Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Artsy Fartsy: Rainbow Reading
For the first time ever, the exceedingly fantastic LA Art Book Fair, touched down not too far from Nasty Gal HQ last weekend. Imagine a gigantic gallery convention where 220 international publishers—all the people who not only have access to beautiful conceptual takes on life but are the ones making it—are intimately sharing what they know. And it was especially a big deal because it usually only happens once a year in New York City, and we too got to enjoy all the zines, books, catalogs and rare weird stuff that inspired the artists that inspire us.
Small presses and zines harken back to the times when really specific information about strange self-invented worlds and perspectives came handmade and delivered in a mailbox. Popular belief says all that’s gone by the wayside thanks to the internet, but the Arts Book Fair shows otherwise.
It’s not exactly a library, but there is a free education involved, if you can focus long enough in one place. All the information, visual and written, is incredibly over stimulating, sparking off a zillion ideas all at once. And the event builds and supports community—soooo many of us from the Nasty Gal team bumped into one another there, not to mention thousands of other people pouring in and out and meandering around in clusters like curious molecules. Here’s some of the stuff we found…
“Babe Rainbow, next to Brian Eno, with a little Warhol in the background. Yep, that about covers it!”
“The now ultra coveted and revered WET magazine ran from 1976-1981 in Los Angeles. On the surface it claimed to be about the “gourmet bathing” but in reality was about dipping into art and music that we love now but was waaaay ahead of its time.”
“It’s totally OK to be on the fence!”
“One artist made giant glitter paintings and an intensely large book with pages made entirely of different prismatic combinations of sparkle. This made us so surprisingly happy to the point of actual giddiness.”
“This was definitely the most fun installation we found. They let everyone go crazy on the gallery wall with electric-hued electrical tape.”
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Artsy Fartsy: Jen Stark’s Technicolor Dream
Jen Stark knows all about the power of color. Her carefully constructed, prismatic, paper cutouts are a psychedelic spectacle that you have to see to believe. She gives us kaleidoscope eyes and chromatic dreams, just like our latest lookbook. Originally from Miami, we’re so happy that Jen is now imbuing sunny Los Angeles with her radiant presence!
(All photos courtesy of Jen Stark)
Friday, December 7, 2012 Artsy Fartsy: Painting The Town at Art Basel
Being the art and fashion fiends that we are, some of the Nasty Gal fam packed up and headed to Miami Beach for four days of the surreal life at Art Basel. It’s been a crazy whirlwind of adventures, from bumping into friends (Kesh, Pharrell, Terry, A$AP Rocky) to meeting the most amazing Nasty Gal superfans. In short…we came, we saw, we danced…and danced…and maybe had too much sugar-free Red Bull. But hey, what else are you supposed to do in Miami?
Friday, November 9, 2012 Artsy Fartsy: Mutual Core
We’re freaking out a little about this teaser of Björk’s new video… and lucky for us (and everyone else in Los Angeles) we get to see it first, even before the internet. This Monday, MOCA’s hosting an exclusive screening of “Mutual Core” on Grand Avenue from 11 AM to 5 PM. We’ve heard it’s more of a short film than music video, with a lot of volcanic imagery and the trademark Björk intensity we love so much. And since it’s directed by local artist/filmmaker/hacker Andrew Huang, we know it’s going to be out of control. Best thing is, the event is free to everyone, and it screens every 15 minutes, so there’s plenty chance to go. We’re heading over on a Nasty Gal field trip together, so we hope to see you there–we’ll let you know when on Monday… join us!
PS: In case you miss it (or can’t make it), “Mutual Core” will debut on MOCAtv afterwards; if you subscribe to the channel now, you get a free three-month membership to the museum.
Thursday, October 4, 2012 Artsy Fartsy: Neil Krug’s Pulp Non-Fiction
Devotees of the analog appreciate photographer Neil Krug because he gets his effects straight from the source: film, not a phone’s camera. His eye for warm, sun-drenched, psychedelic landscapes and portraiture have landed him work with bands like Justice, Devendra Banhart, My Chemical Romance, Ladytron, The Horrors, Scissor Sisters, Tame Impala, Gonjasufi, and he’s also released a passion project with his wife, model Joni Harbeck. Together they’ve compiled two volumes of gorgeous photography featuring fantasy scenarios, most of which involve her running free in the desert, say, or decadently decorated and lying on the floor. These books are exactly how you’d hope your sweetheart would see you—gorgeous, fierce, multi-faceted—as well as the way you’d want to see the world.