Oakland-based artist Brendan Monroe recently opened a solo exhibition of new work at Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica. Consisting of painting and sculpture, “Melting Into The Floor” is Monroe’s first major exhibition in Los Angeles since 2009.
From the gallery: The title, “Melting Into the Floor” connotes a feeling of dissolving and morphing into an abstract state. As liquid can change into a gas or solid, the artist is interested in the crossing point at which fundamental alteration sets course. It is Brendan’s goal to somehow catch these figures shortly after the moment when they’ve burst into ribbons and blobs. Monroe imagines these images at frozen points of motion with an implied short narrative that refers to the before and after.
Brendan Monroe, “Melting Into The Floor”
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, B-5A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Exhibition on view through June 15th
frederik meijnen & louis steyaert photographed by ben toms & styled by robbie spencer for dazed & confused, june 2013.
U.K. artist HUSH will make his return to Los Angeles this weekend with a solo exhibition comprised of brand new work for Corey Helford Gallery. The paintings bring together screenprinted patterns and graffiti writing, layered over depictions of the female form. Opening the same night is artist Michael Mararian, at CHG Circa, just doors from Corey Helford’s main space.
HUSH, New works
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Opening reception: Saturday, May 18th
Dear Girl in the Denim DIY: we love you. She gave an old BITNB x Patrick Jilbert tee a new life by sticking it on the back of her denim vest. Brilliant.
New BITNB Beer Koozies. $5. Nuff said.
“it takes the stanford encyclopedia of philosophy 28,250 words to explain the woolly concept of relativism. it takes genís carreras 32 words and a single image. if you ask me, he doesn’t even need the text.” comments suzanne labarre.
they are pretty genius….now if he could only figure out everything else for us!
(above) Creative marketing force Jaclyn Johnson wearing her Blood is the New Black x Dan Mountford muscle tee. Read on to get her no-B.S. advice on keeping sane and hustling hard.
Meet Jackie and other creative-types that are killing it at Create + Cultivate: Los Angeles on May 18th! There’s some BITNB goodness tucked inside the gift bags!
NAME Jaclyn Johnson
HOMETOWN/CURRENT HOME TURF From the humid breezes of Palm Beach Gardens Florida to the coasts of California well at least Los Feliz by way of Boston, New York and London.
HUSTLE errrday as founder of (NO SUBJECT) and post-er of things at Somenotesonnapkins.com
TOP 3 TOOLS OF YOUR TRADE? iPhone charger, big ass sunglasses, coffee
WHAT ARE YOU REALLY INTO RIGHT NOW? Biking. I biked last weekend from Venice to Manhattan Beach. It makes you feel like you are twelve years old again, not a care in the world. Plus I am in the midst of working on my summer playlist which includes Lorde, Misun, Junip and Jake Bugg. Bikes + Music, into it.
WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR WORK? Balance. Sometimes it can suck you dry creatively, emotionally, and I think I’ve always struggled with factoring myself into the equation. I’ve learned if you take care of yourself, the work will fall into place.
ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO GET IN THE GAME? Trust your gut. I like the “work hard and be nice to people” stuff but the reality is you have to watch your back, stand up for yourself, steer clear of greed/jealousy/bad people (or people who give you a bad feeling) and ask for what you want—no regrets.
OLDEST THING IN YOUR CLOSET? An amazing belt I got at Goodwill back in my thrifting days. It was made in 1953 and has the name Greta carved into the leather. Thanks Greta!
FIRST CONCERT? No Doubt. UGH. The bindi. So good.
WHAT WOULD YOU BUY WITH 5 BUCKS AT 7-11? Have you had their pizza? It’s magical.
DO YOU DREAM MOST ASLEEP OR AWAKE? Asleep. Mostly about work. I get some of my best ideas while taking a snooze.
CURRENT FAVORITE BITNB TEE(S)? The bears & butterflies tee! (see above)
WHAT’S NEXT? Portland! We just opened an office there and I am going to be up there a lot this summer working on Create + Cultivate (happening July 27th!).
“Selfish” at Katherine Cone Gallery, curated by artist Sean Cheetham, brings together an impressive lineup of contemporary painters who have all contributed a self-portrait to the exhibition.
