W. Hollywood, CA


Image: Courtesy Equator Production at Varola gallery, Photo: Francesco Lagnese.

Next Public Reception: Wednesday, March 22 5:00-9:30 PM

(West Hollywood, CA) – Varola Gallery at Pacific Design Center is pleased to announce The Interior and The Carpet, an exhibition of carpets produced by publisher, Petra Grunert Singh, Equator Production, which includes works by 13 artists: Alan Belcher, Walter Dahn, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Liam Gillick, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Ken Lum, Jonathan Monk, Peter Nagy, Julião Sarmento, Rob Scholte and Rosemarie Trockel. The exhibition is on view from March 22 – June 23 with a public reception on Wednesday, March 22 coinciding with Pacific Design Center’s annual design industry event, Westweek.

The Interior and The Carpet presents the primary roster of artists commissioned by Equator Production from 1985-2003: Walter Dahn, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Peter Nagy, Rob Scholte, and Rosemarie Trockel, as well as a more recent carpet series (since 2014) with Alan Belcher, Liam Gillick, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Ken Lum, Jonathan Monk and Julião Sarmento. This recent series was curated by Cornelia Lauf for Equator Production, in a project managed by GoldenRuler, Rome (www.goldenruler.eu). A selection of carpets was exhibited recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland exhibition, Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, curated by Cornelia Lauf.

Equator Production collaborates with artists who incorporate their practice into the larger narrative of artistic historical relevance, blurring the domains of art, design, and craftsmanship. By commissioning carpet designs from contemporary international artists and orchestrating the execution and production of designs in limited editions by traditional weavers, Equator Production seeks to fuse both artistic processes, creating a long lost symbiosis between conception and production, while restoring the connection between the artist and the interior and the vital connection between conception and production.

German-born Petra Grunert Singh, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf and in 1989, moved to Brussels where she cofounded Equator Production with Ranbir Singh, together with art impresario Reiner Opoku. During this time, her work and artistic practice was shown in art exhibitions in Amsterdam, Brussels and Basel. In 2000, Singh moved Equator Production to New York and since 2014 she has been involved in renewing Equator Production’s original editions, while also commissioning a new generation of artists to make designs for carpets.

For information about Equator Production visit www.equatorproduction.com or contact:

Equator Production                                                                                                                                                                                    47 Bradhurst Avenue                                                                                                                                                                              New York, NY 10030                                                                                                                                                                                  646 281-5270

With special thanks to the artists, Veronica Bellei, Camilla Salvaneschi, Eleonora Tempesta.

Scroll below for links to individual galleries (click the box), information on submitting an exhibition proposal and recent and past reviews.

designLAb galleries and exhibits are located at the Pacific Design Center on the second floor and the lobby of the Blue building.

Most galleries are open Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM or by appointment. Please check individual galleries for details.

Image: Courtesy Equator Production at Varola Gallery, Photo: Francesco Lagnese.

designLAb galleries 

designLAb, curated by Helen Varola, consists of private galleries, installations, and special projects; the initiative offers a platform to explore design as an extension of artistic practice, spanning a variety of disciplines and mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, architecture, design and performance. Four times per year designLAb hosts a public reception (check the designLAb website for dates).

If you wish to propose a project for designLAb please refer to instructions below:

Submitting an Exhibition Proposal

Exhibitions are by invitation; unsolicited proposals are reviewed upon prior written communication and invitation only. Please contact Helen Varola at  helen@helenvarola.com to request permission to submit a proposal with a brief description of your project. Upon approval of your initial concept you may proceed to submit your proposal as follows below.

Required Materials for Proposal

  • Exhibition proposal explaining rationale, relevance to the theme of art and design and artwork to be included
  • Information about curatorial expertise and any relevant biographical information
  • Fact sheet detailing number and size of artworks, linear or square feet required, insurance coverage
  • Desired location for exhibition – a second floor space or Blue Lobby
  • Images of artwork: Up to 10 low resolution jpeg images (no website links)

Reviews: Recent & Past

Video Evolution at Young Projects
KCRW / Art Talk
By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
January 2016

Julie Weitz’s ‘Touch Museum’ tweaks time and space
LA Times
By Deborah Vankin
January 2016

Mapping the Information Age: Microchips Become High Art at the Pacific Design Center
The Architect’s Newspaper
By Ian Besler
December 2015

Young Projects: L.A.’s Premiere Video Art Gallery
By Shana Nys Dambrot
September 2015

Pacific Design Center / desingLAb
LA Home Magazine
July 2015

Bringing the Streets Inside
Interview Magazine
By Emily McDermott
June 2015

Andrew Ananda Voogel at Young Projects
Los Angeles Times
By Christopher Knight
February 2015

American Automobile Sketches On View at LA’s Christopher W. Mount Gallery
Architectural Digest
By Michael Slenske
January 2015

The Professional
By Maile Pingel and Jessica Sample
December 2014

L.A. artist dresses up colors at Verge Center for the Arts
Sacramento Bee
By Victoria Dalkey
September 2014

Balthazar Korab
By Edward Dimendberg
October 2014