Judy Unger is a classic food illustrator. She isn’t a young Art Center grad who is making moody drawings of food stuffs: she’s a successful Los Angeles food illustrator who has been working for decades, illustrating foods for brands as they are. She is very much a hyper-realist and is very pre-Internet (she even mentions on her blog how she used to have to tote around her portfolio to meetings). Her work is fascinating as it captures a passed moment in American food culture and art in addition to having a very commercial, very beautiful style of representing objects through art.
Felix Salazar is a local photographer who likes to get up close with things. He doesn’t like to just zoom in on a subject: he has an ability to get inside of something, to expose their beautiful bright pores. Well, at least that’s what his current body of work is. He’s been taking some absolutely extraordinary macro photos of underwater critters. They are very rich morsels of eye candy.
The Arts District’s transition into the most concentrated center of culture and cool is almost complete. From Poketo to Piehole, the X-shaped ecosystem along 3rd and Traction is absolutely exploding with food, drinks, design, and apparel: there is just about everything you could want from a cool neighborhood–and then some. While stores like Apolis and Storefront LA have very high end merchandise, there still isn’t a clear “high fashion” retailer in the area. It’s fairly surprising that a Steven Alan type hasn’t moved in. Well, someone heard that plea because 12345 has moved into 811 Traction and has finally given the Arts District–and Downtown–the high fashion retail experience that was completely missing from the area.
Alan Stuart sits alone in a big office. It’s filled with the basics for a 2010s office: creative books like Milton Glaser’s Graphic Design, sleek gold pencils in a cup, a portion of wall space covered in designy postcards, a large Apple computer, a Made In LA poster–all the essentials. This room and a conference room (that producer Amanda Law works in) is all the space boutique creative agency One Long House physically have–and it is the first physical space they’ve had. The rest of their property is online and in the cloud and in emails and in websites. The company is an international cooperative of designers, developers, and more that Alan started three and a half years ago. They are a lightweight creative agency that are as lean as a lone freelancer but have the heft of an entire team.
Two day weekend? Three day weekend? Four day weekend? Five day weekend? Okay: those last two were pushing it. But, regardless of what type of weekend you have, what are you going to do with it? You could spend it dancing or seeing art or visiting cool architecture: you name it, we have it this weekend. You can also spend Monday giving back, too. How? CHECK THE RECAP!!