Thursday, October 5 5-9:30 PM
Pacific Design Center
Blue Building, Second Floor & Lobby
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
designLAb Public Reception
Thursday, October 5 5:00 – 9:30 PM
designLAb is pleased to announce new art and design exhibits with a public reception on Thursday, October 5 from 5:00 – 9:30 PM. Exhibitions are on view in Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building Lobby and Second Floor with happy hour (cash bar) at Red Seven, located on the first floor of the Green Building.
designLAb is thrilled to welcome Designer Camp, a boutique camp that explores the vast careers in the design industry by implementing the principles and elements of design. Students explore the LA Design Industry covering Art, Beauty, Branding, Fashion, Interior Design, Merchandising, Photography, Set Design, Styling, Trend Forecasting and much more. Designer Camp is at Varola gallery through 2017-18 and is the only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young creatives (ages 11 – 17). Designer Camp offers four unique week-long programs in partnership with nationally recognized design brands and the program gives students the rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers, and behind-the-scenes tours of studios and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with non-profit organizations, allowing students to design for social good. To register or for further information, please visit designercamp.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 424 333-0329.
Sur Le Mur is pleased to present “Lion Woman Man Water Sand,”a dynamic group exhibit comprising works by American artists that supports world peace curated by Tom Lieber that includes Kelly Risk Graval, Lila Roo, Bruna Stude, Barbara Vaughn, Mark Van Wagner, and Sara M. Hall that will travel to Abu Dhabi in November. Thomas Paul exhibits “In Pursuit of Bliss”, oil paintings by Chinese artist Xizi Liu. Liu’s work explores capitalist consumerism, focusing on sites of consumption and production in contemporary environments. Her paintings depict anonymity in places where selling is mingled with amusement and the arousal of free floating desires. George Stern Fine Arts presents Frederick Wight (1902-1986), who was a masterful artist, educator, curator, and mentor who was instrumental in shaping the artistic education of the Los Angeles public for over 20 years. This exhibition highlights the artist’s signature oil paintings of towering palm trees and luminous sunlit skies of Los Angeles. Brenda Harrop presents “Perspectives,” new work by 2wenty, Franck Bailleul, Ray Howlett, Ryan McCann, Paul Rusconi and Torie Zalben that both question and alter everyday perspectives, that range from meditative investigations of spatial relationships to meaningful reassessments of the state of one’s ideas. Spatial rhythms and optical dimensions are deeply heightened in Torie Zalben’s multimedia photographs as well as in Paul Rusconi’s paintings, which serendipitously extend the array of reflections beyond Ray Howlett’s incandescent light and glass sculptures. Humanity’s conventional perspectives are profoundly examined both by 2wenty’s luminescent text sculptures and by Ryan McCann’s meticulously blowtorched wood constructs, encouraging viewers to rethink belief systems and realities. A portion of the profit of sales will benefit OPS (Oceanic Preservation Society) CMay Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Seoul-based artist Lim Ok-Sang. This is the artist’s solo debut in Los Angeles and his first exhibition with the gallery. One of the leading artists of the Minjung art movement that emerged in the 1980s in correspondence with protests against military rule in South Korea in the 1980s, Lim’s work renounces styles derivative of Western models and practices and aims to fill the gap between art and society using folklore traditions. Lim’s work is featured in the collection of prominent institutions such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Leeum Art Museum, Busan Museum of Art, Gwangju Biennale, and the Total Museum of Contemporary Art. Industry’s “Organic Conversations” features work by German artist Tobias Klein whose work operates in the area between design, art, and architecture, across the fields of installation, experimental interactivity and urbanism. Klein’s fascination with the construction of space is conveyed in an exhibit that sets up a conversation between two spaces (one virtual and the other actual) to deploy a ritualistic performance based on the idea of wearing a mask to conceal and activate the presence of the other.
Featured in the Blue Lobby is a sculpture installation by Los Angeles artist Shana Mabari on view through June 2018. Mabari explores the intersections of art, science and technology through sculptures, installations and environments, investigating ways in which worldly stimuli and phenomena are absorbed and processed through sensory and visual perception. The artist orchestrates light, reflection, color contrast, and geometry with the intent to play with the experience of physical space. Mabari addresses the Light and Space movement that originated in California in the 1960s with inspiration that includes James Turrell, Buckminster Fuller and groundbreaking research by experts in the Vision Sciences at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
Below is a list of designLAb galleries and for further details please contact the gallery for further exhibition information.
Image above: Shana Mabari, Diametros Petals, 2015, Acrylic, Mirror, Photo: Corey Burns.
designLAb provides a platform to explore art that addresses the design center‘s unique context of interior design, spanning a variety of art disciplines and media. designLAb is conceived and directed by New York-based curator Helen Varola and made possible by Charles S. Cohen, collector and generous supporter of MOCA Pacific Design Center. For further information please visit designLAb at www.pacificdesigncenter.com or email Helen Varola at email@example.com.
designLAb is located on the 2nd floor of the Blue Building and most galleries are open Monday – Friday from 11:00 – 6:00 PM or by appointment on Saturday. Enter Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building on Melrose and use the escalators or elevators to the 2nd floor.
For private appointments after hours or on weekends, please enter through the garage or San Vincente entrance and PDC’s concierge will direct you to the gallery. Valet, garage, and street parking is available and complimentary parking for press is available by calling one day in advance at 310-360-6417.
