Each Friday, I’ve been trying to do something cultural. So far 6 weeks in, this is the best disruptive life hack I’ve yet experienced.
Week 6, I was back a few blocks from my earliest memories of Los Angeles down in Little Tokyo to experience the latest edition of the Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair. It’s the best art fair that defies categorization. There’s something art related for everyone, from affordable prints to zines, postcards and photographs. There was even a Lichtenstein paper plate at one of the booths, the original art object that got me interested in contemporary and conceptual art. It was a great, buzzing crowd, completely engaged in finding the next priceless object to call their own.
One of the reasons I love this fair is that it’s maximalist. There’s a ton of content, much of it undiscovered and potentially underappreciated, and as they like to say, “it’s ripe for picking.”
Printed Matter LA is on through Sunday. Go see it. Below some photos of personal highlights. #1. Overhead shot of Gagosian Gallery presents: “Design Office” by Kim Gordon in collaboration with Feeding Tube Records. It resembled an avant-garde record store, but it was really a conceptual shop where everything was made for the booth, including the music being sold. All the art adorning the walls were photos of Gordon’s daughter and friends.
Sigrid Calon’s booth was a big hit at last year’s LAABF, and she returned this year with more art and a commemorative pin, “LA”. Photo of Enamel pins, various colorways, risograph cards. Edition of 2000.
Art ephemera is obviously a category I collect, so I was delighted to encounter Lee Reymore’s booth at LAABF. I would have been happy taking home most of it. Close-up of Lee Reymore’s “Modlitlooks” booth featuring works by David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Dan Flavin and more.
I loved the temporary frame in this booth by the back entrance.
One page of Kim Gordon’s 558 day calendar at Gagosian where her daughter and friends make ridiculous female record store “reaction shots” to customers. The page highlighted would be my birthday page this year.
Close up of Mold-A-Rama, a fully functioning mold maker that was printing art over the weekend. The useless, yet priceless molded pieces were black plastic bongs. Or as the maker liked to say, “non functioning ones.”