Terry Richardson is a celebrity, his personality preceding his art. His art is photography, to which many will scoff, questioning if his form of expression is simply style over substance or actually something of substance. Regardless of your thoughts, his first Los Angeles solo exhibition ever (somehow!) opened this past Friday at OH WOW to a shit ton of hullaballoo–so much so that we could not even get in. Well, we stopped in earlier today and it certainly lives up to its name of TERRYWOOD.
R.F. Maston is a ‘one man psychedelic pop band’ who’s not afraid to let you know where his main influence comes from. The new track “Young Hearts” is a freaky psychedelic circus tune, fit for some modern day version of “Across The Universe.”
Going to so many art shows in this city, you start to notice trends. Certain parts of town attract certain audiences, certain nights of the weeks dictate a certain type of atmosphere (whether it is a party or not, etc.), certain bring out art celebrities, certain bring out real celebrities, and certain venues you can expect drinks or food or neither: art openings can become a little bit predictable. There are always people who wander in or who are not constantly going to shows, invited to support a friend or just curious what is going on. Regardless, there is no way to tell by looking at a person what their relationship to art is. One thing that is becoming a “thing,” though, seems to be a rookie practice in art viewing: having your photo taken in front of a piece of art. Certainly this is not a uniquely Los Angeles thing but it is annoying nevertheless.
This past Friday night marked the third annual These Friends exhibition at Highland Park’s THIS Gallery. Featuring work by more than 100 artists (friends), the gallery walls were filled top to bottom with photographs, paintings, etchings, and other two- and three-dimensional pieces. Friday’s opening was scheduled from 7PM to 10PM, and when I arrived at 7:30PM the little gallery on Figueroa was already packed to the gills with artists, friends, fans, and passersby sipping beer and admiring their impressive surroundings.
Evan Orensten may very well be responsible for everything you think is cool right now and have thought was cool for the past nine or so years. Evan along with Josh Rubin are the guys behind Cool Hunting, your one stop shop for all things cool. Based in New York, Evan and Josh are always traveling all over the world, checking with reports from all over the world. Very recently, Evan was here for a little work and we caught up with him for a quick lunch where we asked him about his work, his relationship with Los Angeles, and what he thinks about our beloved city.