Banks performs on Jimmy Kimmel

Creative direction for Banks’s recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel. Many more exciting collaborations to share in the weeks and months ahead.

Wunsch Collection

We’ve been collaborating with the Wunsch Collection on their new brand and website – a forward-looking design approach that showcases highlights of their unique collection. Excited to see all of their upcoming programming.

Henry Taylor and Kahlil Joseph at Blum & Poe

So happy to have been part of the upcoming Henry Taylor and Kahlil Joseph exhibition at Blum & Poe, opening 9/10. Performance between 6-8pm.

TROPICS team visits LA’s produce market

Learning about where our produce comes from and how it’s distributed is essential to healthy eating. The TROPICS team, working with a core group from Commonwealth Projects, is setting up relationships with local distributors and other partners so that they can gain skills in food services and sales, and, ultimately, community engagement, creative outreach, spirituality, responsibility, and commitment.

Frederick Fisher & Partners

Big things are coming for LA’s quintessential architecture practice.

Douglas Tausik

We’re huge fans of LA-based artist Douglas Tausik and we always enjoy working with the talented Joshua White to photograph some of his work. Art Directing this shoot was a highlight of this year.

Underground Museum’s Summer Film Series

The latest project in our ongoing collaboration with the Underground Museum has kept us busy with the design and production of an outdoor flexible film venue, lounge and workshop space so they can host the upcoming Summer Film Series along with other cultural programs. See you there!

Beach Vibes

Tickets for Beach Vibes now on sale – Come party with legends on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, January 26-28, 2017.

Designing “Chez Panisse”, a book of photographs by Amanda Marsalis

We’re in production on a book project with Amanda Marsalis, featuring her collection of photographs documenting famed Chez Panisse over all four seasons. We’re loving the collaborative design process and have been nailing the perfect materials and printing techniques. The book will be out in September!

Doug Aitken’s upcoming exhibition at MOCA

September is fast approaching and we can’t wait for our good friend Doug Aitken’s upcoming exhibition opening at MOCA. Electric Earth is Doug’s first international survey and he’s been at the helm of planning the show with the uniquely talented MOCA team.

Mindful Awareness

Our meditation class led by practitioner Jesse Fleming is keeping us clear and strong. Jesse merges his own teaching foundations into practical methods to achieve compassion for self and other – a sensory-based toolkit for enduring and enjoying life and techniques to anchor into our experience – creating an elasticity between transcendence and manifestation.
Come by Thursday mornings at 8am.

Private Event

Happy with how our vision and creative direction came to life on a client’s recent private event!

War Games

Very proud of our friends at Moran Bondaroff for their show War Games in Detroit.

Noah Davis’s “Painting for My Dad”

One of Noah Davis’s paintings that will be featured in the exhibition catalog we are designing in conjunction with the Frye Museum, the Underground Museum, Kahlil Joseph and Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes.

Mindful Awareness

In conjunction with Tropics and SPA, we are hosting a Mindful Awareness Program. Come every Thursday morning through the summer and stay for free food and coffee after class.

New Americans at the Annenberg Space for Photography’s Skylight Studios

So proud of the current exhibition at Annenberg Space for Photography’s Skylight Studios titled New Americans, which presents hopeful stories of new beginnings for refugee families in the US. The design and materiality match an optimistic tone through their light and transparent qualities alongside clear story-telling.

Workshop 5001

So happy with our ongoing collaboration with Workshop 5001 and excited to help them continue taking their brand and ideas into the future.

Bearings Down

If you are in Dallas check out the installation of Bearings Down by artist Paula Crown at the Goss-Michael Foundation. We produced the three-channel film and worked with the artist to design the installation. Always a joy to work with Paula!

TROPICS

TROPICS is a collaboration between Commonwealth Projects, The Underground Museum and the local Baldwin Village community to create a local space for healthy food, healthy drinks, community events and resources. We’ve started building our community through a weekly Mindful class, open to all.

Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground Museum at the Frye Museum

We’re so proud to have been part of the creative team that produced the “Young Blood” exhibition at the Frye Museum.

Saint Laurent at the Palladium

We love helping out good friends, especially Hedi Slimane for his upcoming Saint Laurent show at LA’s Palladium.

Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph and The Underground Museum

We’re thrilled to be working with our close friend Kahlil Joseph on the exhibition design of his and Noah Davis’s upcoming exhibition presented by Seattle’s Frye Museum. Young Blood celebrates the life and legacy of painter, curator, and visionary Noah Davis and places it in the context of, and in conversation with, that of his brother, artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph.

Mark Dutcher: Time Machine

Partnering with close friend and artist Mark Dutcher on the exhibition design of his new solo exhibition, Time Machine, at the Jason Vass Gallery, has been a gratifying experience. We’re thrilled to see his process-driven abstract paintings and sculptural objects exhibited in this new gallery space.

