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Art Watch: The Architecture of William F. Cody

Starting this week, LA’s Architecture and Design Museum is putting on the first comprehensive overview of William F. Cody’s architecture based on primary archival research. It is a tribute to one of the giants of the midcentury modern movement and celebrates Cody’s centennial.

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Cody’s projects were published internationally, and he was widely acknowledged as a forward-thinking, urbane architect who merged luxury with technology to achieve a high-style experimental modernism. A master renderer with an eye for art and interior design, Cody also pushed the boundaries of engineering and space planning. His career ended early when he died at the age of 62, at the prime of his practice. With the recent reassessments of midcentury architecture that embrace a broad understanding of modern design—from dynamic planning to rich interior decoration—Cody’s work is increasingly recognized as a formative contribution to architectural history.

The exhibit is on view at the A+D museum from July 10 – Sept. 25th during the museum’s regular business hours.  Find out more here.

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Modernica X Cleon Peterson: Join Us to Celebrate the Launch of our Latest Collaboration

The much-anticipated Modernica X Cleon Peterson Daybed design comes out today and we’re celebrating with a factory launch party unlike any other.

Come out to the factory this Saturday to commemorate this impressive collaboration between Modernica and LA artist Cleon Peterson. While you’re here, take a peek at the new 2-story mural that now graces an entire side of our Spanish building, as well as some of his limited-edition prints that are available for purchase! The Crispy Cuban and Pabst beer will also be on-site during the event, so you won’t want to miss it.

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Available for purchase exclusively at this event: ‘The Return’ 42×16” hand pulled screen print on 290gsm Coventry Rag paper with deckled edges. Limited edition of 125, signed and numbered by the artist. $125 cash only.

If you love the new Daybed as much as we do, you’ll want to get yours before they’re gone. Starting at 10am, come by the Los Angeles Showroom to see it in person, or purchase online at the Modernica online store. If you’d prefer to get yours for FREE, see below to find out how you can enter to win one! Find more details about the collaboration here, or get all the facts about this weekend’s launch party below:

  • What: Modernica X Cleon Peterson Launch Party
  • When: Saturday, July 16th 2016; 7-10p
  • Where: Modernica Factory, 2901 Saco Street Los Angeles, CA 90058

ENTER TO WIN ONE!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, you can enter to win a Modernica X Cleon Peterson Daybed at the launch party on Saturday. Simply snap a photo of the Daybed on display and upload to Instagram; don’t forget to tag @Modernica and hashtag #modernicaxcleonpeterson. The lucky winner will be announced at the party. See you Saturday!

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Behind the Artist: What Makes Cleon Peterson Tick

It only takes one glance at the looming two-story mural on our factory Spanish Building to get a feel for the tumultuous energy that pervades all of Cleon Peterson’s work. A look into his personal history reveals much about the sources of his dark artistic style.

After a childhood wrought with illnesses related to asthma, Cleon later spent his twenties in the throes of severe drug addiction. He describes this time in his life as “sketchy”, surrounded by crime, violence, and desperation. Many of the images that are revealed in his paintings depict this lifestyle, which Cleon describes as a world where “ethics have been abandoned in favor of personal entitlement.”

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His intentions are not all gloom and doom, however; the artist often expresses a wish to bring out an awareness in viewers that there’s a dark world in all of us. Cleon is simply more attuned to it. Today he resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children; it would seem that his outlook on life has changed considerably.

“Having children has taught me that I’m not the center of the universe and that there is more to my life than what’s swimming around in my head. It’s allowed me to stop trying to make sense of my past and live in the present. I don’t regret anything I went through in the past. I embrace it and think that in some ways I can only appreciate the things I have now because I’ve known true pain.”

Read more about Cleon Peterson’s story on Draw A Line, and you can find out about his collaboration with Modernica over here.

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