Feather artist Nicki Marx is making a comeback, thanks to her rediscovery by Katie Nartonis. Represented by Reform Gallery, her work was featured on the pages of C Magazine and American Craft, and will soon appear in Ornament Magazine, and a selection of photographs by Phillip Dixon will appear in LA Fashion Magazine.
Please visit her website for a more complete look at her current work:
On view at LACMA starting October 1st as part of the "Beyond Bling" show by Lois Boardman.
Two years ago this month, The Nartonis Project had the great honor of curating a gallery show on the work of historical West Coast/Taos feather-artist Nicki Marx.
The solo show "Marx Rising" was co-curated with Reform Gallery/Gerard O'Brien. What a fabulous success!!
We sold over a dozen of Marx's pieces during the shows run and the story just still keeps rippling...
The show generated glowing national coverage. in design publications such as "C" California Style Magazine, American Craft, The Intelligent Collector, LA Fashion and Ornament Magazines.
The legendary fashion photographer Philip Dixon shot the front cover of Heritage Auctions Fall 2015 20th C. Design catalog. Nickis work has been featured in multiple gallery shows since.
One of the historically important Marx pieces from the "Marx Rising" show was acquired by Los Angeles County Museum for their permanent collection and will be on view starting October 1st at LACMA as part of "Beyond Bling!"
The "Beyond Bling" show is the wonderful Lois Boardman's comprehensive collection of studio jewelry. I hope to see you there!
NICKI MARX, feather wear, photographed by PHILLIP DIXON
Katie Nartonis had the good fortune to work with Phillip Dixon and Faria Raji to capture in a stunning way the subtle exoticism of Marx's wearable pieces. The Nartonis Project is so pleased to be the recipient of Dixon's gift.
Candid of Phillip Dixon at Work by Faria Raji
Candids shot on location for the Marx shoot at DIxon's home in Los Angeles.
JACK ROGERS HOPKINS
"JACK ROGERS HOPKINS: CALIFORNIA MAVERICK"
The Nartonis Project is so pleased to curate the restropective of one of the original Allied Craftsmen of San Diego State. Jack Rogers Hopkins has left behind a rich body of work, and The Nartonis Project is selecting pieces for exhibition, and has the honor of interviewing his family in order to form a complete sense of his legacy. "California Maverick" will communicate by way of film and exhibition, the value of Hopkins' contribution to the design history of post WWII California.
JERRY & EVELYN ACKERMAN
With a long history in California Design, Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman are now celebrated by a short film by Katie Nartonis and Margaret Halkin of The Nartonis Project. Set to debut at the Palm Springs Modernism week, this February 14th, In Tandem: The Life and Work of Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman is part of a larger event..
The debut of the film coincides with a panel discussion and book signing for Hand-in-Hand: Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestries, and Wood Carvings by the California Mid-Century Designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman by Dan Chavkin, Lisa Thackaberry, and Jonathan Adler.
a book, Hand-in-Hand: Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestries, and Wood Carvings by the California Mid-Century Designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman by Dan Chavkin, Lisa Thackaberry, and Jonathan Adler
Katie Nartonis and The Nartonis Project are helping Pamela Weir-Quiton celebrate her 50th studio year.
Pamela Weir Quiton began her career as one woman among many men. Known as the poster girl for the California Design X Exhibition, Pamela was one of the only female woodworkers active during the post WWII design movement. Life-sized, and larger than life wooden sculptures in exotic woods double as a chest of drawers, a seat, or a filing cabinet. Still making functional sculpture today, her work is has been adored by the likes of Kirsten Dunst, and on the pages of Lulu Magazine. FUNctional Wood Sculpture 1965-2005, exhibited at Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia, April 2006, captures the fantastic and yet functional spirit of Pamela's animal and people sculptures. Represented here in LA, by Reform Gallery, PWQ attributes the start of it all to her sculptural group, The Family, and it's rediscovery by Dennis Boses.
In 2015, The Nartonis Project is proud to present the newly rediscovered film, "People Who Make Things" with Pamela Weir-Quiton.
Visit www.pamelaweir-quiton.com for a more complete gallery of her work.
People Who Make Things - 9 minute version
FUNctional Elephant File Cabinet
"It is a happy talent to know how to play." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Katie Nartonis: "On a beautiful spring day in 1975, with a roaring crowd in attendance, 104 San Francisco Bay artists gathered in McLaren Park to race (and sometimes crash) their own hand-built soap box derby cars. This raucous event, the brainchild of San Francisco sculptor Fletcher Benton, typified the pervasive playful attitude and freewheeling artistic stance of the post-war West Coast art scene."
Michael Cooper, participant in the 1975 event, is a firm believer in the way organized creative play can inspire future innovation and design.
Michael Cooper's Soap Box Racer, 1975
Laminated red oak, aluminum, nylon, bicycle wheels.
28"h x 50"w x 156"l
Photo: Jay Ahrend
"Life is a door, to a door, to a door."
There is so much to be said here, about the marvelous Eudorah Moore. While Katie takes the time to write a few words, please know The Nartonis Project dedicates itself to being the bookend to her invitation to celebrate postwar California design culture.
GARRY KNOX BENNETT
Furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett, crosses the divide between artist and craftsman, in the most elegant way.
Garry Knox Bennet
Furniture Maker Garry Knox Bennett talks about his roach clips
A little note from Garry about being in the right place at the right time, from the Memory episode of Craft in America.
Garry Knox Bennett advice for people starting out as furniture designers
Garry talks a bit about the value of a good image, and the appropriate use of computers. GKB is inspired by Ruskin and William Morris, and naturally we are in perfect accord.
ARTHUR ESPENET CARPENTER
20TH CENTURY DESIGN LECTURE SERIES
In 2008, The Design lecture series at Bonhams was born. Started out of a desire to celebrate the living legends of the CA Design Movement, the Design Lecture series was a long running and well respected series. The first event featured the living CA Design legends, maker Sam Maloof and ceramicist Otto Heino. This wonderful event, a standing-room only rousing success, was one of the last public appearances for both artists. We lost both Sam and Otto within 6 months.