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Fudge Monthly January 06, 2016 15:37

Fudge Monthly by Jimmy Marble

Issue #1 The Swimsuit Issue release Party

Saturday, January 9th

7pm - 10pm

at Virgil Normal 4157 Normal Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90029 (323) 741-8489

Please join us for libations and socializations. Be an early adaptor and grab the first issue of Fudge Monthly by Jimmy Marble.

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Now for a questionnaire with Jimmy Marble, creative mind and editor of Fudge Monthly

What’s your name?  Jimmy Marble

 

What Fashion do you like?  the celebrity trying to blend in ballcap and sunglasses and slight beard look is an all-time fave

 

What Fashion don’t you like? i don't like masks very much

 

What were you doing last Sunday?  Watching the Seattle Seahawks

 

What time did you wake up this morning? 7:15 

 

What color hair do you wish you were born with?  I wish i had one of those birthmark hair patches

 

Are you a good cook?  I'm such a good cook!

 

What do you cook best?  I like making bowls that are full of lots of fresh and cooked vegetables and a protein

 

What do you wear when you sleep? not a damn thing

 

What’s your favorite word?  barf

 

What words do you not like? "calendar" and "you're late"

 

What’s your favorite season?  Winter in LA but spring in the rest of the world

 

Where do you most want to go to now?  to the pink lake in Australia 

 

What’s your job?  director and photographer

 

Do you like your voice?  i like the way it sounds when i talk but not when i hear it recorded

 

What’s the happiest thing about your life?  i'm in love

 

What part of your personality do you like best?  i have a strong desire to cook friends dinner

 

When was your first love?  17

 

What kind of person is your current lover?  she's a miracle

 

Do you believe in dreams?  definitely

 

Do you believe in jinxes?  once a psychic told me someone from my hometown was lighting black candles against me because he was jealous 

 

Do you believe in luck?  i try not to

 

 


Pop-Up-Up-Up December 10, 2015 15:51

Hello a few things of note. 1. Grant Doolittle of Grant Knits & Michael Dopps, Theophilus Martins of Good Posture and Krissy Teegerstrom of Feather Weight Studio will be joining us here on December 19th 12-4pm for a Pop-Up-Up-Up Shop. That's not once, twice but Thrice the Pop.

 

Grant Knits, Knits clothes for men and and women, costumes, wall hangings, and interior objects.He learned to crochet when He was 3 from his Grandma and Aunt.  A teenage screen print wizard, he then started learning how to make patterns and sew shortly after. Once he started knitting it became an obsession and it combined a lot of other skills he had been learning along the way.

Theophilus Martins is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, DJ & fashion designer. Martins, also known for his personal style, was described as "[a man that] marches to the beat of his own drum".Martins received major attention after releasing You Can’t Do That on Television, drawing praise from AOL GQ Magazine and The Washington Post, Martins made an early career as a child actor landing a role in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award nominated film Amistad.

In 2015 Theophilus formed Good Posture, which he has said functions as a creative company. Good Posture has handled Art direction for his album Wonderland along with direction for numerous musicians. Martins went on to debut the company and subsequent collection of clothing inspired by his recent stay in London, England.

Featherweight Studio designs by hand using pencil, paper, ink, paint and/or fabric.  Her techniques include collage, drawing, sewing, bleaching, embroidering & more.  She prefers the look of things touched by the human hand.  Imperfect & soulful.  Featherweight Clothing Co. began in the summer of 2012.  She has designed custom outfits for rock stars like Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), John Doe (X), Exene Cervenka (X), Rhett Miller (Old 97's), Geneva Harrison (Bells Atlas), Jeff Klein (My Jerusalem) & more.

 


Baby Bombers Release Party November 30, 2015 11:24

 

Is this your first Zine? 

Arrow: I tried to start a punk zine in 8th grade, but never went through with it, so yeah I’d say this is my first real zine.

Lily: Yes, this is the first issue of Baby Bombers. I’ve made other little zines over the years just for fun, but they’re all in a shelf in my room. I’ve never actually distributed one, so i’m really excited (and kinda nervous).

 

 

So why Baby Bombers?

A: Well there aren’t many magazines (or fanzines) for Rock n’ Roll and people that listen to Rock n’ Roll, so I thought, why wait for a cool magazine to come around? I should just start it myself! Also it’s a great way to meet cool people that are into the same music and style we are, it’s been a lot of fun working on it.

