Salene Jang describes herself as an illustrator and designer “who likes pretty things and animals.” That seems a bit on the surface of what she can do but, when you look at her work, you do find that she excels at sharing those two subjects and often colliding them together. Her paintings in particular are extremely good looking in that they use bold colors to build worlds of wonder, places and scenes that are almost too spectacular to process. In a way, they’re her way of processing the world—and little memories she may has.
It’s particularly difficult to not be obsessed with glasses in Southern California. It’s almost always sunny that we always have to protect our eyes. That also may explain why there are so many local eyewear houses, which is nothing to complain about since sunglasses are easy to love. I was recently chatting with a friend about this and she alerted me of a new Costa Mesa based, beach angled luxury glasses maker called Salt. They are a brand that hits both the understated and trendy marks, a difficult territory to occupy—but Salt. does it with grace.
Myers Collective is the design focused jewelry brainchild of local Jenny Myers. She has worked as an architect and graphic designer and this Collective is an outlet to express expand her ideas on design onto a smaller scale. Her name may sound familiar from her collaboration with Otaat but we’ve never encountered her work in person until a recent stop into Beverly’s Garde, where a nice little stack of embossed paper held a few of her necklaces in place. Each has a light, ethereal quality that is sophisticated and sharpened by brass hardware: Myers Collective is certainly making necklaces for the understated Angeleno.
A few *big* things are ending. Did you get to see them? Hopefully you did… CHECK THE RECAP!!
The uber-cool shadows of the Century Plaza Towers once again transformed thanks to the unflinchingly brilliant efforts of unparalleled Los Angeles music steward KCRW, and along for the ride was rock legend Gregg Allman.
This year’s theme Country in The City welcomed two acts in a picnic style open-air concert and an accompanying photo retrospective at the Annenberg Space for Photography. While modern country is not this writer’s primary musical inclination, Sturgill Simpson, the opener, offered up an energetic, diverse range of songs from blue grass to slow jams to modern rock infused country.