11:11 ACC Introduces a New Gallery Space Within Toolbox LA

11:11 ACC INTRODUCES

a New Gallery Space Within Toolbox LA


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Written by Raychel Espiritu 

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Toolbox LA has teamed up with our partners 11:11 ACC to provide a local exhibition space for the 818’s creative community. EMBED GALLERY will be opening its doors to local art groups, guest curators and independent artists to exhibit, collaborate and strengthen the creative NETWORK!

Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 6:00 – 11:00 PM for the Grand Opening of the Embed Gallery with the exhibition: NETWORK, in collaboration with our monthly community event First Fridays at Toolbox LA.

Free entry with RSVP, click here to get your ticket.

NETWORK features over 50+ artists local to the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley or Thousand Oaks in a salon style, small works display of the creative network here in the SFV. Featuring all mediums from 2d to 3d, painting, illustration, sculpture, printmaking, photography and more, all works will be 12″x12″ and priced under $500! THIS SHOW IS CASH AND CARRY! Purchase artwork on opening night and take it with you right away.

Featured Artists:

Walt Hall

Kevin Newton

Jessen

Jorge Alvarado

Lynn Coleman

George Goldberg

Chelsea Dormevil

Carlos Antonio Reyes

Miguel Pichardo

Dale Voelker

Alyssa Mees

Karina “ Ahlise Vela “ Pelayo

Angela Izzo

Marina Yermakova Timm

Ann Kalb-Kip

Aaron Hagan

Mike Boston

Adebayo Ogunmowo

Sarah Stone

Jordan Monsell

Rain Matheke

Danny Ramirez

Iris Peretz

Karina Garcia

Frankie C

Monica Maldonado

Gabriel Cárdenas

Rebecca Richards

Jennifer Sher

Saul Salazar

Katheryn Pit

Diana Simon

Rolando del Real

Ann Kalb Kip

Monica Sandoval

Erin Stone

Sam Viloria

Roan Florez

Vivian Shih

Brenda Chi

Salvage Art Sweetheart

John Park

Miles lewis

Steve Martinez

Simonett Jackson

MORE TBA!


Toolbox LA Facade Mural

TOOLBOX LA

Facade

Mural


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Written by Raychel Espiritu 

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You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you sure can judge a building by its exterior.

Drab, dark walls devoid of color are not in the least bit inspiring, and yet, if they’re overloaded with color, you somehow feel like you are stuck in a children’s fun house. A nice balance of design and color is important in creating an inviting and stimulating environment. Here at Toolbox LA, our intention is to provide a creative and collaborative space for creators, makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and overall do-gooders.

Through our partnership with San Fernando Valley based non-profit organization 11:11 A Creative Collective, we were able to kick off an Artist In Residency program.  11:11 ACC will bring art into our coworking space by commissioning site-specific art installations through our Artist Incubator program. The first phase will be a mural on the outside of the building that will represent the creative vibe that exists within these walls.  Phase two will require full immersion by local artists who will become members of our community and will beautify the space from within.

Starting with the vision for a mural, we worked with Addy Gonzalez and Erin Stone, the founders of 11:11, to decide on a muralist who would be best to create something for the exterior of our space. They put out a call to artists, asking for submissions. After receiving more than a couple dozen submissions from talented and dedicated artists, we narrowed it down to our top 10 favorites and asked for renders. Then we printed each render out and laid them all out on the table to decide which one we liked best. However, we also wanted the community to provide their input, so we put each render up on a whiteboard and had members vote on their top 2 by putting a sticky note on their 2 favorites.

The winning result was Andrew Severns, a talented Los Angeles based muralist who also submitted an explanation as to why he choose the specific colors and geometric shapes for his idea. 11:11 brought him in to start on the mural and after 6 weeks the end result was nothing short of glorious. Now we have a permanent facade that represents the shining, electric world that exists within these walls.

Phase two is currently in the works and more will be revealed within the coming months.

You can check out more of Andrew’s work on Instagram at @severnscanon.  


11:11 A Creative Collective and Toolbox LA Partnership

11:11 CREATIVE COLLECTIVE AND

Toolbox LA

Partnership


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Written by Raychel Espiritu 

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Introducing our new Artist In Residence program

At Toolbox LA, we believe that creativity plays an important role in developing next-generation products, platforms, and companies.

The evolution of our Artist In Residence program is reflective of the community we are building here at Toolbox LA. The art installations from previous Artist Residencies that were developed here are now cornerstones of the essence of what we are creating.

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We are so excited to announce our new partnership with 11:11 A Creative Collective, whose mission is to provide a collaborative and educational multidisciplinary environment for artists and the public. The partnership will be through our Artist In Residency program until the end of the year.

11:11 ACC will bring art into our coworking space by commissioning site-specific art installations in two phases. The first phase will be a mural on the outside of the building that will represent the creative vibe that exists within these walls. The second phase will require full immersion by local artists who will become members of our community and will beautify the space from within.

Want to learn more about this program or recommend an artist? Visit their website at https://www.1111acc.org/toolboxla.

Join us Monday, October 1st, 2018 for the Grand Opening of Toolbox LA and to kick off a week-long celebration of National Manufacturing Day in Los Angeles. Click here to RSVP.

About 11:11 ACC

Mission: To provide a collaborative and educational multidisciplinary environment for artists and the public. We support collaboration between artists and their community and facilitate the creation of art in areas where there is little to no access to the arts.Vision: To inspire and affirm the importance of a developed, cohesive and accessible artistic community and to assure readily available and affordable resources for aspiring and emerging artists. We aim to accomplish this purpose by supporting and promoting funding for artists and art.

