The final installment of Cities of Days brings us into the season of Oil and metaphorical cities. Imbued with the corporeality of Anaïs Nin’s Cities of the Interior, we descend into the sensuousness and mystery of the lived body. Oil is the core—those deepest and darkest, hidden, or perhaps unknown places.
Throughout the year, Cities of Days has been uncovering cities in strata: moving from literal layers of Rock, to imaginary layers of Water, and now into experiential layers of Oil. Ideas give way to desire, plans resolve into ritual, physical structures transmute into emotion.
Over the next four months, we explore these depths with artists, designers, craftspeople, writers, and makers of all sorts. Together, we draw back the curtains of our previously explored buildings, breaching their facades and venturing inside.
In our upstairs studio, we will be hosting The Wax Apple as a shop-in-shop through the end of the year. The space is a container for, and creation of, memory, conjuring artist Juliana Hung’s Taiwanese childhood, with products selected with her Grandmother for sale. Regular Taiwanese food will help activate this project and the memories, new and old, it inspires.
In conjunction with the launch of Oil, we will be hosting GAS Gallery (a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art) on Saturdays for the month of November, with their exhibit Anatomy of Oil on view.
We will also debut a project in collaboration with Tanya Rubbak: Communication by Seduction Project (Windows, Real or Imagined), a multi-part risograph print project, with limited edition folios, in which designers and artists will create windows into hidden structures where desires live.
Advanced Sunrise, Aimee Goguen, Alex Pines, Alexa Stark, Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, And/Or, Andrej Ulrem, Artists and Therapy, Blaue Distanz, Body Language Shop, Building Block, Bullhorn Press, Busted Brand, Capricious Press, Chelsea Mak, Chen & Kai, Dana Covit, Dani Danya, Dani Grossman, Daughter of the Land, David Gilbert, Discipline Press, Don Kaka, Donni, Effie Bowen, Ella Gold, Eli's Bees, Eunbi Ceramics, Feminist Library on Wheels, Figs Underwear, Fixed Air. Formina, Hansel from Basel, Hayden Dunham, Hayley Barker, Hopp Studios, House of 950, iiiii columns, Iko Iko, Jacqueline S. Nero, Jill Spector, Jmy James Kidd, Joel Evey, Julie Cho and Katie Hanburger, Kaarem, Kelsey Sundberg, Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, Liana Jegers, LL, LLC, Mansi Shah, Megan Whitmarsh, Metatron Press, Michaela Daly, Molly Allis, Neil Doshi, Niffich, NOTO botanics, Octave Jewelry, Odette Press, Olivia Booth, Oneself, Phile Magazine, Primary Elements, Rachel Rosenfield, Riah Buchanan, Rob van den Nieuwenhuizen, Ruff Cut, Samantha McCurdy, Sanguis Ornatus, Shell Studies, Small Things, Stephanie Specht, Sun Song, Tanya Rubbak, Todd Lerew, Truss, Vanessa Lilak, Vvork Vvork Vvork, Zizia Botanicals
With Water, Cities of Days moves beyond literal cities to focus on imagined ones, taking as inspiration the fictitious metropoles in Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino) and the protofeminist utopian allegory of The Book of the City of Ladies (Christine de Pizan). Imagining how things can be and striving for that futurity, we embrace the symbolism of water for its mutable nature—that it can change both itself and the rocks it passes over.
For the next four months the store will feature a diverse group of independent designers, artists, architects, writers and artisans. With words, objects, art, apparel, and programming, we engage with these cities of the mind.
323, Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Amelia Baxter, And/Or, Andrej Ulem, Angelena Atlas, Arc Jewelry, Areaware, Artemesia Nursery, Art Papers, Besler and Sons, Blaue Distanz, Building Block, Bullhorn Press, Calle de Mar, Cardlkits, Chen & Kai, Dani Grossman, Daughter of the Land, David Gilbert, Don Kaka, Donni, Effie Bowen, Eliza Chaikin Kenan, Eunbi, Fixed Air, Foad Dizadji-Bahmani, Formina, Girlfriends' Touch, Hansel from Basel, iiiii columns, Jacqueline S. Nero, Jennifer Miller, Jmy James Kidd, Jujumade, Juliana Wisdom, Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, LL, LLC, Mapping Feminist LA, Melissa J Frost, Misa Chan, Nicole Wilson, Niffich, Octave Jewelry, Olivia Booth, Oneself, Par en Par, Paul Windle, Point Dume, Primary Elements, Rachel Rosenfield, Samantha McCurdy, Simple Things, Small Things, Sun Song, Surfboard C, Tanya Rubbak, The Center for Imaginative Cartography & Research, The Smudge, Todd Lerew, Truss, Vvork Vvork Vvork, Welcome Projects
A yearlong investigation of literal, imagined, and metaphorical cities.
Cities of Days begins by investigating literal cities and the structures surrounding us. Informed by City of Quartz (Mike Davis), we situate the current city as a location of its past. Here are disparate materials coalescing into form, here is a polyglot city of prototypes and experimentation, here is LA as amalgamation. In the first three months of our year-long arc, we consider this nexus of ideas through words, objects, art, and programming.
