art house: lacma’s latin american art galleries

one of the benefits of living in los angeles is our access to some of the finest art museums in the world. lacma is truly one of our favorite museums to explore! and because we live so close, we do so at our leisure to look for design inspiration.

we recently stopped in to take a closer look of some of the treasures housed in the art of the americas building. and, it did not disappoint! in recent years, lacma has been paying particular attention to developing more of their latin american art galleries, especially spanish colonial, modern, and contemporary holdings. so, if you have not been there in recent years, get ready for quite the transformation.

we were particularly drawn to the various forms of decorative storage. simply exquisite! you have to see for yourself in person, but we do want to point out a few key pieces that you should take note of when you are there. the scale of some of these are beyond amazing! we immediately thought how perfect these would be in a kpi project since we love to remix the new with the old, and infuse rooms with character and charm.

mexico chest via kishani perera inc.

adorned inside with beautiful geometric designs, this leather bound chest with curved lid and covered in iron nails made our heart pitter patter. muy bueno!

peru or phillipines sewing box via kishani perera inc.

sewing boxes of this time period were anything, but simple! this features mother of pearl and tortoiseshell. so divine!

peru or phillipines sewing box via kishani perera inc.

of course, we loved this particular sewing box so much we had to get a different perspective so you can appreciate it from all sides including from top.

philippines chest via kishani perera inc.

when we laid eyes on this very detailed carved trunk, our heart just about skipped a beat. just beautiful!

peru sewing box via kishani perera inc.

gorgeous view from inside a sewing box from the late 17th century, which is on loan to lacma from collector patricia phelps de cisneros.

peru sewing box via kishani perera inc.

love the exterior detail of this large sewing box in inlaid mother of pearl!

peru chest via kishani perera inc.

this peruvian chest is made of exotic woods and ornamented with very lavish materials, including mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and ivory. a wonderful representation of the more refined decorative arts!

mexico sewing box via kishani perera

apparently, sewing boxes were very highly valued during spanish colonial times. we can see why! you can tell the extra care that went into them to make them very special.

museum tip: on the second tuesday of every month, general admission to lacma is free to all. la residents also have the option of getting in free every tuesday, thursday and friday after 3pm. so, plan a date for after work or take yourself to experience the beauty of latin american art!

art house: jeffrey gibson

we stumbled upon artist jeffrey gibson by chance and we’re so glad we stayed and continued looking into his work. while his geometric abstract paintings are quite beautiful and have been a part of his newer work, we were more drawn to his adorned punching bags. visually, you can see how he draws inspiration from his native american roots, especially traditional pow-wow dance regalia as seen by the bead work, sequins, tin shingles, color, etc.. but, there is also a very modern touch and other inspirations at work here which make it very fascinating!

jeffrey gibson showroom via kishani perera blog

via new york times

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

via marc straus gallery

jeffrey gibson adorned punching bag at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

via marc straus gallery

in the december 2013 issue of artnews magazine, gibson explains his artistic choices: “the adornment references subcultural fashion, not just native american but also punk and queer – alternatives to mainstream that signal defiance and rejection of hetero-normative culture.” curator marshall n. price of the national academy museum describes gibson’s work as a “mash-up” or “remix”. some of the adorned punching bags are even wrapped in pieces of re-purposed paintings. how cool is that! sure, there is a decorative and beautiful element to this collection of work from gibson, but if you stop there you have missed the whole trajectory he has attempted to take you on. gibson further explains this best himself in this video. (mind you, there are probably quite a few kpi clients that we think would love one of his pieces in their homes!)

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

all images in this section via marc straus gallery

this summer, the southwest is in for a treat! in addition to being the subject of an exhibition at the denver art museum, gibson will begin a residency in the native arts artist-in-residence program. we’d love to be a fly on the wall for that class! some of gibson’s most recent exhibitions were at volta, national academy museum, institute of contemporary art in boston and marc straus gallery in new york city, where he is represented. we can’t wait to see what gibson does next! and, it seems we don’t have to wait too long. he recently collaborated with a peace treaty on a line of jewelry and scarves that are based on selected works of his. we are more than just a little obsessed now! how about you?

jeffrey gibson jewelry at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson scarves at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson jewelry at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

all images in this section via a peace treaty

art house: bernhard handick

german photographer and founder of shoutout magazinebernhard handick, uses any kind of technique to produce new works. from painting to photography, analogue to digital, pixelation to overlaying; the manner in which handick approaches his mixed media art is certainly destructive. having been published at vogue italiaglamcultjuxtapozwe are selecters, and washington post, handick creates collections of striking imagery which seem to fuse pieces together that, although contemporary in their foundations, carry a rather haunting undertone. of his artwork, handick says, “my understanding of myself as an artist is not that I produce artwork which is completed after my process of creation. rather, the spectator is the one who finishes the work in the particular way in which he interprets it – in this sense, he is the one to add the final brushstroke.” well said! if you enjoy bernhard’s classically deconstructed works, check out his website.


art house: klari reis

you can’t get more colorful than klari reis, and her newest ongoing collection, entitled petri dish paintings, is the most vibrant yet. we stumbled upon klari’s work via her fun blog, the daily dish 2013, where she is featuring a different petri dish painting everyday of this year. when most of us think of a petri dish, we probably get grossed out by the thought of multiplying bacteria, but one look at the mesmerizing paint colors in one of klari’s petri dishes and you’ll fall in love! klari uses reflective epoxy polymer to depict electron microscopic images of natural and unnatural cellular reactions. the effect is hopeful, almost playful, belying the serious nature of the subject matter. pictured below is a selection of a few works from her ongoing collection, petri dish paintings, but don’t stop there. check out her fun website to see her other collections, 99 apothecary bottles, and street anatomy, as well as over 300 petri dish paintings.

