A week ago Nadine Koilodziey flew from Berlin to Los Angeles to create her 3D/4D "illustration" Undrawn Drawing at Space 15Twenty in Hollywood.
I’ve been coming to Space 15Twenty for most of my life. Since before it was called Space 15Twenty. Ages ago as a UCLA Film Student I used to come to Olesen Lighting in the space right behind Nadine Kolodziey’s installation. It’s been a long time since Olesen left Hollywood and moved to Sylmar.
Hennessey + Ingalls
Years later the property was renovated as Space 15Twenty. A big Urban Outfitters and other shops moved in. The pop-up/salon space hosting Nadine Kolodziey’s installation became a satellite location for Los Angeles’ inspiring Art & Architecture bookstore, Hennessey + Ingalls. Nothing against the staff at Hennessey + Ingalls Santa Monica, but I liked Hennessey + Ingalls Hollywood better. They had friendlier, more helpful staff, and their buyer was more inspired. The books in both locations were comparable, but the magazines at H+I Hollywood were definitely more eclectic and inspired.
Meanwhile, down the block on Sunset Blvd, the old Cinerama Dome became the 14-screen Arclight Cinemas, and across the street, Amoeba Music Hollywood filled in a city block. Haha, you can fill a city block, but still not have any restrooms. Welcome to Los Angeles!
Speaking of film school, I’m someone who loves to sit really close in movie theatres. Except for the Cinerama Dome. That screen is really a challenge. One day in UCLA Theater Arts 154A, Motion Picture Editing, the professor of the century, the late Ed Brokaw said of the Cinerama Dome,
You can never get far enough away from that screen.
As he’d done so many times before, Ed told me something I already knew, but hadn’t yet had the nerve to admit to myself. A famous movie theater that’s actually bad isn’t a big life revelation, but it was typical of Ed’s insight. And of his belief in his students, even before they had the courage to believe in themselves.
Hennessey + Ingalls Hollywood eventually closed. The space has never become another shop. Instead, it’s been a Space 15Twenty/Urban Outfitters pop-up/salon space. A project space. A space for programs like Morgan Lynzi + Jessie May Wolfe‘s Wellness Salon. And this week, it’s Nadine Kolodziey’s space.
After viewing Kolodziey’s installation I walked down Ivar to eat something at Veggie Grill. I notice that behind her installation the still dormant old Olesen Lighting space was under construction. After all these years it might be something once more.
Nadine Kolodziey – The Undrawn Drawing: Hollywood Garden
In Undrawn Drawing: Hollywood Garden Adobe Creative Resident Nadine Kolodziey takes her lyrial and whimsical illustrations into 3D and 4D.
The 3D elements are foam sculptures throughout the space. Kolodziey told me that back home she’s hand cut shapes with a hot wire. But sending so many huge foam pieces across the Atlantic and North America wasn’t practical, so she drew everything in Illustrator, sent vector files over, had the shapes cut locally, and they were ready when she arrived.
Nadine Kolodziey’s installation also included a series of floor graphics that when Augmented Reality viewed with your cell phone and her AR App, come to life. The graphic elements pop up into 3D space and animate as you and your phone move through the space.