For brothers Ari and David Wiseman, New York City has been a central part of their respective careers; Ari was the deputy director at the Guggenheim, and David’s design practice was represented by Tribeca gallery R & Company. Having recently departed from both, however, the Southern California natives are now working on an ambitious project closer to home: Wiseman Studio, a 30,000 sq ft space slated to open in a former factory complex in Los Angeles’ Frogtown neighbourhood.
The central focus of Wiseman Studio, to be renovated by Ted Porter of Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects, is David’s independent on-site production and exhibition of his work, with an emphasis on gallery collaborations and opening his doors to the community in order to share his process. Ahead of its early 2018 opening date, the brothers provided a sneak preview of its programme earlier this month with a one-night-only survey amid the still-raw, corrugated metal walls (complete with essential tacos stand al fresco).
Panelled Collage Room, 2015
Though its David’s very first exhibition in Los Angeles, the pieces date back 14 years to early projects at the Rhode Island School of Design. The exhibition feature his signature ornamental room panels, bronze furniture, and light fixtures, including his recent ‘Radial Branch’ chandelier, a cast bronze and sculptured porcelain piece cast from actual fallen tree limbs David has acquired on nearby hiking trails.
For David, the surrounding natural inspiration of Elysian Park and the LA River was part of the location’s draw, as well as the short drive from his house. ‘Seven minutes from my home is ideal,’ he says. ‘I couldn’t think of a better place to build the headquarters for my creative practice.’