Thursday, August 13, 2009


Stereo Images by Photographer, Jack Laxer

Must-see for this weekend is the photo show at DRKRM GALLERY. Our friend, Jack Laxer is showing his Kodachrome photos in 3-D.
From the website: Ultra-Angeles features rarely seen images of Southern California's commercial landscape from 1952-1969 -- a dreamworld of Googie coffee shops, tail-finned cars, and sleek office towers-- in stunning stereo 3-D and vivid full color Kodachrome. Many notable architects including Paul Williams, William Cody, and the masters of the Modern California Coffee Shop, Armet & Davis, hired 3-D photographer Jack Laxer to document their newly completed works. Using a specially adapted Stereo Realist camera, Laxer’s lens revealed a vivid depth filled world, with a precision and artistry unseen before or since in the realm of stereo photography.
Like Julius Shulman, Laxer’s primary subject matter was the ultramodern architecture of midcentury America. However, unlike Shulman’s famous black and white 2-D images of private residential oases, Laxer’s work documented the ultramodern main streets of Los Angeles in a pristine palette of Kodachrome colors with a hyper-exaggerated stereo depth. Laxer's progressive subject matter perfectly embodies the spirit of modernism, both as an artistic movement as well as an everyday reality in post-war Los Angeles. His amazing views offer a full-color, 3-D glimpse into a world that no longer exists, even as we drive by it every day. Guest curator Alan Leib is the Chairman of the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee, and one of LA's leading cultural activists. Mr. Leib has led successful battles to preserve many of LA's most important modern buildings, and created, co-produced and hosted the Conservancy's Built by Becket and 3D-LA events, the latter being an IMAX theater presentation of Mr. Laxer's Ultra-Angeles era work.
The opening reception is this Saturday @ 7pm,
Handmade Nation is screening this weekend. It sounds like a wonderful film. There will also be a mini-craft faire. Let's go!
The Watermelon Festival is happening out in the Sunland-Tujunga area.
It's Nisei week! There are tons of activities thru August 23rd. From Wikipedia: The Nisei are considered the second generation; and the grandchildren of the Japanese-born immigrants are called Sansei. The Sansei are considered the third generation. (In Japanese counting, "one, two, three" is "ichi, ni, san."
Head on down to Little Tokyo for all of the festivities!
Nisei Queens, 1966

On a sad note, RIP, Les Paul.

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At 3:16 PM PDT, Blogger Paul in Palm Springs said...

Thanks for sharing this post! Looks like a very cool show.

At 4:51 PM PDT, Blogger Jean said...

You find the funnest things. The movie looks great-especially with the craft fair

At 5:02 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Handmade Nation looks like DA BOMB. If only I wasn't so afraid of crowds. Sigh.

At 5:08 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Jean...
I just look in the LA Times, the LA Weekly and check my incoming e-mails about things to do in L.A. thanks for the blog compliments!

At 5:11 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we're going to try to make it to the Jack Laxer opening - see you there?

At 8:35 PM PDT, Blogger Kath said...

Definitely no chance of Handmade Nation being shown where I live! Wonder what the odds are of it coming out on DVD in the next year or so???

Mmm...have you ever been to the Japanese American National Museum? I expect it'll be crowded in the next week or so but definitely worth a visit anytime. Absolutely outstanding history exhibit - I though I was already well-educated and learned so much more!


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