Like a tide of hopeful, wide-eyed actresses lured West with dreams of making it big, the migration of galleries to Hollywood’s burgeoning gallery district rolls on with no signs of stopping. The latest gallery to make the move is Steve Turner, who will be opening their new space on Santa Monica off Highland this Saturday evening. Located across the street from Regen Projects, it occupies the site of a former concrete warehouse, remodeled by architect Richard Prantis. The new location features a 2500 square foot main space, project room, viewing room, and rooftop deck.
We asked Steve Turner himself why he chose to move from his former spot across from LACMA, and how he picked Hollywood over other areas, like the growing downtown gallery cluster. “We did not actually decide to move. That decision was made for us as our previous building is slated to be demolished to make way for the advancing subway,” said Turner via email. “Once we accepted that fate we looked at properties near our old space on Wilshire Blvd., in downtown and in Hollywood. Downtown was appealing in some respects, but the long daily drive ultimately was its undoing. At the same time, I found my current space…It was exactly the sort of space that I wanted. It has high ceilings and a flat roof to accommodate a roof deck. It is close to the areas where most local collectors live. Other good galleries are already here and more galleries will surely be coming as there are many other great buildings nearby.”
Proximity to other galleries and collectors were not the only considerations however. “It also helps that Pizzeria Mozza is down the street,” he said, referring to Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s top notch pizza joint.
The inaugural exhibition will be a group show featuring nine gallery artists from all over the world. The works on view range from Yung Jake’s and Rafaël Rozendaal’s explorations of technology and the internet, Maria Anwander’s institutional critique, and sculpture by Pablo Rasgado, who twisted the remains of the space’s columns after they had been removed during renovations. Instead of organizing the show around a single theme, the exhibition celebrates this new opportunity to assemble so many artists from the gallery’s program in one space, hence the title Space Program.
Steve Turner will open their new space at 6830 Santa Monica Boulevard on Saturday, January 10 from 6-9pm with their inaugural exhibition, Space Program.