Julia Sonmi Heglund is one of those artists who are obsessed with colliding a personal aesthetic with personal interests. She’s an LA based illustrator and designer who is very good at making things pretty and dabbling in different styles, be it her own or a popularized form. She can very easily go for the abstract and literal as she can breath a humanoid life into a cartoon form. This makes her work a combination of various influences, all of which she makes time to pay attention to.
Melrose’s New Theme is a little architectural and artistic hub that may get passed as you jet across town from La Brea to La Cienega. Their current show DIFFRACTION is drawing to a close and features four artists abstracting and reforming meaning to the physical. It’s a small but fascinating little collection. A few weeks back there was a very intimate talk by participating artists Zack Stadel and Beth Holden on their works in the show. They talk about everything from the body as an object to Holden’s super gender advancing “female urinal.” Crazy, right?
A few days ago we got a pretty remarkable surprise in the mail: a ton of goodies from La Cienega based Baxter Of California. Like, it wasn’t just a face scrub—it was a lot of different goodies to help keep a man looking his best. It was almost perfectly timed since we had been meaning to run to the store to buy a new supply of both deodorant, soap, and pomade. Surprise: Baxter had us covered! Now that we’ve gotten to sample the somewhat ridiculous amount of products they carry, we wanted to give you a breakdown of how these things work, feel, smell, and who you should get them for, if you want to gift some LA grooming stuff for your man or yourself. Let this be your guide!
If you’ve been to The Getty in the past few weeks and have seen their Poetry Of Paper show, one that explores classic drawings and negative space, you will have noticed that it is a slightly atypical show. Instead of descriptions of the history of a piece or the technique applied to create it, you’ll find something a little more creative: haikus! To match the often open and airy drawings, curator Stephanie Schrader has used the equally as sparse poetic form of haikus to label selected drawings in the exhibition—and she’s even provided you with an opportunity to make your own poem, too.
A few weeks ago we shared that there is an effort to take California license plates back to a more simpler, classic time by way reproducing plates from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The effort is very small and would bring a very design friendly plate to California cars, allowing your car to make a statement without you actually having to do all that much at the DMV. It only makes sense that such a “cool” little effort was started by an LA person. Who is responsible for it? Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a native Angeleno who represents the 43rd District, an area that covers Silver Lake, Glendale, Atwater Village, Burbank, Los Feliz, and more.
Gatto is one of those “cool” politician who is fighting the good fight in all the best ways. Annoyed about getting a ticket on a broken parking meter? Mike Gatto just fixed that. Think we need more dog parks? Gatto’s on that. Annoyed you were a small batch food producer who couldn’t sell goods? Mike took care of that too. He definitely knows what civic issues to take care of and is doing some pretty wild things in his position. We had a quick chat with him about his latest effort—the Legacy License Plates—to learn more about where the idea came from and what he needs to make it a reality.