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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.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

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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The California Endowment

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Gensler

Deadline: December 15
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Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
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Sep162013

FORM Culture: Fouladi Projects' Makers

Paris-based ceramist Claire DeLavallee's work appears in the window at Fouladi Projects. Her pieces are some of the first to be included in the gallery's Maker Program exhibitions. Image courtesy Fouladi Projects.

For the past 10 years, Fouladi Projects has been exhibiting the work of a wide range of artists at its San Francisco gallery. Recently, the gallery, under founder Alexandra Holly Fouladi, introduced the Maker Program. Now, exhibitions featuring the work of functional artists will rotate with shows for fine artists. "The Maker Program," says Fouladi, "allows us to share the work of amazing artists and encourages us to bring the work into our lives— the integration of art and life." Intrigued by the new endeavor, we spoke with the gallerist about the program and the relationship between fine and functional art. 

Do you see the line between fine art and functional art blurring?

Yes, because I've seen the lines between "fine art" and "craft" being blurred for a while now, and the reasons that segregated them from the start are becoming less and less important. While craft is a much closer cousin to functional art than it is to fine art, they all stem from design and so the degrees of separation among all of the categories are shrinking. 

Will that line ever be completely blurred?

It's possible but unlikely. The tradition of putting fine art on a pedestal has deep roots and it would be hard to yank them out entirely. 

How much are you contributing to the blurring of that line?

By showcasing works in the gallery that are traditionally categorized as "fine art" (drawings, paintings, sculpture, etc.) alongside "functional art" (ceramics, glass, furniture, etc.) we are highlighting that they can compliment each other and need not be segregated. In fact, they can enhance each other, and it is sometimes it is difficult to tell one from the other . . . DeLavallee's a ceramic vase that cannot hold water; Esque's hand-sculpted glass birds; fine artist Bill Culbert's suitcase with florescent.

How do you choose the participants in the maker program? What are you looking at in particular?

In a similar way that we choose our fine artists. We are drawn to makers that have a mastery of the chosen medium, a compelling process and a unique design sensibility. 

Are there any themes going in the world of functional art at the moment?

There is a lot of people working with wood. But no one does it like Paul Disco/Joinery Structure! Ceramics has also has been enjoying the spotlight for a while now. I think we will see more nostalgia for lost crafts to balance out the disconnect people feel for living in a increasingly digital world. 

Will fashion play into future maker shows?

I hope so! We have a few artists on our list from the fashion world that we are considering right now!

 

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