69, Alicia's Klassic Kool Shoppe, Andrej Urem, Anther Kiley, Areaware, Arc Jewelry, Artemisia Nursery, Art Papers, Bari Ziperstein, Ben Hall, Besler & Sons, Building Block, California Carts, Cardkits, Chen & Kai, Daughter of the Land, David Gilbert, Desiree Klein, East of Borneo, Eliza Chaikin Kenan, Eunbi, F.L.O.W., Formina, Foad Dizadji-Bahmani, Hansel from Basel, House of 950, Jimenez Lai, Jujumade, LA Forum, Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, Llano Del Rio Collective, LL, LLC, Octave Jewelry, Olivia Booth, Ouli, Paul Windle, Primary Elements, Rachel Rosenfield, Samantha McCurdy, Small Things, Some Place Chronicles, Tanya Rubbak, Todd Lerew, Town Clothes, Vvork Vvork Vvork, W.C.C.W., Wolcott & Takemoto
This season, the shop acts a waystation in an exploration of journeys. Falling Days draws inspiration from The Conference of the Birds, an epic 12th century poem that takes the reader through sequential valleys of existence. Over the next few months, we will explore three valleys, starting with Quest, moving into Community, and ending with Amazement & Death.
Advanced Sunrise // Alexis Wade // And/Or // Bornn Enamelware // Charles Mathis // Clay Hickson // Daywear of California // Designers on Holiday // Desiree Klein // Eli's Bees // Fa.so.la.ti // Fell Knives // Foad Dizadji-Bahmani // Formina // General Sisters // Hayden Dunham // Hiking Club LA // House of 950 // Jean Guo // Jesse Hammer // Jujumade // Kaarem // Kate O'Connor // Kelly Cline // Last Chance Textiles // Lisa Cole // Lovelyskybed // Madea Medusa // Male Glaze // Matter and Ghost // Megan Whitmarsh // Meital Yaniv // Michelle Tea // Mikael Kennedy // Mom // Nffich // Nick Rodriguez // Nobrow Press // Paige Cheyne // Paige Martin Designs // Pangea Outdoor Supply // Popglory // Seeing Trails // Studio Astele // Sword and Fern // Tamara Llosa-Sandor // Tanya Rubbak // Tan & Loose Press // Wax Apple // Welcome Companions // Zizia Botanicals
This playful iteration of Days is all about double meanings, games, the unnatural, sweat on skin, a hint of nostalgia—summer on the Adriatic. And we are proud to present Days’ Ping Pong Parlor!
Abby Walton // puzzles, Art Papers // special swimming pool issue, Avalon Murray // pattern paintings, Bob Dornberger // brick brushes and bite rocks, Boym Editions // meta-souvenirs, Buena Vista // bateau tops, Bullhorn Press // summer days posters, Calle del Mar // hand loomed clothes, Confetti System // flower branches, Desiree Klein // apparel, Everybody.world // summer color trash tees, Foad Dizadji-Bahmani // store design, ice cream, and béton brut chess set, Fredericks and Mae // summer games, Formina // summer days edition jewelry, Girls at Library // food to fiction series partner, Johanna Breiding // art objects, Kae Whalen // “plants”, Kelly Cline // window intervention, Laura Stinger // summer days edition ceramics, Lazy Mom // postcards, Lenae Day // day magazines and daywear, Lisa Cole // food to fiction vegan chef, Machine // limited edition swimwear, Megan Whitmarsh // beachcomber “trash”, Michelle Tea // modern tarot, Muzik // sunglasses, Nancy Stella Sotto // hand-painted clothes, Nicole Wilson // ready-to-wear and custom shirts, Norma Studio // pools, Ouli // spiral racks, Pali Swim // swimwear and hooded towels, Pari Desai // market tote and clothes, Pilar Gallego // garramone knock-offs, Rudas // idlewear, Seth Bogart // ceramics, Small Things // handmade sculptures as jewelry, Solid State Studios // summer days basketweave slides, Stealer // sunglasses, Tamara Llosa-Sandor // summer days video vignettes, Tanya Rubbak // summer days t-shirts and days graphics, Truss // handwoven bags, Wacky Wacko // garbs
Days asks, how can we celebrate what’s good and magical while staying engaged in care and active in serious matters? Vernal Days explores this question through a series of events and collections manifesting plants, words, and nourishment.
A COLLECTION OF / Abby Walton / Advanced Sunrise / ALBUM / Alex Reed / Artemisia, A Worker-Owned Cooperative Nursery / Bullhorn Press / Cartouche Studios / DESIREEKLEIN / Earth Sign Ceramics / EVERYBODY / Foad Dizadji-Bahmani / Formina / Glyph Design / House of 950 / jujumade / laub / Lili Arnold / NORA / Norma Studio / Rudas / Samantha Roth / SMALL THINGS / Soyoung Shin / Sun Song / Tanya Rubbak / Tamara Llosa-Sandor
Days partners with fa.so.la.ti, a seasonal, small-run collective offering tastefully curated selections of one-of-a-kind objects brought back from the places in the world that inspire them most. The 5 day pop-up features Southern Mexico.
This is a holding space, a place to create, to join others, to drink tea blended specifically to help us open and connect. I hope by offering a platform for diversity, I can make space for and help people’s new creative visions manifest, offering a place of support and nurturing. The space is selling work by people who have limited representation at other stores.