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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

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Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
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Wolf and Sub-Zero 

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
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Deadline: February 23
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Exhibitions: An Architect Paints

Architect Dan Janotta turned to painting as another creative outlet. His work is part of show opening at Schomburg Gallery this weekend. Image courtesy Dan Janotta. 

For many, designing high rises, museums and hotels would be creative outlet enough. Not so for Dan Janotta, a principal and senior designer at Johnson Fain. In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, he began designing furniture, even opening a studio while still working full time at the firm. “It was an independent, creative extension of what I did at work,” he says. After the birth of his son, “something had to give,” he recalls, and he put his furniture work on the backburner.

Fast-forward a bit over a decade. His son was older, and he was feeling the need for a creative outlet yet again. This time around, instead of furniture, he turned to watercolors. It started with a series of paintings for his son’s birthday. Energized, he began a painting group at Johnson Fain (he had started a furniture group years before). “For six months, 15 people learned how to watercolor,” he says. “I hadn’t painted since college, but I realized I really liked this. It was a lot less expensive than designing furniture. I could do it myself, didn’t need machinery and could do it at home.”

He began with watercolors but found the medium to be too exacting and time consuming. Looking at artists whose work he admired, he discovered they were working with acrylics. Those offered him more flexibility and the chance to work more quickly. Ultimately, he took an oil painting class and found his true medium. “It’s allowed me to be looser and more abstract,” he says. 

As time has gone on, his approach to his subject matter has grown looser as well. At first, given his training as an architect, Janotta was focused on “composition, vanishing points and perspective,” he says. Over the years, he’s changed his approach and works in a much more abstract way, capturing beach scenes and the urban life of Southern California as seen from the streets, highways and freeways.

“I started paining lifeguard stands—I liked the blues, the sand colors, the grays,” he says and focused on the area around his Hermosa Beach home. “As I started to paint, I didn’t like to do day scenes, which were so vivid and colorful; I liked the light at end of day with the long shadows and the contrast with the objects on beach.”

More recently, he has been concentrating more on scenes from Los Angeles, inspired by the hours each day he spends in the car. “I started taking photos on the way to work and began painting those scenes,” says Janotta. “I like getting the sky and the silhouettes of objects.”

Dan Janotta's work will be exhibited at Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, opening October 26 and running through November 23. Click here for more information.

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