We discovered the cryptic, maze-like work of Aaron De La Cruz in the pages of Arkitip, and knew we had to find him. Our friends at Arkitip asked him if he’d work with us at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, and he jumped on board. He created two limited screenprint editions of 230 to spellbind our guests in their rooms. We’ve got signed and numbered batches of 50 of each on the shop. Edition 1 is screenprinted on white 80 lb. paper, Edition 2 on 80 lb. natural. Like a book or a forest or your true love’s eyes, they’re easy to get lost in.
Journey into the alchemical mind of Mark Mothersbaugh — cofounder of Devo, pioneer of flagrant weirdness, maker of children’s music and collector of superannuated musical fire hazards — with the latest installation of Thinking Cap. As our artist-in-residence for Desert Gold 2012 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Mr. Mothersbaugh put on a few shows we invited him to do, and a handful of ones we didn’t.
Thinking Cap is a new evolving series by Atelier Ace making inquires into the creative processes of experimental artists, musicians and personalities. Artists all have their rituals for getting into the heat of their energy. Hemingway would stop working when he had a good idea to save some motivation. Gertrude Stein would only work for 30 minutes each day. Mark Mothersbaugh gets up at 3am to draw every morning. Some people need a certain room or a certain outfit or need to get naked. The Thinking Cap, outfitted with a POV camera, captures that process with all the shakes, swoops and cries of victory in real time.
Next up, Sword + Fern. See more posts on our blog, and share something about your creative process with us with #athinkingcap and @acehotel on any social platform. We’ll keep an eye out and send treats to the creators who catch our eye.
Last November, we celebrated Gay Pride, vogueing and NYC ballroom culture in Palm Springs with Miracles Club, Mike Q, Total Freedom, Beyondadoubt, Isaiah Esquire, Raja and the House of Xtravaganza at our annual Hands On queer music and arts festival. We’ll be reveling in underground queer culture, film and art this fall at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during the first weekend in November — save the date, and keep an eye out for more details soon.
Erin Garcia : Whatuuuup professorevans. Lucy Rose: Oh hey. Erin Garcia : It’s Erin. Lucy Rose: I figured as much — ha, Professor Evans. Erin Garcia : PHD status Lucy Rose: I like it. Lucy Rose: I know this is the laziest way to do an interview ever, but it just makes editing so much easier — besides, we get to erase all the umms before we even say them. It makes us both sound so much more intelligent. Erin Garcia : haha Erin Garcia : Works for me. Lucy Rose: (I’ve done this before) Lucy Rose: Ok, shall we start? Erin Garcia : Let’s do it. Lucy Rose: Ok, so you’re from Ohio, right? Tell me a little about where and how you grew up. Erin Garcia : I’m actually from North Carolina. Erin Garcia : ha Lucy Rose: Forgive me, I’m from New Zealand and am still working out the whole US geography thing. Erin Garcia : I grew up in Winston — Salem which is a med-small city in the middle of NC. Lucy Rose: What was life like there as a kid? What did you spend your weekends doing? Erin Garcia : As a kid it was rad, lots of riding bikes and playing in the woods.
Our Swim Club San Jacintos Tank pays homage to our sunward-jutting neighbors just to the East of Ace Hotel & Swim Club — the fair San Jacintos — and to our brightest shining star. Seattle-based Jungmaven makes these from a natural white material composed of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. Hemp is an environmentally friendly, sustainable crop that produces more fiber per acre than trees, has naturally anti-microbial properties and goes from seed to harvest in only four months. It’s hard to smoke though — we tried. Recommended use: wearing.