“But what do they serve?” my friend joked when I invited her to Larchmont’s newest cafe, Coffee + Food. Simplicity is so enticing when it’s well-executed like this. Open for breakfast and lunch only, Coffee + Food offers a straightforward menu of sandwiches, salads and sweets, all made in house, that can be packaged up instantly for those on the go. If you’re looking to sit and eat, then you can enjoy the streamlined space with it’s sleek concrete floors, classic brick walls and silvery wood panelling.
We usually don’t look below the Orange Curtain for posts nor were we searching for one but artist Sarah Smiley demanded that we share what she was up to. Sarah is a San Diego based artist who recently finished up school at RISD. Her work goes beyond canvases and deals with what happens with when you bend the confines of representation and how images are contained. Smiley’s artwork is somewhere in between paintings and sculptures.
Since we conducted our Featured Interview with Elyse Graham a few months ago, time has been on our minds. This time is more complex than minutes, hours, days, or months and instead are entire movements of time: the seasons. Southern California seasons have been a constant point of intrigue as they are amorphous clouds that pass slowly over each other, sometimes without any recognition. You may be busy working in a warm, sunny April and carry on through a warm, sunny July and on into a warm, sunny November: where did time go? It was still here–you just missed it.
It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with those super talented, totally in vogue LA sisters that are Haim. We’ve seen that they’ve been in NME a few times and they’ve even hit the UK charts a few times, too. They are quickly going to become a huge thing in the US. We’ve been saying this for over a year. If you need more proof, they recently released their latest EP Don’t Save Me and it is a synthier, logical follow up to their early Summer 2012 LA hit Forever. These are your Fall jams, Angelenos.
I love what Angelenos do with billboards. Like traffic, these streetside attractions have become fodder for artists to play. This is the most exciting to me because, unlike the utilitarian vehicles that are cars, billboards are purely for advertising. When advertising is replaced with art, a thing that is purely visual and intended to be looked at, we all win: we are given visuals with no repurcussions outside of intellectual intrigue. There needs to be more of this than a once-a-year art happening like How Many Billboards? and Made In LA. Stephen Glassman’s Urban Air is going to help with this. We’re obsessed with it.