L: Arrow came up with the name and we picked it mostly because it sounded cool. I originally liked it because it reminded me of 70’s youth-in-revolt films like Rock 'N’ Roll High School and Over The Edge, but lately i’ve been thinking of it as a title for kids who feel like they’re living in the wrong decade. “Don’t call me a Millennial, call me a Baby Bomber!”

 

 

What's the first thing you do when you think you've got an idea?

A: Well me and Lily would just sit and look through old Creem magazines from the ‘70s, and see what kind of stuff they would have, so that’s how we got our inspiration. Then we would brainstorm our own cool activities and ideas to put in ours.

L: Write it down on whatever surface I have available! A lot of times i’ll write something in the notes on my phone, but now i have all these vague, slightly-cryptic notes that i can’t remember the origin of. Like, I have one that just says “John Lurie”. I’m like…yeah…what about him? 

 

 

What is it that each of you bring to the magazine and how do they compliment each other?

A: We both enjoy drawing and making art, so we make little comics and puzzles and things that we think would be cool to put in. We also both love talking and socializing with people, so doing interviews with bands is something we are really excited about.

L: Well, a huge benefit is definitely the fact that we have such insanely similar interests, it’s amazing when you’re on the same wavelength with someone musically/artistically. When it comes to fine-arts, Arrow is really killer, and I think my strong-point is probably writing. 

 

 

What kind of topics and features are included in Baby Bombers?

A: We have album reviews, puzzles n’ shit, some cool interviews, and a lot more! It’s a music zine so mostly everything in it has to do with bands we like. We’re both really obsessed with ‘70s rock and Glam Rock, so we talk a lot about that.

L: The zine is based mostly around 70’s glam rock and classic rock, and just vintage (mostly 70’s) pop culture in general. Our first issue features quizzes, album reviews, old ads, comics, art, etc. It also features interviews with Hammered Satin and Don Bolles of The Germs!

 

 

How do you balance documenting versus advocating for a particular stance on your subject?

L: Honestly, we’re just a couple of teenagers having fun. This isn’t exactly hard-hitting journalism, we’re more concerned with "cool information" than we are with advocating anything particular. The early punk zines of the 80’s were more concerned with politics, and I love them for it, but we’re doing our own thing, and I think that’s what makes us unique. 

 

 

In addition to the magazine launch you will be having activities and other events planned, can you tell us a little bit about them?

A: Yeah! At Virgil Normal, we’re also going to be having a pop-up shop. We’ll be selling vintage clothes, records, and handmade goods! I made these religious candles where all the saints n’ shit have KISS makeup, they’re pretty badass.

 

If this Baby Bombers launch party ended up on a desert island and you only had a mix tape to listen to forever what would be on it?

A: We both made short playlists for this question, so here they are! These are obviously just some of our faves, the list could go on forever.

1) Hollywood- The Runaways

2) Working Man- Rush

3) Kelly, Grace And Sally- Booby Trap

4) Round and Round- Ratt

5) Tinkertoy Tomorrow- Milk N’ Cookies

6) Pills- New York Dolls

7) Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers- ZZ Top

8) Let Your Hair Hang Down- Catapult

9) Suicide Solution- Ozzy Osbourne

10) Pills- New York Dolls

11) Lovemaker- Heart

12) Then He Kissed Me- Hollywood Brats

13) Strutter ’78- KISS

14) Ride A White Swan- T.Rex

15) Space Ace- Brett Smiley

 

L:

1) Rebel Rebel - David Bowie

2) Roxy Roller - Nick Gilder

3) Shock Me - KISS

4) Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet

5) Jet Boy Jet Girl - Elton Motello

6) Chinese Rocks - Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

7) Surrender - Cheap Trick

8) Baby’s On Fire - Brian Eno

9) All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople

10) Vicious - Lou Reed

11) The Wild One - Suzi Quatro

12) T.V Eye - The Stooges

13) Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!) - Gary Glitter

14) Cherry Bomb - The Runaways

 

You can listen to the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1261874986/playlist/5yLL4AQW3NgItPitESZiSO

 

 


Sale, Sale, Sale! November 25, 2015 09:53

This weekend we bring you Color Coordinated Sales

Enter savings code "white wednesday" for 20% off the collection

 

Enter savings code "Black Flag Friday" for 20% off collection

Enter discount code "Shop Small Saturday" for savings.

