“NATURE: HUMAN NATURE”
Art + Design Show featured artist talk THURSDAY JUNE 14th, 2018 (7-9p)
Join us in conversation with legendary designer/makers Charles Hollis Jones, Mike Johnson of Sam Maloof Woodworkers, Rebecca Niederlander, Pamela Weir-Quiton and curator Katie Nartonis.
The Loft at Liz’s exhibition “Nature: Human Nature” a curated art + design show features some of the most important living artists and makers of the West Coast scene. The exhibition opened Saturday May 5th, 2018 and is featured through Monday June 18th.
Curated by West Coast Design specialist Katie Nartonis, “Nature: Human Nature” features the work of veteran artists and designers as well as emerging contemporary makers. The show includes 2D and 3D art and sculpture, as well as design including studio furniture, lighting, pottery and custom textiles.
Nartonis has gathered the work of artists from up-and-down the West Coast as well as New Mexico for the show. Her relationships with the artists and makers featured is a natural outgrowth of the fact that Nartonis splits her time between Los Angeles and Taos, New Mexico. The show features a theme of celebrating Nature as well as humankind’s interaction with, and engagement in, the natural world.
Northern California makers participating in “Nature: Human Nature” include legendary funk furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett and Mill Valley’s Tripp Carpenter III who is known for his hand-turned wooden objects and hand-crafted furniture produced in his father’s studio (the late historical maker Art Carpenter).
Los Angeles makers include the work of the late Evelyn Ackerman (who worked together with her husband, Jerome “Jerry” Ackerman) and whose work is represented with textiles from the newly re-issued Ackerman Modern line. Over 30 works by Mid-Century printmaker and sculptor Thomas Laursen will grace the space. Veteran living CA makers include the “King of Lucite” Charles Hollis-Jones and sculptor/maker Pamela Weir-Quiton. Philip Miller, an LA based metal sculptor and artist has created original furniture design and sculpture including a reissue of his 1970’s design “The Breast of Drawers.”
Sam Maloof Woodworkers lend a number of original designs crafted by Mike Johnson, Sam Maloof’s long time apprentice. Johnson, along with his son Stephen, maintain Sam’s vision of creating hand-crafted furniture and accessories from extraordinary hardwoods that blend beauty and utility.
Emerging and contemporary talent includes Los Angeles based artist Jon Huck, who has a vibrant local SoCal following, and has created a series of whimsical watercolor animal paintings expressly for the Nature show. LA photographers Sean Deckert, Stephen Linsley and Connie Thompson include compelling images of the Arizona night sky, SoCal beach pier-pilings and luscious flower studies respectively. LA sculptor Rebecca Niederlander and installation artist Marcel Kigen have contributed site specific works for the show.
Los Angeles based landscape painter Chris Jones will be included along side veteran New Mexico artists Nicki Marx, Jennifer Lynch and Candy Nartonis who will bring their feather-wall works, prints and paintings to Los Angeles for the show.
Seattle based textile designer Michael Cepress has contributed hand-dyed fabrics. The painter ‘Franco’ (Franco Accornero), who made famous the model Fabio (Fabio Lanzoni) by painting him for the cover of romance novels will be represented with two original cover-art pieces in the show. Curator Katie Nartonis has included examples of her own nature photography as well.
The opening party is Saturday, May 5 (from 7-10pm) and the show runs through June 18, 2018. A special screening of the 2015 documentary “In Tandem: The Life and Work of Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman” was featured in the gallery on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00pm. (Filmmakers Margaret Halkin + Katie Nartonis introduced the 25 minute film, with artist Jerry Ackerman in attendance.)
The Loft at Liz’s is located at 453 South La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. Contact for press or interviews: Randi Kreeft at 323-939-4403 ext 5.
Katie Nartonis is available for private tours on Mondays throughout the run of the show (by appointment.)
CURATOR BIO: KATIE NARTONIS is a curator, writer, filmmaker and 20th century design specialist with over 20 years working experience in the art and design field. Over 15 of those years were spent working in three major international auction companies in the 20th C. design departments. Nartonis is currently acting Director of Converso Gallery, Los Angeles which handles rare examples of post-war art and design. Nartonis is Art + Design Editor for SoCal Magazine and founder of The Nartonis Project. thenartonisproject.com
In 2010 Nartonis co-curated a show of Northern California Makers including Art Carpenter, Michael J. Cooper and J.B.Blunk at the SF20 Design show in San Francisco. In 2015 she curated “Marx Rising” a critically acclaimed show on historical New Mexico feather-work artist Nicki Marx for LA’s Reform Gallery. She is currently co-curating and co-authoring a museum show and book on the late Jack Rogers Hopkins entitled “California Design Maverick with Jeffrey Head.
Previous to her auction career, she worked in film and television, including the Academy Award winning short film of 2000, «The Accountant.” She has appeared as design expert in a recent documentary on the late Wendell Castle and has been interviewed on air for PBS’ Peabody award winning “Craft in America” series. Her documentary film made with Margaret Halkin (co-producer and co-editor), “In Tandem: The Life and Work of Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman” debuted at the Palm Springs Modernism Week in 2015.