Snapshots of the Golden State, as seen through the eyes of its biggest fans
“California is a blank canvas with endless opportunity for exploration and experimentation—it calls for a journey inward,” says Miami-born artist Austyn Weiner, whose audacious works merge abstract art and photography, from her painted collage-derived self-portraits to her brushstroke photographs of models such as Gigi Hadid. “I feel my work, and I, have opened up since moving here,”says Weiner, who relocated her studio from New York City to L.A.’s Chinatown two years ago. Her next move: a solo exhibit and residency at Mexico City’s chlORO gallery starting in November.
“A design showroom tucked away in Hollywood Hills West. It is a one-stop-shop for complete aesthetic inspiration.”
By appointment only. 323-202-2025; thefutureperfect.com.
“This independent art space’s openings are filled with my favorite things: authentic art, authentic people and seriously authentic barbecue.”
2315 Jesse St., L.A.; bbqla.net.
“I love the people who inhabit this Frogtown space and the energy around it. It reminds me of why I make art in the first place: for the love of it.”
1989 Blake Ave., L.A., 917-714-6683; tinflats.la.
“A multidsciplinary arts complex that houses an array of creative spaces, including my own! It is my haven amongst the madness.”
1667 N. Main St., L.A., 323-776-9776; werkartz.com.
“My favorite place in the world. Venture out of the park, off road, hang out with the locals—that’s where the magic’s at.”
“Artist and jeweler Tini Courtney’s studio, which doubles as a shop and showroom. I love coming here, playing with some crystals, drinking green juice, then heading back to the east side.”
1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424-744-8260; handleonlywithlove.com.
Edited By ANUSH BENLIYAN.