One of the benefits of living in a city like Los Angeles is that every time you turn around, you’re presented with another opportunity to see creativity at the source. With pop-up shops, apartment galleries and other alternative art spaces appearing all over the city, it’s a challenge to find a night to stay in and catch up on 30 Rock reruns. Last night, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey were put on hold again, because Piñata in Echo Park celebrated the opening of it’s second exhibition, Seth Kinmont’s University.
Piñata opened it’s doors in early August to a two-month collaboration with New York-based publisher Hassla. Founder Giovanni Duca teamed up with Hassla’s David Schoerner to create a show featuring hanging works and artists’ books by Kathryn Kerr, Lucas Blalock and Marcelo Gomes, as well as visual and performance pieces by local artist and musician Brendan Fowler, who filled the space to capacity on September 18. For a look into that event, check out Hassla’s coverage of the show here.
Last night’s event at Piñata saw the unveiling of Seth Kinmont’s University–up at Piñata through mid-November. Kinmont’s functional sculptures combine old and new technology; his wooden electric car made waves in 2009, combining Amish wagon aesthetic with electric car technology (well, it ran on 4 12-volt batteries). University uses the storefront well; the wooden maquette–visible in the flier above–is centered in the small gallery space, surrounded by by sketches and smaller mock-ups identifying the process of creating this piece–and identifying it’s place in the classroom. If you have the time, plan to watch the video on constructing University in the back of the gallery.
The venue is small but mighty–so unassuming that you might miss it if it weren’t for the swarm of Tecate drinking, American Spirit smoking art fans milling about on the sidewalk.
Piñata is located at 1461 1/2 Sunset Blvd in Echo Park and open Friday through Sunday, noon to 6PM. See more pictures of Piñata x Hassla here, Stephen/Steven performance here, and a video of Seth Kinmont’s electric car here.