HVW8 Reggae

If you’re into reggae vinyl at all, you’ll love the art opening at LA’s HVW8 gallery this Friday. They’ve collaborated with One Love Books to bring In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, the first West Coast solo exhibition of work by iconic and prolific Jamaican illustrator Wilfred Limonious (1949–99). At the same time, they’re opening Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London, which relates to another upcoming title from One Love Books. After researching various reggae LPs and twelve-inches from his record collection, photographer Alex Bartsch has shot fifty sleeves in their original London locations, holding them up at arm’s-length so that they blend in with their surroundings, decades later.

FOOD DESIGN IN ITALY

What’s cooking? If you’re like me – you love Italian food, and you are also keen on design – then this new title from Electa is a total no-brainer, right? What’s not to love about a thorough documentation of all the wonderful ways that Italians have branded, advertised, packaged, and marketed their delicious cuisine over the last century or so? The author, Alberto Bassi, is an associate professor and director of Industrial Design at the University IUAV in Venice (Italy, not SoCal, duh!). The thick paperback tracks no less than 80 beloved Italian food products, from the initial concept through to packing, communication, and advertising. The impressive visual assets within FOOD DESIGN IN ITALY include drawings, posters, magazine ads, stills from T.V. commercials, and more. The lineup is mouthwateringly familiar for the most part, including the likes of Barilla pasta, San Pellegrino water, Campari aperitif, Bacci chocolates, Nutella spread, Illy coffee, and, I’m getting super hungry right now…gotta run. Ciao! [See More]

Frutas Before Putas

Another fun lapel pin design from my talented friend artist/designer Benjie Escobar which is kinda snarky and reps East LA culture nicely. Benjie has coined the new “tacos before vatos” type catchphrase here, and in all honestly it’s probably slightly healthier to go with the frutas anyway. Get it in Benjie’s online store.

Fower Plower

This Friday, LA’s own HVW8 Gallery opens Fower Plower, an exhibition of new paintings by accomplished New York-based artist Mark Gonzales. “The Gonz” is also well known for being a pro-skateboarder, considered one of the most important street skaterboarders of all time. The HVW8 spot on Melrose will no doubt be packed during the opening from 6 – 10pm.

TRI-GLYPHS

If you’re in the mood to try a triglyph, you’re in luck, as talented Los Angeles-based artist Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) has just launched a new print series of 3-character word prints, including MOM, right in time for Mother’s Day. You can also commission your own 3-character words, initials, area codes on your choice of any background color. Available now in Mark’s online shop.