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Unseen LA: A Hidden Noguchi Museum

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Like so many good things in Southern California, the California Scenario is next door to a TGIFridays. I recently made the pilgrimage to Orange County to spend the weekend with extended family, and having already visited the OCMA’s Richard Jackson exhibition and spent several misty mornings at Rudolf Schindler’s Lovell Beach House, I was looking for a new escape. That could very well have meant a trip to South Coast Plaza Mall but, thanks to a photographer friend’s recommendation, it led me instead to a hidden sculpture garden in Costa Mesa, designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1980.

Across from the aforementioned mall, the California Scenario is nested between several tall, mirrored office buildings of the postmodern variety, accessible by a pathway between the parking lot of a steakhouse and that place where you can go enjoy a Tropicalada© after you take in the art. Like so many special art experiences, this one takes some finding.

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Wandering Through Pink Offices: Stephen Prina’s As He Remembered It

Wandering Through Pink Offices Stephen Prina's As He Remembered It 1

Architecture affects us in more ways than we realize. Like a song or painting that resonates deep inside of you, architecture can grab and shake you up. Be it interior or exterior, the way a place looks and feels and what inhabits it has a strong tie to how you feel. Architecture is the only art/design practice that can house you: your relationship to it is more profound than you realize.

Artist Stephen Prina realizes this. The Los Angeles based artist had a visual bug stuck in his mind that was the result of an architectural encounter. In the 1980s, he was walking down La Brea Avenue with artist Christopher Williams when the two saw a “fitted unit by architect R. M. Schindler.” It was a built-in desk that was painted bright pink and absolutely did not belong in its surrounding: it was a small piece of a cohesive spacial thought that was stripped from its context. Dwelling on this idea, Prina has made a reunion of objects: he has used Schindler’s plans and photographs to reconstruct these pieces of interior architecture and connect them all back together. As He Remembered It is the resulting effort, a bright pink get-together of furniture.

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James Dean’s Final View Of Los Angeles

James Dean's Final View Of Los Angeles

You know those Hollywood tour vans you see riding around the city? They’re always full of windblown tourists with some sort of listening device strapped to their heads and a dazed look of both wonderment and confusion likely the result of whiplash. No locals we know have ever taken those tours because we have no need to and, even if we wanted to for kitsch value, the cost of attendance is way too expensive for the sake of an OK laugh. There are so many tour guide brands now, too: there’s a TMZ tour, there’s a Madame Tussaud’s tour, a Mercedes tour, a “Rockin’ Hollywood” tour, and so many others. You really have to define a niche for yourself if you want to attract more than just bored visitor eyes. Dearly Departed Tours has carved a unique (albeit morbid) corner of the market that is one part Esotouric, one part Hollywood fame chasing: they give van tours of celebrity death locations, mapping their lives in LA until their famous or even obscure end. The company has fairly recently launched a video series that sees owner Scott Michaels giving these tours of sometimes literal local haunts to the camera. It’s a fascinating series and his latest on James “Jimmy” Dean is particularly memorable.

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Helping Urs Fischer At MOCA

Helping Urs Fischer At MOCA 1

This past week artist Urs Fischer needed help making clay objects for his upcoming April 21 through August 19 MOCA show. The happening circulated around online all week and we were very intrigued by the idea of doing an all day clay play with Urs Fischer, featuring a catered lunch with his personal chef. We signed up with little expectations outside of making clay things for a few hours. What was the happening? An insane (in a good way) clay free for all loosely moderated by Team Urs. It also functioned as a very, very loose preview for the show as there doesn’t seem like that much more can go into it as almost the entire floor (and some walls) of the MOCA Geffen space is covered in clay creatures and the dust they give off as they age.

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Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ House Of Love

Rios Clementi Hale Studios' House Of Love 1

Rios Clementi Hale Studios is a Larchmont Village based architecture studio who have been up to a lot lately. Even if you don’t know their name, you definitely know their work. For example, they were the people in charge of redoing the Hollywood & Vine Metro courtyard. They also headed the making of Downtown’s Grand Park, made Woodbury University a new studio building, and renovated the Century City Westfield Mall. They’re doing everything! They also have quite a local residential projects too, which they bring an equal amount of innovation and creativity to as well. Their House Of Love (Biet Ha-Ahava) is a shining example of their work placed onto a really unique yet modern home project. Who wouldn’t want to live in a house “wrapped in love”?

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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