Archives for the month of: July, 2012

25 BANDS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Or before mid-year of next year, so goes the tune?  The initial idea came from not trying to look for how others have done it previously.  If you knew where to buy drugs then you knew where to play shitty music.  The poetry informs the inquisitive questions.   It all varied.  There was no consensus of understanding, education or knowledge.   There was so much diversity yet we separated ourselves.  And they said Los Angeles makes you only tougher.  I loved young risk takers successfully putting out to the world sounds, love.  It sounded so wonderful, didn’t it?

This was where you were from.  This was the new capitol of the art world.  You made a personal directory growing in.  You made an inventory of your surroundings.  You quickly learned where the best art school house parties were.  You picked up cheap tricks for stealing beer.  You immersed yourself in car culture whether or not you liked it.  Leagues, spy clubs, everyone was trying to get richer, scheme’s, you got to see so many cars, women with iron balls.  And there were the boy’s club, and there were crew’s, moviegoers.  Self-hate, Satanism and being a hobo were “in.”  I knew, you knew, everyone knew industry types, comedians, photographers, poets, artists that went to school then dropped out then went back to community college to finish technical school; play in bands, ride bikes everywhere, in the “scene.”  Its like the knowledge that you learned from walking Los Angeles came together.  And there was an amazing shit load of people that no television camera would ever captured.  Nobody ever knew enough of one person.  It just would not happen.  They have something within them that sparks a sense of natural curiosity, wander, and imagination our society does everything to completely destroy into adulthood.  This world was one giant mess coming in, one that got better over time with love and energy put into these wor(l)ds.

Every third Tuesday starting in August there will be a new band to listen, read, and enjoy.  For enhanced results please apply with 100% dark coco THC butter.

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August

16 folks you should know.  Creative individuals working in the vast concrete jungle land of La-la Land/Los Angeles.  Here captured is a glance from the side view mirror of a few friend’s driving up the beach coast.  It was sunny that day.  It came to me in a lucid dream.  Everyone and anyone has the potential, is using the potential, will use their potential—my true love moved from out of state to my state to live an apartment away, so went the dream/nightmare.  She left a testimony, “do something that makes you so you.”  Who broke the ice in the room? Who cut the cheese?   A table with homemade food drenched the window’s glass view of the ocean in the short distance.  What does it all mean?  I cried.  Poured my soul out and came back waking up unsure, I was failing but I didn’t see or want to see how yet.  Something about them genuinely intrigued me and I hoped they inspire you too.  It wasn’t so easy when almost everyone I knew fell under the label, “Creative and Young.”  And since my poor mother must be proud of my choice to be a publisher instead of a rocket scientist I was glad to dissect apart the thoughts that made these folks beautiful folks.  On one hand, silly, on another hand, personal, the perfect blend that allowed for me to be comfortable as play became work and memory became words.

Every Monday at 6PM for the next four months a new interview will be posted here.  Please enjoy responsibly.

1. Lara Joy Evans

http://www.flickr.com/photos/larajoyevans/

 

George Valle

BY RICHARD ANDRES

When first meeting George he quickly points out he has no Facebook, a social taboo in our currently technological dependent lives.  That’s how I learned to introduce him as “The Man without Facebook.”  His calm demeanor disguises his shy voice with his eyes not so visible behind frames time traveled back from the 1950’s.  I first met George a few years back through a mutual friend.  Before meeting up again in a course at Santa Monica College he went from web design to creating art.  The class was called Contemporary Art Theory and Practice taught by Linda Lopez.  The many drives we took in his red car talking art ideas, music history of German progressive punk music scene of the 1980’s and drinks at bars or games of pools—finding a man of class in these XX times is a rare breed–hid his brilliance in perfecting the art direction of any of his creative endeavors.  He’s currently working as a rookie in life insurance in the San Fernando Valley.

(RA) After graduating from CSUN, what followed next?

(GV) After I finished at CSUN I had a three-month vacation that ended badly. By then I wasn’t motivated to find work. It was also that no one was hiring. I also fell out with painting.

(RA) Where does graphic design fit in your day to day living?

(GV) Well I don’t think about it much these days.

(RA) What does web design mean to you?

(GV) Wed design = death. I think it takes a particular mind to deal with web design. I like numbers and logic, but I can’t stand web work.

(RA) Your big break—comedians will try out much new material before they found the one laugh they know is it.  Musicians are always experimenting to grow as artists even if it means meeting failure dead on just two of many examples. How, if at all, is failure a big or small factor in your projects? Whether its not having gallery representation, adequte funding or anything of similar sorts.

(GV) Starting is my biggest hang up. I get plenty of ideas, but it takes me awhile before anything happens. Failure to launch. I think that’s most people. Gallery representation doesn’t upset me right now. Lately, I just wish I could give myself more time to work on stuff. I take what I can.

(RA) What are you currently working on?

(GV) I have a paper project that I’ve been slowly working on. Also a book of shadows that I was thinking about again.

(RA) There is a view out there a true artist in Los Angeles must be in the epicenter of all the commotion.  Here, Downtown Los Angeles, the heart of Los Angeles is where all the major art sales and where artist come to be crowned artist.  Is this fitting for all artists or one particular art mindset?  In such a way, is there a finite definition of what an artist is to act, behave and think?  Is the definition of being a creator plural in respects to those amongst his peers?

(GV) I think downtown isn’t a size that fits all. I’ve always believed that artwalk is filled with people that mostly want to be seen. Even though I would like a giant room to work with it is hard for me to image it being packed with people. Its because I see my work as an intimate affair. As for others and there quest for glory… The cream cannot help but rise to the top, but I say, shit floats. I wish I could take credit for that line, but it ain’t mine.

(RA) Emotions will sometimes always get the best of us.  How does one go dealing with anger and frustration where conditions to create a certain project will require more time and money commitment, both of which can’t yet be met equally?

(GV) If you have a deadline its even more difficult. With gallery shows I’ve tried to image finishing a day or two before. That doesn’t work at all, but its a goal. The truest thing for me is I take it in stride. It usually comes down to sleeping less for a few days.

(RA) Those who don’t create don’t have the pressure of putting extra worry on their shoulders to constantly create.  Those who do have to create must manage on top of the writing aspect the stress and real worries that come with working on projects over them being a hobby.

(GV) Its true. Those who don’t care have nothing to worry about. For me I know that it is equally frustrating not being able to be creative. That’s why I use writing because I can at least capture what I am thinking.

(RA) The word hobby has been thrown around many times for those who make art solely for themselves.  It is not their passion in this life to become full on creators.  Any truth?

(GV) Hobby? Someone I know told me I had a hobby. I told him he was wrong. Hobbies are things you toss aside for when you have time. You dedicate an hour and expect nothing great. You might as well be going to work at that point. Being a creative is nothing like being a hobbiest. I think of model airplanes when I think of hobbies. There is no meaning behind it. There is the pleasure of finishing a plane. I’ve done it before. Its the same feeling you get from putting together Ikea furniture. I’ve felt satisfied because I have accomplished a goal. But it isn’t art and it isn’t being creative because part of me does not exist with in it. There is no connection. Even quick drawings at lunch satisfy me.

(RA) Where do you see your projects taking you five years from now?

(GV) My future projects should be better thought out five years from now.

Follow George on his blogs:

http://dinorhombus.blogspot.com/       &

http://rhombusaur.blogspot.com/

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