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Neutra VDL House’s Built In Exhibition Shines a Light On New Works

10.15.21 | By
Neutra VDL House’s Built In Exhibition Shines a Light On New Works
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The Neutra VDL House welcomed visitors back on behalf of Built In, a group exhibition of site-specific work from 32 Los Angeles area artists, designers, architects and creative practitioners. The first in-person event in over a year, curators Erik Benjamins and design gallery Marta worked closely with VDL Directors Noam Saragosti and Juhee Park to bring it to life. Built In shines a light on newly-created, site-specific works that play off of the built-in architectural and historic elements of the VDL House. You can schedule a visit to see it yourself through November 7, 2021.

dim, dark interior space with staircase

Built-ins are a commitment – unmovable, permanent elements of the interior architecture of a space that serve a pragmatic use. Rather than swapping out furniture, you have to figure out how to work with them in a new way. Built In invited creative responses to the ones that sit throughout VDL House. The results celebrate built-ins for what they are: materially and spatially-aware, sensorially-engaged, functional and poetic.

shadowed interior living space with armchair, sofa, and coffee table

In the exhibit are new works by A History of Frogs, Brody Albert, BC, Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Misa Chhan, Jeremiah Chiu, Fiona Connor, Emily Endo, Escher GuneWardena, Andrew Thomas Huang, Nancy Kwon, L.A. Door, Lakes, Jason Lipeles and Janet Soval, New Documents, Kyoko Oshiro, Mina Park and Kwang Uh, Emma T. Price, Alex Reed, Rest Objects, Candice and Darren Romanelli, Nancy Stella Soto and PapiBoyBabyBoy, Stock-A-Studio, Arden Surdam, Terremoto, Three Sheep and Bob Dornberger and TOLO Architecture. While they all have Los Angeles as their base, these individuals represent a diverse array of practices and aesthetics that showcase VDL House in a fresh light.

interior space with globe pendants viewed through windows

interior space with armchair and sofa viewed through windows

interior space with two sofas, table lamp, and art

outdoor space with table and four stools in front of fence

interior space with two chairs, sofa, coffee table, and windows

abstract light fixture on cocktail table next to sofa

bedroom space with built-in furniture and an open closet full of black and white dresses

dark interior with chair and coffee table seen through a window

interior space with bench and walls of windows covered in white sheer curtains

shadowed coffee table

Alex Reed

exterior space with decorative hanging art and plants

A History of Frogs, Candice and Darren Romanelli

exterior space with plants in decorative planters

Candice and Darren Romanelli

interior space with two chairs, sofa, coffee table, and windows

L.A. Door, Alex Reed

closeup of books on a bookshelf

Lakes

kitchen space with oak cabinets, lots of windows, and a dining table and chairs

Nancy Kwon

image looking down at a modern garden space

Terremoto

exterior of modern building with blue sky

To learn more about the Built In exhibition at VDL House, visit neutra-vdl.org.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.