Auroraborealis | The Standard, Hollywood

December 11 2012 . 08:49pm

The Standard, Hollywood
Opening Reception, December 14

California artists Steven Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer have brought the magic of a vibe-y winter wonderland to The Standard, Hollywood for their  “Auroraborealis” residency, which runs through mid-February. Their colorful lobby installation exemplifies the duo’s complementary mark making, with neon geodes, bold paintings, and larger-than-life friendship bracelets radiating cosmic greetings. Outside, the hotel’s exterior has been transformed with a confetti-like snowfall of wacky graphics, a true blizzard of celebration. The residence kicks off this Friday with an opening reception in the Cactus Lounge. Come hang, hug, drink for free (beer & wine from 8 p.m.– 10 p.m.), and revel in  the joy of a Cali-cool winter.

Steven Harrington Bio:

Cited as the leader of a contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, Los Angeles–based artist and designer Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style that encourages a two-way conversation between the artist and viewer. There’s a timeless quality to his playful yet contemplative work, which is inspired by California’s mystique, vastly diverse landscape, and thriving mix of cultures. Embracing a multimedia approach, Harrington’s portfolio includes large-scale installations made of plaster and stone, handscreened prints, limited-edition books, skateboards, and sculptures. He has exhibited artwork in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, Melbourne, and Dallas.

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Eric HAZE x The Standard Hotel

May 04 2011 . 11:52pm

With all the painting and installations going on around downtown LA last month,
I was psyched to have a mural project of my own lined up in the neighborhood too…

Since creating a t-shirt for The Standard hotel a few years ago,
I have been interested in participating more in their growing art and product programs.
so when the opportunity came up to take my turn at bat on their 40’ mural space outside the downtown branch,
I was all over it…especially since we were able to coordinate doing it while I would be out there for the museum show anyway.

At 40’ x 6’, I thought the wall was an ideal dimension for the kind of painting which calls for a full stroke top to bottom,
the same way we would have approached a T2B on a train car from a platform or catwalk back in the day…
I also thought it would be a good place to start working with a combination of spray paint and traditional brush,
looking to conceptually fuse together different references through the juxtaposition of technique and materials.

Armed with a few boxes of spray paint that Risky, Matt and Reudi blessed me with from the LA Montana Store,
plus an 6” wide brush and gallon of black exterior acrylic that I shipped out from Crest Hardware in BK…
I jumped on a scizzor lift for couple of days to knock out the artwork I had mocked up on a photograph ahead of time.
After drawing the first outlines in spray, I sprayed in the color backgrounds while my man CR cut back the white with brush and roller,
then I came back with brushes for the main black stroke and white date and signature.

It felt good flexing a few old muscles and working on this scale with spray paint again,
the acrylic laid down over it nice and smoothly too…
and considering the theme of the moment,
it was cool to get outside and actually do some “art in the streets” while I was in LA too.


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