Meet Ellen Marie Bae. The Long Beach-based artist is a self-proclaimed breakfast burrito enthusiast and reluctant cat mom, whose illustrations are both witty and charming, and succinctly tell a story using her simply featured characters.
Jason Moore has few boundaries. In any particular series of his collages you can find a loose inventory of imagery that includes bare breasts, atomic bomb explosions, skeletons, dicks, vintage porn, guns, black eyes, cops, death, decay, vaginas, mosques, skulls and nuns. His cache of symbols seems to leave no trash bin unturned, no corner of ebay unrummaged.
Gabriel Luis Perez used to perform as a circus clown. The New Mexico native moved to Texas to make music and DJ in the mid 90s, where he inadvertently fell into playing music for circus performers. In making music for these small time performers he started to take to the community and lifestyle, and started traveling with the circus, eventually becoming one of its comedic acts.
Luka Fisher is like an unofficial mayor of the Los Angeles underground. He's usually working on an innumerable list of projects and collaborations with the city's edgiest and most forward-thinking musicians and artists, and if need be, can act as the connective glue between you and just about anyone in LA's creative realm. We premiere his debut EP "Sleep Gallery" and talk about working in a range of media and eradicating double standards in art.
With the release of LAX: Photographs of Los Angeles 1980-84, viewers inhabit a world of nostalgia, far off from the confines of security lines and electronic kiosks that have become routine of the now dread-worthy airport experience. We speak with photographer John Brian King about his thought process while capturing the photo series, the reaction he received from his subjects, and where he hopes his photograph's will end up in a hundred years from now.
We chat with Lawrence Azzerad about Red Bull's month-long music festival, having the rare opportunity to speak to the city of Los Angeles at large through the festival's poster designs, and why there is something really crucial about having a proper visual representation for the music.
Sometimes Bryan Peterson will sit in the back room of his Los Angeles house for eight hours at a time. Streams of colorful, wavey, psychedelic glitches cascade an old boxy TV screen, while Peterson sits to the side of the monitor, usually tinkering and twisting nobs on a large mixer of some sort, and pushing the 'A' and 'B' buttons on a Gameboy color that he custom wired as a vessel to perpetuate his digital art.