The 2017 Hurray Today calendar is going to the printer! HURRRRAYYYYYY! The theme for this one is...drum roll...here it comes...DESSERTS! YUM! It is sure to be a delicious year! If you are a store and interested in selling it, please contact Clare here on this site! If you are a magazine and interested in reviewing it, same thing! It is a pretty perfect present so maybe put it on your gift guide! Calendars will be sailing towards stores in the fall and also available on this site as well as HurrayToday.com.
Delicious new paper goods made with the great Paper Chase Press will be offered this weekend at The Echo Park Craft Fair in Los Angeles. Folded cards, notebooks, and postcard pads decorated with snacks of the season will be sold all weekend and then on this website soon. For wholesale or retail inquiries, please contact Clare Crespo. Eat and write seasonally!
The Mini Show
Conceived by Clare Crespo
Curated by Clare Crespo and Alice Lodge
3rd–24th October 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday 3rd October at 6:00–9:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Saturday 12:00–6:00 pm and by appointment
1024 N. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
+1 (323) 610-2022
The LODGE is very pleased to announce The Mini Show opening on the 3rd October with a reception for the artists and on view until 24th October 2015.
Conjured up by fantasist and artist Clare Crespo (MFA Experimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts), who has created numerous other miniature and magical worlds, Crespo’s concept has come to life in this meticulous 10:1 scale model of The LODGE. Crespo and gallery director Alice Lodge invited artists to create art pieces to fit the miniaturized gallery space. In addition to scaling down the works of art, they are examining the theme of memory. On display will be new work by Louise Bonnet, Clare Crespo, Tierney Gearon, Shane Guffogg, Miranda July, Konstanin Kakanias, Janet Levy, Geoff McFetridge, Jon Pestoni, Joe Prime Reza, Rob Reynolds, Ed Ruscha and Mary Wigmore.
There is long history of miniatures and dioramas and our endless fascination can be seen in Ancient Greek and Roman cameos that were often worn on the body as jewelry, Persian miniature paintings dating back to the 13th century and the popularity of miniature books with the advent of printing press in the 15th century. In the book On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, author Susan Stewart analyzes the miniature: “…it is a signification which is increased rather than diminished by its minuteness.” Usually a private object, miniatures invoke memories and longing as they symbolize a person, place or event, bringing something or someone to life. They are associated with magic, reverence, intimacy and looking inwards.
While contemporary art has literally grown in size with larger canvases and objects being produced, some artists have played with the idea of the miniature from Marcel Duchamp’s La Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase) (1935-1941), Laurie Simmons’ work using dollhouses since the 1970s to a recent resurgence of artists working with miniatures such as Slinkachu and Thomas Doyle.
We invite guests to peer inside the exhibition space of this miniaturized The LODGE and engage with the works on a more intimate level than the typical museum or gallery. We hope the physicality of seeing through the magnifying glass will invite curiosity and provide a unique perspective on the act of observing art.
Please join us at The LODGE for the opening reception on Saturday, the 3rd of October from 6–9pm.
For all press inquiries, please contact Linlee Allen at +1 (310) 666-1739.
For all other inquiries, please contact Alice Lodge at +1 (323) 610-2022 or email@example.com.
Folks have been hiring me to do mandala portraits of their favorite things. It has been such a treat to interview the subjects about the details of the things they love and then to work them into a design. They are all hand drawn with a real live pen. They can become posters or stationery or really whatever you would like! Suitable for a very special birthday gift, wedding gift, or just to mark the time in your life when you loved pistachio gelato and white roses. These were recently featured in Food & Wine Magazine.
A few years ago, I was featured in Bon Appetit Magazine. The great Autumn DeWilde took my picture and the great Shirley Kurata styled me. I felt so lucky! The idea of the picture was to have me looking a bit like Mary Poppins or a lady Willy Wonka. It was a super fun day with a flying version of the clock cupcakes from my cupcake book in some of the pictures. The picture that ran in the magazine featured me wearing a Cupcake Pearl necklace (also from my book) and a black dress. Autumn just sent me this picture with the clocks last week so now I know it wasn't just a wild dream after all!
