The Opening of Sylvie Fleury's L.A. Bougainvillea @ Karma International

A potpourri of plush and furry textures, of bright and sparkling colors, and of lights and shapes are offered in this playful exhibition of sculptures, installation and and furry wall works in Sylvie Fleury's L.A. Bougainvillea. A seemingly haphazardly xeroxed "press release" à la '80s fanzine aesthetic provides a barebones biography of the artist, a stencil-ready black and white portrait that looks not unlike Patty Hearst in a pair of sleek aviators, and a handwritten list of ideas and materials possibly pulled directly from the artist's personal notebook. L.A. Bougainvillea is on view through May 5 at Karma International 4619 W Washington Blvd. Los Angeles. photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper

Transcending The Blues: Read Our Interview With Legendary Record Producer Daniel Lanois On Motorcyles, Rock N' Roll and His Ongoing Exploration Of Inventing New Sounds

Daniel Lanois lives and breathes music in a very literal sense. As a true audiophile, he seems to be marinating in centuries of sound waves, honing in on some of history’s most visceral musical compositions. It’s as though he pulls rhythms directly from the ground and resonant frequencies from the stratosphere. This description may seem over the top, and while it comes from a place of genuine reverence, I can say that over the 3 hours that we spent together, I witnessed this phenomenon with my very own eyes and ears. When he tells a story, it doesn’t suffice to tell it in words. His life story wouldn’t make sense unless he sang it to you, played it for you, and punctuated it with his signature, “yea, man.” Which is why I had to compile all of these bits in an audio file to give you a real feel for who he is and how he communicates. It’s really quite elevating. Click here to read the full interview. 

McQueen Motorcycles to Vegas Auction

Steve McQueen motorcycles are up for auction at the 21st Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction and Races at the South Point Hotel & Casino Jan. 12-14 in Las Vegas. Not only will two of McQueen's classic motorcycles (1938 Triumph Speed Twin and 1940 Indian Four Cylinder) and a personal Bell (1970) helmet be on the block for the MidAmerica Auctions, but his widow, Barbara McQueen, will be serving as the guest of honor.

Steve McQueen For Sale

Steve McQueen may have died thirty years ago, but his eternal cool has not. You can start the bidding now, but on Saturday the auction is on - from McQueen's famous 1971 Husqvarna 400 motorcycle to a wooden trunk of personal effects. In conjunction with the third annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering, Bonhams & Butterfields will conduct a live auction of authentic Steve McQueen artifacts. The auction takes place May 14 2011 at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California.