Two prominent Los Angeles artists are collaborating on a show in a re-purposed old winery building in San Francisco's Mission District. The show, entitled Courtyards Redux, is taking place in the building's courtyard, which was originally used to stable horses as part of the winery operation. The vernissage is Wednesday, October 6, between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
The San Francisco venue echoes the renaissance taking place in the Downtown Arts District of Los Angeles, and has attracted two of LA's most prominent downtown personalities.
Skip Arnold is a world-renowned performance artist, acclaimed for displaying his torso (often entirely nude) for hours at a time in ways that compel the viewer to contemplate his body as art. In one of his most famous works, each visitor to Basel's 2002 Art Fair could gain entry only by walking over Arnold's prone body, motionless under a piece of specially-fabricated glass. Lying still for over 8 hours per day, over 200,000 visitors from around the world literally walked atop the artist throughout the 5 days of the show.
Arnold has works in numerous museums and high-profile galleries throughout the world. He recently returned from two years in Paris as a visiting professor at Ecole Nationale D'Arts, to resume his faculty work at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He brought his young French bride Olivia to reside with him in an unassuming downtown warehouse -- the kind surrounded by other warehouses -- still remote from the trendy conversions and condos sprouting up in the LA arts district.
Rick Robinson is a larger-than-life fixture at the Brewery Arts complex in LA. Rick is recognized not only for his steel sculpture creations but for his high-profile work in outdoor media. He has dedicated his life not only to his artistic endeavors, but also to major charitable organizations, notably those supporting disadvantaged children. Rick also tours the world as a motivational speaker.
The two artists have had a long personal friendship, and were fascinated by the opportunity presented by Venice resident Alan Pomerantz, who owns the San Francisco venue. The property is a microcosm of LA's Brewery; having originally housed the V. Sattui winery dating to the 1880's (and still operating in Napa Valley). Part of the structure now houses an arts collective, with whom Pomerantz collaborated to repurpose the unused stable area into a sculpture garden. The old winery structures have since become a landmark in the thriving Mission arts district.
Guests are invited to attend this vernissage, occurring in a private space. An information package is available by emailing to CourtyardsRedux@gmail.com.