Chronology of Actions

2005–present
Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio take art practice outside of the boundaries of the (art) system and to open it up to multiple possibilities bringing creativity into all areas of life. “Artists Need To Create On The Same Scale That Society Has The Capacity To Destroy.”

The Metabolic Studio practices on physical and social brownfields—places that are incapable of supporting life. Since 2005 the Metabolic Studio has focused on land and water use in the city of Los Angeles and by extension in the Intermountain West. Through working with local, state and federal agencies we often encounter systemic aversion to innovation.

At the heart of the Metabolic Studio’s practice are “devices of wonder”. These devices have the capacity to shift stagnation inherent in any given system and thereby have a transformative effect by creating momentum. All the actions listed below have happened in the public realm nor were they supported by outside agencies. They were constructed as ephemeral interventions in social space. The exception to that is Bending the River Back into the City, which should it happen, will be the only permanent work in the "Metabolic Cycle".

News
  • Two Optics Division prints [Hoosick: The Beyone Place 1 and Hoosick: The Beyond Place 2] have been commissioned by MASS MoCA and will be unveiled at their newly renovated building opening May 28, 2017. These images will be on view until 2019. For more information, click here

  • Reimagine Everything Print workshop Thursday nights from 5-9 pm (until further notice) for anyone who would like to come silkscreen a shirt or paint a poster or protest image. Please RSVP to info@metabolicstudio.org and let us know which Thursday you would like to come to. Our kitchen will be open for potluck sharing and live music will be played by the Metabolic Studio Sonic Division. Suggested donations appreciated in the form of used clothing for people to print on—and or some food and drink to share with whomever shows up to print that night.

  • Register Now for the 2017 Art + Environment Conference Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, October 21, 2017. Join Lauren and other artists at the symposium as they discuss the Greater West. 

  • Sonic Division weekly public listening at Metabolic Studio Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. 
    Our kitchen will be open for potluck sharing and suggested donations appreciated in the form of food and drink to share.

  • Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio will be participating in a panel titled Saving the Greater West as a part of the Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies International conference in Santiago, Chile November 15-18, 2017. For more information click here.

  • Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio will present Bending the River Back Into the City as a part of the Free Radicals: Evolving Perspectives on the Convergence of Art & Science on July 9 from 10:45–11:15 am. The symposium will take place at the LA Times Auditorium at ArtCenter Colllege of Design located at 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena.

  • Friday Happy Hours at the Gertrude Stein Salon—now open for visitors on Main Street in Lone Pine on Fridays with tea from 6:00-8:00 pm. The Salon is open for groups, meetings, visits by appointment by calling 800-571-0745.

  • Upcoming Summer of 2018A Portable Wetland exhibition at Various Small Fires. Stay tuned for more details.

     

  • For a limited time, watch the One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) at this link.
    Review our News Archive to see where this film has screened in the last year as well as the awards it has received.

     

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.