Marabunta

In a new exhibition, Jasper de Beijer draws inspiration from the color and violence of the Mexican drug conflict


 With a meticulously detailed look that’s far from realistic, Dutch artist Jasper de Beijer returns with a series of new work inspired by Mexico’s notoriously violent drug trade. Following months spent on location researching the history of the conflict and its representation in popular media, de Beijer set to work constructing scenes that embody the drug war. Opening tonight at the Asya Geisberg Gallery …

Papaya Playa Project

A hotel pops up in Tulum

Touching down in the peninsular town of Tulum in southern Mexico, a collaboration of creative European service-industry innovators have launched Papaya Playa Project, a temporary hotel concept born from the pop-up retail model. The collection of 99 beach cabanas maintains a certain level of comfort while retaining the look and feel of primitive, eco-friendly lodgings in a community setting. More of a camp than a …

ChocoVivo

Stone-ground chocolate from a bean-to-bar purveyor's new shop

The recently opened sweets boutique ChocoVivo in Venice, CA exemplifies owner Patricia Tsai’s guiding mantra, “simple is better.” By grinding chocolate from direct-trade growers with lava stones, Tsai is committed to staying transparent in its production after growing concerned over the source and nature of our food. ChocoVivo’s products not only taste good, they’re thoughtfully derived, and each label is printed with information about the …