It is important for an artist to have a point of view and a concept. If an artist isn’t speaking to anything, they they are speaking to nothing. Equally as important is the means by which an artist is expressing. Be it performance or painting or whatever, that visual hallmark is key. There has to be an element of the artist’s hand and style in the piece. Local artist Andrew Hem has his style set in his paintings as they all feature muted brights and jewel tones and long faced characters caught up in thought. Hem has his style and concept figured out.
I’ve been inside City Hall one time. It was to one of the top floors for a performance of Suzanne Lacy’s Pacific Standard Time Storying Violence, which gathered lawmakers, experts, and an audience of bloggers to discuss the problem of rape in Los Angeles. The last thing on anyone’s mind during such a serious conversation was, “Hey, excuse me, hey: do you mind if I take a step out onto the balcony snap a few photographs of the city? Pretty please with sugar on top??” Not happening. The place was under tight security and the only view I could see was a sliver of the Hollywood Hills from my seat. I was super bummed I couldn’t take a closer look. Thankfully, photographers Ellis R. Bosworth and Scott Harrison got the chance to do that…except they did it fifty eight years apart from each other! The result is a super fun then-and-now feature the Los Angeles Times has up on comparing various views from the top of City Hall.
Eskmo is the alias for Los Angeles electronic music producer Brendan Angelides. His style has been described as “electronic hip-hop” and certainly carries the weight of both synthesized music trends and hip-hop styles. He filters this concept through a buoyant electronic lens, perhaps even grabbing influence from his eskimo name as many of his songs are clean open landscapes that he distorts. His latest EP Terra comes out January 21 and is a quick little record that has Eskmo exploring a musical world that he has made up.
Remember when Metro said it was building cool floating canopies? If you’ve been to the Civic Center station Downtown within the past few months, you will have noticed that the canopy on 1st and Hill is nearly complete. It looks great!
Yaejin Lim is a Los Angeles artist who literally scrambles televisions. The artist has an eye for the old TV’s RGB lights, which she zooms in on and toys with by smearing them and using them as the basis for mixed media. She basically took a swipe at a television and jumbled up whatever visuals were on the screen–and then she takes it a few steps forward.