2015 J. Paul Getty Medal, Founder’s Award Film

Congratulations to Frank O. Gehry, recipient of the 2015 J. Paul Getty Medal Founder’s Award. We directed and produced the short film honoring Gehry’s unique genius. Thank you to the Getty team for a fulfilling collaboration!

Omer Fast’s — Remainder

Congratulations to Omer Fast on the premier of his new film, Remainder, showing this weekend in London at the British Film Institute!

Agathe Snow — Stamina

Congratulations to our good friend, Agathe Snow, on the Stamina premiere at the Guggenheim.

Philippe Parreno

We were blown away by Philippe Parreno’s new show at the Armory. A Commonwealth Projects favorite from 2015. 

William Kentridge at the Underground Museum

We were happy to help out the Underground Museum to realize William Kentridge’s Journey to the Moon exhibition in collaboration with MOCA.

Xavier Veilhan book launch party at MOCA

We were excited to curate a multi-sensory evening in celebration of artist Xavier Veilhan at MOCA. The launch event of Architectones featured a roundtable conversation, performance, music and book signing.

WORKSHOP5001 INHAUS

True colors shining at WORKSHOP 5001.

Kahlil Joseph — Double Conscience

Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience is a powerful work without precedent. Commonwealth was honored to be a part of its installation at the MOCA.

Brian Woo and Brian Roettinger

Two Brians. Two icons. Exciting collaborations on the way.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates

The Mastaba, a project for Abu Dhabi, was conceived in 1977. It will be the largest sculpture in the world, made from 410,000 multi-colored barrels to form a mosaic of bright sparkling colors, echoing Islamic architecture.

 

The Mastaba will be Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s only permanent large-scale work.

 

American Sculpture of the Sixties

John Chamberlain Sculpture

“Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made.” – Kant

Agathe Snow — Stamina

Working with the supremely talented Agathe Snow in Commonwealth Projects Studio. Elated to have a New York legend in our LA studio.

Art of the Huichol Indians

The word peyote is said to be derived from a root meaning “glisten” or “glistening”. Art of the Huichol Indians lights up our imagination.

Noah Davis — Seventy Works

Our friend Noah Davis is an artist. If you like art, his new book of seventy works is for you.   

Everything That Rises Must Converge

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more dynamic and compelling installation than Omer Fast’s Everything That Rises Must Converge. Here it is at Frieze London 2013.

Francois Perrin

With our friend Francois, building the beautiful book, Architectones.

Francesco Vezzoli’s “Right You Are (If You Think You Are)”, A Favorite of RoseLee Goldberg at Performa

RoseLee Goldberg, founder of Performa, shares her favorite moments from the last decade. Our collaboration with Francesco Vezzoli, “Right You Are (If You Think You Are)”, makes the list. Read more here

MINDFULNESS AWARENESS

What’s your state of mind? Mindful mornings are a staple at SPA. We live in awe.

Nate Walton — Out of Body

A surprise in the mail is a gift. This one is superb. Thanks, Nate.

In Haus

Process shot. Sneak peak inside the office of Commonwealth Projects.

Omer Fast

Over the last five years we’ve had the privilege of working with Omer Fast on a number of impactful projects. He’s one of the greats and we’re happy to call him a friend.

Nathaniel Mellors Lecture at the Hammer

Having worked with Nathaniel Mellors on the film The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview, we were excited to hear the artist share his thoughts about the project at the Hammer Museum for a lecture on May 20, 2014. Mellors is a British born artist on residency at the Hammer. Part of the pleasure of working with the artist was seeing an outsider explore Los Angeles and its film industry. Mellor’s process adapted to the Los Angeles environment in a natural, unique way and his perspective cultivated during his time at the Hammer is one worth looking forward to.

 

Read more about the Hammer Lecture here.

SIMPLE FUTURE PAST PRESENT

Jerry Hsu signs his new book, SIMPLE FUTURE PAST PRESENT.

Sharpie marker, Italian marble. Feels right.

Nathaniel Mellors — The Saprophage

The Saprophage was shot on an iPhone (in L.A., London and Greece) and, in places, the footage was purposely distorted and damaged. Time, place and action are examined in a maelstrom of words and images. Every now and then, Mellors is also part of this fabulous, absurd saga.

SPA + Tino Razo

Tino and SPA’s limited edition towels take beach bumming to the next level.

Palais de Tokyo Book Launch

With Architectones, Xavier Veilhan returned to his favorite non-traditional exhibition format – installations and site-specific works in architecturally significant spaces. The eponymous book, produced by Commonwealth Projects’ sister company, Spa, was presented at the Palais de Tokyo, reuniting the images, accounts and interviews of this adventure. For the occasion of the launch of the film and the book, Nicolas Godin reprized two of his compositions.

Richard Prince Joke

Funny story.