With a name like Gräf & Lantz, you would not suspect that this home and lifestyle design brand would be based in Los Angeles. It sounds like a company that has been established in Berlin for a century. You imagine they are very stiff and serious about their work and that it is certainly nothing that would or should be in LA. That obviously isn’t the case. Gräf & Lamtz are actually a very luxurious brand who make fancy bags and bowls and more–and they like to incorporate fancy felt into their work, too.
Cara Harman is a Los Angeles based photographer who sees in black and white. She see details and she sees activity but they’re all within shades of black and shades of white. This simplicity is more than a color scheme but a way of seeing. If life can be distiller into basic colors, what is the reason for taking a photo? Cara answers this in showing exactly what you need to see.
It always feels like there is just one fashion illustrator working in a style and that is it. “Oh, look at this watercolor illustration: it must be from That One Person!” Not the case. We found fashion illustrator Cate Parr‘s work and thought we had already shared it. Not the case: Parr is an illustrator who employs watercolors as a means to make clothing fluid and move on paper. She creates images that pool colors and breakdown an image while simultaneously building out an environment or a mood.
Ethan Pines is a Los Angeles based photographer who is really into the city and lighting it. His commercial work is often very bright and polished and safe but his personal work focuses on mundane American beauties and the intersection of nature and city. This natural/city work is a group he calls Night Trees and it sees Los Angeles (and beyond) trees as these personalities that guard, decorate, envelop, or enhance places where people congregate.
“My dream is to get a grant and get a Winnebago and just drive all over America and get all the caves,” photographer Austin Irving says. She stands in front of a photograph she took of the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. There is a strange tension between natural weathered rock and poured cement and modern amenities. If you look at the piece long enough you start to realize that much of the cave has been shaved down or enhanced by cement to fit into how humans want caves to be. This rich and bizarre juxtaposition is something Austin is obsessed with and has been chronicling with CAVES, a series of curious photos that gaze into natural abysses only to find awkward human touches. The work is the subject of a brief week long show that is up through the February 10.