While researching for yesterday’s Baldessari Still Life app post, we stumbled upon a photo of a giant dog peeing on a building. Was it a joke? Where does this thing exist? Did I go to sleep and create this object as a manifestation of a dream? What the fuck is this and why have none of us heard about this??? Well, yes, it is real and it isn’t far from us in LA: as a part of his Ain’t Painting A Pain show at Orange County Museum of Art, artist Richard Jackson made a giant dog sculpture that is peeing on the face of the building. It’s called Bad Dog and, my friends, this may be the single most important piece of art that we have ever encountered. It is brilliant.
Sister Crayon are Oakland chilled out electronic duo Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez. They have gone through various incarnations and have landed in a trip-hoppy, jazzy, West coast version of Portishead space that’s full of emotions and moody beats. They’ve recently released a little EP–Cynic–and they’ve embarked on a tour to support it. They’re actually going to be in LA May 8th at Downtown’s Low End Theory so we had a little chat with Lopez about the group’s visit down South (even though they haven’t arrived just yet).
Music with lots of screaming and described as straight “punk” is nothing of interest to me. I associate those sounds with a messy cacophony that exists so that you cannot think: you have to process the warbles coming at you, placing yourself aside to focus on someone else. It’s kind of selfish and like audial terrorism. This is why it was a little surprising that we have been really, really digging LA not-punk-but-some-kind-of-punk band Coming, a band that seems to be pulled from a late seventies or early eighties pre-Goth punk club to make music. Their little Lonely EP is an emotional four song sprint that covers a lot of ground in ten minutes.
Everyone knows that Urs Fischer has a show at MOCA. Moreover, everyone knows that a ton of locals helped him make what’s at the MOCA Geffen space. Even though boring grandpa assholes at the Los Angeles Times think what he and locals did was “crude” and by “kids and hobbyists,” we were super impressed and almost overwhelmed with what people put into the project. We wish we could have conveyed more of what went into making in the post we shared on the process but, really, you will not understand unless you were there. It was insane. Thankfully, MOCAtv caught onto that and made a little video of what it looked like to be making with a shit ton of locals and Urs.
If you’ve ever driven South on Riverside after Los Feliz, you’ve probably seen a little gas station that has been abandoned for some time. It’s gotten better and better looking, transforming from a junk shop into what now looks like it could be a pretty cool place to maybe put in a restaurant or store or something since it’s such a curious architectural base.
Well, someone thought that up already: it has been flipped into a multi-purpose event space that hosts movie nights, food truck gatherings, pop-up retail, art events, and more. It’s now being called The Service Station and it’s a pretty sweet little place that you’ll want to be visiting this Summer.