Where to see stellar design in Frieze LA – SURFACE


The wealth of satellite design shows popping up around Los Angeles during this year’s Frieze is worth a look.


February 15, 2022

Casa Perfect Los Angeles. Photograph by Douglas Friedman

Kicking off this week is the second edition of Frieze Los Angeles (February 17-20), which debuted in 2019 and was the last major art fair to take place before the in-person events of the pandemic does not come to an abrupt end. Joining the must-see New York and London editions, as well as the Seoul launch in September, LA will host 100 exhibitors of contemporary art at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. But the wealth of satellite design shows popping up in the city is worth looking at. Check out our top picks below and stay tuned for our preview of the must-see artwork from the fair proper coming later this week.

Blumenfield projects: Synthesized ceramic (from February 12 to March 1)

The first in a new series of clay-focused pop-ups, this group show spotlights 16 artists (Cody Hoyt, Kiyoshi Kaneshiro, Gabriella Picone) whose adventurous embrace of ceramics helps express their deepest identities. depth while reinterpreting traditional patterns. Overall, the works are a reminder of the limitless potential of ceramics by blurring the lines between craftsmanship, design and contemporary art.

Raina Lee: homeworld at the Stroll Garden (February 12 to April 2)

The local ceramist’s hand-crafted vases, which are inspired by ancient traditions and ancient Chinese reproductions from childhood, often bear “eerie” glazes. Lee experiments with dozens of glazes to learn how brilliant colors, otherworldly textures, and alluring imperfections can tap into visceral feelings. For this exhibition, Lee’s first solo exhibition, she launches larger-scale works with eye-catching textures that embody her fascination with “materials and the way they often don’t get along.”

From vases and planters to furniture, vessels have always been a form of poetic function. This notion is on full display in Sized’s new space in Hollywood, called Sized.Studio, which will host more than 100 vessels containing objects, flowers, and even people and space. Fai Khadra, for example, drilled a crater into the concrete floor of the studio’s second level, while Sogetsu LA manager Ravi GuneWardena and deputy manager Tory J. Lowitz show off an ikebana sculpture specific to the studio. site that breathes their personality into the 700 years. Practice of Japanese floral orchestration.

Tiwa Select x Farago: Daily rituals (February 17-22)

To celebrate the reopening of photographer Max Farago’s eponymous gallery downtown, he’s teaming up with tastemaker Alex Tieghi-Walker, founder of local gallery and online platform Tiwa Select. Presiding in a former theater building is an array of works across media from artists – Jim McDowell, Mary Ann Pettway and Peter Shire among them – from atypical backgrounds who have spent decades perfecting their craft.

The Perfect Future: Momentary Break (February 17 to March 18)

Quiet contemplation is the theme of this ambitious group show at Casa Perfect Los Angeles, a historic 1971 residence in a scenic Beverly Hills neighborhood now occupied by the traveling design gallery. Each object speaks to the material practice of its creator, from the ethereal Halo light sculptures of rising star Bradley L. Bowers to the Brutalist-inspired bas-relief of local sculptor Olivia Cognet imbued with femininity.

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