los angeles: eat the river

© please do not enter / photography: frédérick gautier

following a showcase earlier this year at concept store please do not enterparis-based artist frédérick gautier headed back to los angeles last july to take up a residency in the city's frogtown neighbourhood as part of the aforementiones concept store's new cultural program. fascinated by the many, and often gritty, facets of this urban sprawl, gautier jumped in the deep end to create a series of three-dimensional ceramic objects derived from the traces, cracks, holes, and imprints cast and drawn from the remnants of the area's physical history. its close proximity to the entirely concretized los angeles river, an iconic backdrop for many action movies, obviously shaped the local scenery, and actually is the treasure trove of his wide range of finds. and meanwhile, he documented demarcated plentiful sites of found objects. adding another visual layer to the elaborate project. the body of new work that has spawned from the residency is to be presented at an exhibition, entitled eat the river, opening on wed – sep 21 [6pm-9pm] at please do not enteron display at the store are a series of three-dimensional ceramic objects, all derived from the traces, cracks, holes, and imprints that are cast and drawn from the remnants of the area's physical history. location: 549 south olive street [downtown].

© please do not enter / photography: frédérick gautier