An Affordable Score: Alley-Oop at Poketo

An Affordable Score: Alley-Oop at Poketo

Gregory Han
Mar 12, 2013

You've got about one week left to check out an exuberant exhibit which could be best described as the geometric grandchild of PeeWee's Playhouse. Alley-Oop cheerfully occupies a corner of Los Angeles favorite purveyor of pop, Poketo, showcasing a colorful nexus of furniture design meets illustration, intertwining imagined utility with vibrant metal wireframes...

Angelenos may already recognize Trine's work; two of his Technicolor-dyed leather lattice chairs greet customers to just sit back and enjoy the view from the Downtown Los Angeles store. 

A fast-break of form and function, the hoops-inspired exhibit showcases the collaborative work of Portland artist Will Bryant and designer Eric Trine. Pastel hued metal wireframe sculptures stuffed suggestively with inflated colored balloons stack on top of miniature hand crafted wooden tables, illuminated by nearby perforated metal lamps, with fold-out lawn chairs embellished with leather lattice scribbled in nonsensical cursive decipherable only by the imaginative.

Vector-era video games, Eames-inspired furnishings, even your grandmother's 1960's metal phone stand...they're all part of the Alley-Oop landscape. It's all fun and games, a whimsical playground where form dares function to let loose and stop being so darn serious.

Alley-Oop featuring Eric Trine and Will Bryant
Exhbition ends on March 18th
Poketo Store
820 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

(Images: Gregory Han; Poketo)

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