Elizabeth Conley is a Los Angeles based abstract painter who is obsessed with grids. Her works are very colorful and explore the interaction and relationship of color families. Each piece contains squares, rectangles, and lines layered and layered atop of each other to create a chaotic blur that sometimes eliminates colors into each other.
Jen E is a Los Angeles ceramicist. Her creations are both minimal and complex while carrying an incredible air of playfulness to them. They are pieces of handmade ceramics that dwell between high craft and art pieces. They are things that you want to use but are almost so precious that they require to be placed on a shelf and admired. She makes various pots, bowls, plates, and more that pair delicacy with large injections of life.
You all remember those building toys like Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and K’nex? There were all these super industrious toys that teach kids the engineering, architecture, design concepts with a dash of physic thrown in. Most of us left these toys behind when we entered middle school but local designer guy Tim Higley did not: not too long ago he built custom towers from K’nex that functions like a mechanized, looped Rube Goldberg Machine. It’s a colorful, fascinating feat of design and youth vigor.
Their sound is brooding, evocative, and alive, a biting contrast to the Minnesota territory they call home. After hearing their latest single, I felt a shameless compulsion to know more about this band. Their sound is original, spellbinding. The first single from their latest album, How It Went Down will hook you. Here ‘s a tiny taste from their new album Who Needs Who, out just last month. I caught up with Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount of the chamber folk combo Dark Dark Dark on tour, somewhere in Texas, eventually headed here, to Los Angeles, playing the Echoplex on November 5th.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve checked in with what local maker Jason Koharik has been up to. The Lawson-Fenning sold creative has caught our eye with his gangly Art Deco gold and black lamps from late last year/earlier this year and he sent us a note that he has a new series of lights out in his COLLECTEDby group. They’re just as fantastic while being a total departure.