Paul Robinson – London Eye
LeSwim designer, Adriana Caras, has joined forces with Los Angeles based photographer, Paul Robinson, to create the swim capsule London Eye . Robinson, once hailed by the New York Press as the Helmut Newton of the photography world’s new “Brat Pack,” and continues to exhibit across the globe. Featuring one of Robinson’s prints from a series of photographs taken in famous cities around the world, LeSwim has digitally printed Robinson’s work on it’s luxurious Italian suits to create a line of wearable art, set to hit the beach in 2015. An up-close look at what appears to be an abstract graphic pattern reveals images of the London Eye shrunken down to miniscule scale, for a print that is more than what meets the eye!
Through his work in the film industry, Robinson became recognized as one of the most talented celebrity portrait photographers and was featured in some of the market’s top magazines including Details, Detour, Elle, Interview, Flaunt, George, Live, Out, House & Garden, and Architectural Digest.
Working for some the biggest stars in Hollywood, Robinson has built an illustrious client roster that includes Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Tilly, David Arquette, Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King, Melissa Ethridge, Noah Wyle, The Beastie Boys, and Dermot Mulroney.
Zoe Crosher – LA-Like: The Pools | Shot
With the mutual fascination between art and fashion growing increasingly heated, designer Adriana Caras has joined forces with Los Angeles based artist Zoe Crosher to create an Italian made swimwear capsule. The wearable art features the artist’s work LA-LIKE: The Pools I Shot digitally printed on LeSwim’s luxe suits and apres swim. The work continues Crosher’s interest in conceptually mapping Los Angeles, this time through the surface of pools. Crosher has been included in MoMA’s 2012 New Photography Exhibition, received the prestigious Art Here and Now award by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and most recently initiated and participated in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, for which she recently was co-awarded the 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity of the Year Award with Shamim M. Momim.
Zoe Crosher is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Inspired by the conflation of the image and the imaginary, particularly in regards to the troubled promise of renewal and the West, Crosher walks a blurred line between fantasy, reality, image and disappearance – something she is coining the ‘Imagiatic’. Realized primarily as photographs and bronzed sculptures, as well as ‘stand-in collaborations’ with other artists, her work has been included in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions including at the Museum of Modern Art’s New Photography show in 2012; Figure & Form in Contemporary Photography at LACMA, also in 2012; a solo exhibition The Further Disbanding of Michelle duBois at the California Museum of Photography in 2013; a solo exhibition at Dallas Contemporary 2012; and, the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. In April 2015, she had a solo project at The Palm Springs Museum in Palm Desert, and her current projects, LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds and LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics were up this fall at LAXART in Los Angeles. Since 2013, Crosher worked with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) on The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, a series she initiated of artist-produced billboards and activations that unfolded along the Interstate 10 Freeway from Florida to California that continued through the summer of 2015, for which she recently was co-awarded the 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity of the Year Award.
Crosher’s work is included in various international, private and museum collections including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Palm Springs Museum, The West Collection, Philadelphia and The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland. In 2011 she was a recipient of the prestigious “Art Here and Now Award,” awarded by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and together with LAND, is a 2013 recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation “Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Award.” Numerous books have been published on her work, including a forthcoming one by Hesse Press in February 2016, and a four-volume set by Aperture Ideas. She is the founder and president of the Los Angeles branch of The Fainting Club, was Associate Editor of the journal Afterall, and has taught at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Crosher received an MFA from California Institute of Arts (CalArts) in 2001.
Rob Pruitt – Flea Market
Pruitt and LAND invite the top artists and tastemakers in Los Angeles to participate in a traditional-style flea market, making their wares available for sale to the public. Participating artists include Jon Pylypchuk, James Franco, Michele O’Marah, Brendan Fowler, Pentti Monkonnen and Liz Craft, Bert Rodriguez, Kim Fisher, Matt Greene, Dean Spunt (of the band No Age), Mario Ybarra Jr., Joe Sola, Mark Verabioff, Bari Ziperstein, among many others. Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market is made possible by Hudson Pacific and Creative Space and exhibition supporters Maria Arena Bell, Beth DeWoody, Marcy Miller, Thao Nguyen, and Kelsey Lee Offield.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: New York-based artist Rob Pruitt was born in 1964 in Washington, D.C. Pruitt is equal parts Pop artist and provocateur as he investigates the narcissistic shallows of contemporary visual culture. He has painted glittery canvases of panda bears, installed an interactive Cocaine Buffet at a gallery, and given the art world its own Hollywood-style awards ceremony. Pruitt has also gained acclaim for his consistent use of found objects and D.I.Y. techniques, such as his internationally presented Flea Markets, which bring an outsider spirit to works that might otherwise seem like inside jokes. His work has been exhibited internationally since the early 1990s, at venues including the Tate Modern, MoMA PS1, and the American Academy in Rome. In 2011, the Public Art Fund installed Pruitt’s Andy Monument, a chrome-plated, seven-foot-tall statue of Warhol, near Union Square. Pruitt is represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York and Air de Paris, Paris.
ABOUT LAND (LOS ANGELES NOMADIC DIVISION): Established in 2009, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) is a non-profit organization dedicated to curating site-specific public art exhibitions. Through commissions of site-specific works with national and international contemporary artists, collaborations with arts institutions and organizations, and a wide variety of programming, LAND supports dynamic and untraditional artistic practices. Large-scale, multi-site, multi-artist and monographic exhibitions as well as one night ephemeral performances and durational events are all part of LAND’s programming repertoire. LAND believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience innovative contemporary art in their day-to-day lives. In turn, artists deserve the opportunity to realize projects, otherwise unsupported, at unique sites in the public realm. Since its inception, LAND has commissioned more than 250 site-specific public projects across the United States, spanning from Florida to California, as well as presented dozens of commissioned performances, monographic exhibitions, and dynamic public programs throughout the Los Angeles area. Among the many national and international contemporary artists LAND has collaborated with are Doug Aitken, Diana Al-Hadid, John Baldessari, Sanford Biggers, Matthew Brannon, Sarah Cain, Dan Colen, Liz Craft, Zoe Crosher, Brendan Fowler, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, Katie Grinnan, Jeremy Shaw, Zefrey Throwell, Marianne Vitale, and Mario Ybarra, Jr.