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April 27, 2010

While researching affordable Pop Art for Dwell last month I came across the art of Kii Arens. He designs the posters for the shows at The Hollywood Bowl and I was smitten by the images he created for Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Liza Minnelli, and Devo. I reached out to Kii and we began working on a series of lithographs he's creating that will be available through fabulis, where I am Creative Director. I will undoubtedly share those screenprints here at Dwell once they return from the printers.

While in Los Angeles for work last week I visited Kii at his studio in Hollywood. It was a very special couple of hours. We laughed, listened to his music (he's a gifted musician), and worked on our project. I pulled out my camera and started snapping images of his live/work space, which includes a recording studio with a wraparound staircase that his father, an inventor at 3M, built in the 70s. It was sensory overload: color everywhere, art everywhere, rock and roll everywhere. Surrounded by his art, his collections, and his musical instruments, he and his dogs live a true Los Angeles lifestyle, laid back and fun. He creates for a living, and his joy for life is evident in his art.


 

Artist Kii Arens
Kii Arens at home. He is as cool as the glasses suggest.
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Artist Kii Arens live/work studio
A stack of the artist's work sits in his live/work space's front window.
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Artist Kii Arens live/work studio
Arens' cupcake painting sits below a poster for his Hollywood Bowl art show. Dog toys and computer parts round out the vignette.
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Artist Kii Arens Live/Work studio
Kii recently scored these flat files. Too bad his poster collection won't all fit.
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Artist Kii Arens live/work studio
His newest obsession: velvet paintings. He created this one depicting gay icon Charles Nelson Riley.
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Artist Kii Arens live/work studio
A portrait of Grace Jones, by Niagra, sits on top of a locker bank.
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Artist Kii Arens live/work studio
A giant beanbag sits below his recording studio, a futuristic structure built by his father in the 1970s.
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Artist Kii Arens live/work studio
While doing research on a poster of Madonna, Kii showed me this book on Erte. All good research involves beer, as seen in the trash can.
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Artist Kii Arens live/work studio
Kii's guitars and keyboards. And a toy piano and motorcycle helmet thrown in for good measure.
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Artist Kii Arens
Kii Arens at home. He is as cool as the glasses suggest.

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