CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2012 |
Garages buckled, highways collapsed. Swift but violent, the 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged buildings for miles around. But Los Angeles artist Stephen Glassman noticed one type of structure held strong: Billboards. The memory stayed with Glassman over the years. Then he had a thought. Why not entirely re-imagine those everyday pillars of steel? "Urban Air," his latest project, aims to transform billboards into suspended bamboo gardens and create "an open space" in the city skyline.
August 28, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See details below. With another massive shutdown of the 405 freeway approaching, a grass-roots effort is underway to offer Angelenos an artistic reprieve that's locally focused, timed for the second coming of Carmageddon, Sept. 29 and 30. More than 100 artists, arts organizations, advocacy groups and community partners have teamed to launch what they are calling Artmageddon, with the tagline "Less Car. More Art. " Artmageddon will feature a series of events spread out across 16 neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, encouraging patrons to bypass the freeways.
November 7, 2010 |
For women, one of the fastest ways to get to know a new friend is to look through her closet. Sifting through the layers of silk, sequins, cotton and wool, one can learn about the new acquaintance's past, her obsessions, her quirks and the things shared in common. Los Angeles artist, photographer and fashion lover Jeana Sohn is inviting everyone to this intimate party, via a weekly feature on her blog. Though women posting photos of themselves and their outfits online has become ubiquitous in this Internet age, Closet Visit ups the ante, presenting elegant, at-home portraits of some of L.A.'s most creative, stylish women, such as handbag designer Clare Vivier and jeweler Kathryn Bentley, shot with their wardrobes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2010 |
Eight Californians, including a public high school physics teacher, a deaf sign-language expert, a jellyfish researcher and an installation artist, are among 23 winners of this year's grants from the MacArthur Foundation. The recipients will each receive $500,000 over the next five years, with no strings attached. Included on this year's list are a few celebrated names, such as David Simon, the Baltimore-based screenwriter of "The Wire," the 2002-08 television series about the urban drug trade, and Annette Gordon-Reed, the Harvard law professor who has written about Thomas Jefferson's relationship with a slave.
June 11, 2010 |
The freeway appears regularly in L.A. art — works by Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper and Catherine Opie come to mind — but rarely does art grace the Southland's concrete corridors. There is graffiti, of course, and a smattering of decaying murals, but for the most part, the freeway is an artistic wasteland. Until now. Coming to select rush hour traffic jams this summer: "Superclogger," a mobile puppet theater by Los Angeles artist Joel Kyack. Accompanied by fellow artist Michael Hayden, Kyack performs shows out of the back of his nondescript white pickup truck for anyone who happens to be driving behind it. Commissioned by the Culver City non-profit LAXART, "Superclogger" began its crawl through the Southland's most congested stretches of freeway on June 1, on the 405. (Kyack monitors the flow of traffic on Google Maps to find the slowest spots.
May 16, 2010 |
Dawn Kasper's first solo show out of graduate school, at Circus Gallery in 2007, was titled simply "Life and Death," which gives you some idea of the scope of her inquiry. Working in video, installation and performance primarily, she's made works exploring "Evil," "Love" and "Truth." She's currently working on a group called the "On" series — as in, "On Forgetting," "On Religion" "On Existence" — and another she's dubbed "Clues to the Meaning of Life." She is an artist preoccupied, in other words, by the Big Questions, either unwilling or unable to home in on a more reasonable set of parameters.