When I think of Los Angeles artists, I think of fun. We don’t often think about this but, in taking a step back, we all like having fun. Our environment is so upbeat and we can go to our own “la la” land type of place: LA is about having fun—and artists agree, reflecting this positivity into their work. I’m not sure if this is true but I definitely see it in all of Lindsay Preston Zappas‘ creations. She creates colorful photographic and drawings and sculpture that capture a beautiful collage of life that certainly feels unique to our part of the world.
Stay in town? Go out of town? Take the town? Summer is ending: do something with the town. CHECK THE RECAP!!
Where has the Summer gone? It has passed by us and, as it goes with time, is drawing to an end. With it’s end has brought another inevitable conclusion that we completely forgot about: the ending of Los Angeles’ art biennial at the Hammer. This means that you need to hustle if you want to see the show—and that the winners of the three prizes have been announced. Who could they be? What does it mean? Let us discuss.
I know many of you guys can’t fit your ears around Youth Code, which I learned when excitedly glowing over their debut LP. They make electronic industrial productions that local duo Ryan William George or Sara Taylor literally scream over: it is not for everyone. I get that. Since we’re having a bit of a goth Monday, it only felt appropriate to share a new song from them called “Consuming Guilt.” Yes, it’s loud—but it’s good, if you can move beyond the surface of the sound.
When news broke that OAK was finally making the hop from East coast to West coast, I’m pretty sure I wet my pants a little bit. The brand is known for making and finding and selling a mixture of goth, androgynous, upscale streetwear that come in black, black, some grays, black, white, black, silver, black, and black. Their stores in New York are nice and intimate and, while I have yet to visit their Downtown outpost, I have a feeling that it is somewhat New York-ish still.
Without any pretense (Surprisingly.), the brand popped up in a weird Mid-City location this week, blocks from where I live, like a bizarre white castle amidst historically Hasidic establishments and a smattering of design destinations. What does it mean? Well, the brand has gone full Los Angeles, opening up a sprawling L-shaped building that surely is going to be one of the more popular and successful retailers in town.