English writer Quentin Crisp once quipped, “Los Angeles is just New York lying down,” and indeed, LA is somewhat of a laid-back, sprawled-out version of the Big Apple. While SoCal’s topography yields a wide array of adventures — from surfing and sun-worship to hiking, skiing, and city-based happenings — many plans are often thwarted by distance and rush-hour traffic. Thankfully, Flavorpill has just unveiled its gorgeous, revamped events guide — an open platform where everyone (artists, fans, editors, i.e., you) can create and share events. You can follow anything that piques your interest, with event suggestions from the entire community, including Flavorpill’s very own editors and curators. Below are our event recommendations for this week, hand-picked by Flavorpill LA Managing Editor Tanja M. Laden. Enjoy, and don’t forget to check out the new Flavorpill. We hope to see you there. … Read More
Chinese artist Lu Xinjian, whose ongoing project “City DNA” we first spotted over at Lost at E Minor, re-imagines cities from all over the world as abstract, almost Keith Haring-like paintings, inspired by aerial views from Google Earth and bursting with color taken from the cities’ national flags. The artworks seem almost mathematical, and they feel more like the cities they represent than we expected when we heard about the project — an effect that is hard to put a finger on but rings true nonetheless. Click through to see some of our favorite pieces from the series, and then be sure to head over to Xinjian’s website for even more. … Read More
LA is facing a crisis of architecture. The old new buildings have become the new old buildings. Ahem. That is, the city’s “modern” architecture, that of aggressive lines and the machine aesthetic, is quickly becoming outdated, both visually and practically. So what’s the… Read More
New York Times best-selling author and former keyboardist for the Brian Jonestown Massacre Tony O’Neill has a new autobiographical novel out called Down and Out on Murder Mile, which draws heavily upon his experiences as a heroin addict in Los Angeles and London.
O’Neill says that he loves his old hometown, but there’s always a part of him that will regard that city as the scene of the crime…with that in mind, after the jump, find the three people who he doesn’t want to run into while he’s back.
Names and minor details have been changed to protect the guilty. … Read More
This week PATRICIA FAURE, a 80-year-old art dealer and fixture on the Los Angeles art scene died in her sleep of natural causes.
During a career which took her from NICHOLAS WILDER GALLERY to ASHER/FAURE to her own space, Santa Monica’s PATRICIA FAURE GALLERY in 1994, she helped launch a handful of noted artists, including MARGARET NIELSEN a Canadian-born talent known for her lush landscape paintings.
After the jump, Nielsen pays tribute to Faure’s powerful force. … Read More