Tim Biskup is an American artist from Los Angeles–which makes things complicated and easy at the same time since, well, no one is actually from Los Angeles. People are born here, people leave here, and people come here: no one stays forever. He sits in a glass corner of his house, a corner that was recently transformed from playroom to lounge. The view of a pool in the background taunts, but doesn’t invite as it’s cold outside.
For what seems like forever, Bobby and I have been whining to each other about how we have had such a difficult time finding and sharing what is going on in Los Angeles. We initially thought it would be cool to share local events and happenings through The Fox Is Black but, after some time and consideration, it seemed unfair to post things that only a handful of readers of TFIB could visit, see, or experience in person. It seemed a little selfish of us to take up space with a post about Los Angeles on a website that is read by people all over the world.
PULSE Los Angeles starts today and we’re stoked to see it. The fair is one of the three that PULSE conducts each year, the other two being in Miami (this winter) and New York (next spring). The fair showcases the best contemporary art from the area as well as a few imports from around the globe. However, like all art fairs, taking everything in can be very overwhelming. Thus, we have broken down the four day event to share what we are most excited to see.
In honor and conjunction with CicLAvia, Poketo has created a few products specifically for the car-less event. The local lifestyle brand has created two limited edition t-shirts and a wallet that will benefit keeping CicLAvia alive.
Los Angeles may have a very recent history and may not have a lot of ways for us to get in touch with the past. We don’t have very many historical relics or monuments that tie us back to the city’s building blocks nor do we have an Ellis Island type of mass entry to the city. Instead, we have people who tricked in to build buildings and institutions whose faces tell the story through the style they are and neighborhood they were in. Some are still so new that you can speak with neighbors or even residents who have been tied to the location since it was built. If you wander the hills of Beachwood Canyon or Franklin Canyon, this is all too apparent as tiny storybook houses recall the neighborhood’s trend that birthed them in the 1920s. But, what about the office buildings and apartment buildings that have been forgotten? They’re too expensive to maintain but too precious to demolish: what happens to them?