Student Art Featured in Mixed-Media Installation from Artist Friedrich Kunath in West Hollywood
West Hollywood, CA: The Center for Early Education (CEE) unveiled a new public art installation Thursday by artist Friedrich Kunath which prominently incorporates work inspired by Center students. The mixed-media installation, Wake Up and Dream, is now available for public viewing at street level on the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Melrose Avenue and was designed for dedication to the City of West Hollywood Urban Art Program.
Artist Friedrich Kunath explained, "In Wake Up and Dream, reality and fantasy meet, coexist, and separate again. There are no boundaries between the depicted locales - each blends into the next." Center students aged 2-12 worked with Kunath to inspire a series of original emojis from which students selected for installation through a student-led vote.
"The Center is so proud that our students' creativity can add to the vibrant cultural life of West Hollywood. Our students loved the shared process of creating and selecting the designs used in the installation," said CEE Head of School, Mark A. Brooks.
The work creates a striking visual along La Cienega, utilizing styrofoam, aqua resin, gesso, glass, acrylic and latex paint, and neon glass/bulbs to portray the dream-like state between sleep and wakefulness. The sculptural elements, including a bird wearing shoes and a large hand holding a rainbow, inject the unfamiliar into the familiar. These objects seem to belong anywhere and nowhere at the same time like the "otter playing with a tennis ball" or "cloud with a cloud beard" emojis inspired by the students.
The Center celebrated the installation with an unveiling ceremony and viewing for The Center for Early Education community on Thursday, March 29. Artist Friedrich Kunath was on hand to pull back the curtain on Wake Up and Dream, as were students, parents, faculty, and administrators from CEE who enthusiastically took in the new installation. Present also were Mayor of West Hollywood John Heilman, Architect Jim Favaro, City Council Members John D'Amico, Lindsey Horvath, and Lauren Meister, alongside Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission Chair Catherine Lee and members of the commission.
About The Center For Early Education: The Center for Early Education is a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six. CEE strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners and embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.
About Friedrich Kunath: Friedrich Kunath was born in Chemnitz, Germany in 1974, and studied at the University of Arts, Braunschweig, Germany. Kunath utilizes a personal style of romantic conceptualism, layering poetic phrases with poignant, often melancholy imagery. His work embraces comedy and pathos, evoking universal feelings of love, hope, longing, and despair. Kunath has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and is represented by Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. His work is represented in a number of permanent collections around the world, including the Hammer Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Kunath lives and works in Los Angeles.
Read more about the installation and its unveiling:
Student-inspired artwork unveiled at CEE - Beverly Press, March 29, 2018
Center for Early Education Unveils Art Installation on La Cienega Boulevard - WEHOVille, March 30, 2018