About Us

Who are we? Two dapper L.A. gals who love to eat cake, among other things. Our names? Mari and Sara'. We met and immediately bonded while in graduate school at U.C.L.A. As we discovered a mutual interest and passion for art, poetry, music, fashion, photography, architecture and design- herstory was made and we collaborated! Our middle names are Sofia and Kali, hence the inspiration for the name of our line of handmade designer jewelry and other various goodies: SoKalDesigns. This blog is a place for us to showcase what we find fascinating in the world of art and design and the random flotsam and jetsam of the aesthetically driven part of our minds, as well as a way to update our fans about our upcoming lines of jewelry. We hope you enjoy sharing the vast space of the world of design/art/media with us...and far beyond :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A few documentaries that are fresh-fly...I would even say "dope."

"Beats, Rhymes and Life": A Tribe Called Quest Documentary directed by Michael Rappaport is out right now!!!  Currently they are only showing this amazing flick as a limited engagement in LA and New York, but the film will be expanding into rest of the U.S. for showings pretty soon.  I haven't seen it yet but when I do, I will definitely be dedicating another post to some introspection regarding these hip-hop masters of flow.  I can't wait!!!

This here is a trailer for "Infamy", a documentary about some of the most prolific graffiti artists in the U.S. today.  I posted this because I have had the Los Angeles MOCA exhibit "Art In The Streets" on my mind: the first comprehensive museum retrospective on the street art movement, ever.  I have always been in love with the rebelliousness of street art as a medium, probably because...technically, it't not legal (which is juicy to me on a certain level), but mostly because it is free for anyone who wants to take it in and be transformed by it.  It is an unrestrained, non academic, free flowing form of expression that doesn't need the stamp of a giant price tag to make it relevant or worthy of praise.  And with that in mind, check out this flick...

"Beautiful Losers" is another documentary that explores the underground art movement, but doesn't focus purely on street art like in "Infamy" seen above.  The interviews are super candid and informative regarding how underground artists eventually gained a great deal of limelight- and revolutionized the world of print media and typography as we know it.  It provides a real history to the movement of this particular segment of the art world, and I personally think it's one of the better art documentaries I have ever seen.


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