• Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures

    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

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    Mar 30| Special Event
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  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.


Boutique run by alumna Astrelle Johnquest ’11 highlighted in the L.A. Times

Now Space is one of the most unique boutiques in L.A.
By Jessica Ritz
From the outside, it looks like an unassuming 1940s home on Alhambra Avenue in Los Angeles’ El Sereno neighborhood.
But Now Space is anything but nondescript.
Sculptor and former product designer Astrelle Johnquest runs the hybrid vintage store, art gallery and experimental space as a continuation of a project she started years ago.
While an undergraduate at Otis College of Art and Design, Johnquest organized a pop-up shop for her final thesis project. She experimented with alternative forms of exchange and bartering.
Fast-forward a few years to the present, when Now Space is “an extension of my art practice,” even as she accepts traditional payment methods instead.
Located within an area zoned for industrial use in El Sereno, Now Space is open weekend afternoons and by appointment.
Johnquest formally began her business as a temporary holiday seasonal shopping and “Sunday bazaar” series last November, “but I kept it going because I had so much fun, and people were responding to it,” she said.
Now Space’s ever-changing inventory from her ongoing estate sale and thrift store escapades might include a Danish modern dining set, Nelson bubble lamps, kitschy ceramic birds and vintage magazines, along with original contemporary artwork. She also stocks small circus-sideshow-inspired illustrations by her mother, Massachusetts-based artist Amy Johnquest, plus Lena Wolek's ceramics and silk-screened pillows by Sebastian Boher.
Now Space also occasionally hosts live music performances, and Johnquest is planning larger-scale installations in a nearby warehouse, which was originally a World War II-era shell manufacturing facility. (It’s directly behind the shop and currently functions as her studio. The cluster of buildings that backs onto freight train tracks is also covered with striking graffiti murals.)
Now Space even has an artist-in-residence program. Brooklyn-based Rachel Sussman recently filled sidewalk cracks with enamel and gold dust as part of her "Sidewalk Kintsukuroi" installation and photography series, based on the Japanese ceramic tradition of kintsukuroi (meaning “to repair with gold”). Muralist, sculptor and quilter Eliza Fernand from Grand Rapids, Mich. visited in April.
Now Space will always be an ongoing work in progress that Johnquest is eager to develop and see unfold.
“I realized there’s so much I can do with this,” she said. 
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