Enter savings code "Blue Monday" for 20% off collection


KATE & LAURA are MAKING IT BETTER November 24, 2015 13:22

 Photo by: Autumn de Wilde

VN:   You began your fashion label Rodarte in 2005, I’ve heard you sold just about everything you owned to raise the funds for that first line. That experience sounds reminiscent of a caterpillar going thru a cocooning process shedding records, favorite jackets, art and collectibles that help construct ones identity and coming out the other side as fashion designers.  WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE, TO HAVE ALL OF YOUR STUFF BACK OR ONION DIP AND CHIPS AT THE SNAP OF YOUR FINGER?

K&L: We would love to have our original record collection, as it was made primarily with the help of our father. Some of the albums had such sentimental value. However, we are in the process of building a new collection, and we are enjoying the excitement of making good finds at local record stores!

VN:   You’ve designed costumes for Darren Aranofsky’s film Black Swan, worked with Frank Gehry and Dudemel for the production of Don Giovanni. and more. WHAT ARE THE FIRST 3 STEPS IN YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS AND WHAT IS THE LAST?

K&L: 1.     Opening our minds to inspiration- looking to our environment and surroundings for a moment of excitement and feeling of newness.
2.     Free ourselves of any previously conceived notions.
3.     Always trust your insticts.
Last: There is never a last step, never a moment where we stop questioning what we are making and wanting to make it better.


VN:   You appear to have an incredible work ethic and tireless enthusiasm. I’m speaking of your devotion to the holidays, starting with the incredible decorations of your house, lawn, rooftop, and themed parties for Halloween, and Christmas. To add to the mix last year you moved studios and still pulled off an incredibly elegant jank prom. Now you follow it up with winning Vogue’s top 12 shows of Spring Summer 16. It’s truly incredible. HAVE YOU EVER FINISHED A GAME OF MONOPOLY?

K&L: No, we have not.


VN:   Your father Perry has amassed a vast tape collection, I assume his collection is a great library to pull from to set a mood. CAN YOU GIVE US A SMALL PLAYLIST FOR THE ULTIMATE POOL PARTY?

K&L:
Steve Miller Band- Wild Mountain Honey
America- Ventura High Way
E.L.O- the way life’s meant to be
Ramones- Danny Says
The Replacements- Swingin Party
The Alan Parsons Project- Eye in the Sky
New Order- Your silent Face
The Dream Syndicate-  Tell me When it’s over
Gerry Rafferty- Right Down The Line
Tom Petty- American Girl

 

Playlist assembled and available to listen to on Spotify: Kate & Laura's Pool Party Playlist


Churchill Ceramics Pop-Up Shop November 17, 2015 14:33

Churchill Ceramics Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, November 21st

12 to 6pm

Virgil Normal

4157 Normal ave Los Angeles, CA 90029

Mark Churchill will be here with his hand crafted wares and demonstrating his master craft.

He'll be throwing pots, giving tips and answering questions.

Mark has been throwing ceramics for 22 years. Growing up in Ojai a mecca for ceramics, he began working with clay and learning from the local artisan community. Stop in and enjoy his work, stay for a cup of cowboy coffee.


Speaking in Semaphore November 11, 2015 18:14

Dateline: Saturday 14th of November Virgil Normal proudly presents "Speaking in Semaphore".

Over 50 exotic artists from far away lands like Milan Italy, New York City, Portland Oregeon, and Los Angeles will be showing there wares at Virgil Normal. The show will be on display thru the holidays.

Pieces are priced fun.

Live Pop Music by "Sweet Bump It!"

 

Featured Artists.

Molly Curtin,Lisa Deines, Shirley Kurata, Jon Huck, Alexis Ross, Autumn de Wilde, Blair Green, Adam Seigel, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, Arrow Sperske de Wilde, the connffetti system, Mary Matson,Wendy Yao, Mariko Munro, Dane Johnson, Julia Delgado, Cody Cloud, Adi Goodrich, Grant Knits (Levy), Kevin Carney, Alex and Philip Mowgli Surf, King Tuff, Big Luke Thomas, Sam Phillips, Emily Alben, Amy Allen, Christine Nguyen, Devon Tsuno, Dylan Lathrop, Blake Hazard,Ben Klevay, Jed Voltz, Ann Ngo, David Metcalf, Meredith Metcalf, Diana Diaz, Dave Fresh, Eric Johnson, Brandon Andrew, Janet Levy, Jenny Lee, Sean Talkington, Olimpia Zagnoli, Erik Prowell, Rob Sinclair, Theophilus Martins, Marc Churchill, Giorgia Tramontano, Lee Noble, Keely Murphy, Phil Kim, Karen Kimmel and more.

