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This is the archive for November 2009

I checked out the Richard Neutra sketches and drawings exhibit at the L.A. Central Library over the weekend, and I gotta say, it is definitely a dope way to spend a few hours or a few days. I was drawn to his buildings as a kid cruising around the L.A. area before I even knew who he was, and seeing his drawings up close got me way hyped.

From the press release: "The exhibition features choice selections at the Charles E. Young Research Library’s Department of Special Collections, UCLA. The pieces range from early pencil sketches from Neutra’s student wandering in 1913 to later pastel renderings of his Los Angeles houses from the 1950s. Selected for their artistic quality, the works illustrate Neutra’s skill in traditional notions of composition combined with his innovative techniques of architectural representation."

Richard Neutra, Architect: Sketches and Drawings
May 3, 2009 – January 31, 2010
L.A. Central Library – Getty Gallery
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 | (213) 228-7000

Daytime shots of a just-finished wall in Highland Park by Codak, Grail, Task, and Eyelagger. See the wall larger here.

I finally drank enough coffee to wrap up this piece on Codak's Highland Park wall. I started it long before taking off to Japan, whoops! I'll be getting daytime shots of the whole wall soon...enough!

Not a fan of the stand-up (usually) but this vid (arrived upon via BoingBoing) had me LMAFO'ing all morning. "Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar... and doesn't." Ha!

ICU Art is hosting a benefit auction to support the Venice Art Walls this Sunday. Info below:

Venice Art Walls Benefit Art Auction
Sunday November, 22nd 2009 | 5-8 PM | $10 donation

G2 Gallery
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291 | 310-452-2842

Asylm, Axis, Abro, Cab, Robbie Conal, Cre8, Nate Dearborn, Defer, Duce, Dytch, Jordan Eismont, Eye, Emma Ferreira, Flewnt, Tosha Grantham, Steve Grody, Haste, Heaven, Trek Kelly, Keo, Kofie, Kym, Liz Brown, The Mac, Mandoe, Man One, Marioe, Mear, Deborah Medina Miner, Terrell Moore, Nomore, Ping Ping, Michael Rababy, Rebornz, Michael Reddin, Relic, Risk, Mark Sadlek, Sand, Sano, Sen, Siner, Sloke, Sonji, Spain, Spurn, Mike Steele, Swank, Tyer, Tristen Arnold, Emily Winters, Vyal, Zender, Stephan Ziljak & TBA.

From the website: "The Venice Art Walls need your help. The program that issues free permits to artists to paint on the walls is in desperate need of funding. City of L.A. funding for this program has been cut due to the severe city budget crises. Come help to preserve this important cultural and historic landmark and the spirit of free expression in Venice."

Awesome Brazilian blog Coisa '74 gave me a cool shout-out. Peep it here.

UPDATE: Also on Design You Trust. Proof is here.

Bobby Wratten of Trembling Blue Stars playing "Kensington Gardens" on November 14, 2002 at UCLA. Last of this batch, four plus change. Six with it.

UCLA, November 14, 2002. Bobby Wratten of Trembling Blue Stars playing his old band The Field Mice's "If You Need Someone." That's it. For now.

Another video from that November 14, 2002 night at UCLA, featuring Bobby Wratten of Trembling Blue Stars playing "Haunted Days."

I shot this video on November 14, 2002 at UCLA of Bobby Wratten of Trembling Blue Stars playing "Letter Never Sent" solo because Beth Aberdeen had a bit of a cold. 4 days off, 7 years later.

Live blogging from Tokyo, too much Yebisu makes everything blurry...

The homie Biser just put out a sick 'zine of his work, ranging from black and white sketches to full-on color productions.

Give him a visit on the 'ol Myspace here.

I'm in a show tonight at GCS Santa Ana that is part of Santa Ana's First Saturdays Art Walk. If you wanna brave the Orange Curtain, roll through!

From their website: "Orange County's hippest new neighborhood invites you to stroll down the four blocks of the 2nd Street Promenade from Broadway Avenue to Spurgeon Street on the First Saturday of EVERY month from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Admission is FREE.

The monthly event will give you access to buy original art work from some of Southern California’s freshest, edgiest and most talented artists. It also will have open viewings of working lofts owned by artists and designers all in an award winning urban setting."

I woulda never guessed...

GCS info here.
Santa Ana Art Walk info here.

Mear and Yem put together a dope show opening this Saturday at Tradition. Info below:

Opening reception:
November 7, 2009 | 7-11PM

2895 Agoura Rd
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(805) 497-4717

Tradition is proud to present :Critical:, a two-person art show featuring the artwork of Mear and Yem, two of LA's most prolific graffiti writers. :Critical: examines the nature of these two legendary graffiti writers and their approach to fine art.

MEAR ONE: examines the aspects of content that accompany any piece of art. He is literally working on communicating some of what we as a society have forgotten or are unable to see.

YEM: navigates through a multi-media platform where information (data) and art intersect. The result is a visual experiment that tests the icons of the culture industry. His work involves a participation in which Theodor Adorno claims that it goes under the name of terror in mass culture. He is a pioneer of the Los Angeles graffiti/urban art movement and has shown through out the US and Europe. He is self taught.

:Critical: opens November 7th, and runs through January 2nd.Opening Reception is November 7th from 7-11. Drinks and music provided.

I'm showing some work at GCS in Santa Ana during the First Saturdays ArtWalk at the Santa Ana Downtown Artist Village. Info below:

Opening reception:
Saturday November 7, 2009 | 7-11 PM

GCS Santa Ana
209 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 541-0300

Featuring work by: Mural, Vyal, Coed, Zane, Astek, Acme, Neila, Glory, 3rd1, Kenos, Eyeone, Rebornz, Eric Gallegos, Vulfrano Gutierrez, and more.

Swank posted an awesome (and extensive) Flickr set documenting the Seeking Heaven exhibit, from the very beginning through the happy ending.

Peep the Flickr set here.

Hennessey + Ingalls Art & Architecture Bookstore has been down with my 'zine Lost from the get-go. I'm passing along a note I got from 'em announcing that, from November 7 through the 14, they are 20% off'ing everythang in the store. Go get yourself some books! They are a rad bookshop worthy of your hard-earned bucks.

Santa Monica Store
214 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Hollywood Store
Space 15Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Ste. 8
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Amayzun has some amazing coverage of the Seeking Heaven 20th Anniversary show over on her blog and Flickr.

Link to the post here.
Amayzun's Flickr flickage here.

Cruise on over to Graffhead for great coverage of the Seeking Heaven 20th Anniversary art exhibit slash SHennanfest 2009.

Direct link here.