March 2, 2012 by Max Gibson
Celebrated as the pioneer of the Creative Revolution in advertising throughout the 1960s and early ’70s, George Lois has remained a seminal figure to the evolution of the advertising industry. Best known for his iconic Esquire covers, Lois’ rebellious yet deliberate approach to advertising catapulted him to the pinnacle of his field, while making more than a few of his clients quite wealthy. In many ways, Lois is the inspiration for Donald Draper, Mad Men’s stoic protagonist, although Lois would beg to differ.
In this five minute short, Lois lends his insight to young people in regards to the creative process. Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent) is Lois’ latest book and reveals many of the lessons Lois’ learned through his experiences as an art director and ad man. Highlighting the importance of always being outrageous, while also detailing his thoughts on the sources of creativity, Lois’ wisdom shines through in this video, and even more so in his book.
March 2, 2012 BY Max Gibson
February 28, 2012 by Max Gibson
Photography By James Reynolds
What would your last meal be on your last day on Death Row? Would you eat like a king, or would you keep it simple? Would you eat something healthy, or would you go all out? I suppose whatever you did wouldn’t matter too much considering the circumstances. Nonetheless, these thoughts crossed my mind when considering the photography of James Reynolds, a London based photographer who was equally fascinated with the dining choices of prison inmates’ last meal.
“At first I just wanted to see what these meals looked like on the iconic prison tray. I wanted to get the viewer to think, or have an opinion,” stated Reynolds. Capturing images of inmates’ last meals on what appears to be prison trays from around 1974, Reynolds’ photos bring up a variety of questions. Personally, I wonder what the inmates looked like, what crimes they committed and how it must have felt eating their last meal ever? A thought-provoking collection in itself, Reynolds’ work is a sobering reminder of the finality of life at the end of Death Row.
February 28, 2012 BY Max Gibson
February 27, 2012 by Will Bundy
It seems only fitting that Terry Richardson‘s work would finally make its way back to his native Hollywood. There’s something so definitively Hollywoodish running through everything he does. The whole fascination with celebrity, the spontaneous portraits, the ubiquitous thumbs up– a lot of his work toes a funny line between vapid and genuine. The general tone of unpretentiousness is what makes Terry endearing, and the simplicity of his work makes it kind of undeniable. At the very least, it keeps him jet-setting around the world, snapping iconic portraits of just about everybody relevant.
Terrywood, Richardson’s recently opened solo show at OHWOW Gallery, is something of a love letter to the strange culture that is Hollywood. The images themselves feature neon signs, bright red lipstick, or crowds of paparazzi– fixtures of Hollywood life that help to convey the hype, the hollowness and the humor of it all. Like any good pop art, it’s subversive and clever, finding a balance between sarcasm and actual reverence for the particular slice of Americana it takes on. Even without the more blatant giveaways, say the custom-designed Oscar statue with Terry’s face on it or the hipper-than-thou list of attendees at Friday’s opening (Sasha Grey, Odd Future, James Franco, Tom Ford, Ariel Pink), Terry’s fingerprints would still be recognizable all over this one.
February 27, 2012 BY Will Bundy
February 27, 2012 by Max Gibson
The other day a friend of mine shared a realization he recently had. He told me, “100 years from now no one will remember me, the things I’ve done or the decisions I make”. My response was that the things we do with our time on earth will dictate who remembers us and for how long. The thought is something I’ve pondered for a while, but is also worth thinking about when considering the type of art we create. Is what we’re making timeless, or for the moment? I didn’t quite mean to take such a long winded route to get to the work of Bob Marley, but in essence, to me it seems like Bob is one of those seminal figures who people will remember 100 years from now. Uncovering archival footage alongside interviews with the people who knew him best, director Kevin Macdonald has created a documentary celebrating the life and career of one of the world’s greatest artists. Set to be released worldwide on April* 20th, I’d recommend some good tree and some snacks to accompany your viewing session.
February 27, 2012 BY Max Gibson
February 20, 2012 by Max Gibson
Classic nights are hard to come by. It takes the right place, the right time, the right music and the right people to create that perfect night that will live on in your mind. As we mentioned last week the inaugural show from The Native Thinghood Collective went down this past Friday and as predicted, the event was fantastic. An amalgamation of artists and creatives and all around good people, the night evolved from an art show into one of the best parties of the year. Beginning with a live art performance, the show featured a variety of engaging works from many Los Angeles based artists. Additionally, the DJ debut of Henoch Moore alongside Stones Throw’s own Tim Nable and Sa-Ra’s Om’Mas Keith kept the dance floor rockin’. Add on grilled cheese and onion sandwiches and a Frank Ocean sighting and you’ve got a classic night. Check out the Native Thinghood website to stay up to date with their news and events.
February 20, 2012 BY Max Gibson
February 20, 2012 by Will Bundy
Terry Richardson, Helmut Newton, Hugh Hefner– the names dropped by photographer Giovanni Lipari in his mission statement offer some valuable insight into what he’s trying to do with The Death of Youth. Conceived by Lipari in the wake of his 30th birthday, the project is his attempt at exploring a fantasy he hadn’t yet lived out. Photographing 100 different women in the nude, Lipari found a way to channel his inner “jet-setting playboy”, but also to manufacture the fantasy behind it, and in doing so, to explore it on an intellectual level as well as an aesthetic one.
Shot all on film, the collection is full of galleries both candid and spontaneous, all of beautiful women, though as he notes, not all of women who fit the traditional modeling paradigm. Though the project is notably more about himself than anyone else, Lipari still manages to bring out something distinctive in each of his muses. Could you dismiss The Death of Youth as just another excuse to take pictures of naked girls? Sure you could– and you could very possibly be right and still miss the point. Read on for more from the project, and decide for yourself.
