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February 04 – March 04 2023
L.A. Door Knotty Pine and Faux Bois Mirror
a is pleased to host L.A. Door’s work at the gallery’s original location:
a Echo Park
1545 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
90026 – 3333
Wednesday – Saturday
Noon – 5PM
Los Angeles Doors
a is delighted to host a presentation of new and existing works by Katie Payne and Doug McCollough of Los Angeles-based furniture practice L.A. Door, on view at the gallery’s Echo Park space from February 04 to March 04, 2023. Knowingly engaging with decorative arts histories spanning Federal, Shaker, Neo-Classical, Studio Craft, and Postmodern movements, Payne and McCollough delight in examining vernacular Americana through a contemporary lens.
For the pair’s inaugural hosted solo presentation, celebrations of traditional and in some cases near-obsolete typologies present a joyous resistance to the generalized furniture of the now: Anchoring the exhibition, a blanket chest in quilted maple wood (2020)—its drawers adorned with lacrimal pulls made with the Bay Area artist Garry Knox Bennett (1934–2022)—tenaciously presents and suggests a hyper-specific use. On the facing wall, a mirror realized in knotty pine (2023) engages with the mythos of trompe-l’œil: superfluous, counterfeit knots are rendered, faux-bois, in concert with the painter Daniel Payavis, creating something of a game for the viewer/beholder.
Elsewhere, direct and indirect collaboration illustrates the open structure of L.A. Door’s studio practice, with protective-decorative plastic slipcovers adorning upholstered iterations of Bennett’s ‘Great Granny Rietveld’ chairs (2003/2022), and vintage quilts from East Meets West’s Lewis Keister draped upon Shaker-referencing blanket racks in solid cherry wood (2022).
Presiding over it all: an actual door, four-panel, in wood and inlaid linoleum, made by L.A. Door's Payne and McCollough as the simultaneous namesake and result of the studio’s tandem inception.
L.A. Door is the Los Angeles furniture practice of Katie Payne (b. 1982, Detroit) and Doug McCollough (b. 1982, Tokyo). The duo’s background in design histories provides the foundation for a studio practice that updates and recontextualizes instances of American decorative arts. In 2021, the pair showed work with Mart
a as part of the gallery’s inaugural satellite exhibition, Built In at the Neutra VDL House.
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Birch Plywood, Linoleum, Cherry
78.0 H × 29.75 W × 5.5 D in.
198.0 H × 76.0 W × 14.0 D cm
Blanket Chest, 2020
Curly Maple, Teardrop Pulls
30.25 H × 30.5 W × 14.0 D in.
77.0 H × 77.5 W × 35.6 D cm
Knotty Pine Mirror, 2022
Pine, Mirror, Faux-Bois Knots
37.0 H × 28.0 W × in.
94.0 H × 71.0 W × cm.
Homage to Garry Knox Bennett’s 'Great Granny Rietveld' Chair, 2022
31.0 H × 15.0 W × 18.0 D in.
79.0 H × 38.0 W × 46.0 D cm
Edition of 40
Blanket Rack, 2022
Fumed, Natural, Bleached, and Painted Cherry
41.0 H × 30.75 W × 14.5 D in.
104.0 H × 78.0 W × 37.0 D cm
Corner Cabinet, 2020
Quilted Maple, Linoleum, Teardrop Pulls
31.0 H × 19.5 W × 13.0 D in.
79.0 H × 49.5 W × 33.0 D cm
a 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. Mart
a’s curatorial and publication programs take interest in both the process of an object’s creation as well the narrative of its creator(s). Mart
a embraces the intersection of disciplines, advocates for diversity in design, and promotes access to the arts.