Alex Chow is a local furniture designer who is making some very modular things. They don’t have wheels or spin or have little drivers: they move in their own special way, collapsing or articulating themselves as a part of their job. They look like post-Danish Modern future furniture. It’s like Ikea by way of The Fifth Element.
You never want to hear about sad things when you are casually perusing Facebook. That’s always a bummer. We saw a pretty big one yesterday: the unfortunate news that young photographer and artist Jessica Lum had passed away after a long battle with cancer. Word came from KPCC’s Grant Slater, who had hired Lum to join the public radio station’s growing group of visual journalists. Lum had to resign shortly after starting at KPCC because of her illness and we’re very sad to report the loss of this talent. Wwe wanted to share a Southern California body of work of hers that examines desert dwellers–squatters, wanderers, and more–as fascinating character studies in photography and video: they are Lum’s Slab City Stories.
Tanya Aguiniga is now a Los Angeles icon. She’s a maker that we all know because her Rope Knot Bracelets skyrocketed to local fame and beyond a few years back. To simply call her “The Rope Bracelet Woman” is very much a shame because she not only has tons more accessories but site-specific works and furniture that all play into a theme of making the industrial delicate or the delicate industrial. What we wanted to focus on is a group of furniture items that take normally hard items and rethinks them as soft and comfy art/furniture mashings.
Jumping off of a theme in this week’s Featured Interview, we wanted to share some the collage work of designer/illustrator/artist Lily Clark. Clark is local and is super talented. She finds beauty and humor in visual collisions of images from decades past (namely the 1960s) that she replaces to appear like postcards from another humanoid planet. These are her Observers.
Alika Cooper shuffles around a few fabric swatches, placing varying patterns and materials next to each other to see how they look together. She grabs a red and white patterned cloth and two blue swatches.
“Here, this is what I have and I have to make it make sense,” she says pointing to these three different fabrics, three fabrics you would never wear together or even consider being a part of the same product. For Alika, these are her paints: she will use these three, different fabrics to create an art piece that is part painting and part collage.