Scene Report: Los Angeles

Graffiti // Friday, September 25, 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.

video: PAUL GRAHAM: The Whiteness of the Whale

Photography // Friday, September 25, 2015
This video was released on the occasion of The Whiteness of the Whale, a solo exhibition by Paul Graham at Pier 24 Photography. For the first time, this exhibition brings together three bodies of work made in the United States between 1998 and 2011, American Night (1998–2002), a shimmer of possibility (2004–06), and The Present (2009–11). 

'Infinity Room' by Refik Anadol

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 25, 2015
Refik Anadol, media artist and lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts, was born in Istanbul, Turkey and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Anadol created the light installation Infinity an immersive environment project. It is also an integral part of his ongoing ‘Temporary Immersive Environment Experiments,’ a research on audio/visual installations by using the state called immersion which is the state of consciousness where an immersant’s awareness of physical self is transformed by being surrounded in an engrossing environment.

EXPRESSION SESSION 3: An Exhibition of Paintings, Photographs & Prints From Surf Culture

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 25, 2015
Artists Republic Gallery is proud to present the third installment of Expression Session, a group exhibition featuring nine of the most influential artists in surf culture. Selected by guest curator Will Pennartz, founder and owner of The Surf Gallery (2001-2010), the exhibition consists of paintings, photographs, and prints by Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Andy Davis, Tyler Warren, Julie Goldstein, Jeff Canham, Andrew Holder, Michael Leon and Alex Weinstein. The show will be on view October 3- November 15, 2015 with an opening reception on October 3, free and open to the public.

Visual Impact, Visual Protest

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 25, 2015
An accessible and richly illustrated exploration of how art and design have driven major social and political change in the 21st century by Liz McQuiston. This new book features the work of over 200 artists, from the famous such as Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey, to the anonymous influencers working through social media. Richly illustrated with over 400 images, this is a visual guide to the most influential and highly politicised imagery of the digital age.

Brendan Monroe "Morphology" @ Heath Ceramics, SF

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 25, 2015
We stopped by Heath Ceramics in San Francisco last week to see what Brendan Monroe was up to ahead of his solo exhibition, Morphology, at The Boiler Room later this month. Featuring a selection of entirely new work—including paintings, drawings, and sculptures—Morphology brings to life Brendan’s world at scale and with an intensity befitting a space as dramatic and atmospheric as the Boiler Room.

Film 'Reflektor Tapes' Takes On Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Album

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 25, 2015
Directed by 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films winner Kahlil Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breath-taking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never before seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.

video: Pedro E Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey

Photography // Thursday, September 24, 2015
Discover the life and work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero (Sept. 5, 1917-Sept. 13, 2012), a Mexican American, born and raised in segregated Mesa, AZ. His career included collaborations with architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. Although his work was acclaimed, his poignant story is largely unknown. A co-presentation of VOCES and American Masters.

Jason Jaworski's "Thinking of You" @ Mana Contemporary, New jersey

Photography // Thursday, September 24, 2015
Featuring over 100 prints and numerous sculptural works, Thinking Of You is one of the largest and most intricate exhibitions the artist Jason Jaworski has created. Spreading the work out across two large scale installations and a video piece projected onto glass, the selection emphasizes the layers of meaning in the artist’s work, specifically his career-long mediation and incorporation of time, memory, chance and distance. 

New Book: Logo Modernism

Design // Thursday, September 24, 2015
In this unprecedented publication by TASCHEN, author Jens Müller brings together approximately 6,000 trademarks, focused on the period 1940–1980, to examine how modernist attitudes and imperatives gave birth to corporate identity. Ranging from media outfits to retail giants, airlines to art galleries, the sweeping survey is organized into three design-orientated chapters: Geometric, Effect, and Typographic.