Ink on paper normally gets us in a subtle and surreal mood… a brisk night with a cape, walking under the moonlight kind of mood. Spanish artist Pablo S. Herrero, normally known for large-scale street murals, has translated his branches into versions that quite possibly should be available for one’s latest design-porn-art-crush for a live work situation. Yeah, we know, they’d look damn good hung. Search the walls when you’re in Spain, you won’t miss his mysterious and gravitating art — otherwise, muse on this gallery for now. We
This Saturday, self-taught slash self-proclaimed vandal turned street artist Benjamin Alejandro hosts his latest art installment at the Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art in none other than Sin City, Las Vegas.
Known for his philosophical and iconographic approach to his art, Benjamin’s newest body of work builds upon the famous mug-shot portrait series that featured the likes of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Lindsay Lohan – simply because of course, you can’t not mention Lindsay Lohan and ‘mug shot’ in the same sentence – and even his own.
By taking moments of past failures – as exemplified by the mug shots – and transforming them into pieces of art that teeter between disturbing and funny, Benjamin has developed a penchant on taking his concepts and ideas on societal worship of celebrities and flips it in an attempt to reveal to viewers just how obsessed we can be.
His latest body of work, “The trouble is, you think you have time,” Benjamin continues to toy with the idea of taking the celebrity off of the pedestal, to reaffirm that they too are also human, which is easy to forget – hell, we saw Adrian Grenier at Harvard & Stone last week, and he looked pretty human ordering a measly PBR.
For you lucky folks that are in Las Vegas anytime between now and January 18 of next year – and you can definitely count us in for a Sin City visit before the year is over – check out Benjamin’s take on his favorite human beings and maybe take a leaf out of his book: “Some of our giant culture icons were and are human and people just like me and you. We are all human and yet quite capable of great level of influence.”
Go get ’em, tiger.
Street artist, graphic designer, and all things in between, Paige Smith has been busy beautifying dingy corners and dilapidated sidewalks with her “Geodes” project. Since its conception in 2011, her geodes have traveled the world, popping up in the strangest of places. (LAC writer Ross Gardiner just stashed some in his suitcase en route to his hometown of Ballachulish, Scotland. Ever heard of it? Neither had we. Where on earth do we find these characters?)
We sat down with Smith to pick her brain and find out what she’s up to next. (for a more in depth look into Smith’s work, be sure to check out her artist feature in our newest issue here)
So, what’s up?
Busy making glittering minerals before my trip to Bali this month.
Can we get you something to drink?
Do anything last night?
I saw my long lost sister who lives in Australia and wrestles koalas and we got drunk. True story.
How late did you stay up?
I hit the pillow at 4am.
Meals or snacks?
Meals, I really like to eat a lot in one sitting.
Ever gotten caught installing your Geodes?
Not yet. The only person that’s ever asked what I was doing was a homeless woman who stuck to that spot and told everyone that passed by not to touch it.
Where’s the farthest place your Geodes have travelled?
There are some in Amman, Jordan, but a box is on its way to Johannesburg right now.
Who would you invite to your fantasy gallery opening?
If life could resemble any film…
Who would you commission to create your portrait?
Your favorite city spot you installed a collection of geodes?
My kind friend that owns the Daily Dose in DTLA keeps letting me install them. I’ve done some great experimenting there.
Blue or black ink?
I don’t care; it really depends on how nicely the pen writes.
An art project/idea you most regret?
I spent a year and months attempting to create an installation that never ever worked. I finally let it go, but it was an awesome lesson.
Ever sit down in the shower?
When I’m hungover.
What was the first thing you said aloud this morning?
Are you listening to music right now?
I have “Everything Everything” and “Mother Mother”, on repeat.
Will you text the person you like today?
I do every day. He really can’t shake me.
If we gave you $50, what would you buy?
I’d buy something shiny; probably gold paint.
Last 3 google searches?
Wilson Phillips, Garbage Pail Kids Paige, The Mighty Boosh
What are you doing later?
I’m going to eat cookies on my couch.
Can we come?
Please do, will you bring me cookies?
Learn more about Paige Smith here: http://acommonname.com/