Party Photos:


Interview with Brandon Andrew creator of "i wear my feelings on my sleeve" October 17, 2015 11:51

Brandon Andrew your latest exhibition “i wear my feelings on my sleeve” at the Virgil Normal store turned art gallery in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles debuted on Saturday the 10th of October 2015 and closes the 7th of November.  The work seemingly whimsical and minimalist at first. Employs conceptual tricks established by the likes of James Turrell, Robert Irwin, and minimalism Mark Rothko comes to mind. But where those traditions follow Clemente Greenberg in disasocciating the work from outside references, yours seeks to attach and undermine the subjects associated.

COLOR, LIGHT, PHYSICAL TEMPERATURE AND TIME ARE THE ELEMENTS THAT YOUR WORK TRAFFICS IN. PLEASE RE-ARRANGE IN YOUR ORDER OF PREFERENCE.
TIME
LIGHT
COLOR
TEMPERATURE

Intelligentsia

(Intelligentsia)

IN YOUR WORK COLOR IS CONSTANTLY IN FLUX PLEASE GIVE US A CONCRETE DESCRIPTION OF THE EFFECT THIS HAS ON YOU?
IT EFFECTS ME LIKE A THAI MASSAGE, SLIGHTLY DISCONCERTING BUT OVERALL A COMFORT AND RELIEF.  THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSISTENT IN LIFE IS INCONSISTENCY.

YOU MESH ABSTRACT ELEMENTS AND TIE THEM TO LOS ANGELES. IS THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES CONSTANTLY IN FLUX AND ABSTRACT?
EVERY CITY IS IN FLUXUATION...EXCEPT MAYBE NEW YORK, MANHATTAN SEEMS TO BE HITTING A MOMENTARY STASIS.

 

 

(Cesar E Chavez Ave.)

YOU TIE SUNSET BLVD TO THE HOLLYWOOD MOVIE LESS THAN ZERO, WHICH CALLS TO OUR ATTENTION THE SLIPPERY RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE WITH LOS ANGELES BY LAYERING THE EXPERIENCE OF SUNSET BLVD. IN MOVIES AND OUR “IN REAL LIFE” MEMORIES. HAVE YOU EVER EATEN AT THE RAINBOW ROOM?
NO, BUT I’VE GOTTEN TRASHED THERE. IN THE 90’S IT WAS EASY TO USE A FAKE I.D. BEFORE GOING TO SHOWS AT THE ROXY.

(Julian)

CONSIDERING THE WAY YOU JUXTAPOSE MATERIALS AND AESTHETIC TO TITLES SUCH AS CHARLES BELK AND JAMES BLAKE BOTH PERSONS SUBJECT TO CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS WHY DO YOU USE COLORS AND MATERIALS THAT SUGGEST THE SUBLIME?
I SEE THE USE OF THE SUBLIME AS FORMAL ESCAPISM, A SEDUCTIVE VOID.  TO SOME EXTENT SUNSET BLVD. AND LA SUNSETS ARE IDEALIZED AND IDOLIZED ESCAPIST TRAPS, INSTEAD OF LEAVING MY AUDIENCE TO BASK IN THE SUNLIGHT I USE IT TO TRAP THEM INTO ACKNOWLEDGING THE WAY WE PERCEIVE THE WORLD AROUND US.  THE DOUBLE MONOCHROMES APPEAR TO LOOK THE SAME, BUT UPON SPENDING TIME WITH THEM THE VIEWER IS EXPOSED TO AN ALBERS AND A ROTHKO, VERY DIFFERENT CONCEPTS AND DIFFERENT VISUAL IDENTITIES.  A QUICK READ OF THE WORK DENIES THE VIEWER AS WELL AS THE WORK ITSELF.

IN RODEO DR. AND RODEO RD. THE PIECES ARE IDENTICAL EXCEPT FOR THE TIMING OF YOUR TEMPERATURE CONTROL, WHAT IF ANY CONTRASTS DO YOU INTEND THE VIEWER TO CONNECT?
    THEY ARE NOT IDENTITICAL.  THE POSITIONING OF THE HEATING SYSTEM ON RODEO DR IS 3/4   FROM THE TOP OF THE CANVAS AND THE HEATING SYSTEM RODEO RD IS AT THE VERY TOP.          FORMALLY THEY  ARE THE SAME WHEN NOT ACTIVATED BUT LIKE THE OTHERS THEIR INNER          WORKINGS ARE VERY DIFFERENT.   BUT FOR THE SAKE OF THIS Q&A LET'S SAY THAT THEY ARE      EXACTLY THE SAME, THAT THE HEATING ELEMENT IS IN THE SAME SPOT.  IF I HAVE ONE GO ON AND     OFF BETWEEN 11AM-9PM  AND THE OTHER FROM 11PM-9AM WOULD YOU CONSIDER THEM TO BE THE SAME PIECE?  DO YOU THINK TIME HAS THE ABILITY TO IDENTIFY A DISTINCT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO PIECES OF ART?

