launches at Toolbox LA

Written by Raychel Espiritu 

On December 2nd artists, curators, and prominent members of the LA arts community convened at the newly opened Toolbox LA innovation hub for an immersive night of artistic appreciation, entertainment, and expression. Featured artist David Oliver unveiled his mixed media installation, Cycles, a 3D exploration of the confluence of old and new technologies designed and built in collaboration with Hexlab Makerspace.

Many attendees were new to Make in LA’s programs in hardware entrepreneurship and Toolbox LA’s coworking and event space and were thrilled to tour the facilities, check out the brand-new meeting rooms, and see the state-of-the-art machinery at Hexlab Makerspace. Back in the event space, guests enjoyed tacos and beers as the performers prepared to take the stage.

The first performance was Was Ist Das?, a group of absurdist cabaret singers, musicians, dancers and comedians set in the raucous days of Berlin 1924, with whom artist David Oliver performs with regularly around LA. After that, Oliver performed his solo act Red Grass, a performative set incorporating his work as sculptor, craftsman, musician, and spoken word performer. The night ended with an open jam session with friends and family of the artist joining him on stage and playing until the lights came up. 

David Oliver is a performance and 3D artist based in Ventura, and a leading member of integral grassroots arts communities in Ventura, including Working Artists Ventura, Art City Studios, and Ventura Artists Union. Artist Incubator is an artist-in-residence program dedicated to connecting artists with the resources, technology, and community they need to create. We are proud to provide our artists with generous living and materials stipends, access to cutting-edge technologies, and a supportive creative community.


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