Tag Archives: design

Artist Paul W. Evans’ Sky Candy Opens at Fifth Floor Gallery

evans_hover_dotsMark Your Calendars!

On January 11, 2014, Fifth Floor Gallery is pleased to present Sky Candy, the newest body of paintings by Los Angeles based artist, Paul W. Evans. The opening reception will take place at the gallery from 6-9pm and viewing until February 15, 2014. Fifth Floor is open Thursday – Sunday, 12-6pm or by appointment.

Continuing with his exploration of mixed media and painting, Evans has created a body of work that combines the whimsical with the surreal. The artist’s interest in modes of production and reproduction manifests in pieces with repetitive imagery that is immersed in unique painted landscapes. This contrast of a mass produced iconic image vs the unique, customized creation is one that is seen often in facets of contemporary culture, from art to current design. Traditionally nature has been portraited in an epic scale that may dwarf any human subjects. Here the landscape is marginalized and the sky itself, with Evans’ mysterious anatomical imagery, becomes the focus, producing an uneasiness despite an almost comical subject. The anatomical references stand in defiance to the landscape, refusing to be absorbed and simultaneously confronting the viewer. The commingling of mechanical reproduction and the suggestion of the spiritual are the heart of his work.


Paul W. Evans earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY). Recent exhibitions in Los Angeles include Weekend Space, Fifth Floor Gallery, the Institute of Cultural Inquiry and the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. He has shown extensively in the US and abroad, including Clementine Gallery, Lump Gallery, Eyewash Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Recent curatorial projects include the video group show Leg Room co-curated with Jonathon Hornedo, Cries and Whispers at Sam Lee Gallery and Doing Pennants at Fifth Floor Gallery. He is the co-founder and co-director of ShoeboxLA with artist Sophia Allison, now in its third year. For more info: www.pweny.com

About Fifth Floor: Opened in January of 2008, Fifth Floor is a hybrid art/design gallery in the heart of LA’s Chinatown. Owner, Robert Apodaca’s background in architecture sees that the space delights in a mixture of contemporary art and design. Work by varying artists, designers, and architects rotate through the exhibition areas every month to two months; all the while, a steady base of unique accessories, jewelry, furniture and design objects remain on display. For more information please visit www.fifthfloorgallery.com or email: info@fifthfloorgallery.com.

 502 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-8443


Events Around Town: LA This Weekend

One person can’t be in all places at all times.  I only wish.  Just think of the fun I’d be having!  But that doesn’t mean YOU can’t enjoy what’s on the calendar for the coming weekend.  Here are two favorites:

Celebrate the work of Armin Hofmann, the legendary Swiss graphic designer.  A Holiday Open House at A&D 

December 13 and 14, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Armin Hofmann

Architecture and Design Museum (A+D) is opening its doors for a two day holiday event, Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in celebration of Armin Hofmann, the legendary Swiss graphic designer and educator. During the open houses, limited edition Armin Hofmann prints, discounted A+D memberships, and museum specialty items are available for design enthusiasts as holiday gifts.

The open houses will enable visitors to experience the subject of color on a more intimate level. It’s an opportunity to meet the A+D Director, Tibbie Dunbar, Mike Grosswendt, the innovative builder, philanthropist and 2013 A+D museum construction sponsor, April Greiman, curator and exhibition designer, and Michael Rotondi, exhibition designer.

“The Armin Hofmann exhibit is a complete departure from the last show, ‘Never Built’ says Mike Grosswendt. “This is small, intimate and meditative experience showcasing the versatile quality of A+D, bringing forward design, architecture and art that is transformative. It is a must see.”

A+D Museum is located at 6032 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Admission for the event is $7.00 and can be used toward new memberships and gift memberships.  Refreshments include: wine and light bites.

Exclusive limited edition prints, discounted A+D memberships, and museum gifts available for the holidays

Follow them on Twitter:


Find them on Facebook

Fifth Floor Holiday Party and 15% off Sale
Saturday, December 14, 6-9pm 

Fifth Floor

Happy Holidays from Fifth Floor! Please join us in Chinatown Saturday night for our annual Holiday Party on December 14th from 6-9pm! Enjoy some hot cider on what’s sure to be a chilly night and receive 15% off your purchases. This season Fifth Floor is showcasing the handmade work of many local artists and designers as well as many new items from around the world. There will be plenty of unique last minute gift ideas!

