We shared the work of Ryan Schude not too long ago but we wanted to follow up with another project of his that feels particularly Los Angeles and also is a new entry into the car inspired art canon our city creates. The series is titled Them & Theirs and it examines people and their cars by way of portraits with these objects. The series is a funny way to honor these machines that aid lots of Angelenos–and also points out how much of an extension of self these vehicles can be.
Ira Svobodová is not a Los Angeles based artist. She’s actually Czech but she has a show up at Laguna’s CES Contemporary. It’s called White Space and it’s a showing of space exploring paintings. They hint at everything from the Modernist movement to interior architecture and the show feels particularly well timed considering that there is a big Southern California examining architecture showcase happening right now. We’re pretty obsessed with her work: they’re linear, they’re abstract, they’re minimal, and they feel extremely “now.”
Sorry, guys: call me crazy, call me old, call me uncool, call me whatever but Opening Ceremony is overrated like woah. Every time we go we see a lot of beautiful, fantastic things housed in one of the most interesting retail arrangements ever–but the clothes? It is a lot of silly stuff that your parents would slap you for purchasing. We spotted some cool Monitaly wears and few pairs of sweet shorts but everything else was too ill fitting or made of too weird of a material or just simply unflattering: it’s one thing to be stylish–it is another thing to look like a damn fool. And at the cost of thousands of dollars? Sorry, bro, you literally have made me blind from rolling my eyes so hard that they have fallen into my body and out of my ass. Excuse me.
There was one treasure found in the La Cienega Hall of Silly: some tie-dye delights stored in the Lego Band of Outsiders room. We didn’t remember seeing these pieces from the LA brand’s recent presentations but, boy, are they stellar. My initial reaction–which is my reaction to a lot of high-priced ridiculous things–was, “PSSSH: I can make this. Give me some dye, an old Oxford, and a bucket ASAP!” Spending time with the garment you realize how much more they are than just haphazard dying. They’re really wonderfully detailed, fun shirts for LA dudes.
With so many houses already in Los Angeles, there really is not a reason for you to have to build a house yourself. Rehabbing a space and updating its older shell is a part of the city’s culture and, sure, demolishing and rebuilding spaces is a (sad) part of it, too. Starting from scratch? It seems like a big task. Echo Park’s Anonymous Architects can handle this challenge. In fact, they excel at it at this: Big & Small, a recently completed residential project in Mount Washington, illustrates their talent for creatively and economically creating a space out of nothing.
Ryan Heffington allows himself to get out of the way of his work and generously provocates and unites others to create with him on the same stage. For artists, making room for a concept to take root and develop on its own is no easy task when the left side of the brain attempts to gain the upper hand while playing reality check out clerk. It is rare in our age of confessionalism and self-credit to witness an artist releasing control, providing an idea for germination, and inviting others to own and to alter it as well. Perhaps Sir Heffington is ahead of his time or I have been too self-absorbed to notice a shift in creative world dynamism where the concept of mine is no longer part of the game.