Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Garden Party

Garden Party is open!
 The exhibition I co-curated with Carolyn Castaño will be up at 
the Fellows of Contemporary Art through November 22.
In Chinatown, Mandarin Plaza 2nd floor
970 N. Broadway

 Garden Party features the work of over twenty artists 
and takes Los Angeles' gardens and green spaces as its focus.
Below are a few installation shots. It is a big show so if you want
to see everything, stop by FOCA Tues-Fri 10-5

Participating Artists: Hillary Bleecker, Ursula Brookbank, Britt Browne, 
Carolyn Castaño, Dee Dee Cheriel, Ismael De Anda, Martin Durazo, Amy Green, 
Bella Foster, Julia Haft-Candell, Elana Hill, Hadley Holliday, Roger Herman, 
Emily Joyce, Cyril Kuhn, Joseph Lee, Barry Markowitz, Stas Orlovski, 
Nikki Pressley, Jay Stuckey, Elizabeth Tremante, Monique Van Genderen.

Studio Visit with Gian-Martin Joller

Earlier this summer I visited the East LA studio 
of sculptor Gian-Martin Joller where he is currently 
hand-building bass guitars, as well as working on various
sculptural and collaborative projects with Studio Day friends 
Ermie and Cheryl Cambras. 

The man can pretty much build anything and 
was nice enough to fix my Stratocaster. 
Thanks Giani!

Collaboration with Ermie

Earlier this summer I did a fun collaboration with 
my friend Jennifer Parry Dodge of ERMIE

The project started with a casual hang-out at Jennifer's home where 
she had tons of fabric and dyes for me to play around with. 

Jennifer turned those experiments into a couple of one-of-a-kind 
Ermie dresses. She also photographed the textiles, kaleidoscoped
the image, photoshoped the color around and created digitally 
printed textiles in 2 different colorways.

In the photos below you can see the original painting on the raw silk,
the model rocking one of the Ermie dresses with 
 the sleeveless version in a radically altered colorway, and me 
in one of the dresses at Cacao Mexicatesen for some huevos rancheros.
The heavy cotton jersey Jennifer chose for the dresses is so 
comfy and wears so well. I'll definitely be wearing these a lot this fall.

JPD has built the Ermie blog and online shop
 around the spirit of collaboration, generosity and 
a quest for beauty and joy in daily life.