For this exhibition, LL, LLC has customized the gallery’s window space with painted walls and vinyl text as a golden yellow “frame” for a series of wall-based sculptures. Within them, the inspiration and processes used to make LL, LLC's signature works are summoned with specific historic, visual and textual references. They resemble shards from a shipwreck, alluding to a galleon presumably bound for Spain in the 1500s, but instead discovered off the coast of the Bahamas in the 1980s with 200 ingots of Tumbaga in its hull. They also bear resemblance to the jewelry block, an essential tool required for hand-wrought jewelry, whose use was modified to produce the Maydeto line. Historically in the jewelry trade, jewelry blocks are hewn from industrial refuse or other leftover materials, bespoke to the desired forms of the jeweler. Hybridizing gallery space with retail window display, LL, LLC has blurred traditional sculpture with tools of artisanal and commercial trade. The jewelry pieces themselves will be available for sale at the front desk.

Curated by Max Maslansky

Courtesy Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles
Photo credit: Marten Elder


Installation view, GETHENS: Elnotie, Elavid II, and Seasugra Oz


Installation view, GETHENS: Elnotie, Elavid II, and Seasugra Oz


Installation view, GETHENS: Elnotie, Elavid II, and Seasugra Oz


Mackie Shoal LA 4256.1 (detail), 2017, oak, birch, paint, stain, Elavid II (cast latón, alpacca), 35 3/8 x 4 x ½ inches (89.87 x 10.16 x 1.27 cm)


Catoche Spur A 3911.2 (detail), 2017, cedar, stain, paint, tinted chrome, Seasugra Oz (alpacca), 36 x 3 ½ x 3 ½ inches (91.44 x 8.89 x 8.89 cm)


Catoche Spur TB 3911.2 (detail), 2017, cedar, birch, stain, paint, tinted chrome, Elnotie (cast latón, tumbaga), 6 ½ x 8 x 4 ½ inches (16.51 x 20.32 x 11.43 cm)


The ingots were created by pouring hot metal into crude molds that were no more than depressions in the sand. (detail), transparent yellow vinyl text, 13 x 37 inches


From left: Elnotie (cast latón, tumbaga), Seasugra Oz (alpacca), Elavid II (cast latón, alpacca)


Elnotie (detail)


Seasugra Oz (detail)


Elavid II (detail)