Qualcomm recently decided to go Matrix on Venice California and New York City, boasting about their powerful new Snapdragon 600 processors by creating a one-of-a-kind 540° bullet time photo booth using 130 HTC One smart phones. Yeah, your standard photo booth has nothing on this. [Read more…]
Los Angeles is a city that people either love or hate… and the world’s opinion of the place is just as polarized as the people who live there. While the city is known for its many rich and famous, it’s also know for the many downtrodden outcasts that live on its fringes. This isn’t a new trend either… authors like Jack Kerouac and Sterling Hayden spoke of the bizarre place with a sense of awed wonder, love and hate. When New Zealand based graphic artist and photographer Michael Pharoah recently visited America and found himself in Hollywood, his camera focused on the downtrodden in the iconic place. [Read more…]
Photographer Johnny Tergo would constantly see people he was inspired to photograph while he was driving the streets of Los Angeles. One day he had the idea to rigg up his Chevy Silverado truck with his camera gear and while driving, be able to click and shoot his unbeknownst subjects. He titled the project “Passenger Side Window.” [Read more…]
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…]
Los Angeles is perhaps most famous for two things: its prolific creation of movies, and its massive urban sprawl. The city is unique for having almost no geographic center, instead being spread between districts like Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (which are city sized in their own right). Now Los Angeles’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum is asking the question “What if?” What if the area’s many proposed architectural projects from the past had been realized? Never Built explores ideas that were never to be, looking at futuristic projects ranging from ideas for massive public institutions, to cantilevered outdoor recreation spaces and extensive rail-based public transportation. It’s an exciting look at the future that could have been… one that is daring the City of Angels to dream big again. [Read more…]
Let’s face it, Los Angeles can be a less than clean city at times. Containing the largest population of people in the United States, this mass area of human traffic can have its effect on the environment and public art can be limited. It may be only a matter of time before that art piece may be tagged or tampered with. Yet as this metropolis continues to grow as a city that is inspirational for artists, one street artist has contributed her work into the cracks of the city that everyone either loves or hates. [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…]
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.
Tattoo artist Scott Campbell is a man of many, varied talents: recently he has been laser cutting tall stacks of dollar bills into delicate three dimensional carvings. His piles of currency feature many of the traditional tattoo symbols we are accustom to: skulls, religious art, guns, roses. Other pieces have adeptly cut script with sayings like “Thank you, Jesus” and “The Thrill is Gone.” Only adding to the raw nature of his work: it’s technically illegal to destroy or deface currency.