The Made Collection is a line of practical household objects designed and produced in Los Angeles.
After creating several acclaimed products for a variety of companies and purposes, Made marks the first in-house project by up-and-coming designer David Okum. These functionally beautiful goods are the Project of the Day.
In just five years, the Cinefamily has become a staple of LA’s film landscape.
This nonprofit move house injected new life into the historic Silent Movie Theater, bringing exhaustive retrospectives, crazy found-footage festivals, awesome midnight movies, and a slew of indie premieres to a passionate audience.
Now the cinema is raising funds to finally update their hand-built theater for a new century. This silver screen dream is our Project of the Day.
A mixture of architecture, urban design, and infrastructure fantasies that never left the drawing board, this exhibition will include work from Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Gehry, and many others.
LA’s Architecture and Design Museum created a Kickstarter project to help fund the exhibition, which is finally within reach after two years of research.
Located just a stone’s throw from Hollywood, Young Projects incubates and exhibits motion pictures of a different stripe.
This artist-run gallery is one of the few in the country devoted entirely to video and digital media, creating an essential venue for experimental work in the belly of the entertainment industry. Faced with a daunting budget gap and an exciting slate of 2013 programming, the gallery’s founder created a Kickstarter project to gauge the interest of the Los Angeles arts community.
We’re happy to report that Young Projects just exceeded its goal, promising another year of innovative artwork in the digital realm for Angelenos and beyond.
In 1984, the city of Los Angeles invited ten renowned artists to create original artworks for public display in honor of that year’s Olympic Games. The finished murals became a great source of civic pride, but the intervening decades saw them fall into heavy despair. Enter The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, a coalition of artists, public art advocates, and city officials that set about meticulously restoring these massive pieces of public art. Above, you can see them at work on Glenna Avila’s “L.A. Freeway Kids” — check out more on their Kickstarter page.
Last year, Jeff Wedner created Reuben Sandwich Co and toured LA Food Festivals, hawking his freshly made sandwiches to hungry locals and winning himself a loyal, hungry fan base. “Where can we get these all the time?!” they wanted to know. Well, guys. The answer is now on Kickstarter.
"One of the most influential woodwind players to come out of Chicago’s AACM movement of the mid-’60s, Roscoe Mitchell is a brilliant and adventurous improviser, and founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He’s also an acclaimed composer of new music and is currently the “Distinguished Darius Milhaud Professor of Composition” at Mills College in Oakland, CA.
…Roscoe’s trio with percussionist William Winant and woodwind player James Fei will perform a new piece that Roscoe has written for the occasion. In addition, percussionist Alex Cline will lead an all-star ensemble in a special performance of Roscoe’s landmark composition People in Sorrow, featuring eleven distinguished musicians including saxophonist Oliver Lake, vocalist Dwight Trible, pianist Myra Melford, harpist Zeena Parkins, and bassist Mark Dresser.”
Last Call, y’all! We’ve got big ole girl crush on Shira Loa, a veteran metalsmither who’s prepping for her October gallery show at Dialect in Los Angeles. There’s ONE DAY LEFT on her dope exhibition project, Tangible Growth in Metal Sculpture.
From the smithstress:
Sometimes I call my sculptures “cocoons”, “flowers”, “mushrooms” and “branches,” though really, they are all and none of these things. My pieces do not replicate, but reference organic forms, allowing me to abstract shapes I appreciate in the natural world in order to communicate the joy that they inspire in me; the feelings they evoke put into form. It’s my own kind of botany, with its references known and unknown.
For the Dialect show, I am trapping these metallic organisms, creating diorama worlds for them to live within, to offer viewers a fixed window through which to view the pieces. Shadowboxes, frames and pedestals that I fabricate out of steel, found objects and embedded LED lights will give my lissome sculptural creatures the home and purpose they need. Every part of the dioramas will be designed as part of the artwork.
For a certain type of gal—and by that I mean me—Jonathan Langager is quite the catch. Surely there’s an insect pun in there somewhere—and by that I mean the “catch” bit—but neither Langager nor his Kickstarter project, Josephine and the Roach, needs be dressed up in wordplay. Combining live action with stop-motion animation in an “offbeat short film about a cockroach who falls in love with the woman whose apartment he infests,” Josephine and the Roach—and one sweet ‘n smiley Langager—are an imaginative delight.
Langager’s first Kickstarter successful Kickstarter campaign launched this USC MFA production, and his follow-up seeks finishing funds for digital effects, score composition, and festival submissions. For his first project, in addition to the obvious goodies like DVDs and film posters, Langager offered such inventive rewards as “an original drawing of a cockroach on a postcard, in whatever context you would like him to be. Taking a bubble bath, for instance.” Inthis second campaign, Langager’s got a whole new shop of adorable. For $10 you can get “a copy of “The Small New Yorker,” the premier periodical of urbane arthropods. The tiny magazine (a little bigger than a postage stamp) includes poetry, illustrations, and articles written exclusively for cockroaches.” And, for the high-rolling queen bees, Langager encourages, “let your imagination go wild, and the director will draw it for you.” Check out that tiny mag and some wild-running imaginations below:
Hello, scroll-defying hella-fun string of experiential rewards. Indie-hop artist Jonathan Denmark knows that everyone who wants his new album obviously wants to hang out with him too. So in addition to offering the finished tunes, he’s got a little something extra for the superfans who want to be stalked and loved by their fave musician. And by a little I mean a lot.
For $45, Jonathan will show up at your office — possibly dressed in his interpretation of a delivery man’s outfit — and give you flowers and a balloon like it’s your birthday and he wants you (even if neither is true). For $80, he’ll follow you around for 4 hours as your shadow decked out in black or as your very own CIA agent stalker. Or he’ll drive you home singing his tunes, escort you to a wedding, break up with your ex-to-be for you, take you on a hike — and more! Basically if you like this guy you could have a lot of fun here. There is potential for fun if you don’t like him, too.
LOS ANGELES — While shooting their Kickstarter video for The End of the World, creative group the Imps of Marge and Fletch got thrown onto their knees by at least eight cops with guns drawn and two helicopters hovering overhead. Apparently the LAPD took notice of the fake-gun-flailing extravaganza that begins two minutes into the Imps’ pitch video and weren’t pleased. They gave the gang a 20-minute lecture on playing with real-looking weapons, after which the Imps explained the concept of the video, to which the cops replied, “Yeah, that’s pretty funny, good twist.” Cheerful waves followed:
Get the first-hand account here, and support these law-breaking citizens (with a very cool project) here.
I sincerely wish that LA-based rock band Random Ninjas had been around when I was a ten-year-old throwing tantrums about having to write “Thank You” cards after Christmas. They could have taught me a thing or two about what it means to be appreciative, and how to have a lot of fun while doing it. The lively bunch have lately been posting a series of sweet “Thank You” videos for their backers, in which they express their gratitude through dance parties, silly songs, and … is that a plastic grenade launcher?! I think it is.
So, I guess what I’m ultimately trying to say is: thanks guys. Thanks for showing me how it’s done right. My Mom thanks you, too. Check out their ongoing project here, or be like me and watch the video, over and over again while you work.