Los Angeles Review Of Books has a great story up by Joe Day that reflects on the most recently closed Pacific Standard Time architecture showcase. He breaks things down by show and what they did and it’s a really great summary of this happening.
Mak Center’s PST show is Everything Loose Will Land. It opens May 8 and will have a walkthrough from 6PM to 7PM followed by a reception. The show explores the “cross-pollination that took place between architects and artists in Los Angeles in the 1970s.” The show is free, too.
Architecture affects us in more ways than we realize. Like a song or painting that resonates deep inside of you, architecture can grab and shake you up. Be it interior or exterior, the way a place looks and feels and what inhabits it has a strong tie to how you feel. Architecture is the only art/design practice that can house you: your relationship to it is more profound than you realize.
Artist Stephen Prina realizes this. The Los Angeles based artist had a visual bug stuck in his mind that was the result of an architectural encounter. In the 1980s, he was walking down La Brea Avenue with artist Christopher Williams when the two saw a “fitted unit by architect R. M. Schindler.” It was a built-in desk that was painted bright pink and absolutely did not belong in its surrounding: it was a small piece of a cohesive spacial thought that was stripped from its context. Dwelling on this idea, Prina has made a reunion of objects: he has used Schindler’s plans and photographs to reconstruct these pieces of interior architecture and connect them all back together. As He Remembered It is the resulting effort, a bright pink get-together of furniture.
Whoever thought that one of the world’s most popular electronic musicians would be one of the biggest champions of Los Angeles architecture? We certainly didn’t think so but, boy, is Moby and his LA architecture loving efforts so great for the city. It only makes sense with the new Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture In L.A. that Mr. M would be enlisted to speak about and endorse the fabulous, weird, non-cohesive, and wonderful buildings that surround us in this city. Moby is the subject of a new little video from PST that is part commercial for the show(s), part meditation on our local wonderful and mundane architecture.
We are all aware that we waste a lot of resources. In California, it’s almost pointed out to us daily because we are pushed to recycle and to conserve and to reuse our resources. “Do not waste!” is practically our state motto. Earthnform is a local art duo who are taking the idea of anti-waste and turning it into practical art. They take common and uncommon plastic forms you can find in a trash can and turn them into reusable, microwave safe ceramic dishes. They’re hyper-post modern, green bowls and vessels!