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KLIPS / FREND

I was lucky enough to tag along with two great artists to The Graff Lab near DTLA a couple weeks back. The space is a large yard, where graf writers and artists can get permission to paint a throwie, piece, or mural. While some people take all day with it, KLIPS and FREND hustled hard to bang this out in about an hour and a half. [See More]

Memrise

My wife told me about this free educational app for learning a new language, Memrise, and I’m enjoying it tremendously so far. I’ve been trying to learn Korean, and have made some good progress. The app is based around flash-card memorization with audio queues. The native speaker pronunciation is great. It’s available for mobile phones and for your laptop, and perhaps more importantly, it’s fun.

Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art

Consensus says Paul Rand (1914-1996) is one of America’s, if not the world’s, most important graphic designers. He famously developed posters, corporate identities, and logos for the likes of IBM, UPS, and ABC. He also taught at Yale for 30 years. The good people at Princeton Architectural Press have just published this new edition of Rand’s critically-acclaimed, and long out-of-print hardcover monograph, which is the best account of his important work. A Designer’s Art includes two hundred illustrations, twenty-seven essays, and a new afterword by Steven Heller. [Read More]

Another One Bites The Dust

Here’s a recent article by Brian Addison for Longbeachize, about another great mural in Long Beach getting buffed out. Since I’ve helped manage the POW! WOW! LONG BEACH art festival for the last two years, several people have contacted me to ask for more details. I should clarify that this is not in fact a POW! WOW! LONG BEACH mural, but a collaboration between POW! WOW!’s founder, artist Jasper Wong, and Microsoft. That said, I really loved the mural, and ArtX’s stated reasoning for buffing it out doesn’t quite gel with me. On the other hand, it’s their wall, and (I assume) they can do whatever they want with it, legally speaking. If we penalize property owners for buffing out murals, then less and less property owners are likely going to generously donate their walls to the cause of public art.

Worst

Awesome Los Angeles-based artist Benjie Escobar unveils a new body of work at Espacio 1839 in Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights this evening! It’s from 8pm to 11pm.

RKP Vs. Too Short’s Boombox

Last week, I was lucky enough to drop in on Los Angeles artist Reef Kills Pop who was just finishing up his latest installation – at an undisclosed location in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The space belongs to famous Bay Area rap icon Too $hort and it serves as a recording studio, complete with a soundproof booth in one corner. Reef hit everything except the carpets and it looks amazing.