Nuit Nouar–or simply Nouar–is a LA based artist and painter. Her work is cutesy and totally fifties diner era chic and all about anthropomorphized foodstuffs. They’re fun, happy paintings that very often have a dark edge to them.
Never have I ever lived in a city where being a flake was a part of the culture. Being late is no big deal and, because of cars and congestion, it’s often assumed that people are going to be late or simply flake out. Nearly everyone I know in the city has flaked on me and I have undoubtedly flaked on them subconsciously in return. It is acceptable in Los Angeles to get too tired from driving all the time and then telling your friend you had dinner plans with that you cannot make it because “something came up.” It’s almost expected on a Friday night that you stay in to watch Project Runway or ditch your initial going out plans for another because you simply do not want to go to a concert you promised so-and-so you’d attend because you don’t want to drive to Highland Park or you don’t want to drive to Venice or you don’t want to drive to Sherman Oaks. You might as well drive to New York City!
Nudie Jeans are very subtly taking over Los Angeles. From their homey Melrose store to their getting their goods into Palihotel to outfitting the guys of Handsome Coffee, the Sweedish brand has made an active yet quiet effort to make their presence known in Los Angeles. Around two months ago, the brand opened another space in Downtown Los Angeles which they dedicated to being their showroom. The opening allowed for the Melrose store to focus on selling and–now–the Downtown location is focused on showing off the Nudie goods.
You guys! Did you hear that insane news that LACMA wants to join forces with MOCA? Um, yeah. That is now a thing and it certainly has forcefully stirred up the conversational pot of “What ifs…?!” in regards to Downtown’s favorite art institute to debate. The merger would make for a massive art collection and would preserve MOCA’s name. This is neither the first time LACMA has attempted to help nor is it MOCA’s only option (as a USC partnering is also being mentioned, too). There are a lot of pluses to this–which LACMA’s Director Michael Govan points out on Unframed–and would certainly put all art eyes on Los Angeles. Beyond this, what does it means for shows? What would shows at LACMA/MOCA or LOCA or LACMOCA or MOCALAC or COMALOCA or COLAMACMA or ACALMCOMA look like? We thought we would brainstorm a few potential shows that may in the LA’s future should the two museums fuse together…
A couple of months ago, I saw postings on Facebook from a girl I knew in middle school about this fashion runway show she was putting together. I never personally knew her in middle school but remembered her name and, after seeing some of her photos, I had to friend her. Most of her photos I was fascinated by were pictures of her posing in different lacey outfits, costumes, and wigs while having a childlike demeanor in her bedroom. Her room looks like that of a ten year old girl with light pink colored walls, silky window curtains tied with bows, and Hello Kitty dolls–and other stuffed dolls–bove the bed. I couldn’t stop looking at all her photos. I was obsessed. This was my first introduction to the Sweet Lolita fashion subculture.