Until its doors closed on December 31, 2012, the family-run Colby Poster Printing Company made the letter-pressed signs, posters, billboards and showcards that were a ubiquitous feature of the visual landscape of Los Angeles. For three generations, promoters of boxing bouts, rodeos, reggae concerts and literary-minded visual artists were drawn to the swift graphic science of the day-glo poster, its essential purpose to quickly and efficiently convey information to viewers zooming along the autoscape, and to the durability of the product, hanging on telephone poles and chainlink fences from Venice to Las Vegas for months and years after the commission. In this short documentary, C.R. Stecyk III visits the company to make one last print, and to expound on its enduring appeal to anyone who ever wanted to leave a mark of their own in the city of signs.
Design Matters Gallery. Logogram, 2013. LED Logogram letters of HAS. The opening reception for The Reagents takes place Thursday, October 10 at Design Matters Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through Saturday, November 2, 2013.
Featured Video: Quam Odunsi. Untitled [The LED Logogram letters of HAS]. Metal, Resin & Enamel. 2013. Unique / Edition of 1.
The Reagents — the new works of Quam Odunsi
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Design Matters Gallery, 11527 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90064
Design Matters is proud to present entirely new works — The Reagents — by Quam Odunsi. Due to the immense success of his first show at Design Matters Gallery called Anachronistic Capture: Motion & Stills in April 2012, Quam will be returning this October.
Quam Odunsi is a Los Angeles-based artist who depicts the city as clean, obscure and candid. His vintage photography, collage, silkscreen, painting and sculpture engender nostalgia while simultaneously remaining contemporary. The anachronistic nature of his images leads to interesting, raw photography. He has become renowned in the Los Angeles area for his images of celebrities and pop culture under the pseudonym Reserve Result.
In The Reagents, Quam depicts a series of works in which he is a government surveillance official who becomes increasingly absorbed by citizens and their private lives. The works are 35mm, 120mm and Polaroid film images and content from these surveillances of the lives of others. The artwork medium is silkscreen, painting, sculpture, and film on archival paper and canvas.
The opening reception for The Reagents takes place Thursday, October 10 at Design Matters Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through Saturday, November 2, 2013.