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. 

 

News
  • Metabolic Studio's IOU THEATRE 2014 summer stock season of radio plays will now be heard on KOGI-LP at 97.7FM—the Big Pine Paiute Tribe's station—Wednesdays at 3pm: June 17Man Against the Mountain, June 24Death Valley Scotty, July 1Dust, July 8War of the Worlds, July 15A Hundred Yards Over the Rim.

     

  • Now on view! The Liminal Camera: Chicago May 15-August 10, 2015 at DePaul Art Museum. The Liminal Camera: Chicago will feature newly-commissioned photographs made in and around Chicago by Lauren Bon, Richard Nielsen, and Tristan Duke of the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio.

  • Application for ROSE, COALITION OF WATERSHEDS passport apply HERE

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

  • We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of our dear friend, Leonard Aube.  

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.
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