The Making of an Art Installation Samantha McCurdy’s new installation inspired by Venice Beach sunsets

One of Twyla’s newest artists, Samantha McCurdy, has just unveiled a new installation at The Standard Hollywood in Los Angeles. Samantha is known for making works that straddle the line between sculpture and painting and that reference the body and nature. Her latest exhibition, curated by Ariel Saldivar, is on view in a very unique display space—The Box, a glassed-in space behind the hotel’s check-in desk.

Titled Sunset Between Dueling Suns, the installation was inspired by Samantha’s recent move from Dallas to Los Angeles and a photograph she took of the sunset of Venice Beach on one of her first days in her new town. Below, we walk through the making of this inspired new body of work—from the artist in her studio to the opening reception.

The Process

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Samantha’s process begins with a three-dimensional frame that she builds out of wood.

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Samantha uses a special spandex material—normally used for swimwear—in her work, which she paints to achieve the color palette she’s looking for.

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The artist stretches the painted spandex over the frame.

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Samantha’s work is known for mysterious and evocative “nipple” shapes or protrusions that push through the spandex.

The Installation

Box Documentation in the Lobby of The Standard, Hollywood. August 29, 2017. West Hollywood, CA.
Box Documentation in the Lobby of The Standard, Hollywood. August 29, 2017. West Hollywood, CA.

The Party

Installation and Party pictures courtesy of: Melissa Manning for The Standard, Hollywood. Model: Noelle.
Installation and Party pictures courtesy of: Melissa Manning for The Standard, Hollywood. Model: Noelle.