On the edge of Culver City’s industrial area sits Scion Installation L.A. Space, currently hosting a group exhibition of artists whose mission was to transform the gallery into eight individual rooms. Each room is indicative of a theme set forth by the artist or team of artists who designed and built it. Artists and their rooms show an appetite for the urban, likely due to the exhibition curator’s own passion for street art. The artists were chosen by Roger Gastman, best known for his assistance in bringing graffiti art into the limelight of the contemporary art world. Gastman’s many art publications, like Swindle Magazine and his latest book, Freight Train Graffiti, often highlight street art as a prized aspect of pop culture. Gastman also served as executive producer of the recent graffiti documentary, Infamy.
Within Chris Stain‘s installation, the viewer briefly navigates the nooks and crannies of a constricted space between two buildings. His corridor-like construction embodies subculture with multiple depictions of bricks, graffiti, and graphic renderings of telephone poles and electrical wires. Stain thinks of the space as “…a 3-D representation of the smaller paintings I make on metal, which capture the story of the struggling American.”
Similarly, Dan Monick and Caitlin Reilly collaborated to make their room into a bus stop with a partially enclosed waiting area and bench. The team installed lighting meant to mimic the overhead illumination of a street lamp. In addition, photographic images are installed on light boxes that surround the perimeter of the room. These images, which are approximately the same size as bus windows, are portraits of passengers and their surroundings.
In contrast, some of Rooms’ artists indulged in investigating their own style as opposed to recreating a specific urban-inspired space. Adam Wallacavage‘s installation is saturated with curving tendrils and undulating arms, both signatory elements of his personal aesthetic. Four of his plaster cast octopus arm chandeliers are suspended from the ceiling. Custom sconces, furniture, wallpaper, and candelabras function to unify Wallacavage’s eccentric room.