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Video Clip of The Week: Moby Rich, “Yoko Ono”


I feel no shame in confessing that the highlight of my day — and I do mean every single day — is the moment I slip into my bed after being swept away by too much TV and snuggle in the darkness with my pillows and comforter until I achieve full comfort, and drift off into a marvelously dream-filled sleep. Because sleeping is my jam. I once had a dream where my bed became a car, and I took to the streets for the day’s adventures with no one seeming to even notice that my vehicle was, in fact, a bed. Unlike those stress-dreams where you are either naked or sitting on a toilet in public, it was awesome.

It is surely no surprise then that the video for “Yoko Ono,” from a brand new LA-based musical duo called Moby Rich (because those are their names) sold me at around the 50 second mark, as Moby (and) Rich take the John-and-Yoko-Bed-In theme to a delightful extreme. I predict you will also sit totally rapt as the duo – still clad in color-coordinating blue pajamas — cruise in their tiwn beds out onto the streets of downtown LA while singing about their dream of finding an ideal other — a “Yoko Ono Muse” if you will — who completes them. Can you even imagine how much fucking fun this video was to film? I can’t even.

Aurally, “Yoko Ono” is a stone groove: a wistful love song floating in on a trip-hop beat that’s just the perfect mix of electronica and blue-eyed soul that would turn Daryl Hall green with envy. I fucking love it, and I think you will as well. “Yoko Ono” the single is out now on TaP Records, and it will eventual show up on the duo’s forthcoming debut EP. Enjoy!

Moby Rich Duo

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Corey Helford Gallery Presents Ron English’s NeoNature Exhibit at New Space in Downtown LA!

Zelephant
Zelephant (All Photos By Gail)

While I was in LA for Christmas, I had the chance to not only have a VIP experience at the new Broad Museum (more about that in a future post) but also got to visit the nearby new location of the Corey Helford Gallery, which just re-opened in early December! Corey Helford’s new gallery is massive — seven times larger than the original space — and boasts three separate galleries, each of which can house individual artist and group exhibitions. The main gallery, where you will find Ron English’s incredible show, NeoNature: We Are The New They, takes up 4,500 square feet, offering total immersion for attendees. And considering the size of NeoNature’s paintings and sculptures that is saying something!

Installation View
Two Ton Sam with Installation View

Giraffasaurus
Giraffasaurus

NeoNature examines the art of evolution, the flaw that propels civilization, as the mutation of the ordinary stubbornly conjures new worlds. Ron English’s mutant creations — some a hybrid of nature and technology — are fascinating, thought provoking, and always very, very beautiful and awe-inspiring to behold.

Dinogrenade
Dinogrenade

Union Jack Tiger
Union Jack Tiger

We were lucky to have the entire gallery almost to ourselves on the afternoon of our visit, which made getting clear, people-free photos very easy! Yay!

Little Green Sprout

I couldn’t find the name of this little guy on the CHG website, so I am calling him Little Green Sprout.

Mousemask Murphy in Airplane
Mousemask Murphy in Airplane

All of the large sculptures are available to purchase in limited editions of 30 pieces per work.

StarSkull Walking Stick
StarSkull Walking Stick

There are two of the StarSkull Walking Stick sculptures in the gallery, which stand like silent sentries on either side of the room, and they are very imposing in size!

Flintstones Origin Story
Flintstones Origin Story

Cathy Cowgirl Pink
Cathy Cowgirl – Pink

Fat Tony
Fat Tony

Monarch Ship
Monarch Ship

Bigfoot Family
Bigfoot Family Tableau

The exhibit also includes two tableau installations, which are a bit hidden behind a wall. Fortunately, a very friendly member of the gallery staff tipped us off!

European Camo Doe and Stag
European Camo Doe and Stag Tableau

Ron English Shot Glass

He also gave us a couple of these cool shot glasses, which were left over from the exhibit’s opening reception. Sweet!

Ron English’s NeoNature: We Are The New They will be on Exhibit only Through January 9th, 2016 at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Get directions, and gallery hours, at This Link!