Larry Gus is one of those about-to-break, hyper-buzzed about artists that you need to take a minute to investigate. He’s DFA repped and has an experimental, past-and-present electronic angle to him that’s somewhere in between tribal house and Caribou after taking some uppers. Larry is also a very witty guy, an element that is totally apparent in his music videos since they are a format that has him doing delightfully inane things like repeatedly running up and down a child’s slide or semi-voguing on the outskirts of a dance floor. This is also apparent in a little interview we did with him about an upcoming trip to Los Angeles, his first time here, where the sometimes abstract artist revealed himself to be totally funny and totally cool. What did he have to say? A lot. Some of it is about Marc Maron, too.
Allister Lee likes markers. We’re not just talking about Sharpies but any black marker along the spectrum from high end to low end, vintage and bootleg is something Lee is interested in. The Toronto based artist and brand consultant has worked on everything from designing Nike Shoes to creating looks for Stussy t-shirts to making Vagabond Skateboards–and he’s always kept up his love for markers on his encyclopedic web project Black Is Beautiful, a visually logging of every single black marker Lee finds. It’s a pretty insane resource that you didn’t think would be so fascinating but it totally is. Lee was recently in town visiting friends and seeing a few Los Angeles and Long Beach sites so we figured we’d have a little chat with him about his stay in town.
I don’t think it’s possible to express how excited we are that Architecture for Dogs is in the Los Angeles area. The dog-meets-architect experiment is currently on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art, which is wild because the concept show was shown at Art Basel last year, is stopping here, and then is travelling the world. How lucky are we? Seriously: the show sees superstar architects and designers petting their fun side to make avant garde dog houses tailored for a specific dog and a specific owner. If there’s anything that will tickle the aesthetics of Angelenos, it’s a dog-art show because dog culture is so huge.
To kick the show off, renowned architect and designer Kenya Hara–the man who led this dog house venture–was in Los Angeles to set the show on its feet. He’s toted as the “leading design personality of Japan” and has become an icon in the design world. We are absolutely delighted to share a little chat with him on his experience of Los Angeles. It was literally translated at the Long Beach Museum of Art so we could share, too.
Jan-Patrick Schmitz is the modern businessman. He’s not stuffy and serious, unable to see anything beyond corporate jargon and boardroom settings: he’s a happy, excited guy who is passionate about his work and about figuring out ways to make his job–and his company’s job–more creative. Schmitz serves as the President and CEO of Montblanc North America, the luxury watch, jewelry, writing instrument, and more manufacturer from Germany. You would never guess this about him because nothing about him is serious or with the baggage of “businessman.”
Schmitz exudes this positive need to share and to do more than what is expected of him. He’s a passionate photographer, teacher, and arts supporter and is the reason why Montblanc is often doing curious, arts minded collaborations: he’s brought an unexpected element to the brand. Schmitz has positioned his company to push arts education beyond it’s current status of being cut and tossed away: he’s doing what he can to keep kids creative. He was recently in Los Angeles to support the third annual 24 Hour Plays, a day long event intended to challenge and entertain through theatre and to benefit arts education nonprofit Urban Arts Partnership.
You could call Stockholm’s Kate Boy a buzz band. They were knighted by Pitchfork as a Rising band and stormed music blogs with their beautiful, bright debut single “Northern Lights.” The quartet has only released a handful of songs and has their growing audience biting their nails to hear more of their sleek, hard-edged synth/electro-pop.
Luckily, we in Los Angeles are in for a treat: Kate Boy are in Los Angeles right now! For what? They’re doing a show at The Echo tonight with Lovelife and Bom Bom and are sure to bring the house down–and share a bit more of what you can expect from their hotly anticipated LP. To keep up our ongoing conversation with talented artists and makers passing through Los Angeles, we had a little chat with the Kate Boy to hear what they thought about Los Angeles. They have a greater connection to the city than you may think–and they’re going to try to conquer it in a few days!