Frank Gehry And Chuck Arnoldi Present “Object Lessons”

Organized by the Landing gallery’s Gerard O’Brien and L.A.-based writer and curator Michael Slenske, “Object Lessons” examines the highly collaborative, interdisciplinary practice of Chuck ArnoldiFrank Gehry, and numerous other modern artists from the Westside and beyond. The art exhibition is one of two shows occupying the former artist lofts; the other is the gallery’s NADA Miami presentation which features Arnoldi’s sculptures and paintings by architect Leonardo E. Marmol.

“Object Lessons” transports visitors back to a time when Venice Beach was the ultimate hotbed for creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration.

“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
Chuck Arnoldi’s 2020 Ruth sculpture sits just outside the artist lofts designed by Frank Gehry and Arnoldi.
“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
Designed by Chuck Arnoldi and Frank Gehry, this light-filled artist loft overlooks Venice Beach where Arnoldi’s Ruth sculpture can be see through the window. Also featured around Aroldi’s wooden chair and ottoman (built by Tucker Strasser) are works by Timothy Washington, Kenny Scharf, Joe Goode, Claire Falkenstein, and Jessie Homer French.
“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
Among the works in this gallery are several flag paintings by Chaz Guest, as well as Lita Albuquerque’s Particle Memory (1993), Jessie Homer French’s Idle Hands Find the Devil’s Work to Do rug (2018), and Billy Al Bengston’s Untitled wood, carpet, and paint sculpture (2017).

“There wasn’t this stigma attached to just riffing in different areas. This freedom of form and material has always lived on in California”

MICHAEL SLENSKE

With iconic projects ranging from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Chiat/Day “Binoculars” Building, Frank Gehry has helped dynamically transform the Los Angeles cityscape. And while his contemporary structures are renowned for their daring geometries, the modern architect’s more humble early works reveal the experimental origins of his genius.

“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
Featured in this space are Claire Falkenstein’s Vibrazioni di Venezia (1966), Frank Gehry’s Snake Lamp, and Chuck Arnoldi’s Untitled (quilt) (late 1970s) and Untitled acrylic on assembled wood (2020).

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“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
Frank Gehry’s Wiggle Chair is mirrored in a Natalie Arnoldi painting beside a light work by Laddie John Dill. In the foreground, a Ken Price bowl, Billy Al Bengston , and two small cups by Michael and Magdalena Frimkess are seen on the table.

Like space itself, the art installation “Object Lessons” reflects decades of collaboration and experimentation between two artists, Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi, who challenged the long-held belief of design being the lesser art. Instead, these creatives proudly incorporated functional forms and concepts into their oeuvres.

“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
Glen Wilson’s 2014 Higher Goals (Tribute), comprised of a salvaged steel basketball hoop and archival print, hangs outside the lofts as a symbol of the gentrification of Venice Beach.
“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
Timothy Washington beside his mixed media assemblage, L.A. Gear from 2014 and a Kenny Scharf vase.

The show features several early pieces painted by Kenny Scharf, including the TV on which he used to watch Days of Our Lives in the lofts, as well as a sofa, which Slenske describes as a “furniture riff off of his thrift-store paintings.” Other rarities include Ken Price drawings from the collection of Anjelica Huston, a Frank Gehry “Snake” lamp, and Joe Goode’s sake cups that the artist used to gift visitors to his Santa Monica studio. Several items, such as a found basketball hoop by Glen Wilson, speak to the gentrification of Venice while others address contemporary politics, like Chaz Guest’s paintings on American flags.

“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
A floral chandelier by Spencer Falls is seen behind Billy Al Bengston’s Mt. Torquemada Draculas screen from 1976.
“Object Lessons” - The Practices Of Frank Gehry and Chuck Arnoldi
A photograph by Larry Bell, paintings by Timothy Washington and Natalie Arnoldi, and an Ed Moses screen are joined by Kenny Scharf’s TV BaxRoomaSofa, and Customized TV. Also featured are a Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Ryan Preciado Collaboration Table and a stand and cowboy boot lamp by Jim Ganzer.

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