via the daily dish 2013

via klari art

art house: andy goldsworthy

world renowned, award winning artist, andy goldsworthy, has had the world in awe for close to 40 years. thanks to mister finch we got a look at some of his newer work recently and are enraptured all over again. goldsworthy, is a british sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, who produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. most of us were introduced to goldsworthy in the 2001 documentary directed by thomas riedelsheiner, rivers and tides, which documents goldsworthy in action, at home in his natural surroundings. if you havent seen it, is a must watch and can be viewed in its entirety on youtube.

goldsworthy is most famous for his ephemeral works, in which he often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials. the materials used in his art often include brightly colored flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. there is no glue involved, no paint, no scissors, just nature. goldsworthy takes great pride in the process of his art, which seems to provoke a meditative quality in creator and viewer. his work below is just a small sampling of his large and ever growing collection.

via museum of peripheral art

via goldsworthy digital catalogue 

via iamparagon



art house: elisa strozyk

being a huge fan of fibers design and innovative wood work, we were in awe when we spotted the experimental work of elisa strozyk. born in berlin, strozyk received her master’s degree in future textile design from londons central saint martins college in 2009. although she is a young artist, her work is redefining the way we use and relate to everyday materials. wooden textiles, her most indepth series of work, challenges us to break through the self-imposed limitations we currently have on decor accents. wooden textiles was created for an entirely new tactile experience, and to literally reconnect us with an extremely familiar material in a way we have never known. beyond reconnecting us, it is reminding us to use natural materials that grow abundantly, over man made products that create much more waste and may harm the environment. her incredible half wood, half textile creations are something we have surely never seen before! to see more of her work visit her website.

all images via elisa strozyk

art house: candida höfner

the summer issue of soho’s house magazine featured the incredible german photographer, candida höfer. her technical approach to photographing public space produces silently powerful and awe inspiring images. the mere thought of an empty library or theater is a bit eerie, while also very exciting and intriguing. her photographs provoke the exact feelings you would experience if you walked into said empty public space. the straight on angles are so structured and clean that you are able to absorb every bit of the space. you are able to appreciate the backdrop, the deep history in the magnificent architecture surrounding this seemingly endless array of books, holding even more history. every layer is exposed in all its beauty for you to admire at your own pace, without worry of the space being interrupted. the empty theater photographs give the average person a real glimpse from the stage, imagining all of those seats filled, everyone under one roof, again surrounded with so much history and making their own history. she has even photographed the louvre museum in paris void of visitors. while, even if you never had the opportunity to make it to the louvre, you are able to feel the grandeur of not only the eminent art that is present, but the details of the building itself. you may catch yourself saying aloud ‘wow’ as if you just walked through the front doors.

trinity college library in dublin via web odysseum

chateau de versailles III via artcat

teatro alla scala milaon via johnen galerie

masonic temple in philadelphia IV via museo magazine

musee du louvre paris VII via museo magazine

musee du louvre paris IX via museo magazine

art house: el anatsui

every once in a while we find ourselves completely drawn to an artist and his or her vision. el anatsui has us firmly in his grasp with his magical art creations. a sculptor from ghana, el anatsui has shown his works of art at many prominent museums around the world. inspired by the traditional kente cloths and the unique weaving process used to create them, el anatsui manages to create pieces that at first glance seem to be colorful fabric and gold tapestries but upon closer investigation, are found to be made of salvaged materials such as cans and bottle caps as well as aluminium and copper wire. there is something so refreshing and inspiring about this juxtaposition of the old and discarded being transformed into such rich and beautiful masterpieces. it really gives new meaning to that age old saying “one person’s trash…”.

here are some of our favorites from el anatsui’s vast collection:


hovor, aluminium and copper wire

in the world but don’t know the world, 2011. aluminium and copper wire

skylines’, 2008. aluminium and copper wire

El Anatsui (Ghana), Duvor (communal cloth), 2007. Aluminium and copper wire, 400 x 500 cm.duvor (communal cloth), 2007. aluminium and copper wire

via october gallery

 El Anatsui (Ghana), Drifting Continents (2009)drifting continents (2009) via intramoenia extrart

gravity and grace via brooklyn museum

El Anatsui They Finally Broke the Pot of Wisdom 2011they finally broke the pot of wisdom, 2011 via jack shainman gallery

to learn more about el anatsui and his magical works of art, please watch the video here!

art house: flying houses by laurent chehere

we just can’t get enough of photographer laurent chehere’s flying houses series. the whimsy exhibited in each unique photo speaks to us in the dreamiest of ways. we love the colors and overall feel of each photograph and can’t stop envisioning these incorporated in an eclectic kids room or nursery!  we stumbled upon laurent chehere through another website crush of ours,  saatchi online, which is a great resource for discovering new and emerging art from around the globe!

laurent chehere flying house art no.9laurent chehere flying house art no.11 laurent chehere flying house art no.13 laurent chehere flying house art no.15

laurent chehere flyinh house art no.2

 via laurent chehere website 

art house: damien hirst entomology paintings

we just can’t get enough of english artist damien hirst. first he takes our breath away with his kaleidoscope series and now this! his new series entitled entomology paintings is almost too beautiful for words, with each piece made by placing hundreds of different beetle and insect species into gloss paint and then arranging them in intricate geometric patterns and designs.  what’s more, the entomology paintings are actually named after phases and characters in dante alighieri’s vision of the afterlife, the divine comedy. we don’t know about you but we could stare at these for days!


available through white cube gallery

to watch the timelapse of this series being created click here. simply amazing!