In January, we announced our exciting involvement in Wall Works, the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s landmark educational program. Well, now the large-scale collaborative art installation is about to be revealed. Over 250 students designed one-of-a-kind blik decals in answer to the question: What would you be if you weren’t human? At a reception tomorrow night, blik, the students, and the public alike will see for the first time how all the kids’ original works come together. We can’t wait and we’d love to see you there. Come by the historic Bergamot Station Arts Complex March 12 at 6pm to check it out. If you can’t make the reception, don’t worry. The collaborative installation will remain on view through July 25, 2008. Click here to read more about the project.
The Santa Monica Museum of Art, located at the historic Bergamot Station, is celebrating 20 years! In addition to their striking art exhibits, SMMoA is known for spearheading projects designed to bring art education to schools. We love that, particularly since art programs nationwide have suffered severe cutbacks over the years. That said, we are especially pleased to announce that blik has been chosen to partner with SMMoA on one of their signature programs: Wall Works. This is the first time in the history of the program that a company, rather than a working artist, has been invited to participate in the groundbreaking program. As you can imagine, we’re pretty excited.
Wall Works invites a celebrated local artist to create an “art kit” that is delivered to participating classrooms throughout the Los Angeles area. Students, grades K-12, produce original works that are then installed by SMMoA in a large-scale, collaborative public artwork. The mural is exhibited at Bergamot Station Arts Complex for 4 months for all to enjoy.
When SMMoA asked us what we wanted to do, we immediately thought–let the kids design their very own blik pattern! So, the program director filmed a video of us showing the students how blik is made. We concluded the tour by asking the students to draw a picture in answer to the question: if you weren’t a human, what would you want to be? Their pictures, along with their blik color choice, will be sent back to us to be made into a one-of-a-kind blik pattern. But neither the kids nor team blik will see how all the pieces come together until the SMMoA mural is revealed on March 12.
We can’t wait to see what the kids come up with! Until then, here are some “behind-the-scenes” stills of the filming of the video that was sent to participating classrooms.
More to come!
Co-Owners Scott and Jerinne introduce “the shop”
The Cooper-Hewitt Exhibition opened its doors December 8th for the National Design Triennial, and blik couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. This gala event took place in New York’s upper east side and showcased the works of blik along with award winners Apple, Pixar, Google, Nike, and others. See the final concept artwork below and photos of the event and the finished installation.
blik joins Apple, Pixar, Google, and Nike, among others, as a participant in the 2006 National Design Triennial. Held at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, the exhibition runs from December 8, 2006 to July 29, 2007. From their press release, “the ‘Triennial’ seeks out and presents the most innovative American designs from the prior three years in a variety of fields.”
The Triennial has given blik two side-by-side pass-through rooms in which to create a design representative of our innovation. In each room, we’ve decided to design for one wall, which sits above a wainscoating, and the ceiling. Below you can see some of our early concepts for these two walls.
Stay tuned to see our final concepts and photographs of the finished installation.
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