A couple weeks ago we were introduced to Danny Heller via KCET’s ArtBound series.  

After we watched the video, read the articles, visited his website, and drooled over his blog….we came to terms with ourselves that we were new found fans!

A couple days ago we received an invite to go tour Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs in celebration of Modernism Week.  We noticed that the event flyer had the signature Danny Heller painting style and then came to find out that he will be there to meet and greet at an artist reception following a tour of the famous hotel.  COOL!

We are inspired by Danny Heller…his story, his style, his vibe.  So much so that we thought our readers would be as well and therefore were compelled to share this artist and event.  

Please check out all the information below and we hope to see you at the tour this weekend!

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DANNY HELLER

Danny Heller

Danny Heller, photo by KCET ArtBound

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Artist Statement

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I paint the reality of the Southern California environment: how structures once
revered for their groundbreaking ideas in design and social planning have been
perpetuated and how they have been forgotten.

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Mercury In Krisel Carport 336×499

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Primarily focusing on the area’s mid-century identity, I play with lighting, dramatic
angles, and specific colors to form engaging paintings that also capture architectural
elements.  I use a realistic style to paint those moments where design and
environment come together harmoniously in order to showcase the compelling
characteristics of these spaces.  In some ways, I act as a type of documentarian of
an endangered architectural culture in California.  However, these paintings are a bit
more personal, as they tend to focus on locations from my childhood or at least slices
of an era recounted to me from my parents’ and grandparents’ times.

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Twin Palms Krisel House 453×328

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By painting these historically and personally significant scenes, I hope to reconnect
with a presumably by-gone time period whose remnants actually still exist.  Because
especially in Los Angeles, where the past is demolished to make way for the brand
new, we are at risk of losing our cultural history.  Without which, we leave ourselves
devoid of a foundation to build our future on.

 – via http://dannyhellerart.com

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Wexler With Date Palm 345×480

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ABOUT HOTEL LAUTNER

(via hotellautner.com)

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Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs

Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs

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The iconic desert hideaway once known as the Desert Hot Springs Motel is reimagined today as Hotel Lautner, an award winning, stunning modern day oasis in the desert. Los Angeles based interior designer Tracy Beckmann of Tracy Beckman Design and furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge of Brown + Trowbridge purchased the famed modernist architect John Lautner’s mid-century gem in 2008 and spent 3 ½ years on its meticulous renovation.

To bring this exceptional site successfully into the 21st century, the designers were careful to remain tastefully true to the gestalt of the original design. “Our goal for the renovation was to remain as true to Lautner’s vision for the property as possible. The hotel needed to showcase the brilliance of Lautner’s architecture while embracing the needs of today’s discerning hotel traveler”.

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Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs

Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs

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Paying homage to the four primary elements used in the original construction of the property- concrete, steel, redwood and glass- the designers painstakingly restored and replaced damaged redwood and glass throughout. Concrete walls were stripped down to their original bare surfaces, revealing as many as 20 different former colors, while leaving the revamped color scheme up to the designers’ interpretation.

The unique handcrafted Heath tiles the designers chose and placed in geometric patterns for each suite’s individual bathroom ultimately inspired individual unit color schemes. Vintage modern designer furniture, photographs, and libraries featuring books and DVD’s chronicling the work of both Lautner and Shulman speak to the provenance of the property; meanwhile the present day abounds in stainless steel kitchen appliances and custom built redwood and steel bed frames built by Trowbridge’s furniture company Brown + Trowbridge.

Hotel Lautner is one of the few, if only, Lautner designs open for public experience today.

“We are thankful that we had the opportunity to bring this very special property back to life and to share it with fellow architecture lovers from around the world.” – Tracy Beckmann & Ryan Trowbridge

(via hotellautner.com)

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Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs

Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs

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TOUR INFORMATION:

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“I’m proud to announce my partnering with the marvelous Hotel Lautner in
producing a one-of-a-kind limited edition travel poster.  In the vein of the classic
travel-inducing posters of the 20th Century, the piece was conceived to
commemorate this jewel in the desert.

Boasting a rich history and design by
legendary architect John Lautner, the Hotel Lautner is the perfect escape for
global jetsetters and design aficionados.  Celebrate this landmark property by
getting your very own limited poster and taking a tour during Modernism Week
February 14th-24th.

Please join me February 17th for the official poster release
reception and exhibit, including a tour of the hotel with music, wine, and nibbles.
Get your tickets now as they are selling out fast!”

– via Danny Heller on his blog, http://www.dannyhellerart.blogspot.com

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Hotel Lautner event

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Hotel Lautner is Hosting Limited Engagement Tours
and Art Exhibit Featuring the Work of
Mid-Century Modern Artist Danny Heller in Celebration of
Modernism Week 2013. 

Tours Are Both Sundays of Modernism Week.
Artist Reception is the 1st Sunday and the 2nd Tour Time.
 Space is Limited.
Tickets are Available on Eventbrite:

http://www.eventbrite.com/org/3000144023

First Sunday, February 17th, 2013
1st Tour from 3:00pm-4:00pm
Ticket Price $35.00

2nd “VIP” Tour from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Ticket Price $50.00

 Limited “VIP” Tour Tickets Include:
A Tour of all Four Units with the Owners
Artist Reception with Danny Heller
Showcasing Original Artwork and
The Premiere of the Limited Edition
“Vintage Travel” Inspired Hotel Lautner Poster
Enjoy Music, Wine & Nibbles

2nd Sunday, February 24th, 2013
1st Tour from 3:00pm-4:00pm
Ticket Price $35.00

2nd Tour from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Ticket Price $35.00

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For More Information, please visit:

www.hotellautner.com

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