Find them on Facebook

Also in the neighborhood:

Our neighbors at Automata present “SparkleBlob’s Doublewide Roadside Holiday Snowflake Show!”

December 12-22


Join Silverlake’s most well-adjusted family as they spend their holiday vacation in the rustic, arid climate of the California desert, where the tumbleweeds tumble, and murmurs on the wind blow cool wind through your hair. Young Judy Haversham would love to be just about anywhere else, and is not in the mood for a journey built of a curious mixture of reality and imagination, which is, of course, just fine.

SparkleBlob’s 6th annual Holiday Puppet Show delivers expressly to you a hilarious and somewhat existential musical excursion through time and space that will warm your heart into happy holiday goop! There will be two weeks of performances so go here for tickets.

Children Under 3 See Sparkleblob for FREE!

Find them on Facebook 


LA Arts Alliance_Bruce Laurie

Join The LA Arts Alliance and The Bruce Laurie Gallery for Art, Music and Refreshments as they celebrate this years programs funded by your generous donations.  Find out more about “Because I can Jewlrey Designs”  Meet Special Guests and see surprise presentations.  A percentage of all funds will be used to fund next year’s programs. L.A. Arts Alliance is a 501c3 non profit organization.

Attend this event: Buy Tickets

Color Me Manga: Fratelli Rossetti Returns to Japan for Summer 2014 Women’s Collections

Lug sole
The lug-sole takes center stage
fashion, style, Gia, Gia on the Move, Tracey PaleoIt’s always a pleasure to spotlight What’s Hot Now, especially when the coloratura is so above average!

For the Women’s Summer Collection 2014, Fashion Week Milan, in a return to nipponic shapes and geometric designs, Fratelli Rossetti  recalled the graphics of classic Japanese manga, the fun, surreal, celebrated Japanese comic strips, renowned for their remarkable figures and bright shades.

Just one model in twenty-one colors of the Derby Shoe were displayed at Milano Moda Donna at the Palazzo Visconti: the white lug-sole and the profiles are the key elements of the season; a positive and ironic model at the heart of the Fratelli Rossetti.
Fratelli Rossetti

Celebrate Literature Through Fashion – Enter the Toms and Out of Print Back-To-School Sweepstakes

pigeonTOMS and Out of Print have teamed up once again for their back to school sweepstakes – a chance to win some awesome prizes! The contest runs until Wednesday, September 4, 9:00am EDT. The winners will be announced Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Head over to Out of Print Clothing now for your chance to win! 

* Please note that entering your email is an opt-in for both TOMS and Out of Print’s email lists.  Here at Gia On The Move, we don’t particularly like to enforce other people’s rules.  But if you are ok with it, simply click on the image below.  You can always opt out.  Just suggesting…

Toms, Out of Print, Gia, Gia On The Move, back to school, clothing

About Out of Print:

Out of Print’s mission is to celebrate literature through fashion and help increase access to books around the world. Out of Print licenses and designs original artwork from iconic literary classics to create unique conversation starters in the form of apparel, tote bags, iPhone cases, stationery items, accessories and novelty gift items. To date, Out of Print has helped donate 600,000 books to communities in need through their partnership with Books For Africa.


Celebrate The Final Night of California Home Design at Fifth Floor


Powder Power

Originally posted on hovercraftdoggy:

From his series 'Powder' - fantastic, vibrant and explosive photographs of colored powder by Amsterdam born still life photographer Marcel ChristFrom his series 'Powder' - fantastic, vibrant and explosive photographs of colored powder by Amsterdam born still life photographer Marcel ChristFrom his series 'Powder' - fantastic, vibrant and explosive photographs of colored powder by Amsterdam born still life photographer Marcel Christ

From his series ‘Powder’ – fantastic, vibrant and explosive photographs of colored powder by Amsterdam born still life photographer Marcel Christ

for more great Art, Architecture, Design and Photography works, come follow us now on Facebook or visit us on Pinterest




View original

Rip It Up at TENOVERSIX This Saturday!

Brendon Lott Love Collages


The artist and former newsstand owner had an idea to create one collage a day with the magazines that surrounded him. The project spanned for exactly one year, resulting in 365 spirited, hallucinatory, playful, collages of popular culture, art, design, and fashion.