This is the diorama that I did with Marine Panossian for the new Irene Neuwirth Jewelry store on Melrose Place in Los Angeles. Everything in the box is made of leather and suede and snakeskin and cashmere. The store is beautifully designed by Pamela Shamshiri/Commune Design and Irene's jewelry is so special and gorgeous. What a fun and fancy job it was!
We also did some smaller dioramas that were part of a bookshelf in the library of the store. Here are a few pics of those:
All of these photos were taken by Patricia De La Rosa.
The Hurray Today 2015 Calendar is an "Object of the Week" at the great Ogden Museum of Southern Art! Take a look here! If you happen to be in the great city of New Orleans, go by! Its such a terrific place! Or visit their website!
I will be selling Hurray Today 2015 Calendars at this holiday sale on December 6 in Los Angeles. There are great vendors and it will be fun! Come on down!
Heather Levine Ceramics 3024 Carmel St. Los Angeles, CA 90065
Saturday Dec. 6, 10-6
Hurray Today 2015 calendars will be appearing at this fine holiday sale in Los Angeles. Please come!
Our home was recently robbed. Ahhhhh such a BUMMER of an event. All of my jewelry was stolen, and while of course the metals and stones that made it were valuable, it is really about the times and events and people that those jewelry pieces represent to me that is the real loss. After lamenting to my sweet friend Starlee Kine, we decided to do something about these blue feelings. Turn it around. Make something. Maybe feel better. "We will make a Secret Wall Safe!" said Starlee! So I started making all of my stolen treasures out of shrinky dink paper and bits of string and duct tape. My grandmother's beautiful watch she wore on a chain around her neck all of the time. The ring my parents gave me when I turned 16. The earrings my husband gave me when my daughter was born. Remaking these little totems is making me think about them and the memory they represent and the history they had and the new version insures that those memories will not be lost! I will fill a jewelry box with them and my daughter will inherit that! Starlee and a few other folks are making new versions of their lost items now too. Right now, we are posting them to an Instagram account called Secret Wall Safe. There is also a Tumblr page: www.secretwallsafe.tumblr.com. I feel better about that crummy event and excited about life and people and personal history and the positive power of making something with your hands and your heart. This is a public project. Anyone can keep items that they lost or were taken from them safe in this spot. Just send us a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will so carefully and respectfully place it in a safe safe place.
My crazy cupcake book "Hey There, Cupcake!" will be attending Fundacion Alumnos47, Ooga Booga and ForYourArt's Artist's Books and Cookies event at the great Ooga Twooga this weekend. If you are in the Los Angeles, pay a visit! See some cool books! Eat a cookie!! Here is the scoop: http://foryourart.com/2014/06/artists-books-cookies-3/
June 28 and 29
356 South Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA
I am pleased to announce that The Yummyfun Kooking Series (quite possibly the craziest cooking show ever!) is now available as a download on www.YUMMYFUN.com! The three original episodes (Spring has Sprung, Monkeying Around in the Kitchen, and Spookyfun) all feature three wild recipes plus loads of wild adventures and amazing tunes by John Gold! This download can also be given as a gift (how easy and great is that!?) Hip Hip Hurrayyyyyyy!!!
I have a Candy Mandala painting in this show. Come and see it! The show is BIG and there is always lots of great stuff to see and if you buy something half of the money goes to LA's BEST After School Arts Program.
Nice pics of Crocheted Art on The Radder! Happy to be included! http://theradder.blogspot.com/2014/01/crocheted-art_21.html
I was hired by the great Paper Magazine/Extra Extra! and Levi's to make a little present to give to their guests at a holiday party Levi's was throwing. Lucky me! How about little Levi's that folks could hang on their Christmas tree or wear on their coat? Elfin jackets and jeans in felt with tiny sequins for buttons and golden thread and all of the Levi's details. I felt like a real live ELF (maybe I am?!) Guests could pick the one they wanted to take home with them. I got to attend the party with my extensive glue kit and embroidery thread and put finishing touches on the jeans while folks had fun which meant I got to see folks pick which tiny creation spoke to them. That's a very satisfying feeling for me! Like watching someone pick out a cupcake or a puppy! More elfing in 2014!!