February 20, 2012 BY Will Bundy
February 17, 2012 by Max Gibson
Six feet by two feet. Those are the dimensions of what tens of thousands in the city of Hong Kong call home. Subjugated to the squalor of caged dwellings, locals call the residents “Cage Dogs,” as thousands of inhabitants endure these less-than-luxurious conditions. At $200 a month, the cages offer barely enough room for inhabitants to sleep, as three story cages shelter 20 to a room. Shared washing facilities allow for meager accommodations, while the bottom floor cages go for a premium because one can almost stand in them. For the impoverished, elderly and mentally ill, the cages provide a shelter a rung above homelessness, although the conditions remain trying at best. Photographed by British photographer Brian Cassey, hopefully these images offer some perspective to our daily annoyances.
February 17, 2012 BY Max Gibson
February 13, 2012 by Max Gibson
Photography By Tiago Sperotto
Written By Tiago Sperotto Edited By Max Gibson
This past week, I had the opportunity to visit one of the largest slums in Rio de Janeiro: the Favela de Vidigal. Vidigal is celebrated for its most privileged views of the city. From the top of the Favelas you can see the entire shore, from the beaches of Leblon and Ipanema, to the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer. However, the Favelas are also known for their violence and crime, as the media portrays them as the territory of drug traffickers.
February 13, 2012 BY Max Gibson
February 13, 2012 by Will Bundy
Early Abstractions No. 5 & 7
Even as we’re living in the ago of retromania, and nostalgia for eras we didn’t grow up in, it’s easy to gloss over the actual pioneers– visual, musical, ideological– of the aesthetics we’re trying so hard to emulate and reproduce. For every vintage-filtered pic on Instagram, there are thousands of photographers who actually put in the work to engineer and orchestrate the perfect shots on 35mm. For every purposefully lo-fi indie record, there’s a gang of influential records that sound like that because they didn’t have a choice. It’s because of those innovators who, once upon a time, pushed their medium into previously uncharted territory that we have such a rich heritage of dope shit to draw on.
I can’t claim to be an expert on animation. But to say Harry Smith was ahead of his time would be a serious understatement. A true renaissance man, Smith is perhaps best known as one of our earliest ethnomusicologists, and the anthologist behind The Anthology of American Folk Music. But during the late ’40s and early ’50s, Smith also became a pioneer of experimental animation, creating one of the more storied collections of animation with his Early Abstractions. Following on the heels of Surrealism and Dada, Smith’s work represented a clear precursor to the psychedelic art which would come to prominence over the course of the next decade.
February 13, 2012 BY Will Bundy
February 12, 2012 by Max Gibson
Photography By Mark Laita
If you’ve been rockin’ with the bowties for a while now, you’re well aware of my love affair with the ocean. Perhaps it’s the fact that there is so much left to explore that allows my imagination to run wild when I consider what’s down there. Fortunately, it seems as though photographer Mark Laita has filled in some of the blanks for us. Having recently released a photo exhibition on the sea and its various life forms, Laita’s photographs capture a world that many of us will never encounter. We’re snorkeling in the 2014.
February 12, 2012 BY Max Gibson
February 10, 2012 by Max Gibson
What’s in a picture? A story, a message, a moment, a memory? Often it’s a combination of these and much more, as the world around us is seen through our own unique lens. And while a plethora of pictures are taken in a day, which ones remain, and become timeless? Many times what an image becomes isn’t up to the photographer but more so people who celebrate an image that may be revered and remembered later on. These questions come to mind when examining the photo collection of Tim Mantoani. Capturing portraits of photographers holding their most iconic images, Mantoani has created a photo collection of dual relevance, celebrating the past while acknowledging those who had the instinct to capture the moments as they happened. Mantoani’s recent book entitled, Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends seeks to give recognition to the photographers whose images the world has embraced, while creatively giving credit where credit is due.
February 10, 2012 BY Max Gibson
February 8, 2012 by Max Gibson
Next Friday marks the first art show from the Native Thinghood collective. Featuring works from a variety of Los Angeles based artists, the initiative seeks to “propel artistic growth with collective intentions.” Artwork from Savannah Wood, Danielle Schnur and Erin Christovale will be presented amongst work by other visual artists. With DJ sets from Henoch Moore and Kasey Cunningham, as well as Sa-Ra’s Om’Mas Keith, the night is sure to be smooth with high chances of good conversation. Doors open at 8:30 for a viewing of the gallery, with live performances and DJ sets after 10. The show will be held at The Cube. $3 at the door.
February 8, 2012 BY Max Gibson
Charting the artistic pursuits of Stuk Designs founder Brette Sims
January 30, 2012 by Max Gibson
Photography By Max Gibson
What do you think is the value of being fearless?
It’s what separates a brilliant artist from an artist that’s like, “Hmm okay”… almost touching you, but not really. It’s hard to put your art out there. It’s like putting your soul out there to be judged by people.
Read our full interview with artist, designer and Stuk Designs founder Brette Sims here.
January 30, 2012 BY Max Gibson
January 29, 2012 by Will Bundy
There’s a common thread that ties together each of Gusmano Cesaretti‘s photography collections. Each collection displays his uncanny ability to capture a specific place and time, in a way that feels almost mythical, and yet also deeply personal. While each series, taken as a whole, paints a sort of romanticized portrait of the place in question, the idiosyncratic details of each picture tell a story of their own. The pair of collections currently being shown at Los Angeles’ Roberts & Tilton gallery– the first documenting 1970s East L.A., and the second depicting the harsh realities of Panamanian street life– put some of the most powerful examples of that particular talent on display.
January 29, 2012 BY Will Bundy