Hoppin’ around downtown LA

They ate everything.

They ate everything.

Rabbits are often referred to as pests, generally to our seasonal produce. Australian artist, Amanda Parer created a public installation that examines the vermin that are responsible for eradicating wildlife, while escaping annihilation by humans. Intrude was created from sewn white nylon, inflated and illuminated from the inside. Introduced to Australia by European settlers in 1788, rabbits are responsible for creating an imbalance to the country’s endemic species. Yet, our feelings for these fluffy, adorable creatures are fairly complex. Her work examines the cocktail of emotions we have for these furry nuisances.

They represent the fairytale animals from our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields. Intrude deliberately evokes this cutesy image, and a strong visual humour, to lure you into the artwork only to reveal the more serious environmental messages in the work. They are huge, the size referencing “the elephant in the room”, the problem, like our environmental impact, big but easily ignored.

Amanda Parer

 

For a very limited run, Los Angeles will be welcoming in the nylon scourge. You can view them downtown starting June 5th, through June 11th at these locations: Bank of America Plaza, Wells Fargo Center and FIGat7th. They will be available for photo shoots from noon to 9 p.m. each day.

After their take over of the West, they will complete their North American tour to New York, Denver, and Houston. For more information about Intrude, you can keep going down the rabbit hole here.

More about the artist: http://amandaparer.com.au/

 

I’ve had a craving for burlesque for quite some time. My instincts led me to google. As correct as they were, it wasn’t exactly an easy choice for an indecisive Saturday. So many, and in multiple locations.

Blind Tiger by Harlow Gold?

A quick glance at their Vimeo sealed my Saturday shenanigans.  My eyes widened voraciously as the clip unveiled dancers, reminiscent of Jazz Age times, armed with Tommy guns, and legs that are just as powerful, gliding across the ample performance space.

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The masterminds of Harlow Gold, and the keepers of my heart, are Tracy Phillips and Dominic Carbone. Starting out in a parking lot of a dance studio in their native Denver, they have choreographed numerous numbers for film, TV, and music videos, including the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, to various awards shows. Their low profile shows have been the whisper of L.A.

All that Jazz.

All that Jazz.

The general location was easy to spot, but once I parked my chariot, the realization struck that I may need a password to get in. A quick scan of the ticket assured me I stumbled onto the right spot. The show was in a vegan restaurant? I was pretty hungry. Sensing my apprehension, the doorman asked if I was looking for Harlow Gold.

Whew.

With no clue how this was going to go, I was escorted to Bar Fedora. Larger than expected, it was laden with art deco appeal, with a “smoky” seductive air.

The show began with a lovely emcee, who announced the rules of the show. Keep your cocktails off the table, and no video.

Wait, what?

Swinging on chandeliers.

Swinging on chandeliers.

The tables are used as mini stages. Everyone, and everything is a part of this interactive cabaret. The bars intact above allow the dancers to swing with more grace than I walk with above the audience, as they seduce and delight your inner Ginger Rogers. There was an intermission – just long enough to use the restroom, get in your 2nd drink for the requirement before Act 2 begins.

Bondage ballerina

Bondage ballerina

I could continue on how I fell in love that night, but I think you should go instead. Let your heart be awed by brilliance, and your cheeks bloom with multiple shades of pink.

 

Blind Tiger by Harlow Gold

Various locations, check the website for details.

Stitch and Bitch.

My attempts to keep up with the guerrilla crafting community has been futile. I find myself discovering new trends on the page of Yahoo! news, which pretty much tells me it’s over. Imagine how excited I was when I tripped into a yarn bombed light post while exploring downtown LA.

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Tree hugging made more comfortable.

Without the help of VICE, or Yahoo! news, my rusty street art senses were tingling. I was in the presence of a thoughtfully placed, and intellectually planned art installation. I snapped a few photos, admired the needle-work, and went on my way to the Inherent Vice exhibition at the Ace Hotel. When I returned home, I dug out my laptop, and began my research.

Itsy bitsy, teenie weenie bikini

This tree is stuck in the 70s.

Yarn bombers are a community of knitters that create fiber-based art to engage thousands online, worldwide, and locally in the city of Angels. Yarn bombing Los Angeles dabbles in all genres: be it public, fiber, street, craft, social awareness, and high art. One social awareness I came across online was, “#BlackLivesMatter”, all done in yarn.

 YBLA’s mission is to create a form of community-generated, site-specific public art that is tactile and accessible, while at the same time initiating dialogue about cross-generation connections and craft history. (yarnbombinglosangeles.com)

 

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If your interests sway to the crafty and conscientious, be sure to check out the link below for all yarn bombed sights in the Los Angeles area, and beyond.

http://www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com/