Roger Gastman at Ford & Ching

By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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On November 3rd, Ford & Ching and 722 Figueroa hosted an installment of Creative Mornings at Night, a lecture series geared toward creative types. An eclectic mix of West Side design types, downtown artists and fabricators, business people, and fashionistas came to see a presentation and Q&A with Roger Gastman (best known for his work as consulting producer on "Exit through the Gift Shop" and co-curator of MOCA's "Art in the Streets" exhibition) and to spy the new RS3 foosball table by Spanish design company RS Barcelona.
Canton, Ohio-born Robert Gastman was the featured speaker at the latest Creative Mornings at Night event. Originally from Canton, Ohio, he moved to Washington D.C. and became immersed in tagging. What was once a hobby turned into a full-fledged career.

Canton, Ohio-born Robert Gastman was the featured speaker at the latest Creative Mornings at Night event. Originally from Canton, Ohio, he moved to Washington D.C. and became immersed in tagging. What was once a hobby turned into a full-fledged career.

Guests at the event face off on one of RS Barcelona's new foosball tables.

Guests at the event face off on one of RS Barcelona's new foosball tables.

If the RS3 catches your fancy, it'll soon be available for purchase at the Conran Shop and L.A.'s A+R for $3,100.

If the RS3 catches your fancy, it'll soon be available for purchase at the Conran Shop and L.A.'s A+R for $3,100.

"Roger represents a confluence where street art and the establishment cross over and communicate. It’s a very difficult place to be and he handles it very well," says Ford & Ching's Willard Ford. "One of my favorite parts of the events was when he was wrapping up his presentation and beginning to field audience questions. He left his final slide up, which was of an adult film star he interviewed for his magazine Swindle, for about 20 minutes and was completely at ease with that as the backdrop—the crowd loved it."

The next Creative Mornings at Night event will be held in the spring of 2012. Stay tuned to find out who the featured speaker will be.

Diana Budds

@dianabudds

A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com

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