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STOOLS
from the JF Chen Collection
May 05 – June 18 2022

STOOLS
from the JF Chen Collection
May 05 – June 18 2022

STOOLS from the JF Chen Collection
at JF Chen C–Project and Marta
May 05 – June 18 2022
Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM

Marta and JF Chen are pleased to collaboratively present ‘Stools from the JF Chen Collection,’ an exhibition and showcase of some 150 historical seating works from the legendary furniture dealer’s archive, made available over the course of the show’s run, May 05 – June 18, 2022. Viewable across two sites, the lion’s share of the works are on display at the JF Chen C–Project Space in Hollywood, with a satellite offering of several of the curators’ favorite pieces on view at Marta in Echo Park. On view weekly, Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM, no appointment necessary.

Lindsey Muscato & Joshua Friedman
at Themes & Projects
May 07 – June 30 2022

Lindsey Muscato & Joshua Friedman of Los Angeles-based studio practice Base 10 present several works from their ongoing Kodama series at Themes + Projects in San Francisco’s Dogpatch. Initial Kodama works premiered alongside an exhibition of the same name at Marta in the Spring of 2019, each drawing upon the tools, joinery, methods, and precedents of traditional Japanese timber-framing. The pieces in Kodama—loosely translated as ‘spirits of the trees’—are made with large-scale timbers culled from salvaged Coastal Redwood and Douglas Fir in order to construct sculptural interpretations of seating, shelving, consoles, and tables. On view through June 30, 2022 at the wonderful Minnesota Street Project.

A History of Frogs and Chase Biado
at Noon Projects
April 29 – June 04 2022

Frequent Marta cohorts A History of Frogs present ‘seven seilie bells’ at Noon Projects in Chinatown. Hung alongside the musically-inclined paintings of Chase Biado’s ‘Feywild,’ the functional cast bronze works continue AHoF’s interest in all things sonorous, lustrous, and lore-inflected. Following their joint showcase with Minjae Kim at Frieze Los Angeles earlier this year and preceding their inaugural solo exhibition at Marta this coming Winter, ‘bells’ is a joyous and gorgeous exercise in form- and sound-making.

Minjae Kim & Myoung-Ae Lee
at Matter Projects
May 19 – July 29 2022

Minjae Kim, whose inaugural solo show ‘I Was Evening All Afternoon’ debuted at Marta in the Summer of 2021, premieres a new body of work at long-standing New York design destination Matter / Matter Projects. Here, Brooklyn-based Kim places his work in direct dialogue with the mixed-media paintings of his mother, Seoul-based Myoung-Ae Lee, crafting several functional works that function almost as dual-artist diptychs when placed alongside Lee’s output. On view through July 29, 2022.

Marta Profile
Architectural Digest
April 2022

The gallery is pleased to have been featured in the April 2022 issue of storied trade publication Architectural Digest. The piece—penned by AD’s Hannah Martin and captured by photographer Seth Caplan following a visit to Marta amidst planning for the forthcoming STOOLS exhibition with JF Chen—highlights the first several years of the gallery’s operations and delves briefly into its futures: “In the works are exhibitions with Lagos, Nigeria-based designer Nifemi Marcus-Bello and landscape architectural firm Terremoto, organized in collaboration with Isaac Resnikoff of L.A.’s Project Room. The latter, like many subjects of Marta’s shows, has roots in Southern California. The gallery pays constant tribute to the rich history of its surroundings, celebrating what co-founder Critton calls ‘the things that make L.A. L.A.’ ”

Marta

Marta is a gallery that hosts works at the meeting points of art and design. Founded in Los Angeles in 2019, the gallery makes space for artists to experiment with the utility of design, and for designers to explore the occasional abandonment of function. Marta’s curatorial and publication programs take interest in both the process of an object’s creation as well the narrative of its creator(s). Marta embraces the intersection of disciplines, advocates for diversity in design, and promotes access to the arts.