Fluxco was originally established in Brooklyn, NY, on 5th Avenue in Park Slope by like-minded artists and designers in 1997. Conceptualized as a retail sculpture, the first Fluxco was a wonderful curio shop of functional found objects. It was a mix of hip vintage store and 18th century archive. Fluxco was a visual museum of family photos, rare books, ephemera, antique fabrics, hand-crank phonographs, 1970’s plastic furniture, tramp art, paintings, hippy sculpture, and high design. The store was half installation and half treasure hunt.
The incarnation of Fluxco as an art space in Los Angeles first took shape in 2005 on the ground floor of 2042 Bay Street on the edge of the arts district in downtown LA. Local and national artists drew huge crowds to the 7500 sqft space for a couple dozen shows until 2007, when Ford Allen, the director of Fluxco in LA, decided to spend his time with his new baby boy, Hudson. It was a difficult choice but certainly had its rewards. Hopefully, children are only babies once and it is a nice thing to witness. So, now that Hudson is 2 years old and playing with friends his own age, Fluxco can begin again in its old space on Bay Street.
Some artists will be familiar to those that frequented the art openings and performamnces at Fluxco, others will be new. Independant curators will coordinate group shows of 10-12 artists for each exbibit. Special performances and events will take place as well, showcasing the works of writers, filmakers and performers. The anticipated re-opening will take place sometime in April, a perfect time of year for such a thing. As many venues close throught LA, hopefully bringing Fluxco back will help re-create a place for people to come together when we need it most. If you have something that you would like to present, please contact Ford Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.