This week OCLA played host to Autre Magazine’s inaugural glossy issue. To mark this occasion, the publication compiled a hefty roster of artists, writers, musicians and fashion world notables to celebrate none other than, David Hockney. This magazine’s first issue represented a generational spectrum that traces a lineage from Hockney’s iconic California-Pop to Richard Hell’s gritty NYC downtown proto-punk to Julian Klincewicz— a filmmaker defining today’s skate-centric youth culture. Autre represents its eponymous otherness in its ode to the outsider and Punk cultural currents, including pieces on the late Alan Vega of Suicide, and perhaps one of the most bad-ass artists working in appropriative methods, Richard Prince. But what made last night’s setting in sunny California so perfect was we weren’t just celebrating the launch of the magazine but it’s feature star, David Hockney which highlighted the artist’s backyard pool iconography with a fifteen page spread.
So on a perfectly warm, dry April evening we all took a break from the pool (sorry, quick west coast brag) and decided to celebrate pictures of them instead with tunes from BJ Panda in the background and enough vodka and beer to keep us hydrated all night. Absolut served up crafty cocktails with elderberry, ginger tonics and whole raspberries, while a markedly Angeleno crowd mingled, posed for photos, and engrossed themselves in copies of the new magazine. Non-profit RxArt also joined in to espouse an unequivocal conviction in the value of contemporary art to society and to communities and the best part is 10% of all sales from the evening were donated to the organization.
Autre and OC displayed a unified expression of the youthful vibrancy that is essential to art in California, defiant and proud of our label as “The Other.” … Plus we clearly can both throw a good party, don’t believe us? Check out our pics below.