Tuesday, August 30, 2011
On a semi-sweltering August day, de LaBbers met at the massive arts complex known as the Brewery in Lincoln Heights for an in-depth studio tour of some of the artists and architects living and working there.
We started at the office and residence for Carl Smith and Melynda Eccles' architecture firm Telemachus Studio. Carl and Melynda have worked on a number of residential projects in Los Angeles including a number of multi-family residences on the Westside of town. While Carl talked about several of the firms' projects, de LaBbers got a glimpse of how Telemachus has integrated its work and living spaces, using industrial materials and sliding doors to separate the two.
Also joining us - new roving sandwich truck, Holy Aioli.
Once we had our fill of fresh sandwiches and even fresher design, we moved on to the studio of sculptor James Hill. James, a California native, works in metal, steel and bronze and has been commissioned to design public installations by The Western University in Pomona, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, to name a few.
After James' studio, we walked over to Kasey McMahon's newest studio, where she makes her wearable art. Kasey's work explores the intersection of technology and art, and her studio reflects her eclectic interests. As cofounder of the art collective known as Psycho Girlfriend, Kasey repurposes materials to create incredible one-of-a-kind clothes that double as art, while infusing her work with wit. Her fully function birdcage dress comes with this description: "Perfect for casual Fridays at the office. Steer clear of cats, coal mines, ferrets and weasels."
Last but definitely not least, we visited the gallery and studio run by jewelry designer Claudia Endler. Claudia's jewelry is clearly influenced by art and architecture, and her handmade pieces are simultaneously timeless and completely contemporary. And the gallery is a Brewery-collaboration, with Telemachus designing the space and the showroom.
Much thanks to all of our hosts at the Brewery and to Holy Aioli for hanging out with us all afternoon!
Check out more photos here.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
From there, we ventured off to our next stop: one of the resident's backyards. (Which, yes, was a farm!)
Monday, August 15, 2011
Around 150 people walked, biked, bused—and in one case, in-line skated—to see the Rethink LA exhibition at the A+D Museum as part of our Moving Beyond Cars II party (the sequel, since we did this last year as well).
Folks perused the exhibition about LA's future while those who rode had their photo taken by Tommy B in a bike-thru photo booth outside. And bike-friendly New Belgium supplied the beers for those needing a refreshment after their journeys.
As always, we had plenty of ways on-hand for attendees to document their journeys, from emailing photos they had taken in-transit, to a Post-it wall where people could write stories about their travels, to a giant map of LA where anyone could draw their route.
And of course we gave out some prizes! Best Journey Story 2011 went to Ron Milam, who wrote about randomly meeting up with another group of bikers who were also heading to the museum. Best Method of Travel went to Gary Kavanaugh who in-line skated there (and also came in second place taking transit in the famous bike vs. JetBlue Carmageddon race. Plus we named Elizabeth Timme the winner of a project sponsored by GOOD to reimagine a street without cars. We even retroactively gave an award from last year. Ann Kovara had the Best Journey Story from 2010 (taking two buses, the light rail and Angels Flight) and we managed to track her down at this year's event!
The party was covered by the LA Weekly where writer Sophie Duvernoy noted that the event was attended by "not just with hipsters on fixies, but people from all over town interested in urban design (as well as in scoring some complimentary 'I heart Metro' tattoos)." In addition, Frances Anderton passed her microphone to several attendees who told their transit stories on KCRW's DnA: Design and Architecture along with an interview with curator Jonathan Louie.
Thanks to Rethink LA for asking us to be part of such a great event, and to LACBC and their bike valet skills. The show is up through September 4 at the A+D Museum. Check it out!
Top photo by Wild Don Bell, map photo by Jonathan Louie, bottom photo by Tommy B
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
(Photo by flickr user j.r.mchale)
Join us on Sunday, August 28th at 1pm for a tour of four diverse studios with the artists living and working in the art colony. We'll start at Carl Smith and Melynda Eccles' architecture firm, Telemachus Studio, for snacks and beverages and to hear about their latest projects. Then we'll head over to jewelry designer Claudia Endler's studio, visit the massive sculptures of artist James Hill, and gawk at the incredible wearable art of multimedia artist Kasey McMahon (one of LA Weekly's Best of LA People).
What: What's Fermenting At the Brewery?
When: Sunday, August 28 1-3ish pm
Where: The Brewery Arts Complex: Meet at Telemachus Studio
672 South Avenue 21 | Unit 2
Los Angeles CA 90031
RSVP here via Eventbrite.