Derived from the Greek word for change, "metabolism” is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes. 

Ms. Bon is trained as an architect and is a practicing visual artist. Her Metabolic Studio creates "devices of wonder" that are specific to sites; investigating land and water use and positing new modalities in thinking and behavior. The Inter-Mountain West, stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada is a terrain formed by the forces of water and fire over glacial time. It is our shared watershed that is the focus of the geographic scope of the Metabolic Studio’s work.

The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio returns photography to its simplest technology, building its own tools and sourcing its own chemistry and even mining silver to produce emulsion. The Optics Division’s handmade processing and silver mining allude to the independent maker of images and the alchemy of silver and water and dust.

The Sonic Division of the Metabolic Studio uses sound as energy to remediate brownfields. Turning a silo on the edge of the Owens Dry Lake Bed into a musical instrument that plays itself—and reconnecting this industrial ruin with the city of Los Angeles, 240 miles away through sound. The Sonic Division plays, like sirens to ship wrecked sailors, weekly and filters that sound through  the silos that sit on the lake 240 miles away. 


  • Lenny Steinberg's Archive and Retrospective are now on view at the Barn to visit please email: 
    Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 from 3–6 pm, and Sunday February 21 from 3 -6 pm. Wednesdays, February 17, 24 between 5–7 pm 


  • Nance Klehm is a bio-remediation consultant, ecological designer and horticultural consultant. She is currently helping us develop a sacrificial compost site for contaminated vegitation and will also develop an interpretation report of all the spontaneous vegetation, as well as develop a bioremediation plan using plants, fungi and bacteria for Metabolic Studio.

  • Friday Happy Hours at the Gertrude Stein Salon—now open for visitors on Main Street in Lone Pine on Fridays with tea from 2:30-4:30 pm. The Salon is open for groups, meetings, visits by appointment by calling 800-571-0745.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) is the official selection and nominated for Best Feature, Best Cinematography and Best Editing of a Documentary at the International Festival of World Cinema London February 18-26, 2016. Check the website out for more details. 

  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents Twlight Zone's The Rip Van Winkle Caper Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7 pm at the Double L Salon in Lone Pine.

  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents Manuel Ruiz' The Townies Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 7 pm at the Double L Salon in Lone Pine.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) will screen in the Ukraine at the Southway Festival in Mykolaiyv in June 2016.

  • The Gertrude Stein Salon is now open in Lone Pine. The Salon contains a selection of Modern Art from the turn of the 20th century. The Salon is open by appointment, please call 1-800-571-0745.

  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents Walter Benjamin's The Cold Heart Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Double L Salon in Lone Pine.

  • Just in One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) won best feature documentary at the Kocki film festival in India.


  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) has been announce as the featured filmmaker for the PrindieFest (Princeton Independent Film Festival). The film is available to view in its entirety via their website, Click here!

  • Application for ROSE, COALITION OF WATERSHEDS passport apply HERE

  • Selected works from Lenny Steinberg design are now on view:
    To visit, email:

  • Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles by Jeremy Rosenberg published by Heyday Press is now available. Order Here

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.