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  • 811 West 7th Street
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90017
  • United States

Fine Arts Building
811 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90017 (lobby area)
Sunday, April 15th, 2-4pm

The lobby of the Fine Arts Building is open daily from 8am-8pm

Presented by Art Meets Architecture at the Fine Arts Building for the April 15th celebration of World Art Day is Art + Science + Craft IV, featuring the neon sculpture of Michael Flechtner and Linda Sue Price

While both artists use neon as their primary material, their different approaches to neon show two compelling and original viewpoints. Using familiar imagery, symbols and words, Michael Flechtner creates art that serves as a framework for the viewer to see a new way to codify the world around us. Linda Sue Price uses abstract shapes, texture, specialty transformers and animation to create work that is joyful, playful and vibrant. 

Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. for live jazz by Granville "Danny" Young, and guest speaker Anthony Caldwell who will be sharing the history of the Fine Arts Building. This tradition of live music and contemporary art honors the vision of Godfrey Edwards, the President of the Fine Arts Building from the 1920s. 

Constructed in 1926, the Fine Arts Building exemplifies the concept "form follows function". The developers of the project imagined a building that would reflect the purpose for which it was designed: a center devoted to shops specializing in decorative and domestic arts, art importations, period furniture and fabrics, oriental art and rugs, hand-wrought metals, jewelry, and galleries for art, photography, and architecture. Stepping up to the challenge, the architectural firm of Walker & Eisen masterfully designed a 12-story building in the style of Romanesque Revival, showcasing exquisite statuary, fountains and galleries designed to inspire tenants and visitors alike. This talk given by Anthony Caldwell will examine the story of The Fine Arts Building revealing some of it's hidden history.

- Anthony Caldwell

The perfect space for showing neon art may very well be the Fine Arts Building in downtown LA, where the elaborate glass enclosed nooks make beautiful alcoves for displaying the glowing works, and the Renaissance architecture a terrific contrast for this modern art form. Neon, like the building itself, was once considered old school, at least in terms of its commercial usage. But as an art form, it is cutting edge, and as neon artists, Linda Sue Price and Michael Flechtner are as cutting edge and exciting as neon gets.

- Genie Davis, Art and Cake, 4/1/2018

More info at ArtMeetsArchitecture.com