As part of the Murals of La Jolla project, John Baldessari juxtaposes a brain-like cloud hovering over a coastal palm tree on the largest wall facing La Jolla Cove. After grabbing lunch just up the street, I took these two photos of the mural after remembering a friend’s recommendation to check it out if I was in the area.
When asked about mural, Baldessari reveals, “A brain can look like a cloud if you manipulate it in the right way. We see things in clouds. It looks like it’s hovering almost from outer space. I like banal images and I can’t think of anything more banal than a palm tree and an ocean.” Personally, I think he’s just having a little fun with the folks eating at George’s at the Cove.
John Baldessari grew up just 20 minutes south of La Jolla and spent a great amount of time as a young artist in the 1960s exhibiting with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which at the time, was known as The Art Center in La Jolla. His ties to the small coastal town also extend just 2 miles north at UCSD—where he spent time as an instructor before moving to Santa Monica in 1970.
Since then, Baldessari has found a way to permeate some of the world’s most renown collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Broad Collection, the Guggenheim Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. With over 200 solo and 1000 group exhibitions under his belt, John Baldessari was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Not too bad, right?
Having worked within the footwear and apparel industry for over 10 years, San Diego’s Dave Mckinney decided to launch Edison Mfg Company—a leather accessories label that not only focuses on making their goods domestically, but locally as well. How local? Well, about 30 steps away and around the corner from Mckinney’s front door lies Edison’s machine shop. Nestled within a converted bungalow in San Diego’s hip, North Park district, the workshop is fully stocked. Among a few stray completes from Mckinney’s extensive skateboard collection is a fleet of industrial sewing machines and everything else you would need to cut, sew, rivet and tan those Edison iPhone wallets that you’ve been meaning to pick-up.
Above and below are a few photos that I snapped on a quick visit to their studio. For those in San Diego, wanting to see their goods in person, come by the Edison Pop-up Shop at Pigment space. It’ll be up for a another couple of weeks. Go on and check em out.
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About a year ago, we lost Steve Jobs—a cultural icon and one of the most influential persons of our time. Not only did he bring us some of our favorite gadgets to date, he was also known for having a unique sense of style. On any given Keynote, you’d see him clicking away at his Perfect Cue Mini wearing a black Issey Miyake turtleneck, Lunor eyeglasses, Levis 501s and a pair of USA-made New Balance 992s. Shortly after his passing, Gawker wrote an interesting article about why he always wore his trademark black turtleneck. Check it out here »
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