UCLA is uncharted territory for many Angelenos. The closest we get to the institution is the streets of Westwood Village, which we are sure does not exactly represent what UCLA is. Photographer J. Bennett Fitts has a very calm documentarian approach to his craft and explored the UCLA campus to discover many things that are likely unnoticed. The series is Unseen UCLA and it certainly gives an intriguing peek inside the blue and gold walls.
Mileece is a Los Angeles based sonic artist who uses plants in order to make avant garde soundscapes. Through technology and a ruffle of some leaves, she interprets the sound from plants in a very fascinating way. She plucks at a bromeliad and tickles bougainvillea, effortlessly drawing out sounds that are much bigger than they are assumed to be. The always on their game Wilder Quarterly did a little video on Mileece showing her at work and preparing for a performance at MoMA. What a great peek inside this new world of sound!
There’s a big something going on tomorrow night: Holly Herndon, the highly intellectual, super talented experimental techno artist, will be in Los Angeles for a fantastic show with Andy Stott. Since Herndon’s late 2012 boom, she hasn’t shown Los Angeles her vocal warping, of-the-body style that has wowed the techno community and beyond for several months. After admittedly stalking Herndon since late November 2012, hoping she’d come to town so we could have a quick chat with her, that little dream finally came true and we’re pleased to have had a brief talk with Herndon about her show tomorrow, what she thinks of Los Angeles, and if there is any potential for her to move here. Spoiler alert: she actually has thought about it!
Bill Main is a Los Angeles based illustrator who makes pieces in and around the popular culture arena. His works are somewhere in between hyper-bro’d out reference and humorous meditation on a childhood spent in the nineties.One fun thing he does in his work is create these greeting cards that take wrestler characters and science fiction monsters and turn them into almost cuddly happy friends who just want to give you a cake or hug you for being awesome. They’re hysterical and very well done.
It looks like the work of Belgian Case Studyo is headed toward the light. We mean this literally: they are now making lights. First it was Grotesk’s 6FT – 6IN footed sculptural lamp and now Steven Harrington has made three unique lamps with the artist series brand. If you have the money, you should probably buy one of these happy little light friends.