Obscura Day 2017! Join our global celebration of exploration and discovery.
May 6

Los Angeles, California

A Hidden Repository of Curious Craft

Where junk materials are reincarnated as wondrous sculptures.

Join Field Agent Sandi Hemmerlein on an exploration through the artifacts of craftsman Clare Graham, a hunter and gatherer of found materials that become fantastical creations.

Behind an unassuming façade of a nondescript building in Northeast Los Angeles lies MorYork Gallery, a mind-blowing studio chock full of curios crafted from recycled materials. During a visit exclusively arranged for the Los Angeles Obscura Society, we'll enter a portal into another dimension—surrounded by furniture, sculptures, and literal cabinets of curiosities assembled by retired Disney Parks art director Clare Graham. Upon entering, you may wonder whether to focus on the individual objects or the installation of them in aggregate—but at MorYork, you derive whichever experience you desire. 

Sourced from flea markets, estate sales, and sometimes even the curb, the raw materials are anything but random. Be they puzzle pieces, pop tabs, buttons, doll heads, or swizzle sticks, they serve as the primary inspiration for the final works. Graham also has an affinity for Scrabble tiles, domino pieces, and paint-by-numbers—anything that can create a mosaic with a message. Each piece carries its own genetic code, and transmits a kind of vicarious memory of a life perhaps lived in a parallel universe.

Originally built as a Safeway grocery market and subsequently used as a roller rink and slot car venue, the building stood empty and derelict before MorYork Gallery took up occupancy in 1986. There is no sign beckoning visitors, and only those in the know manage to get inside while Graham is working. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the stories behind each of the objects from their creator, with additional time for self-guided exploration of the collection. We'll even get the chance to make our own contribution to one of his works in progress.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

  • Bring your cameras! Photography is encouraged.
  • Please leave all bags and bulky items at home or in your car. You'll need your hands free to open cabinets and drawers!
  • Kid and dog-friendly! All ages and breeds welcome.
  • ADA accessible.
  • Plenty of street parking in the area.

QUESTIONS?

Email Sandi Hemmerlein at sandi@atlasobscura.com.

Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

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