Soccer in America isn’t that big—but soccer in Los Angeles? Kind of a big deal. We’re a city that is pretty forward thinking and, of course, sports follow suit with what locals like as well. Our team—the LA Galaxy—is known for doing some creative stunts for getting attention like hiring David Beckham and moving to Carson. The best, most recent activity produced from the team is a collaboration with local streetwear brand Undefeated. What a genius pairing—and it certainly caught our attention.
If you’re not familiar with The Seventh Letter, they’re a streetwear label and gallery with a flagship store on Fairfax’s bro, sneaker district. They’re one of the brands behind Known Gallery and are now doing their own, very LA things in their own way. One accessory that we randomly happened upon is very much of note as it’s a play on something we all love: Los Angeles and Legos. They’ve made limited edition, assemble-it-yourself kits called LAG0 that let you make your own plastic weed paraphernalia. Brilliant!
The longer the Hammer’s Take It Or Leave It show is up, the more goodies it will reveal to us. First it was Gretchen Bender’s Total Recall, a demanding riff on advertising from the retro future, and now it’s a drawn piece by Rirkrit Tiravanija, scrawled up and down the walls of the exhibition’s third room. Although the artist is not an Angeleno, the piece is a reflection of our city’s history and less than favorable memories. It’s a reminder of how far we have and have not come as a city.
Artist David Gilbert’s studio feels like a private exhibition, an intimate installation for two or three to visit. Colorful yarn and torn fabric sculptures hang from the ceiling like ceremonial ornaments. Small sticks are placed on wooden painted planks reminiscent of forts built by children but in a pastel color palette. Smears of paint cover the walls which he has placed photos atop of, accents to a natural “mess.” There are odd items that draw you in, demanding you pay them their due attention: a dainty veiled box tacked to the wall, a precarious pair of scissors hangs at eye level, a tiny statue of The Blue Boy has a cardboard roll on its head, and shoe strings, paperclips, safety pins, parts of paint cans, and notecards feel like a chorus of joining tools.
The notecards feel most important. Some have instructive notes like “Paint This” or “Draw Me” while others are more cryptic, making political comments like “Public Execution” and “Boats.” They talk to each other and let you in on Gilbert’s process: a visitor to his studio feels like they are interrupting a conversation being had by a group of conversation hearts. It’s an exciting, dynamic space few visit.
It’s one of the few weekends to be in Los Angeles because the city will be a ghost town. What is there to do? CHECK THE RECAP!!