Over roughly a week or so, we’ve been bringing you regular progress updates on How & Nosm’s massive ‘Living in the Bottle’ mural on the front of the LA Weekly building in Culver City. Now, here’s a look at the complete piece which the twins apparently finished on Sunday. The aquatic themed piece done in their signature red, white, black + pink palette features multiple bottles within one giant bottle tied together by the flow of liquid and a tight diamond pattern. Each bottle is packed with dense detail including all manners of fish as well as traditional folk and smaller references to modern society including vehicles. The level of detail and the smaller scale (relative to the wall) rewards a close-up, prolonged viewing. The new wall offers murals nested within murals. Enjoy the tight detail shots after the jump and also take a look back at our preview updates to see additional detail photos.
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So I’ve been just a wee bit obsessed with How & Nosm’s ongoing mural at the LA Weekly building with multiple visits and progress updates. Though I wasn’t able to make it out to the site on Thursday, Friday’s visit revealed a full constellation of bottles filled with the twins’ signature imagery blended in surreal fashion and dipped in their sparse black, red and pink palette. The jump in progress is due in part to late hours spent aboard the 60-ft lift including a 16 hour run on Thursday that saw the brothers painting 5+ hours after sundown. Now that the bottles are mostly complete, the next step is the background fill which will include a heavy red flow from right to left. This one will be a sight to behold once it’s complete.
After a mostly rained out Tuesday, How & Nosm were back at their large mural at the LA Weekly building on Wednesday (call it Day 3). Each trip out to the in-progress piece is exciting with the promise of new, incremental discoveries. This time out the twins had finished the bottle on the left bottom, added a medium sized bottle and a small one in the middle of the left section as well as a large one in the adjacent middle section. While each bottle has a different visual layout rendered in the artists’ signature white, red, black + pink palette, there’s an emphasis on aquatic life as a lens for their recurring theme of the destructive nature of capitalism endangering and subjugating both the common man and nature.
Selecting, editing and assembling the images for this post has served as a reminder of the layered nature of How and Nosm’s work. Viewing one of their pieces is at first an astonishing experience in which the scope and scale overwhelms the eyes and the mind. The interpretive challenge comes while focusing in on the individual elements, blended together in surreal fashion. While at first disoriented, one finds recognizable and familiar objects amidst the sea of imagery to use as starting points in the discovery that awaits. Slowly one gains a growing sense of the broad narrative threads as well as an appreciation of the twins’ visual phrasing and language, presented in ambitious detail.
While there are several days of work left, the overall design is starting to take form. Once the bottles are laid out across the entire front of the building, How & Nosm will make a second pass filling in all the blank/white areas until the piece is as densely packed as one of their paintings.
Here’s a quick look at Day 2 (Tuesday 2) of How and Nosm’s progress on their ambitious mural on the large front face of the LA Weekly building in Culver City. Once completed the mural should draw alot of attention from drivers entering the adjacent 405 freeway on-ramp.
So far the mural design is focused on bottles staggered in between the building’s many windows. Day 2 saw the addition of a smaller bottle mid-way up as well as the start of one at the lower edge. As with some of their recent murals, this one is a mix of aerosol and brush work. Look for more updates shortly.
How & Nosm are back in LA. First up is a large mural on the on the front of the LA Weekly building. To our knowledge, the twins’ piece will be the third piece to grace the building following Invader’s installation on the far end and Ben Eine’s previous crossword piece. After a day of painting the front of the building white, How & Nosm completed the first upper left section just before sundown on Sunday. The theme of the piece will flow across the building from left to right with water spilling from bottles. Each project brings with it a new set of challenges – in this case those include carefully navigating the 60-foot lift along a narrow, slightly sloped sidewalk, bit by bit and also maneuvering the lift basket carefully so as to avoid momentum-based bumps into the building and/or its numerous glass windows. Look for more updates in the coming days.
If you missed the opening of Idealist Propaganda, Glen E. Friedman’s major retrospective, and the chance to have Glen sign your copy of his books, Subliminal Projects is giving you another opportunity by extending the Idealist Propaganda show for one more day. Glen will be in the gallery Saturday, January 10th signing copies of his amazing books from 2-5pm. They will have all five of Glen’s books available, including Recognize, which is no longer in print and only available at Subliminal Projects. Below are some photos of the installation, courtesy of Subliminal Projects. Read Jeff Weiss’ opening night review and exlcusive interview with Glen in the LA Weekly, plus check out their featured slidehow.
You’ve undoubtedly seen Robbie Conal’s work in places like the LA Weekly. He combines social comment with undeniable technical expertise to produce rad paintings, drawings and mixed-media pieces, most of them pleasingly large-scale.
“No Spitting No Kidding,” a retrospective of 25 years of his art, opened Oct. 18 at the Track 16 Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The opening was packed with an enthusiastic crowd who checked out the wide range of his work, including political portraits, collages involving Smurfs, skeleton baseball players and playful kittens. Although I recognized many of the politicians and scandal-ridden characters depicted, I was even more inspired by his heavy layers of paint and the carefully sketched lines that depicted every wrinkle, falsehood and bit of hope in their faces.
The piece at the top of this page was my favorite – I found it absolutely beautiful – but I tried to capture a sampling of his diversity in the accompanying images. (And the fella with the orange cap is skateboard legend Stacy Peralta.) The show runs until Nov. 22.