From the gallery:
“Intrinsically linked to identity, the self-portrait ultimately stands to reveal something deeper about the creator- an exploration of self and an examination of one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings. At times, an artist feels they must repeatedly create a self-portrait in an effort to further research their inner-self and perhaps search for answers within the painted image. Famous painters from Rembrandt to van Gogh have relied on self-portraiture as a method to intensely study the self through art.”
Artists included are: Sean Cheetham, Julio Reyes, Candice Bohannon Reyes, Sergio Sanchez, Wayne Johnson, Kevin Llewellyn, Hollis Dunlap, Sonya Palencia, Jeff Nentrup, Jonathan Hart, EL MAC, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Ryan Cheetham, Kate Savage, Eric Pedersen, Marc Trujillo, Johnpaul Altamirano, Stephen Schirle, and Richard Morris.
“Selfish: Curated by Sean Cheetham”
Katherine Cone Gallery
2673 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90034
Exhibition on view through June 22, 2013
karen elson & edie campbell photographed by steven meisel & styled by karl templer for vogue italia, may 2013.
A few of our favorite ways we polluted Pinterest (and made the internet a better place) this week…
Fuck you pie. Mmm our favorite.
Cher’s mugshot at age 13 after taking a family friend’s car for a joyride to the drive-in.
From the artist:
“The title, “Guns and Ecstasy”, alludes to having the freedom to choose a driving fantasy that will affect our outlook, which in turn directly affects everyone around us. We can choose a paranoia fantasy where we need to fortify against an imminent attack from uncontrollable aspect of a crumbling society, grasping for a sense of control. This position seems to be embodied and leveraged by the NRA, and the assault weapon has become the central fetish object of the dialogue. We can also choose to look for connection, beauty and celebration, and surrender ourselves to a world where nothing will ever be certain again.”
“For this series of sculptures, I have chosen to give the hyper-masculinized aesthetic of the assault weapon a forced-feminization in the form of pretty cake decoration, and in the process deconstructed the paranoia aesthetic. I have also constructed a cake-disco-ecstasy-infinity chamber, the purpose of which is to offer a space to surrender one’s paranoia fantasy to an experience of the ecstatic, thereby bringing the viewer back to a pre-paranoia state of being. It should also be noted that with these and all of my previous works, the distinction between safety and paranoia is never totally clear… good luck in making the right choice!”
If you are in the Bay Area, Scott Hove’s work is not to be missed!
Scott Hove, “Guns & Ecstasy”
816 Sutter St.
San Francisco CA 94109
Opening reception: Friday, May 2, 6pm to 10pm
Exhibition on view through May 25, 2013
branko maselj photographed by stefani pappas & styled by katharine erwin for boys by girls magazine.
Los Angeles-based artist Gary Baseman recently opened his first major museum exhibition, “The Door Is Always Open”, at the Skirball Cultural Center. In this life-spanning retrospective, viewers get to travel through a recreation of Baseman’s home, with rooms that trace his career in illustration, advertising, television, toys and fine art.
Be sure to check out the Skirball Cultural Center’s website for more information on hours and other Baseman-related events during the exhibition’s run.
Gary Baseman, “The Door Is Always Open”
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Exhibition on view through August 18th, 2013
all photographs by françois halard
designer rick owens moved from california to paris a decade ago, bringing his signature blend of glamour and grunge to the namesake fashion and furniture lines he launched there – and inspiring legions of fans and imitators. the wsj article can be read here.
For their final show, THIS Los Angeles in Highland Park is having over 100 artists and friends showing together in a huge group exhibition. Opens Friday, April 26th, with a reception from 7 to 10pm.
From the gallery:
We started THIS los angeles 3 1/2 years ago because we wanted a place to showcase all of our friends work in a space that was unlike the galleries we knew. We wanted a place where people came to hang out, see some new artists, have some great conversation and basically just make a warm inviting place where we could showcase our ideas or showcase others ideas. It was way more successful than any of us ever imagined. As most of you probably already know one of the founding members Justin Van Hoy passed away in the fall and honestly, it’s just not that fun to run the space without the Dutch Giant so we are closing up shop here on N. Figueroa St.
The idea for the first show we ever did was to show one piece from our friends, and thats how we are going out.
Hope to see you all on Friday.