Visually rich, provocative, and sensual, this selection focuses on the male gender with subjects ranging from artist Ai Weiwei, to comedian David Williams, to a young Stevie Wonder, and others.

RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN will be open at TENOVERSIX  on April 6 – from 4-7 PM and be on view May 4. Small bites and drinks will be served!

TENOVERSIX 8425 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90069

Curated by Yaoska Davila.

On the Radar: Andy Warhol at Christie’s Feb 26 – March 5


The first of the online-only Warhol sales will feature works representing a wide array of media spanning the artist’s career. Estimates range from $600 to $70,000, offering both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers extraordinary global access to Warhol’s work. The timed online format allows clients to browse, bid, receive instant updates by email or phone if another bid exceeds theirs, organize shipping, and pay from anywhere in the world.

Over the course of 2013, and throughout the ongoing partnership, Christie’s will launch a series of online-only sales of original works of art by Warhol from the Foundation’s collection, marking the first time the auction house has ever offered online-only Post-War and Contemporary art sales. The week-long cybersale kicks off the second phase of Christie’s partnership with the Foundation, a multi-year initiative built on an innovative three-tiered program of live auctions, online-only auctions and private sales. The inaugural Andy Warhol at Christie’s live auctions in New York on November 12, 2012 realized $17 million. Proceeds from these and all subsequent sales under the partnership benefit the Warhol Foundation’s grant-making programs which support artists and non-profit arts organizations.

Whiskey On My Breath at TenOver6 This Saturday 12/1/12


Saturday, December 1, from 2-6 PM, join Ten Over 6 to celebrate new metal jewelry by Steven Shein and original artwork by Nathan Bell. Both artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and light refreshments will be served.


Whether  it’s Fashion to be worn, Art to be loved, Home Design to be lived with, Beauty to uplift, or Music/ Books/ Films to inspire, the experience at TENOVERSIX IS one of discovery, and fun. The focus: being obsessed with the details of good design and displaying the product as art, but with a wink, in an all white gallery-like space that is highly influenced by art, galleries and installation.

Preview The Private Collection Art of Legendary Architect Elliot Noyes at Christie’s Starting Today – May 4th – May 8th


Legendary Architect Elliot Noyes

Christie’s to Offer Two Outstanding Mobiles by Alexander Calder From the Landmark Home of the legendary Architect and member of The Harvard Five, Eliot Noyes

Viewing begins today, May 4th from through May 7th, 10am to 5pm EST and on May 8th from 10am until 12pm (noon) at Christie’s New York – 20 Rockefeller Plaza

* The Auction takes place on May 8 @ 7:00pm

The Noyes Calders Vanity catalogue : http://christies.scene7.com/s7/brochure/flash_brochure.jsp?company=Christies&sku=25573_SaleCat&config=Christies/eCat-Black-Back&locale=en&wb=000000

New York – Christie’s is proud to announce the auction, on May 8, 2012 of The Noyes Calders, Snow Flurry, 1950 and Untitled, 1957, two highly important mobiles that testify to the friendship and the collaboration between one of the greatest sculptors of our time and one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Created by Alexander Calder, the mobiles were specially installed by the artist in the International Style home that architect, designer and curator Eliot Noyes built for himself in 1955 in New Canaan, Connecticut, and which has been listed since 2008 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dated 1957, Untitled, (estimate: $3,000,000- 4,000,000) was directly inspired by the space in which it was to hang for the next fifty years. Snow Flurry, (estimate: $3,500,000- 4,500,000) was not commissioned specifically for the New Canaan home, but Calder and Noyes chose it specifically to fit into the space it would occupy there. Unveiled to the public for the first time, these two mobiles present an unparalleled combination of graceful movement, aesthetic balance and artistic presence. Both are contrasting; Untitled moves with perfection, its balanced elements work not only as a collection of independent units, each moving autonomously, but also combine to produce a graceful arc of red elements which sweep like a protective arm through the air. Snow Flurry conveys depth and delicacy achieving aerial aesthetic that balances an ethereal and ephemeral appearance, with this breathtaking spectacle of movement and form.

Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, comments:

“Christie’s anticipates the Noyes Calder to break the world auction record for a mobile at auction due to their impeccable provenance and freshness to the market. Though both are absolutely fantastic as individual pieces, we would be happy if they were both acquired by a single collector in order to continue their perfect balance. Through this sale, Christie’s will honor this extraordinary Renaissance Man Eliot Noyes and will celebrate his monumental legacy through a tribute exhibition and a single owner catalogue highlighting all of his achievements in design and architecture.”

Christie’s holds the overall world record prices for Alexander Calder, along with the top prices for any outdoor sculpture, hanging mobile, standing mobile and jewelry by the artist. The perfect quality and the remarkable provenance of the Noyes Calders could make them both break the previous world auction record for a mobile by Calder, is $4.7million, which was achieved in November 2011 at Christie’s in New York.*

A major figure in 20th-century design, Eliot Noyes (1910–77) trained as an architect and began his career in the office of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. He went on in the 1940s to become the first Director of the Industrial Design department at The Museum of Modern Art. From the late 1950s until his death in 1977, he was widely influential as the Consulting Director of Design for IBM, Mobil Oil, Westinghouse and Cummins Engine Company, inspiring a change in the way these corporations and others thought about

design and its impact on business. Noyes enlisted the collaboration of pioneering designers including Charles Eames, Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar to help him bring about innovation in architectural, graphic and industrial design and commissioned artists such as

Alexander Calder and Isamu Noguchi to create installations for corporate headquarters. His personal contributions included the design of twentieth-century classics such as the IBM Selectric typewriter and Mobil Oil’s service stations and gasoline pumps. Noyes’s work also included architectural projects such as his own award-winning family residence in Connecticut. He was a member of the distinguished Harvard Five group of architects (along with Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, John Johansen and Landis Gores) who transformed the previously conventional town of New Canaan, Connecticut into a center of modernist architecture.

Eliot Noyes probably met Alexander Calder while working in the office of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, his professors at Harvard. The friendship between the two men flourished into a long and productive professional relationship after Noyes commissioned Calder to produce a large-scale sculpture for his recently built house in New Canaan.

The revolutionary design of the Noyes house included a central courtyard that would allow Calder’s work to be seen from all sides of the glass-walled building. Noyes and Calder settled on the choice of The Black Beast. In a mark of the collaborative nature of the relationship between the two men, Calder took much of Noyes’s advice on how to stabilize the large-scale sculptures. The importance of The Black Beast within Calder’s oeuvre can be judged from Noyes’s decision to donate this early stabile to The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Eliot’s son, recalls to Christie’s how Calder studied the space intently so that his ultimate design would speak to the integrity of the house, ―I think Calder was very aware of walking through the front door there and being able to walk under it, so he didn’t make it any deeper…I think the red color works very nicely with the house…as a spark‖. Noyes was so pleased with the finished work that he asked Calder for a second mobile Snow Flurry whish Calder and Noyes specifically selected to complement both the building and the existing Untitled. As Fred recalls ―the white one is actually very interesting. It is in a circulation path, you know, you tend to come in the front door, and you walk down to the piano, or you come into the room. So, the notion that you don’t want to touch it is turned on its ear, that you walk through it, brush against it and it becomes part of the ambience. My sister got married right here and she has a particular fondness for it because it was right beside her, she said it was like having another bridesmaid right next to her. And that’s the integration of it, of the views and the architecture…all in one package‖

Noyes and Calder shared fundamental beliefs about art, design and modern living. Together, they exemplified a desire to integrate art and architecture completely, forging an experience that enthralled and excited visitors. They re-wrote the accepted rules of their respective trades, setting off reverberations that can still be felt today.

*Alexander Calder at Christie’s

Christie’s hold the overall world record prices for Alexander Calder, along with the top prices for any outdoor sculpture, hanging mobile, standing mobile and jewelry by the artist.
Red Curlicue, 1973: sold for $6,354,500 (Christie’s New York, November 2010)
World Auction record for a stabile by Alexander Calder

World Auction record for any work by Alexander Calder

Sumac, 1961: sold for $4,786,500 (Christie’s New York November, 2011) World Auction record for a mobile by Alexander Calder

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2011 that totaled £3.6 billion/$5.7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

Visit Christie’s Website for the full catalog at www.christies.com or  via the Christie’s iPhone app