Echo Park is becoming quite a little foodie scavenger hunt. It’s home to many side street taco trucks and comforting diner-like destinations. There are high and low end cuisines represented, places to make your meat eating and non-meat eating friends happy, and even a place or two to buy specialty alcohol or locally grown groceries. They’re all popping up faster than we can keep up with, too. The latest is Cortez, a cute little newcomer from the Cookbook folks that is within eyeshot of the entrance to Elysian Park Avenue.
Decorative plate art is a very specific craft and certainly of a specific time period. Can you remember the last time you have noticed a framed plate as decoration in a house outside of your grandmothers? I can’t…but I do have one of those Barack Obama Historic Victory plates hanging in my apartment purely for laughs. This craft has a high kitsch factor now and is waiting to be lampooned in a special way. It’s no surprise that LA native Angela Rossi took that idea and ran with it: her Beat Up Creations see plates gone wild.
Stone Paintbrush is a Los Angeles based ceramics outfit that makes some really raw, natural plates and jugs and other items. They appear to be glass items found on an excavation, symbols of a society passed that provide glances into “how a people lived.” They are very nice.
When I think of Dockers, I think of my dad going to church on a Sunday and he grabbed whatever pants that were not jeans. They’re nice pants but represent this extreme everyman way of dressing, the idea of “dressing up” while really being not-that-dressed-up. In Los Angeles, we’re really laid back so even an almost dressed up beige khaki is too dressed up–and/or boring. Well, Dockers caught on to this thought and have upped their game with their Alpha series. This group are made like a jean but are soft, moderately priced nice pants. The brand was recently in LA showing off some of their new Spring/Summer 2013 wears and we got a little preview of them. These will certainly be what Angeleno guys are going to need to add to their wardrobes.
If you were to walk through the current exhibition at Commonwealth And Council in the heart of Koreatown, without reading the layout guide nor the press release for the uncannily paired artists, you might guess that you were seeing the works of one artist. We are tempered by contemporary artists who employ a multiplicity of materials in 2 and 3 dimensional, hybridized forms. The L.A. based artists Cirilo Domine and Deborah Hede on the other hand are intensely devoted to exploring a focused examination in two very different modalities of our psyche’s interiority that are pressed upon by existing urban and natural scapes. The two artists have visually revealed the predisposed and happenstance routes that our bodies and minds are often forced to take in an ordered succinctness in daily life. Instead of feeling restricted by the represented gridded boundaries from the artists’ works, I felt opened up and a comfort that verged on gratitude. Their systemic and wondering portrayals of the orderly and bent possibilities of linear arrangements, has re-ignited the explorer in me. I can still fail in a series of dead ends, and continue to succeed in trying new routes within my mind and where I take myself physically.