The best thing about Ezra Koenig, host of the cult-favorite internet radio show Time Crisis, is that he treats every cultural artifact that comes across his desk with the same care. The best thing about the show’s other host, Jake Longstreth, is that he absolutely does not. Founded in 2015 by Koenig, who is also the frontman of the popular indie rock band Vampire Weekend, Time Crisis currently airs every two weeks on Apple Music.
I first met Jake Longstreth back in 2012 when he had just moved from New York to Los Angeles. As a gallery director, I meet a great deal of aspiring artists who have just relocated and are working to build their burgeoning careers on the West Coast. Rarely do I meet people who are as industrious and easygoing as Jake. I was immediately taken in by his keen eye and witty intellect—qualities that shined through the way he conducted himself and in the stories he shared.
Need an antidote to flash and spectacle? Jake Longstreth’s current painting show at Monya Rowe Gallery is a good place to start: A series of monastically simple, refined mountain landscapes, all variations on a theme, most of them a modest 19 by 15 inches in artist-designed frames. The brushy gestures of rock and foliage butt up against gradient-faded skies.