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.
Alexander Kroll sits in a paint covered chair on the driveway outside of his Silver Lake studio. He has dragged a few large paintings outside to open up his workspace. A smaller blue painting lays face up in the sun, drying on the driveway. An older gentleman in a flannel shirt walks up with keys in his hands.
“I don’t mean to interrupt, but I happened to drive by and I haven’t forgotten about you,” he says to Alexander, extending a hand to shake. He motions to a large, white based abstract painting. “This piece out here is very nice. Very nice.”
Alexander smiles and nods and turns on his marketing signals: “Well, I have a show November 18. I hope you can come to the party and see them. Can I write down the information for you?”
The gentleman smiles and gladly takes the information. He spends a minute or two with the paintings and then makes his way back to Silver Lake Boulevard. Fluke art encounters as such are common for Alexander as personal work is often made public by his unique studio setup that is housed within his tight garage and driveway. “It’s one of the great, funny things about having an indoor/outdoor studio. It didn’t used to be this way because, previously, the largest paintings I had were five feet.”
“Is it Thanksgiving yet? What is going on? Everything has been so busy!! Can I relax this weekend??” – Just about everyone’s thoughts right now. And, to answer the last question, we have a big fat NO for you since a ton is going on. Guess you’ll have to…CHECK THE RECAP!!