Japanese-born artist Ai Krasner gives the term “plastic arts” a whole new meaning. Her latest solo endeavor, Plastic Garden, consists of colorful and thought-provoking pieces composed exclusively by the ubiquitous material.
Asked what it was like to be a photojournalist for LIFE magazine during
its 1960s heyday, Bob Gomel does not hesitate to answer. “It was the
mecca,” he says with a combination of excitement and nostalgia.
Helen and Charlie Sharpe are used to gawks, the sound of tires screeching and strangers constantly knocking at their door. The reason? Their picturesque garden—chock-full of statues, sanctuaries and figurines.
One glance at 55-year-old Kenneth Bennett, and it’s not hard to tell that he’s led a rough life. He’s sitting at a table outside Ecco Espresso & Gelato, meticulously carving a wood figurine, cedar chips landing on his long, scraggly beard.
“Maybe it’s like a calling,” Tim Foster says. He’s talking
about a need to create and sell 100 handmade meditation pillows, a
project he recently launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with
the intention of attracting more people to the Zen-like practice.
A woman of contrasts, she’s dressed in a delicate black slip paired with
army boots; possesses both supermodel looks and Diego Rivera technique;
and, though soft-spoken, creates artwork that speaks volumes.
Sixty-two-year-old Josie Lucero is used to the almost nonexistent foot traffic at Emmanuel’s, her Cerrillos Road frame shop. “Oh God, it’s gone down,” she says of the current state of the framing industry. “The economy is terrible, if this was my only income…forget about it.”