There is a section on Vivian Shih‘s website titled “Opposites.” This section features a few images that fit hand and hand and are either before and afters, hots and colds, two ends of a spectrum, or any other “opposite.” They’re visual plays on the far ends of a line. Looking through the rest of her work you find this idea of opposite permeates in how she shares her process: she has a very methodical way of sketching basic visual ideas and then blowing them out into detailed, curious art pieces. These, too, are her opposites.
USB devices are inherently annoying to me. If they aren’t misplaced and unable to be find, they are in some trying-too-hard-to-be-clever form like a Lego brick or humping dog. There is a gimmicky element to them for me and I often just flock to any of the various free USBs I’ve received as press kits at events for the past few years. I feel that LA designer Isaac Appiah agrees with me: he’s made a small collection of USB embedded accessories that delete the visual of a USB and makes it hard for you to lose it. He’s calling them Intelligent Accessories and they are just brilliant.
Ron Thompson is a Los Angeles based designer and illustrator. He’s made a lot of great work for clients like GOOD magazine art and CODA Automotive’s advertisements. One thing that stuck out in his body of work is that he makes pillows. It isn’t that he hands sews them or embroiders them himself but they are instead designed gifts he makes for friends. What a clever idea!
I don’t remember how we found this but apparently there is a website called cdsavoia and they are sitting down with local fine artists to give you a quick snippet into their work and lifestyle. These are always so fun to come across but cdsavoia has picked some really, really top tier artists and are just throwing out content as they make it. It’s very curious since there is not really much explanation for them.
Los Angeles has a lot of identity issues. It’s an artists town understandably caught up in the Hollywood system and–structurally–is a suburban web passing for an urban oasis. It’s fascinating to think about how these identities interact with each other. Museums in Los Angeles are a good reflection of this, art museums having the most unique challenge of representing the city and keeping all creative parties happy. LACMA always does a terrific job at representing so many of our identities. Current marquee holder Stanley Kubrick is a great example of this balance, playing into our city’s identity issues in a fascinating way.