Photo: Liz O.
Related: “Monsters in Paradise: Artists T9G and Bwana Spoons Join Forces for Show at Toy Art Gallery” (L.A. Weekly)
Saturday night, “TxB” opened at Toy Art Gallery. This is a joint show between Bwana Spoons and T9G that marks the launch of their new TxB toys produced by TAG. Carlos and I stopped by the opening, but you can read more about that in my latest Cult Stars column for L.A. Weekly.
While we were there, I picked up new issue of Bwana Spoons’ zine, Sleep It Off, for the low, low price of $7.
I’ve been a zine reader since my stereotypically ’90 teenage years. (This may sound weird, but the late, great Tower Records in Northridge had the best zine section in the whole Valley, it was actually better than a lot of places over the hill.) So, I was extremely excited to pick up one from an artist whose work I think is pretty damn awesome.
Ben Jones makes the sun shine. (Instagram: Liz O.)
There’s a Mercedes in the middle of the “Transmission: L.A.” exhibition at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. I didn’t take a photo, but it’s there, and if you have stopped by the event, then you likely saw it too.
Consider the car product placement. “Transmission: L.A.” is part of Mercedes-Benz’s Avant/Garde Diaries project, essentially, a series of cool events and artist spotlights funded by a car company.
In my younger days, I would have scoffed at this with typical indie snob superiority. It took a while for me to understand one of the greatest truths of the world. No good idea will get off the ground without money. If corporations want to put up the money for people doing awesome, creative things, then it’s good for artists and it’s good for us.
The Typo Terrorist hits Melrose. (Photo: Liz O.)
All I know about The Typo Terrorist is what’s on Tumblr and Facebook and Twitter.
Regardless, I saw this while walking down Melrose Ave. yesterday. Can’t remember the cross street, but it was right around Urban Outfitters.
As a random aside, why is there always a crowd at Urban Outfitters when there are so many cool, non-chain stores on the same street? I still don’t get that.
Necklaces by Zambi Candy from Super*Market (Photo: Liz O.)
Last Saturday, BubblePunch relaunched the Super*Market event at Meltdown Comics, the Hollywood comic book store for whom I interview awesome writers and artists. BubblePunch is an event promotion team consisting of blogger Yume Ninja and accessories designer Michelle Nguyen, aka Chubby Bunny. (For more on Chubby Bunny, check out the studio tour Shannon and I did for L.A. Weekly last year.)
I stopped by the event for a little while after checking out a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic screening at Royal/T.
The Super*Market vendors set up shop in the store’s parking lot as well as inside Nerdist Theater/gallery, surrounded by work from the venue’s current show, “Muchos Kstew.” (More about that in “Lots of Images of Kristen Stewart”)
Hot Mouth by Kate Ward (Photo: Liz O.)
I met Kristen Stewart once. It was at a premiere for a movie I never saw, for a story I never wrote and our exchange lasted no more than two minutes. I don’t remember the exact conversation, I just remember that she seemed quite the opposite of everyone else I’ve met in my very limited experience of attending Hollywood events.
Red carpet events are a peculiar phenomenon. Though the carpet often isn’t red, the events are almost interchangeable. You have a bunch of reporters on the side of the carpet, each one given a space about the size of an 8″ x 10″ glossy. You wait for hours, in this case, in sunlight so bright that no amount of sunscreen could protect yours truly from a violent burn. You’re given a cheat sheet with the names and photos of the known attendees. You will reference this sheet a lot. Of course, a few more unannounced people will arrive and you will likely have no idea who they are even though they fall into that “celebrity” category. If– and this is definitely an if– you can score an interview with one of the stars, you’re given one or two questions and your goal is to keep them talking until a publicist drags them towards the next reporter. The actors are obviously well-rehearsed for these sorts of events. The ladies walk in very expensive high-heeled shoes as though they have been strutting with books on their heads since childhood. They pose for the photographers as though they spent decades practicing for just this moment in front of a mirror. Men and women answer every question as a sound bite. If they say anything that could be construed as kind of/sort of controversial, it’s only because that’s part of a carefully cultivated rebellious image.
I know this sounds cynical, but when you grow up in Los Angeles, you learn that nothing is real well before you learn how to drive.
Megan C. Brooks bottle cap charm (via Etsy)
Megan C. Brooks is a New Jersey-based photographer whose work I cannot compliment highly enough. She’s also a friend and, back when she lived in Los Angeles, we used to collaborate with each other. We spent a year or so traveling across Southern California in search of the perfect music festival, most of which was documented in a music newspaper called The Rockit that’s no longer in existence. (Dig through the archives on her website and you’ll find photos from many of those adventures.)
Megan just released a line of bottle cap jewelry with a lovely, gothic feel- “Handmade with my own blood sweat and beers, well I had a little help with the beers,” she writes on Etsy– and each piece features one of her photos. You can pick out one five cemetery photos for your pendant, and, at $11, it’s a really affordable way to beef up your art collection.
Last weekend, “Diversions,” a group show, opened at GR2 in Los Angeles. One of the artists is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game animator Paul Robertson. I interviewed Robertson for my L.A. Weekly column, Cult Stars. Another artist in the show is Monyo Monyo, who is responsible for the gorgeous masks (and one vest) photographed here. Check out the show if you can. It’s fun and runs through early April.
Monyo Monyo (Photo: Liz O.)
Photo: Liz O.
Paul Kaiju had his first solo show in L.A. at Toy Art Gallery last weekend. I covered the event for my L.A. Weekly column, Cult Stars. Below are photos from the show that did not appear in the blog post. “Paulyvinyl State of Mind” is open through March 18 at Toy Art Gallery, 7571 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.
Shojono Tomo display at Munky King. Check out the hand-painted kimono. (Photo: Liz O.)
Shojono Tomo’s clothing has appeared on Nicki Minaj so many times that the superstar gave her a shout-out in Ester Dean’s song, “Gimme Money.” But Tomo doesn’t limit herself to fashion design. She’s a multi-disciplinary artist, one of the most creative and fun-loving people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
Right now, Tomo’s work is on display and for sale at Munky King on Melrose. The display pieces include her hand-painted kimono that’s on loan from the Museum of World Culture in Sweden. You can also check out some of the items from her web store in person, including the adorable “Pants Invaders” leggings, which recall a certain old school video game, and the “Lost in the Supermarket” leggings (points for sharing a name with a song from The Clash). There are also bags, hats and an assortment of other goodies.
I stopped by Munky King on Saturday and took a few photos of the display. Check them out below and see Tomo’s “mini-shop” in person up until March 26.
Event II by Peter Gric (Photo: Liz O.)
Recently, I went to CoproGallery in Santa Monica for the opening of “Conjoined II.” That same night, the gallery also hosted a separate show featuring the art of Peter Gric called “Android Awakening.”
Gric is from Europe and his work, at least what I’ve seen of it, has a cool post-apocalyptic sci-fi edge to it. There are a few more photos after the jump. While I hate to think of art as NSFW, I’m also not your boss, so proceed with caution as there’s some nudity in the images.