W. Hollywood, CA

designLAb Opening

Friday, June 23 | 5 - 9:30 PM


Pacific Design Center
Blue Building, Second Floor & Lobby
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

designLAb Public Reception

Friday, June 23 5:00 – 9:30 PM

designLAb is pleased to welcome new art and design exhibits with a public reception on Friday, June 23 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.

Joining Meta-4, Stern Fine Arts and Sur le Mur who opened galleries earlier this year are Laurent & Martin and Galerie Montaigne. European hip-hop pioneer Laurent Proneur of Laurent & Martin presents new works based on poetry, dance and fashion; Galerie Montaigne presents an exhibition of French graffiti in From Paris to L.A. with Alec Monopoly, Philippe Pasqua, Clem$ and Chanoir; CMay Gallery presents Places and Spaces, a group exhibition featuring Eric Ernest Johnson, Manfred Menz and Seon Tae Hwang, three artists who share an interest in place as it intersects memory and time and in CMay’s annex gallery, Meta4, is Discerning Reflection, featuring doll-like sculptures by Korea-based artist, Jin Young Yu.

Special projects include Young Projects’ Inter-Intra, the first solo show in Los Angeles by Brazilian artists Motta & Lima, coinciding with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and at Espace Franck Bailleul, private dealer Brenda Harrop hosts lluminate: Yesterday, Today and Forever, featuring key works by artists: 2wenty, Franck Bailleul, Mia Delcasino, Ray Howlett, Marko Kratohvil and Jason Windebank. Comprised of painting, photography and sculpture that use light to explore universal consciousness, the exhibit evokes the varied modes of meditation and states of infinity.

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 click on the gallery box for further exhibition information.

Image above: 2wenty, No Stress, 2017, Acrylic, LEDs and Canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Brenda Harrop.



About designLAb


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 helen@helenvarola.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 helen@helenvarola.com. Also, visit http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com/designlab-2/ for further information.

Press Inquires: 

Contact K+J Agency at karen@kj-agency.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.

Happy Hour! 

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):


CMay Gallery                                                                                  

Three Artists Group Exhibition: Places and Spaces        
June 23– August 25


Image: Eric Ernest Johnson, The Irrigator, Acrylic on Canvas, Courtesy CMay Gallery.


Espace Franck Bailleul

Group Show: Illuminate: Yesterday, Today and Forever
June 23 – July 31

franckbailleul.com                                                                                                                                                                              brendaharrop.com

Curated by Brenda Harrop, Illuminate: Yesterday, Today and Forever explores the way in which light celebrates our universal consciousness and creates moments in time which last for eternity. The exhibition features key works by artists: 2wenty, Franck Bailleul, Mia Delcasino, Ray Howlett, Marko Kratohvil and Jason Windebank.

Image: Ray Howlett Ascending Heart, 2000, Dichroic Coatings on Glass and Incandescent Light, Courtesy James Rosen.


Galerie Montaigne

Group Show: From Paris to L.A
June 23 – July 18


For its first exhibition as part of the designLAb Galerie Montaigne is pleased to present Alec Monopoly, Philippe Pasqua, Clem’s, Chat Noir, a selection of artists from Paris and Los Angeles.

Image: Philippe Pasqua, Black Vanity, 2013, Bronze, Courtesy La Galerie Montaigne.


Industry Gallery

Group Show: Pantone PDC
June 23September 8


Pantone PDC explores the impact of New Media art on Contemporary Art forms and Pop Culture. New Media Artists from Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California are showcasing the mediums of today: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Projection Mapping, 3 D Printing and Audiovisual Installation.

YETI, PAn012HR, 2017, 3 D Design Animation, Courtesy Industry.


Laurent & Martin 

Laurent Proneur: Slices
June 23 – July 31

For their first opening show as part of the designLAb, Laurent and Martin are pleased to present the deeply self-reflective, sometimes frenetic but often grounded in purposeful focus universe of french born Laurent Proneur.


Image: Laurent Proneur, Slice, 2016, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy Laurent & Martin Gallery.



Jin Young Yu : Discerning Reflection
June 23 – August 25


Image: Jin Young Yu, Me & Myself #1, 2011- 2015, P.V.C., F.R.P., Acrylic Panels, Courtesy META-4 AAT.


Sur le Mur

Robert Vargas:
June 23 – July 23


Megan Philipps of Sur le Mur is pleased to present L.A’s very own artist, Robert Vargas. Robert Vargas is a creative force of nature and is in high demand for his provocative portraiture. He selects his subjects, intuitively, at his attended live- painting sessions, creating powerful and sublime representations of the human condition. Robert will select one lucky person, from the audience to paint live during opening night, which will be included in his forthcoming book.

Image: Robert Vargas live painting of Kate Hudson at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Kaleidoscope Ball hosted by Goldie Hawn.


Stern Fine Arts

Conrad Buff: Color & Form
June 23  – August 11


Through his work, Conrad Buff (1886 – 1975) shows his understanding and consideration of the harmony between nature’s extreme coloration and its architectural geography.

                                                                            Image: Conrad Buff (1886-1975), Turquoise Lake with Spring Mountains, c 1940, Oil on Board, Courtesy Stern Fine Arts.


Thomas Paul Fine Art

Featuring Herb Jackson: Summer Group Show
January 27 – March 10


Herb Jackson has had over 150 one-person exhibitions in the US and in England, Peru, Portugal, and Canada. his work has been featured in group exhibitions throughout this country and abroad. Critic Donald Kuspit included Herb Jackson’s paintings in the first exhibition of contemporary American art presented in the former Soviet Union. His work is in over 100 museum collections.

                                                                      Image: Herb Jackson, Wings Above the Storm, 2001,  Acrylic on Canvas, Courtesy Thomas Paul Fine Arts.



Equator Production: The Interior and the Carpet
March 22  – June 23


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.

Image: The Interior and The Carpet (B256), Courtesy Equator Production. Photo: Francesco Lagnese.


Young Projects Gallery

Driessens & Verstappen: The Processual
October 23 – August 12


Young Projects is pleased to present The Processual, the first solo show of the Dutch duo Driessen and Verstappen in Los Angeles

Image: Driessen & Verstappen, Top-down Bottom Up, 2012, Installation, Beeswax, aluminum, plastic, electronics, heating elements.During the course of the exhibition, each of the machines creates a stalagmite (measuring approx. 300cm.) on the floor. The detailed structures are created according to a simple principle:


Young Projects Gallery

Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima: Inter-Intra
June 23 – August 12


Coinciding with the Getty’s Pacific  Standard Time: LA/LA, Young Projects is proud to present Inter-Intra, the first solo show in Los Angeles by the Brazilian artists  Motta & Lima.

Image: Motta & Lima, Calar, 2015, Two-Channel HD video with sound, Courtesy of the Artists and Young Projects, Los Angeles.