August 28 2014

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“Biblical, Brutalist, Bauhaus, And Bakersfield”


For the L.A. debut of his mammoth furniture designs, Rick Owens called on his longtime supporter, Maxfield’s Tommy Perse, to collaborate. “We have this strong relationship with Rick where we sell his fashion, we were the first one to sell his fashion when he started, and we were the only one to sell his fashion when he lived in L.A.,” Perse said of the artist, whose inaugural exhibition Turbo-L.A.-Monumental runs through January 7, 2012, at Maxfield’s Gallery space. “So we’ve really been together from the beginning.”

The limited-edition pieces echo 20th-century masters like Le Corbusier, who is also housed in the Maxfield Gallery archive, a space that showcases exhibitions of furniture curated by Perse. “It’s perfect because Rick’s stuff is equal to or above the level that we like to operate on to begin with,” Perse said. “When I first saw some of the furniture he was doing, it kind of slid by me. But it really turned a corner for me.”

Owens describes himself as “Biblical, Brutalist, Bauhaus, and Bakersfield.” That goes for his fashion, too, and even more for his furniture, with solid, seemingly immovable bulk (one bed he created weighs more than a ton) and otherworldly, almost Old Testament materials (carved bone, moose antler). It left Perse, for one, nearly speechless. “I am still completely taken aback,” he said.

Maxfield is located at 8825 Melrose Ave., L.A.,

Photos: Courtesy of Maxfield Gallery

Dept. of Culture