California artists Steven Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer have brought the magic of a vibe-y winter wonderland to The Standard, Hollywood for their “Auroraborealis” residency, which runs through mid-February. Their colorful lobby installation exemplifies the duo’s complementary mark making, with neon geodes, bold paintings, and larger-than-life friendship bracelets radiating cosmic greetings. Outside, the hotel’s exterior has been transformed with a confetti-like snowfall of wacky graphics, a true blizzard of celebration. The residence kicks off this Friday with an opening reception in the Cactus Lounge. Come hang, hug, drink for free (beer & wine from 8 p.m.– 10 p.m.), and revel in the joy of a Cali-cool winter.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Steven Harrington: Cited as the leader of a contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, Los Angeles–based artist and designer Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style that encourages a two-way conversation between the artist and viewer. There’s a timeless quality to his playful yet contemplative work, which is inspired by California’s mystique, vastly diverse landscape, and thriving mix of cultures. Embracing a multimedia approach, Harrington’s portfolio includes large-scale installations made of plaster and stone, handscreened prints, limited-edition books, skateboards, and sculptures. Alongside his personal work, Harrington co-founded both the acclaimed design agency National Forest and pop-art brand “You&I.” He has exhibited artwork in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, Melbourne, and Dallas.
Justin Krietemeyer: Justin Krietemeyer is a California native who works and lives in Los Angeles. His work draws on his passions for nature, science, culture, and shared experiences to create a collective memory or reflection of the present. Krietemeyer’s work is bold and bright, investigating and celebrating the common moments and experiences that happen beyond conscious thought. They are images of excitement, joy, anxiety, and discovery, known for striking a deep chord in viewers, one that vibrates with truth and energy. His works are abstracted collages of the common experiences and emotions that bind us as humans; they’re meant to defy our concept of the conceived limits of perception, reality, space, and time. Krietemeyer also co-owns and operates acclaimed design agency National Forest. He has exhibited artwork in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Barcelona, Los Angeles, and Denton, Texas.