Scene Report: Los Angeles

Graffiti // Friday, July 31, 2015
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Walter Yetman aka The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye delivers this week’s Los Angeles Scene Report.

Anja Niemi’s “Darlene & Me”

Photography // Friday, July 31, 2015
In the series “Darlene & Me,” photographer Anja Niemi uses the landscape of the Californian desert to create a tableau. These photographs depict a narrative between two women (who are the same woman.) According to the artist, the series is inspired by a suitcase from the late 1950’s that belonged to a beauty counselor named Darlene. 

2015 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 31, 2015
Revere Beach, the first public beach, established in 1895, hosted the annual Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival last weekend. Going on it’s eleventh year, this beloved festival brings over 750,000 beachgoers and fans of sand and prizes the winner for $15,000. Over twenty master sand sculptors compete over a weekend but are limited to 24 hours of work.

Stirling Tapestry Project Recreates Unicorn Tapestries from 1500 AD

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 31, 2015
The Stirling Tapestry project is a 14-year project which brought together 18 weavers from across the globe to recreate the series of seven Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries—a series of 7 tapestries created around the year 1500. The exhibition, hosted in Stirling Castle’s former Tapestry Studio, will give visitors an insight into the craft, skill and historical research that went into the project. 

Ian Barnard's Calligraphy with Vegetables

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 31, 2015
Designer Ian Barnard has released a video using vegetables as calligraphy pens. He uses classic ink, but uses a carrot,  broccoli, asparagus, lemon grass and a chili pepper as instruments. Barnard is passionate about hand lettering and works out of the UK. Beyond his illustration work, he’s also designed several hand-lettered fonts. 

Light Painting by Stephen Orlando

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 31, 2015
Inspired by the light painter Gjon Mili, who experimented with violins in 1952, Photographer Stephen Orlando is fascinated with capturing motion through time and space into a single photograph. Using LED lights with custom color patterns and long exposure photography, Orlando is able to tell the story of movement. This technique reveals beautiful light trails created by paths of familiar objects. These light trails have not been artificially created with Photoshop and represent the actual paths of the objects.

China Copies Entire Austrian Town of Hallstatt

Design // Friday, July 31, 2015
We’ve posted on China’s replica cities—cities whose architecture mimics those of European towns. Recently, China’s Minmetals Land Limited, a real estate development company, created a replica of Hallstatt, an Austrian town. The town is an exact clone and in China is a high-end development, in Huizhou, a city 60 miles northeast of Hong Kong. The project cost $940 million to build and opened to residents in 2012.

Jay Nelson & The Everywhere Treehouse

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 30, 2015
Ten years ago, my perception of the potential of a retail shopping experience was forever skewed when I strolled into the newly opened Mollusk Surf Shop, located in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. Well-curated products, art adorning the walls, navigable layout, basically the whole package was thoughtfully executed. However, the undeniable jewel in the space was the stylish treehouse occupying an entire corner of the store. Unlike your stereotypical treehouse, this particular montage was fabricated with attitude and stylish funk.

Helen Schmitz's "Kudz Project"

Photography // Thursday, July 30, 2015
In The U.S. the invasive vine Kudzu (originally from Japan) is spreading at 150, 00 acres annually and kills trees and shrubs by heavy shading. Their presence is most prominent in the Southeastern region of the U.S., where they are highly visible from freeways and just about anywhere. Stockholm-based photographer, Helen Schmitz has been documenting this aggressive vine in her beautiful back and white photographs in a project simply called Kudzu Project.

JR's Latest Photomural on Immigration

Street Art // Thursday, July 30, 2015
We wanted to share the latest mural by JR, part of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program’s Open Source project, which is a series of installations in public space which call attention to various social issues. This mural, called Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora – Philadelphia, is an exploration of immigration. Ibrahim Shaw, the subject of the work, grew up and studied at a university in Pakistan, then came to Philadelphia to work in his uncle’s food truck. 


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