2012 was a pretty great year for me on several levels. Through Imprint I got to work pretty closely with Martin Wong of Giant Robot fame. He was recently invited to put together a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, and it’s going down this evening. The lineup features three of Martin’s favorite bands: Sandy Yang, Bongoloidz, and It’s Casual. $8. 21+. Should be good. More info at the link up top.
I’m a huge fan of LEGO, and a huge fan of MUJI, so this was essentially a no-brainer for me. That said, I did (ostensibly) get it for my 6-year-old daughter. Luckily, I’m pretty sure she enjoyed this as much as I did. This one is the “Move” set and there are two others available online. I would caution that it does a) require a hole punch and b) involves some pretty finicky scissor-work so it’s pretty appropriately designated as 6+ toy.
Tomorrow afternoon there is a one day pop-up Hello Kitty art exhibit opening at LA’s own Known Gallery. It’s a book release too. Should be interesting!
I still haven’t made it over to the LALA Gallery space yet, and they’re already about to unveil their second exhibit. PUBLIC WORKS opens tomorrow evening, and features contributions from the likes of How & Nosm, Insa, Revok, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Trustocorp, and many more. Initially, the murals will be on view at the gallery space, (Aug 3 – Aug 17) and after that they’ll go up on billboards around the city.
Speaking of talented people doing big things, SF-based artist Hannah Stouffer (interviewed) is opening a new installation at Kinfolk Studios in NYC tomorrow evening. It’s by the same folk who do Kinfolk Bicycles, and it’s a gallery space located in Brooklyn; 90 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. 7pm-12pm. Her recent work looks absolutely stunning.