“These Friends 4″
THIS Los Angeles
5906 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA 90042
Opening reception: April 26th, 7 to 10pm
Exhibition on view through May 26th
Real or fake, this video by way of Coachella is fucking hilarious. “These bands are so obscure they don’t even exist.”
connor doherty, fionnan & philip k photographed by rachel chandler & styled by elizabeth fraser-bell for dazed & confused, may 2013.
Information about the print:
“Afterlife” is an edition of 100 prints by Alexis Anne Mackenzie. With a small border for framing, the artwork is sized to fit into a standard 8″ by 10″ frame. The archival print was created by Tiny Showcase and ships with a corresponding certificate of authenticity. The archival artwork has been printed on a heavy 290gsm natural white print making paper made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10% cotton.
$140 framed in cherry
Alexis has chosen the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California as her artwork’s charity. The Hearing and Speech Center works to provide life-long professional services to support all people with hearing or communication challenges in achieving their goals. $250 from the sale of her artwork will be donated to the organization.
Check out our new lookbook! New rad styles hitting the store very soon, so make room. Spring is looking awesome.
Photographer: Ramon Felix
Models: Clinton (Photogenics) & Tatiana Dumais
Hair/Makeup: Veronica Chanel
Stylist: Mandy Rogers
martin conte photographed by nevio vitali & styled by luca termine for schön! #20 2013.
cabañas morerava by aata arquitectos easter island, chile.
the moreava cabins are located on easter island, a special territory off chile & home to rapa nui national park. they were prefabricated on the continent to avoid waste & optimize tinder, the primary building material. they are elevated on poles that create low impact on the land & prevent humidity from penetrating the interiors. because of the subtropical climate, aata designed a gap between the wood of the huts’ ceilings & the zinc roofs that allows cool cross-ventilated air to blow freely. rainwater is collected & stored for re-use in the cabins & solar collectors provide the right temperature for water to use in the kitchens & toilets. go here to rent one.
Greg “Craola” Simkins‘ recently returned to Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles with a new solo exhibition entitled “Stop Haunting Me”. The show actually coincides with the 20-year anniversary of Simkins using “Craola” as his artist name, and is comprised of brand new paintings, drawings, and prints.
Below is also a video LRG put together of “Craola” working on a new piece in the studio and discussing the past, present and future of his career.
Greg “Craola” Simkins, “Stop Haunting Me”
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90036
Exhibition on view through May 4th, 2013
wael sersoub, brett & maxime photographed by fanny latour-lambert & styled by jean-paul paula for wad magazine #56, april 2013.
[desert goodness via]
We found a bar that serves alcoholic boba. Seriously.
Not going to Coachella and totally okay with it? The new Getty exhibit is all about LA and sounds awesome.
ewa brzyska, alix, antonina vaslychenko, vika falieeva, liah cecchellero, iris van berne, morgane warnier, anna martynova, agnes nabuurs, lin kjerulf, kate bogucharskaia, anmari botha, gina bock, eleonora baumann & hedvig palm photographed by elina kechicheva & styled by anna schiffel for russh, april/may 2013.
What time is it? Time for our first sample sale of 2013!
Come hang with us and get outfitted from head to toe with Blood is the New Black (us!) and our buds at Generic Surplus & The Generic Man (a.k.a. sick kicks without flashy logos).
When: Friday, April 12th (from 10am – 7pm) & Saturday, April 13th (11am – 3pm)
Where: 719 S. Los Angeles St. #1124, DTLA
The Hive Gallery, 729 S. Spring St, Los Angeles CA 90014
Opening reception: Sat Apr 6, 8:30-11:30pm
Exhibition runs through Apr 27
Art available online here
Our mustachioed man, Eddy Densow, hanging out in his BITNB x Bryan Ray Turcotte ‘Videodrome’ tee.
NAME Eddy Densow
HOME TURF I grew up in the Bay Area (Livermore, CA). Currently taking residence in Echo Park.
SIDE HUSTLE Mortal Kombat tournaments
WHERE/HOW CAN WE SEE YOUR WORK? eddydensowphoto.com on that insta @eddy_densow
TOP 3 TOOLS OF YOUR TRADE? Advil, fresh batteries, duct tape.
WHAT ARE YOU REALLY INTO RIGHT NOW? Right now as spring and summer approach, I’m really stoked on shooting more skating, going out and looking for new spots. Living in California we have access to so many rad spots both in the north and out here in LA.
