This past Tuesday, British street artist Charlie Anderson skipped across the pond to give Feal Mor on La Brea a little love. The store hosted the artist to give their window an edge by having the Anderson go to town on the façade, painting it as he liked it. His painting was a bit of a spectacle, the store inviting people to swing by to watch him work and celebrate with him into the night.
Aside from Apple, I would put my money on Levi’s as being one of the biggest, most well known, successful California brands. Everyone has a pair of their jeans as they are classic, they are cool, and they are just something everyone needs. In Los Angeles, their presence is much more than their stores but also a really fantastic, super secret LA showroom called the Haus of Strauss, where they go all out creatively and collaboratively (an example of that). Recently, they’ve created a super rad display for their new Water < Less campaign, which ties the concept of the product effortlessly into one, fluid display.
The interview as a form is so boring and lame and uninteresting. No one cares about what people are actually saying unless they are saying something super weird or gross or rude…or super mundane. As It LAys is an LA based art driven interview series with local artists and celebrities from Christina Ricci to Vidal Sassoon to Jamie Lee Curtis to Marilyn Manson on the most mundane shit ever–and it is beyond brilliant.
Made In L.A. is coming to the Hammer, Barnsdall Park, LAXART, and billboards around town on June 2 and will showcase sixty emerging, under-recognized Los Angeles artists–one of which will be voted to win a $100,000 prize. In order to help you make an educated vote this summer, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by showcasing each artist participating in the biennial.
Math Bass is a very, very mysterious figure. She is nearly untraceable, even with a name like “Math Bass,” but we’ve been able to discern that she is mainly a performance artist whose work is centered on ritual. She’s worked with Lora Reynolds in Austin as well as the cool folks of Sunset’s Overduin And Kite.
This week’s Featured Interview with artist Gary Baseman will be a five part series, a new part of the story released every day of this week. Welcome to Garypalooza!
Working for himself now, Gary has had to create his own system to produce his own work. He went from working with editors and producers to working for himself, a huge change in how someone works. “When I was an illustrator, you didn’t have much time,” he said. “You have to work fast. You do something for the New York Times Op-Ed: you get a story Wednesday at 11AM and you have to have an idea by 2PM. If it’s Time, you get a story on Wednesday, sketch Thursday, finish Friday, then it’s published around the world. You had to really think of the concept and how to create an intriguing image to draw someone in. Here, I have more time to think things through. Before, I was a visual problem-solver for others. Now, I’m a visual problem-solver for myself.”