On July 31st, the last day of the month, there was a crescent moon waxing in Virgo. I don’t pay much attention to the moon phases unless I feel weird. I felt disconnected all day on that Thursday at work. Continually interrupted, I made mistakes. Nothing major but still, errors were made.
You guys: the Summer is almost over. How sad! What a bummer! We didn’t think the day would come but we’re nearing the end of our Goldenvoice giveaways. We’re not there yet, though: we have a few more options for you to see some music in town before the heat wears off. The next event we have tickets for is punk/hardcore act Fucked Up, who are taking the El Rey on August 21. I know some of you punk lovers are out there: this show is for you.
This is admittedly a weird post. Why? Because it’s about a local something we’ve been seeing that, despite research and reaching out to the source, we have no idea who is behind it. So, if you’ve driven or taken a bus or biked around the city you have probably seen some very abstract FXX advertisements that appear to be advertising something related to The Simpsons, the legendary “adult” cartoon. The campaign is so well done and—while not isolated to Los Angeles—seems to be on every bus stop in town.
Masood Kamandy is a local “photographer.” I use “photographer” in quotes because he’s more of a photo experimentalist, someone who uses photography as a base medium for abstraction. It’s easy to forget that photos can be used in such a way because it’s often a risky, elementary approach. That’s not Kamandy, though: he is an expert at his craft. His latest work—M.O.O.P.—really captures his fine art expertise at photo manipulation.
Petra Cotright is one of those local artists that has been on our list of things to write about for what feels like forever but we’ve been unable to figure out exactly where the point of entry for her vast, wild work would be. Thankfully, fashion designer Stella McCartney has offered a wonderful entry into Cotright’s warped, twitchy video work: the designer enlisted the artist to not only show off her wears but show off her aesthetic. The pair seems unlikely—but it really works.