TELL US THE STORY OF YOUR FIRST TIME OUT SHOOTING I brought my first 35mm to the skate park in high school for a final project. I had no idea what I was doing, only had one lens, and no flashes. I think I underexposed almost all but a few shots, or had major motion blur in the others. I was stoked on those couple shots that did come out, and I knew this was something I wanted to go for.
WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR WORK? A big challenge starting out was networking, I’m a bit on the quiet side. You have to get out there and speak up!
ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO GET IN THE GAME? Take your camera everywhere and shoot anything and everything you think will make a good photo. Digital is great and pretty much industry standard, but shoot and develop a lot of film. Ask questions, do research, hit up your favorite photogs, hit up companies. Dial in your style, make your photos your own, experiment with different angles, lighting, exposures, keep it fresh.
OLDEST THING IN YOUR CLOSET? An XXXL Tall Tee from my Hyphy days in the Bay Area.
FIRST CONCERT? Explosions in the Sky at the Wiltern. Those dudes make some sick tunes!
WHAT WOULD YOU BUY WITH 5 BUCKS AT 7-11? Abba Zabba, sunflower seeds, blue slushee!
DO YOU DREAM MOST ASLEEP OR AWAKE? Awake, my mind is wanders a lot.
WHAT’S NEXT? Hopefully get involved with some mags, shoot with different people and crews.
See some of Eddy’s recent work shot in San Francisco below and our last Creative Crush, Clara Polito, here.
We’re stoked we could share this “Celebs, they’re just like us!” moment with Ms. Britney Spears (and new bf, David Lucado) at Vons. Dreams really do come true.
Britney is wearing Blood is the New Black x Nicole Guice. And leggings, a scrunchie, and Uggs.
We love you, Britney.
On April 4th, Known Gallery and Altamont Apparel will present a special exhibition to showcase the skate-related photography of Patrick O’Dell. The work in this show will span Patrick’s years as Senior Photographer and writer for Thrasher Magazine, Photo Editor of VICE, and Creator/Producer of the Epicly Later’d show.
Patrick is also releasing a new zine at this event. The exhibition is on view until April 7, 2013.
“Skateboard High School: Years of Pictures by Patrick O’Dell”
441 North Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90036
Private reception: April 4, 2013, 6 to 8pm
Opening reception: April 4, 2013, 8 to 11pm
We’re having our first SAMPLE SALE of 2013 with Generic Surplus! Get ready. April 12 & 13. Deets here.
Artist & illustrator Ben Tegel recently had a solo exhibition, “The Art of the Rattling Wall”, at Synchronicity Space in Los Angeles. The show comprised of works that Ben made for the The Rattling Wall, Vol. 3 (a Los Angeles-based literary journal), as well as some new personal work.
Below are some of the pieces from this show, which are still available through the gallery here.
From the gallery:
For the third issue of The Rattling Wall, Tegel created eighteen new illustrations using India ink and watercolor washes of Payne’s gray. The journal’s inside covers feature preliminary drawings and reference sketches. The outside cover artwork is an original watercolor piece.For more information, please visit PEN CENTER USA.
(above) Clara, at home with Liberty, in Atwater Village wearing a BITNB x Demonbabies ‘Hypnotize’ Boyfriend tee.
NAME Clara Polito
HOME TURF Atwater Village
HUSTLE Baking vegan sweets!
WHERE/HOW CAN WE TASTE YOUR WORK? Pizzanista carries my cupcakes, so you can grab a slice of pizza and a treat, and look at all the cute skater boys that go there! I do pop-up shops at least once a month which are a lot of fun. I also do special orders, so if you need a birthday cake made with love, I’ve got you covered. Keep up on claracakes.com!
TOP 3 TOOLS OF YOUR TRADE? A whisk, bowl, and some tunes.
WHAT ARE YOU REALLY INTO RIGHT NOW? Costume jewelry. I just got these fake Chanel logo earrings that I’m in love with. I pretend the CC stands for Clara’s Cakes. I also have these rad gold dollar sign earrings that add a dose of sass to an outfit. I’m also into this band called Radical Dads that I discovered in New York.
BEST THING YOU’VE COOKED UP THIS WEEK? It’s a tie between two brand new cupcake flavors: Jalapeño Pineapple and then the Inception Cupcake. Jalapeño and pineapples are my favorite pizza toppings so I thought I’d do an ode to that. The Inception Cupcake was inspired by the Inception Cookies I do which are chocolate chip cookie covered Oreos.
WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR WORK? Working with yeast. The weather outside can literally affect how much your dough rises. If I’m making dough and feel stressed out, the dough comes out weird. When I’m at ease it comes out wonderfully.
ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO GET IN THE GAME? If something you’re making doesn’t come out the way you want it to come out, take a break, and then try again. I’ve learned that there’s absolutely nothing you can do besides starting over. It’s stressful when this stuff happens, so you have to really love baking to do it for a living.
OLDEST THING IN YOUR CLOSET? I have this beautiful Victorian lace dress that I’m too chicken to wear out! I have a coat from the 40′s that I got to wear to New York a few weeks ago.
FIRST CONCERT? Joan Jett at a county fair, I was five. I swear we locked eyes! I just found her “I Love Rock n Roll” record and I’ve been listening to it a lot, it reminds me of being a bad ass little kid.
WHAT WOULD YOU BUY WITH 5 BUCKS AT 7-11? A slurpee, potato chips, and Sour Patch Kids watermelon candy.
DO YOU DREAM MOST ASLEEP OR AWAKE? Awake, part of the reasons why I enjoy baking so much is that I’m so at ease with it that I think half my mind just wanders off to daydreaming.
CURRENT FAVORITE BITNB TEE(S)? I love the Hypnotize shirt [by Demonbabies]! I’m obsessed with the colors on it, and the writing gives it a retro vibe which I love. I could imagine seeing the shirt in print form and getting it to pin up in my room.
WHAT’S NEXT? A collaboration with Epicly Later’d, some more pop-up shops at Atwater Village Farm, and events with Pizzanista!
zoe spawton noticed a dapper man walking past her coffee shop everyday in the berlin borough of neukölln. she discovered that he is ali, an 83 year old turkish tailor who has been living in germany for the past 44 years….& oh yeah, 18 kids!
most of what ari wears is handmade by him & he rarely wears the same thing twice. after getting his permission, spawn, an australian born photographer started a blog called what ali wore.
at first ali thought it was funny spawton told spiegel online but “now he is the one who gives me instructions and shows me where he would like to pose.”
“uncle ali” as she calls him, has some restrictions – if he isn’t feeling well or if he thinks she has already photographed him in an outfit or he isn’t dressed neatly. they have become friends & she sads “once we went together on a trip to pick apples, which was very nice.”
when she tried to explain to him (with the help of google translate) that he is now a celebrity online & might be recognized he seemed quite pleased.
at the beginning of the 20th century, wealthy french banker albert kahn embarked on a project, “archives of the planet,” through which he sent photographers around the world to document, in an early color photography process called autochrome, the cultures & settlements of peoples from six continents.
over the last few weeks, audrey cerdan & pascal riche, a photographer & a writer for the french paper le nouvel observateur, have been going though kahn’s archives of paris, mapping out & meticulously recreating the positions & angles of the original autochromes, & documenting whatever changes they observe. the results, which feature a back & forth slider are amazing.
dragspelhuset by 24H-architecture. årjäng, sweden.
this house is an extension to an original cabin dating from the late 1800s, located on the shore of the lake övre gla in the nature reserve glaskogen in sweden. because of building regulations building is not allowed along the lake shore but exceptions are made if it is an extension to an existing building.
the extension built by 24H to the cabin allows it to evolve – the building can literally adjust itself to its environment depending on weather conditions, seasons or the number of occupants. the extension unfurls itself like a butterfly. during the winter it’s a cocoon, compact with a double skin against the cold. during the summer it acts like a butterfly, unfolding its wings for extra shelter during rainy days. the windows of the cabin’s head can open wide & on the cantilever of the moving part one can sit above the strew. during the winter, the head back of the cabin is pulled in & once again the no bigger than the size restrictions allowed.
looks like it’s right out of a fairy tale!
Merry Karnowsky Gallery currently has a group exhibition up entitled “Fhloston Paradise”, featuring Jasper Knight, Julian Meagher, and Mark Whalen — three contemporary Australian artists, each with their own unique painting practice.
Below is a selection of the three artists’ work. The show is open until the end of this week.
Jasper Knight // Julian Meagher // Mark Whalen
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90036
Exhibition on view through March 30th
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm