James Rieck has made a name for himself over the past years by drawing us in to explore his hyper-real portraits – images that at once seem like snapshots of real people and simultaneously make us questions our presumptions with their too perfect colors and tones. It’s like those moments after a convincing dream when you have to think: “did that really happen?” Now Rieck has released new works based on a recent uprooting from his long-time residence and studio in Baltimore, Maryland and his subsequent move to expansive and seemingly infinite Los Angeles, California. As he puts it, his new paintings are themed around “self-imposed dislocation.” [Read more...]
Art lovers across Los Angeles, Southern California, and the world are now able to witness the much-anticipated opening of Greg “Craola” Simkins’ newest solo show, Cloud Theory. Opening at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Craola’s work has never ceased to amaze: his surreal mix of birds, clouds, tentacled creatures, killer whales, tigers and otherworldly mythical creatures jump off the canvases and into your eyeballs, as if they were alive. [Read more...]
The Gaskettes are a crew of rad chicks who ride through the streets of LA on retro mopeds. The gang is all-inclusive to any female with a love of moped-riding, who is willing to get her hands dirty, and dress in the signature gold satin jackets with a G emblazoned on the breast. [Read more...]
Los Angeles is a city of colorful extremes: at once a exotic star filled architectural playground and sprawling urban jungle of low-slung suburbia. Taking her cues from the less opulent spots in the city, artist Ana Serrano has created a colorful, nearly life-sized version of the place she was born and raised… out of cardboard. Her large, room filling work, features the myriad storefronts you would find wandering the streets of LA, from nail salons, to liquor stores and sex shops, all with their signature hand-painted signage, sparse plant life and brilliant paint jobs. This isn’t the high end of the city, but it’s certainly full of life and character. [Read more...]
Looking like prehistoric floating neon, these elaborate floating fossils light up the night with an otherworldly and beautiful glow. Created by Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin), his “Light Fossils” are some of the best light paintings we’ve seen in a long while. Pearson creates the pieces freehand at night, using just flashlights, a long exposure photograph and a lot of skill (think about drawing dinosaur bones with your eyes closed). [Read more...]
For all that live in the LA basin, this informative animation will be far too familiar. Long distances between all the great things to do in the area, combined with quickly stopping traffic on freeways like the 405 and 5, create roads that are often at a standstill. Waze, in collaboration with Gray Area Foundation and artist Nik Hanselmann, created this animation of hazards and traffic as reported by Waze users. Beginning at 5pm and ending 24 hours later the data really begins to explode as people rush to work around 7am. It’s a sobering look at driving conditions in the City of Angels.
Looking for a locals bar in a popular city? Look no further than these maps, which plot the places locals and tourists frequent. Taking the images submitted to the Geotaggers World Atlas and placing them on the map colored based on the length that person has been in the city, these images give a good idea of where locals and tourists visit. It’s also a handy travel reference to see what quiet spots still exist in these popular places. [Read more...]