Please also visit MOCA Pacific Design Center, open 11:00 – 5:00 PM, Tuesday – Friday; 11:00 – 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free.
designLAb Exhibition Proposals:
Please send a brief bio and description of your project to designLAb Curator Helen Varola at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com/designlab-2/ for further information.
Contact K+J Agency at email@example.com.
Valet, garage and street parking are available and complimentary parking for press is available by calling the PDC Parking Office one day in advance, Monday – Friday at 310-360-6417.
Please also join us for Happy Hour at Red Seven, located on the first floor of the Green Building.
designLAb Galleries (Second Floor Blue Building):
Lim Ok-Sang: Solo Exhibition
October 5– November 9
CMay Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Seoul-based artist Lim Ok-Sang. Renouncing styles derivative of Western models and practices of the 1960-70s, Lim aimed to fill the gap between art and society, using folklore traditions to bring art to “the people”.
Image: Lim Ok-SAng, Hillary Clinton Monument,2010, Mixed Media on Canvas, Courtesy Im Ok-SAng Art Institute and CMay Gallery.
Espace Franck Bailleul
Group Show: Perspectives
October 5- December 29
Brenda Harrop Art Advisory is pleased to present Perspectives, a group exhibition of key work by 2wenty, Franck Bailleul, Joshua Elias, Ray Howlett, Ryan McCann, Paul Rusconi and Torie Zalben and explores the ways in which the artworks both question and alter everyday perspectives that range from meditative investigations of spatial relationships to meaningful reassessments of the state of one’s idea.
Image: Torie Zalben, Petals, 2017, Chromogenic Archival Print, Courtesy Torie Zalben and Brenda Harrop.
Group Show: Money, money
October 5, – July 18
Galerie Montaigne is presenting street art artists Alec Monopoly, Mister E, Kfir Moyal, Aholsniffsglue.
Image: Mister E, Courtesy La Galerie Montaigne.
Tobias Klein: Organic-Conversations
October 5 –
Klein set up an intricate conversation between the two spaces of Room A – Virtual and Room B- Actual, using glass as a traditional craft and his mastership in digital craft as the grammar.
Tobias Klein, First of Five Witnesses & Organic Conversations, 2017, Lenticular Print, Glass and 3D Printed Nylon, Courtesy Industry Gallery.
Laurent & Martin
October 5 –
Yong Sin : this is the same but different
October 5 – November 2
Meta-4 Art is pleased to present this the same but different, an exhibition by San Pedro, California based artist Yong Sin who collage works on panels prefigure both the coincidental and the strategic social forces that guide and govern human relationships.
Image: Yong Sin, Square No 513, 2013, Acrylic On Paper Over Panels, Courtesy META-4 Art.
Sur Le Mur
Group Show: Lion Woman Man Water Sand
October 5 – October 14
Before traveling to Abu Dhabi, UAE for the November debut, Megan Philips of Le Mur and guest co-curator Tom Lieber are launching at the PDC a collective group of dynamic American artists including Kelly Risk Graval, Lila Roo, Tom Lieber, Bruna Srude, Barbara Vaughn, Mark Van Wagner and Sara M. Hall.
Image: Tom Lieber, Lion Woman Man Water Sand, 2017, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy Sur Le Mur Gallery.
Stern Fine Arts
Frederick Wight: Frederick Wight (1902-1986)
October 5 – November 17
Frederick Wight (1902-1986) was a masterful artist, educator, curator and mentor, instrumental in shaping the artistic education of the Los Angeles public for over 20 years. This exhibition highlights the artist towering palm trees and luminous sunlit skies indicative of Los Angeles.
Image: Frederick Wight (1902-1986), Whale, 1985, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy Stern Fine Arts.
Thomas Paul Fine Art
Xizi Liu: In Pursuit of Bliss
October 5 – Through December.
Liu’s work focuses on sites of consumption and production in contemporary environments and explores capitalism consumerism. Her oils depict anonymity in places where selling in mingled with amusement and the arousal of free floating desires.
Image: Xizi Liu, Chicago – Bookstore, 2016, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy Thomas Paul Fine Arts.
designLAb is thrilled to welcome Designer Camp, a boutique camp that explores the vast careers in the design industry by implementing the principles and elements of design. Students explore the LA Design Industry covering Art, Beauty, Branding, Fashion, Interior Design, Merchandising, Photography, Set Design, Styling, Trend Forecasting and much more. Designer Camp is at Varola gallery through 2017-18 and is the only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young creatives (ages 11 – 17).
Designer Camp offers four unique week-long programs in partnership with nationally recognized design brands and the program gives students the rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers, and behind-the-scenes tours of studios and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with non-profit organizations, allowing students to design for social good. To register or for further information, please visit designercamp.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 424 333-0329.
Image: Sarah Shreves Photography.
Young Projects Gallery
Young Projects Gallery
Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima: Inter-Intra
October 5 – December 29
Curated by NextArt, Vulnerability will feature digital pieces by various contemporary artists that explore examples of what it means to open oneself up as a display of vulnerability. These works not only follow in the footsteps of what Joseph Beuys once called “showing one’s wound,” they also comment on, and expose how, technology is particularly well-suited for creating deeply personal, revelatory experiences.
The show will feature installations and performances by digital artists including Lauren McCarthy, Kate Hollenbach, Luxloop, Nicky Case, Xiaohan Zhang, Chrome Canyon & Diamondstein and more
Image: Motta & Lima, Calar, 2015, Two-Channel HD video with sound, Courtesy of the Artists and Young Projects, Los Angeles.