Lucy Sparrow, the all-felt artist who creates immersive, interactive installations that have become some of the must-see projects going right now, is set to open a massive new work, Sparrow Mart, at the The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles from August 1—31, 2018. After the huge success of her all-felt, pop-up bodega in NYC's Meatpacking District last summer (we called it one of our Best of 2017 exhibitions), this showcase will be the London artist's West Coast debut.
We have long been HUGE fans of Sparrow's work. She created a all-felt food cart for our Juxtapoz x Superflat exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2016-17, and have been following her pop-up installations in London, Montreal and NYC. Here is the lowdown for LA:
Sparrow Mart will open it’s doors to the public on Wednesday, August 1st in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Presented for a second year in a row in partnership with The Standard, Downtown LA and supported by Discover Los Angeles, this site specific, super-sized superstore will be brasher, brighter and four-times bigger than 8 Till Late. Open for business until August 31, this felt fantasyland will be supercharged and serviced by Sparrow Mart shop assistants who will preside over shelves overflowing with everyone’s favourite groceries, each one hand-made in felt and signed by the artist.
Every single one of Lucy’s 31,000 unique felt artworks is available to buy in store, so Angeleno’s can browse the California rolls at the fully stocked sushi bar and bag up some fresh felt fish, fruit and vegetables, before heading to the 1980’s inspired sound and vision department housing a movie section filled with that decade’s biggest box office hits on VHS and Betamax.
On her latest project; Lucy comments: “As a child, I was obsessed with the exotic, turbo-charged technicolour glow emanating from across the Atlantic. The source of this neon rainbow was Los Angeles - a seemingly mythical place to a child growing up in grey, post-recession Britain – and one that has hugely influenced my artistic practice. Thanks to the amazing team at The Standard, Downtown, the felt is finally coming home to the city of endless possibilities and colour.”
Stay tuned for more coverage of Sparrow Mart on Juxtapoz.com in the coming weeks.