If you believe in the magic aura of the possessions and creative spaces of great artists, and if you are an artist yourself — especially one who loves the textures of reclaimed materials, then a gift such as Ralph Brekan received could never go un-utilized. Upon receiving a dozen drafting tables that had been well used at Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West Studio but discarded during renovations, Brekan knew what he needed to do.
Each 40×54 table surface has been transformed into collage and mixed media works dedicated to the iconic architect, and will be on view at The Neutra Museum in Silverlake this month in Absolutely Wright, new work by Ralph Michael Brekan. Fitting that Dulce Stein’s curatorial project is hosting the event inside a venue operated by the scion of another great architectural dynasty, as the works themselves approach history, artistry, and the contemporary landscape.
The Neutra Museum and Gallery, 2379 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake; Thu., August 1, 6-10 p.m. (by appointment and new events announced, through August 25); free. (818) 527-5539, facebook.com/theneutranewart.