put on fun events in Los Angeles to cater to the creative climate in addition to the obvious celebrity culture here.
Friday they held a super big birthday party for themselves at The Ace Museum on La Brea. It was a very ~*~eXcLuSiVe~*~ event that included a live performance by Frank Ocean and a DJ set from M83. While the event was fun and fabulous and packed, the real attraction to the event was a series of installations created by Levi’s creative team that chronicled the history of the brand from the 1873 birth of the 501 up through the 2013 state of the now literally colorful pant.
You already know this but Saturday was the Auroraborealis closing party. You already know this, of course, because you were there. Weren’t you? I’m going to say yes because you were supposed to be there. That was your homework for the weekend! And everyone else was there. We probably just missed you because it was pretty cold out there but, boy, was it fun.
“Community Engagement” is such a buzz phrase. It is a reminder that privileged people feel obligated to acknowledge and interact with those who are lesser than they are. It’s a chance for the king to step down from the thone to touch hands with the plebeians, if you will. Activities in this world involve everything from free admission days to casual canned food drives, actions that are well intentioned (and important) but ultimately very stationary and insulated. There is no actual stirring of the community: it’s the epidermis of community engagement’s deep skin.
LACMA opened a show this past Saturday that actually lives up to the phrase “community engagement” because it requires a community to activate it. Held within an elementary school, Shinique Smith‘s Firsthand is sewn to the fabric of a community and inspires all visitors to see topical references and personal connections within knots of fabric. The show anchors itself outside of the institution and uses art as the catalyst for conversation.