Last year was my first time attending the Los Angeles Auto Show. I was pretty impressed! There were lots of cool cars and futuristic gadgets and lots of fun things to look at and everything was so interesting. This year we went to the show to see what was happening with the Design Challenge, a little design contest given to a few design studio executives like the heads of BMW and Honda. This was quite a fun and inventive showcase of modern automotive talent which, unfortunately for the legendary auto show, was the only really cool thing happening there this year.
Like some of the best spots in Los Angeles, Mojave Sands Motel in Joshua Tree is easy to miss. And yes, after months of anticipation, thrift store detours, and a relatively painless 2.5 hour drive, we passed right by the place. While gazing at one-pump gas stations and front yards dominated by the spindly cactus trees that give the national park it’s name, suddenly the town of Joshua Tree shrinks in your rear-view. The town ends as quickly as it begins, and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself in 29 Palms.
Philip Rodriguez is a Los Angeles based artist whose work deals with the photographic image as a point of departure for art making. They are a bit complex and this relationship isn’t quite on the surface as you would think as many are about the process of photography used in different ways. He’s a fascinating, great artist.
One Star Leather Goods are one of those brands that you just can’t believe are made in Los Angeles. Not that leather goods and leather making cannot be done in Los Angeles but the craft seems so rugged and burly and conjures up images in my mind of places like small towns off of the Appalachians or various corridors of Brooklyn. When done well, leather goods appear to be the product of years and years of craft study by an old, graying man, who has been a leatherman for decades. One Star has that feel to them.
I had my fair share of LOST mania. I remember spending two full days watching the first three seasons of the show during a Winter break in school to figure out what everyone was talking about. If you’ve ever seen the show, you know it is a delightfully frustrating rabbit hole that pulls you deeper and deeper into an abyss that may or may not disappoint you. I abandoned ship after around the start of season four, saving myself from the series finale frustrations stalwarts had. The show has been gone for years now but it is having a subtle, complex revival as it is the inspiration for the current exhibit up at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park. It’s LOST (in LA).