About Toolbox LA

Toolbox LA offers a shared, community-driven workspace for location-independent workers. We empower creators and technology-enabled startups with resources to collaborate and build their businesses. Our innovation hub includes coworking, shared desk space, dedicated desks, private offices, event space, a makerspace, hardware accelerator Make In LA, and biotech lab for startups Lab Launch.


Artist-in-Residence Interview: Anna Karakalou

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE INTERVIEW

Anna

Karakalou


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Written by Raychel Espiritu 

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What is your job title?

Artist in Residence

Where can we find your work?

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Where did you grow up?

Between Chicago and Athens, Greece

What did you think you wanted to be when you were in High School?

An artist or a writer

What did you study in college and what was your first job?

I have a BA in Fine Arts and English Lit, and I have an MA in Media Arts. My first job was a Radio Presenter in Cyprus.

How did you get connected to Toolbox LA and why were you interested in enhancing the space?

Through my friend and neighbor Luther Gerlach. When he showed me the space my mind exploded with ideas; it was all just a big, beautifully enticing blank canvas.

When did you discover you had an artistic talent?

My parents gave me a pencil when I was 2. I started drawing little tiny creatures like Richard Scary (not at 2, but soon thereafter). We moved back and forth between Athens and the US quite a bit when I was young, so drawing was the one thing that could always keep me company.

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What piece of work are you most proud of?

I’ve worked on a lot of cool projects as a scenic artist, but none of them were “my own”. Recently I put on a solo show of work I’ve done in the past two years since losing my father, who was a world-class stained glass artist. I wanted to put together a book for the show that could show the work and be a tribute to my dad. It ended up being a 56-page coloring book of all of the art, done in the style of my dad’s stained glass; with millions of tiny pieces that don’t make sense until you pull the color together as a whole. It has, quite unexpectedly, been a very fulfilling project, which has inspired more projects in that vein (and is even a watercolor calendar put out in Portland by Print & Grain). My father always wanted me to make children’s books, I feel like I’m meeting him halfway.

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What will you conquer next in your artistic journey? What do you want to learn or try or accomplish?

I am all about trying to make the most beautiful piece I can make. I am interested in creating worlds where projection and soundscapes interact with my painting in a way that feels new and nostalgic at the same time. I have put up shows that are like this on a short-term basis, but I would love to create a permanent, sculptural surface, where analog and digital art meet, possibly in a way that invites the viewer to participate or adapt the images for themselves, either through an app or with a connected tablet.

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When you aren’t working on your art, how do you spend your time?

I travel a lot. I take a lot of classes. I go to Artist’s Residencies to meet other like-minded people and to discover new facets of my own creativity. I also go to a lot of stand up comedy shows. I spend the rest of the time doting on my favorite people, my niece and nephew, Maya (1) and Yiannaki (4).

Best place(s) you’ve ever traveled to?

Nothing compares to Greece, but everyone has its own magic. I think the most unique experience I’ve had was going to Zanzibar on my own (my husband doesn’t crave travel the way I do so I always wind up in these weird places by myself and realize too late, hey, this probably isn’t super safe). I also really love the forests of Finland. Two completely opposite landscapes.

How would your mother describe your personality?

My mom was a model/make up artist and I always felt like she wasn’t really into having such a tomboy for a daughter when I was little. Right now I would be embarrassed to write all the gushy things she says about me. She mostly says that I’m generous and sensitive with a heart of gold and that’s all I’m willing to say…

What’s your favorite get sh*t done quote?

It used to be “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” but now I’m a sleep addict after all those years I denied myself so I just say “I’m Tetrising” when I’m getting things done.

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Artist-in-Residence Interview: Joseph Palmoutsos

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE INTERVIEW

Joseph

Palmoutsos


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Written by Raychel Espiritu 

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What is your job title?

Artist in Residence

Where can we find your work?

Facebook: Cup of Joe Art Studio

Where did you grow up?

I traveled on ships for the first 4 years of my life, then I lived in Europe, South America, New York, and now California.

What did you think you wanted to be when you were in High School?

A Cartoonist

What did you study in college?

I studied Fine Arts

How did you get connected to Toolbox LA and why were you interested in enhancing the space?

Luther Gerlach was impressed with some Sculptures of mine, in an art exhibit.

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When did you discover you had an artistic talent?

I started the first 5 years of my life on Greek Merchant Ships

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What piece of work are you most proud of?

My World Traveler piece is a 3-dimensional Portrait of my father. The head is a globe, and he is smoking a cigarette(Lucky Strikes) He is wearing a vest and a beret.

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What will you conquer next in your artistic journey? What do you want to learn or try or accomplish?

I am working on a 3D Grizzly Bear, he will be made using entirely recycled material, like many of my sculptures. Next, I would like to perfect mold making and casting.

When you aren’t working on your art, how do you spend your time?

I like playing in a drumming circle, and I’m writing a movie, but mostly like teaching my Grandchildren Art.

Best place(s) you’ve ever traveled to?

Greece, Puerto Vallarta, Brazil, Jamaica, Hawaii

How would your mother describe your personality?

A loving Caring Father

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What’s your favorite get sh*t done quote?

No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.

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Artist-in-Residence program launches at Toolbox LA

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

launches at Toolbox LA


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Written by Raychel Espiritu 

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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.

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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.

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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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