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On View: Peter Harkawik
Pool Toys
March 13 – May 16 2021

On View: Peter Harkawik
Pool Toys
March 13 – May 16 2021

Through Sunday, May 16 2021
Wednesday – Sunday, Noon – 5PM

Join us for the final weeks of “Pool Toys”, an exhibition of 40+ unique sculpture works by Los Angeles artist and gallerist Peter Harkawik. Based on both built and speculative Textile Block homes by Frank Lloyd Wright (Freeman, Ennis, and Barnsdall), the simultaneous homage and critique of Wright’s appropriative (‘Mayan Revival’) and vernacular works establishes a retail-like setting in which Harkawik’s simultaneously meticulous and irreverent pigmented foam sculptures may be touched, prodded, pored over, reflected upon, and/or taken home.

Saturday, May 22 –
Sunday, June 27 2021

In tandem with the Chouinard Foundation, Marta hosts seven original artists’ benches from the Chouinard Art Institute (1921–1972). Originally built in partial exchange for tuition by then-students Millard Sheets (1907–1989) and Phil Dike (1906–1990), these salvaged pieces begin to tell the layered, dynamic, complex history of the institute and its alumni, among them distinguished area artists and designers like Corita Kent, Ed Ruscha, Edith Head, Milo Baughmann, Peter Shire, Allen Ruppersberg, Noah Purifoy, Mary Corse, Sadamitsu Fujita, and John Baldessari. Newly-built replicas of the Chouinard artists’ benches—much as they would have appeared in 1921—will be made available in tandem with the exhibition.


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.