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Skyline Photographic Typeface by Lisa Rienermann

04.8.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Berlin based Lisa Rienermann created this typeface through photography of what many of us overlook – the graphic forms of buildings against sky. It’s a great example of a photographic typeface. As far as we can tell, all photos seem untouched. If that’s the case, this reflects some labor intensive hunting.


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LA Fashion Week 2010 at BOXeight cont’d

03.24.10   |   Posted in: Fashion   |   By: Toshi Jones
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LA Fashion Week Spring-Summer at Box Eight
Night Two
There are probably a thousand ways to showcase a fashion line. Historically designers have gone to great lengths to create an environment for potential buyers which exudes a lifestyle representative of LA’s unique approach to fashion. Often times there is a vast disconnect between the projected persona of a designer line and the Angelino lifestyle. Our everyday style lacks the formality one would expect from any major US metro. Our relaxed approach to fashion often results in a sprinkling of luxury goods and vintage or the avantgarde. It is not surprise that many organizations have tried and failed to produce a fashion week event worthy of LA discerning public.

To target this audience, BOXeight has completely altered format for fashion week pairing high production value exhibitions with the ambiance of the premeir LA night scene. The voyeuristic nature of the BOXeight show heightens intrigue and draws the viewer in. One feels more intimately connected to each designer. Watching photographers coach their subjects while the designer interjects for an impressive and instantly gratifying end result. Here are some of our favorites from nights two and three.

LA Fashion Week Spring-Summer at Box Eight
Michael Costello
Watching photographer Ben Cope work was almost mesmerizing. The fluid movements and piercing eyes of his first model generated frenzy around Ben, who was fabulous about how little space he actually had to work. His single light set up made for a dramatic stage on which designer Michael Costello’s pieces danced. These personally hand constructed pieces featured intricate looped lace necklines and elegant swags that tightly hugged curves. Costello is no stranger to the industry, at 27 he’s now been working in fashion for an unprecedented 13 years, having released his premier collection at 14. His FW 2010 collection is the embodiment of grace and elegance.
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This is your land-

03.4.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Neu Black
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Every time we fly into Los Angeles we’re struck by how the city seems to go on forever. If you live in the middle of LA it’s easy to forget we’re surrounded by natural wonders on every side.
We we’re reminded of this by a beautifully designed new site from the National Park Foundation that makes it easy to find all the national parks in your area. There’s so much beautiful nature photography here that we were quickly reminded of how spring is fast approaching. This is a great way to plan your first hike or road trip of 2010.

Overcoming Creative Block

02.18.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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If you do any sort of creative work you will almost inevitably hit a wall at some point. Ideas are few and far between and the ones that come just don’t seem to cut it.
Everyone has a different method for working through this, but Alex Cornell over at ISO 50 asked twenty five artists to talk about what they do when they can’t seem to do anything right. You can check out the responses (and respond yourself) here.

Photographer Coco Amardeil

02.2.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Color and juxtaposition are often at play with Canadian photographer Coco Amardeil. She continually explores our preconceptions and stereotypes in a culture clash of dimension and hue. Now based in Paris, Coco split her upbringing between London, Montreal and Sao Paulo. This multi-cultural perspective is evident in her vast body of work including pieces for Milk, Nokia, and Rolling Stone.


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Art Openings This Weekend

01.28.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Neu Black
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The inaugural Art Los Angeles Contemporary is being held this weekend at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The fair presents 55 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries.

In addition, the fair hosts a comprehensive programming series, including world class artist talks, panel discussions and an artist film screening series all on site at the Pacific Design Center.

Thurs, Jan. 28th 8:30–10:30pm ($30 admission)
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood

The fair runs through Sun, Jan. 31st – check site for hours/details:

Purchase tickets for the opening night reception here:

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Cell Phone Telephoto Lens

01.22.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Cell phones are great for snapping pictures and getting them out to the world quickly and easily. The problem is that unless you’re three feet away from you’re subject, you can’t make out any details. Such is the case at events with large crowds of media racing to get the first shot. This telephoto lens attaches to you’re cell phone and will have you uploading photos and youtube videos in seconds. Coated optical lens for magnifying objects up to 8 times; clear focus; adjustable clamp for fitting most phones. Imported. Adjusts from approx 1.5″w to 2.75″w. Pick it up here for $30.

Canvas Pop- Digital Canvas Printing

01.12.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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There are so many great digital services for artists it’s getting tough to keep track of them all. Our latest favorite is Canvas Pop, which helps you get your photos on canvas and up on your wall.
Whether you want to print your digital photos large scale or print your digital art large enough to have a show, Canvas Pop can get your work off your machine and live in the real word by uploading files to your website. They can even split files into 2,3, or 4 sections if you want something a little different. Prices range from $30 (8×11)-$219(24×72) although we’d probably stick to large sizes.

Playboy Re-brand

12.28.09   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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If you’ll recall a little while back we posted on the spicy new look of as both an exciting interpretation of a print magazine in online form, as well as a nod to the classic style of 60-70′s era.
As a result we were quite pleased when we caught a glimpse of the in class re-brand study by MFA student Alex Cornell. Though this takes Playboy in a significantly different direction business wise, it’s one that make a certain amount of sense. As we mentioned in our previous post, Playboy was a magazine that touted the female form as art (or at least something beautiful) rather than something dirty. So it makes a certain amount of sense for Playboy to cut back on nudity to the point where it’s a step beyond the Maxim level, but with MUCH better articles.
You can check out this project on, or check out a few extra spreads from the book (NSFW) on (scroll down a bit for the slideshow)

Art Openings This Weekend (Dec 18-19)

12.18.09   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Neu Black
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Sat, Dec. 19th 7-10PM (21 and over)
110 E. Winston Street @ Main St in Los Angeles / 213.627.8272
Holiday party + release of the new wine bottles from Plata Wine Company featuring labels from Man One and Chaz Bojorquez + live music from DJ Phyz Ed

Sat, Dec. 19th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City
“Immortal Artifacts” featuring new works from KuKula
(On view through Jan. 9th, 2010)

Sat, Dec. 19th 7-11PM
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
‘A Furious Heartbeat’ – an evening of art and music featuring live performances and more – ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ prints and copies of ‘A Heartbeat and a Guitar’ signed by Fairey and D’Ambrosio will be available for sale + a special musical performance by D’Ambrosio, the legendary Wayne Kramer of the MC5, and special guests and much more
(On view through Jan. 9th, 2010)

Sat, Dec. 19th 7PM-Midnight
Synchronicity Space
4306 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
“First Years” silent art auction to celebrate their 1 year anniversary + Beautiful/Decay Book 2 release party – silent auction bids start at $1 – see site for full lineup of artists and contributors to the auction
(On view through Jan. 16th, 2010)

via Sourharvest