We are excited to welcome legendary design and aesthetics writer Leonard Koren back to THE THING for the 2nd installment of his talk on WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing. Leonard will continue discussing, from the point of view of a young artist out to make something, the publishing of WET during its later years in the early 80's.
Our last talk with Leonard SOLD OUT FAST, so do not dilly dally.
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Published mainly in Venice, California in the 1970’s and early 80’s, WET covered a range of cultural issues in addition to topics related to its philosophy of bathing. As Leonard writes, “WET’s most endearing quality was its wholehearted embrace of the absurd.” Formed alongside the punk movement, WET developed its own distinct aesthetic as the team improvised responses to design problems. The resulting innovations lead to WET becoming a catalyst in the graphic styles later known as New Wave and Postmodern.
Leonard Koren was born in New York City in 1948, and raised in Los Angeles. He attended UCLA, graduating with a Master's Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1972. After graduation, Koren worked as an artist in Los Angeles, where his work focused on bathing environments. In 1976, Koren founded WET. After WET ceased publication in 1981, Leonard began writing, designing, and publishing books about aesthetics and design. Titles include Wabi Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, Gardens of Gravel and Sand, The Flower Shop, and Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement. Many of these titles will be available at THE THING during the event.