Barnsdall Art Park Gala

Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Axelrod is taking over Barnsdall Art Park and its famed Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House for three days. The public exhibition will kick-off with a VIP Gala on July 15th on the Park’s West Lawn and will include multiple mediums, visual activations and a ‘not-to-miss’ surprise performance.

VIP Gala July 15th 2016

July 16th & July 17th 2016
5:00am – 10:00pm Daily

‘Dark Matter’ will take over Barnsdall’s vibrant cultural campus, which houses Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s UNESCO-nominated Hollyhock House. This three day never-been-done takeover will kick off on Friday, July 15th at 7:30pm with a black-tie gala on Hollyhock’s West Lawn. The fundraiser will support the Park’s ongoing work to nurture and promote the creative fabric of Los Angeles with its year-round programming, exhibitions and events. The evening’s cuisine will be curated by executive chefs from four of Los Angeles’ top restaurants including Terrine, Faith & Flower, Hanjip, and Viviane.

On Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th the ‘Dark Matter’ exhibition is free and will be open to the public.

Dark Matter by Aaron Axelrod

Aaron Axelrod Photo
photo credit: David Zentz

You can’t see it. You can’t touch it. You can’t taste it. You can’t feel it. You can’t smell it. But it’s there. All the time. All around you. Dark Matter. That quintessential mind-bending reality that the universe is everywhere but doesn’t share its secrets. Science tells us that Dark Matter takes up five-sixths of the universe and never leaves any fingerprints. It’s everywhere and it’s nowhere. Against all prevailing scientific hypotheses, ‘Dark Matter,’ an extensive survey of the imagination of Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Axelrod will showcase an extensive body of work, dealing in a vast array of mediums including: painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and video art. Among the works that will be displayed include the inventive multi-media series “Melting Rainbows,” a performance piece which was depicted in a national commercial campaign on MTV, “Freedom of the Press,” a series of large-scale pastel paintings of scrambled news channels, “String Theory” a series of neon-light mixed-media paintings, several abstract resin sculptures, and a spectacular Swarovski Crystal collaboration art piece. Axelrod will also be projection mapping the iconic Hollyhock House, which will be the first time this historic landmark has been a part of a public art installation.

Influenced heavily by children’s’ fairytales, psychedelia, and the occult; Axelrod is known for his unique use of the spectacle & aesthetic choices; inspired by Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts, and the unknown. A practitioner of vast disciplines including painting, installation, performance, sculpture and video art, Axelrod’s work has been displayed in galleries, museums and public spaces in cities across the country. Collaborations have included projects for Walt Disney, KCRW, The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, TOMS, Myspace, PTTOW!, Coachella, Skee.TV, Vans, and the LA Sheriffs Dept. to name a few. A CalArts graduate, Axelrod currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. @TheAxelrod for all social media.

Barnsdall Art Park

Barnsdall Art Park