April 4, 2013 |
The hypnotic pull of Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho's remarkable, award-winning "Neighboring Sounds" - one of the strongest feature debuts of the last decade - is in its mysterious density of techniques. Set in seaside Recife on street of high-rises occupied by wealthy owners, well-off renters and the underclass that cleans for them, the film dips in and out of their lives and gender, race and socio-economic issues. There's the dissatisfied housewife who smokes pot, the sugar magnate's grandson who amiably oversees the patriarch's properties, the maid who likes to tryst in a day-vacated condo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1987 |
Isabel Piczek is familiar with every detail of Pope John Paul II's face. And she knows things about Father Junipero Serra that you wouldn't find in an average encyclopedia. For weeks, Piczek closely studied a photograph of the Pope's face and read exhaustively about the founder of the first nine California missions, noting his small stature and lame leg.
October 5, 2008 |
How DOES the Los Angeles County Arboretum's garden grow? Very artfully, thanks to the launch of its Art in the Garden Initiative. The Arcadia institution is hoping to bring in new audiences with works that interpret nature, such as environmental artist Patrick Dougherty's eerie "Catawampus" sculptures unveiled this year. Made entirely of sticks, saplings and other organic materials woven together, the willowy, haystack-like pieces stand more than 15 feet high. Kids and parents are encouraged to stroll through and climb the installation, which is temporary -- after all, it will eventually disintegrate on its own. In a more permanent vein, glass artist Leigh Adams' "Serpent Trail" invites visitors to wander along its winding quarter-mile path, which is inlaid with glass mosaic tiles.
February 20, 2008 |
ROME -- An ancient mosaic of a dark-haired boy and a fresco from Pompeii were among more than 400 looted archaeological treasures Italian police put on show Tuesday that had been recovered during a three-year hunt across Europe. The artifacts, including delicate Etruscan goblets and large Greek vases, were illegally dug up and spirited out of Italy decades ago, many of them assumed to be lost forever.
January 21, 2001
Artist William Attaway is applying tiles to his "Grunion Run" mosaic at the restrooms by the new basketball court along the Venice boardwalk. The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks commissioned Attaway to work on the mosaic and a nearby 20-foot ceramic column Attaway calls "Cultural Currents." Both were officially opened Jan. 11. * "So anyway, I'm cross-culturing my incantations here . . .
October 11, 2013 |
Jennifer Lynn's three-year-old eco-conscious Linden label was the second show out of the gate at the Los Angeles Fashion Council Grove shows on Wednesday afternoon. Inspiration: "A fountain outside Paris at La Defense inspired this collection," Lynn says in her show notes. "Artist Yaacov Agam designed the mosaic fountain, which is huge and visible from a distance. There are so many directions to view the fountain from, and no angle is the same, which led to the ultimate inspiration of this collection: Everything is different from every angle.
November 6, 1987 |
Good collage is devastatingly subtle, but artists have a way of loading up on bric-a-brac until the images in their works cancel each other out. When Mary Schairer overdoes it, her stuff takes on the air of a lunatic art history slide exam, with pyramids to Picasso fragments intercut by quick views of landscapes and highways, animals and architectural details.
HOME & GARDEN
September 13, 2008 |
AT 22, Pierre Andre Senizergues moved from the suburbs of Paris to skateboarding's Valhalla: Venice Beach. "I was living in a Ford Econoline van for the first six months," he says, adding that his next home was a Manhattan Beach surf shack where he paid $50 a month to crash behind a sofa. That was long before Senizergues turned pro, became world champion, traveled the international circuit and founded Etnies, the footwear and apparel giant that logs $200 million in annual sales with its sister brands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1994 |
The pile of children's posters that came to Esther Dendel's crafts studio four years ago could have aged on parents' refrigerators and been relegated to some dusty box. Instead, 23 of those works have been meticulously re-created in fabric by the 18 women of Dendel's quilting circle. The final product--which was stored at the Orange Central Library until funds could be found to buy a frame--was unveiled for the City Council on Tuesday before it was hung in the children's section of the library.