5 Design Things to do This Week

Meet the Willy Wonka of science and design, see large-scale structures built entirely of food cans, admire sustainable gardens in West LA, and check out one artist's depictions of LA's immigrant workers using cardboard cutouts.

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The sci-fi documentary, “Disaster Playground,” written and directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, brings together design, science and armageddon with a ‘nutty’ and cutting edge approach.

1.) El Camp’s Evening with Nelly: The Willy Wonka of Science and Design

Working in the spaces between fiction and science, the present and the future, and wacky and serious, Nelly Ben Hayoun seems to have no boundaries to her creativity and innovation. She’s “pure imagination.” Come hear stories of her wild ride as she talks about her many projects from “domesticated’ volcanoes to the International Space Orchestra.

When: Tuesday, April 12, 7 – 10 pm

Where: 2150 Park Place – El Camp, El Segundo , CA 90245

Tickets: $37.92.  For more information or to buy tickets.

2015 Winner Juror's Favorite & People's Choice - "Pac-Can" by Steinberg
2015 Winner Juror’s Favorite & People’s Choice – “Pac-Can” by Steinberg

2.) 10th Annual Canstruction LA Design/Build Competition

Did you catch that? CANstruction? This design competition invites teams of architects, engineers and designers to construct large-scale structures made entirely of food cans. At the event’s completion, all of the cans are donated to The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Over the past 5 years, in collaboration with the Society for Design Administration, Canstruction LA has donated nearly 200,000 cans of food. Entries are available for public viewing in the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank Building as part of Art Walk DTLA.

When: Thursday, April 14, Noon-10 pm; Friday, April 15, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday, April 16, 10 am – 1 pm

Where: Farmers and Merchants Bank Bldg, 401 South Main Street, Los Angeles, 90014

Tickets: FREE and open to the public.

Ramiro Gomez is known for his paintings and cardboard cutouts of working people who often go unacknowledged. This installation was placed outside George Clooney’s home during a visit by President Obama.
Ramiro Gomez is known for his paintings and cardboard cutouts of working people who often go unacknowledged. This installation was placed outside George Clooney’s home during a visit by President Obama.

3.) Ramiro Gomez “On Melrose” at the Charlie James Gallery

Local artist Ramiro Gomez paints what he knows, drawn from everyday scenes he encounters in Los Angeles. This will be his third and most ambitious showing and installation to date, featuring acrylic on canvas paintings of Melrose Avenue locations and their inhabitants. From iconic locations like the Paul Smith Store, Fred Segal and Paramount Studios, the exhibit follows the journey east to Hoover St, beyond the glitz and the glam. As build up to the show, Gomez will be installing cardboard cutouts around some of the locations featured in his show.

When: Opening reception on Saturday, April 16, 6 – 9 pm. Show runs through May 28.

Where: Charlie James Gallery, 969 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

I’ve walked past this house in Brentwood many times and have always admired this ‘privacy screen’. See the rest of this landscaped yard, and many others, on the APLD Garden Tour.
A house in Brentwood and its ‘privacy screen’. See the rest of this landscaped yard, and many others, on the APLD Garden Tour.

4.) Greater Los Angeles APLD Garden Tour and Reception (Association of Professional Landscape Designers)

Not sure how to reimagine your yard for a low-flow Los Angeles? Concrete is not the only answer. This tour presents eight innovative gardens, between Brentwood and Culver City, that demonstrate the value of sustainable gardens with great design. The tour will begin at a gorgeous landscape in Brentwood, designed by Joel Lichtenwalter and Ryan Gates of Grow Outdoor Design. Light breakfast snacks and coffee will be served.

*Bonus garden! Following the tour, award-winning designer, Laura Morton will host a relaxed gathering with light refreshments, at a beautiful property she designed in West Hollywood.

When: Sunday, April 17, 10 am – 4 pm. Reception 4:30 – 6 pm

Where: West Los Angeles; starting address will be e-mailed upon ticket purchase

Tickets: $36; free for APLD Members. More information and tickets.

Artists’ loft-studio at the Brewery Art Colony in DTLA
Artists’ loft-studio at the Brewery Art Colony in DTLA

5.) World Art Day Brewery Tour + Closing Celebration

What’s better than seeing homosapien-artist at work and play in his/her natural habitat? With dozens of artists in residence, the Brewery Art Colony is one of the largest live/work artists’ colonies in the world. Originally the Edison Electric Steam Power Plant and then the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, this historical building site is comprised of 21 former warehouses, now housing hundreds of artists working across all art disciplines, from painting and sculpture, to experimental new media. As part of DTLA’s Downtown Art Walk, World Art Day LA is offering a guided tour of eight artists and their studios/homes. Interact with the artists, discuss history and inspirations, but please do not feed.

Feel free to share a drink and a bite at the closing reception at I-5 Gallery, where a BOTART exhibit of art from around the world on 30 wooden wine barrels will be on display. Featured in-residence artists include Andre Miripolsky, Guillermo Bert, Jen Moore, Jill Sykes, Kristin Schomaker, Sean Sobczak, Teale Hathaway, and Ted Meyer. The Colony is open to the public only twice annually, so don’t miss this opportunity to get up close and personal! Gallery quality fine art at studio prices.

When: Sunday, April 17, Noon (sharp) – 4 pm. Closing Reception 4 – 7 pm

Where: Brewery Art Colony, 2100 N. Main Street, Los Angeles 90031. Meet at Barbara’s Restaurant, Moulton Street entrance, at 11:45.

Tickets: Free and open to the public. Reservation required.