THE  ELEMENT OF TIME HAS THE CAPABILITY TO MAKE ANYTHING PLASTIC OR MALLEABLE. WHICH WOULD LEAD THE VIEWER TO FIND A “UNIQUE” ITEM AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

THAT GIVEN, YOUR PIECES DRAW DIFFERENT MEANINGS ONCE READ WITH TITLE SUCH AS “JULIAN” OR SUNSET DRIVE THE REFERENCE TO ROBERT DOWNEY JR’S CHARACTER AND HIS PREDICAMENT IN LESS THAN ZERO EXPERIENCE ON SUNSET BLVD. WHAT CAN A VIEWER INFER FROM THE NEARLY IDENTICAL TITLES RODEO DR. VS RODEO RD. AND HOW DOES TIME AND HEATING SYSTEM TIE INTO THIS CONTRAST YOU ARE CREATING?

RODEO RD AND RODEO DR ARE RELATIVELY SIMILAR, A COUPLE LETTERS ARE SWITCHED BUT OTHERWISE THEY'RE THE SAME... WHAT MAKES THEM DIFFERENT IS THAT ONE IS IN BEVERLY HILLS AND IS PRONOUNCED RODAAYO AND THE OTHER IS PRONOUNCED RODEO AND IS IN INGLEWOOD. NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT LOS ANGELES AND OUTSIDER WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE STREETS BUT FOR A LOCAL THEIR HISTORICAL IDENTITY DICTATES THE WAY THEY ARE PERCEIVED. SO LIKE THESE STREETS MY PIECES HAVE THEIR OWN A PRIORI KNOWLEDGE.

(Rodeo Rd. & Rodeo Dr.)

(Orlando)

 

 

 


Brandon Andrew: i wear my feelings on my sleeve October 02, 2015 17:43

Date: October 10th thru November 7th

Opening Reception October 10th 5pm to 10pm

at Virgil Normal4157 Normal Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90029

323-741-8489

www.virgilnormal.com


Working with Jersey Cotton, Time, Last Night’s Sunset, and Thermochomic Inks artist Brandon Andrew seeks to expand upon the work of the LA Light & Space artists of the 60’s by reengaging concepts of perspective and perception in the context of today’s pervasive digital culture.  With pieces that oscillate between Rodchenko and Rothko —imagery, concept, and color are all in flux asking the audience to question what they are seeing and how they are seeing it.





Brandon Andrew (b. 1982) was raised in Los Angeles.  He received his BFA from SMFA/Tufts in Boston. His work has been shown at the MUHKA Antwerp, his most recent solo exhibition was at the Composing Room in Berlin, and has shown at Human Resources, Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery, and Family Business in NY among many others.  He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

 


Wave 43 Closing Party September 25, 2015 12:53

We've saved you a piece. Tomorrow is the last chance to grab a pice by Amy Allen, King Tuff, Luke Thomas, Emily Alben, Sam Phillips and Mukta Mohan. Come by for a hot dog, a beer and a chat with the artists. The grill fires up at 1pm. Special Thanks to Diana Diaz, Feels the band and Suck Me Beautiful for rocking us.


Wave 43 July 16, 2015 18:31

Saturday July 25th from 5pm to 10 or later Honey Power Collective take over Virgil Normal.

This being Honey Power's first art show they dug into their musical roots and uncovered a trust of vetted musicians who are accomplished artists. Work by King Tuff, Amy Allen, Sam Phillips, Luke Thomas, Mukta Mohan, and Emily Alban. Music provided by the Honey Power dj's and Special guest band (too big to mention).

Also Shirley Kurata and Charlie Staunton will be screening William Klein's 1969 masterpiece "Mr. Freedom" containing the only color footage of the May 1968 student uprising and featuring Serge Gainsbourg.

So bring your dancing shoes and a blanket to comfy.


Grand Opening May 18, 2015 19:46