Tag Archives: The Standard

Blue Spike I

FullSizeRender 66Blue Spike I // Jenny Holzer // 2001 // 306 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches // double sided electronic LED sign with triton blue diodes, stainless steel

You never know what you are going to find walking into The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The main lobby is filled with a range of art works from an enormous hanging Calder mobile to graphic panels by Ryan McGinness. One striking piece is Jenny Holzer’s Blue Spike I. With a continuous text scrolling down the LED sign, you become entranced as the words move from top to bottom and find yourself standing in front of the screen longer than you intended.

What’s Your Position?

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Ryan McGinness // 2011 // porcelain-baked enamel on steel panel // 30 x 54 x 2 in

Untitled (Black & Purple, Buffi) // Edition #1 of 2

Untitled  (Black & Purple, Katlyn) // Edition #1 of 2

Untitled (Black & Purple, Helena) // Edition #1 of 2

Untitled (Black & Purple, Brittany) // Edition #1 of 2

Hanging above the doorway to the reception desk at The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles are five works of black and purple figures by Ryan McGinness. The figures have names: Buffie, Katlyn, Helena and Brittany (from the top down). What exactly are these figures doing? They are all naked and posed in sexually explicit positions. It makes you wonder why these particular works of art are so prominently displayed sure to be viewed by all guests of the hotel. What is your position?

Rite of Passage

IMG_0730Walking into the co-ed lobby bathroom at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles evokes shock and humor. You find yourself immediately standing under a gigantic painting of a woman prepared to utilize the facilities. This larger than life image provides a unique take on artwork for a hotel bathroom. If you have the urge, you must pass beneath her before choosing your room of choice.