Toby Harvard seems to travel a lot. He’s a London based photographer who breaks down his work by city, presenting them as “This Is ________.” It’s simple and straightforward enough and the photos are pretty, atmospheric, and very analog. He visited Los Angeles not too long ago and it got us wondering: is “this” really Los Angeles? Is his view of the city really all that there is to us? Let’s take a look.
We can all agree that Los Angeles is finally getting its creative dues, correct? Good. The idea is spreading and there is becoming a sense of hometown pride born out of a creative restlessness: it needs to be known that we’re doing worthwhile things in LA! There are tons of great examples of this now and, to add to the list, we have JIMMYnADI’s Beneath The Pavement, Beach!, a photography and video installation from earlier this year that celebrates what we’re doing.
Hellen (yes, with two Ls) Jo is a Burbank based illustrator with a very specific voice. She’s part punkrock, part anime, part popular culture, part hipster humorist, and part classic cartoonist. She has a very large range in her illustrations but they all carry the same tone to them: they are all hardcore, sometimes silly, refined rough art pieces.
They’re very bright. They look like they have been painted and complimented with Rodartesque netting. They’re elaborate structures that can stand taller than you or I. Some jut out three feet from the wall they are hung from. You could mistake them for giant, neon circuitry or forgotten relics from a futuristic society. The figures are incredibly curious and endlessly fascinating. They are Jaime Scholnick’s Artifacts, a body of work that reside in the past, present, and future.
Chung King’s Fifth Floor has a neat little show in their gallery space: a group show all about LA through the medium of screenprinting and letterpress. The collection of works takes three artists with very specific points of view and has them all focus on Los Angeles as a subject. It’s interpreted very differently by each of the three, which makes for a nice view of our city.