Fluxco was originally established in Brooklyn, NY, on 5th Avenue in Park Slope by like-minded artists and designers in 1997. Conceptualized as a purveyor of vintage goods, retail sculpture, and art shop, the first Fluxco was a wonderful curio shop of functional found objects and art. 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. I miss it.
The incarnation of Fluxco as an art space in Los Angeles first took shape in 2005 on the ground floor of 2038 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 children. It was a difficult choice but certainly has its rewards. Hopefully, children are only babies once and it is a nice thing to witness. Currently, Fluxco as an idea or maybe a practice, has continued and will still present art shows at Bay Street Arts in the 5000 sqft common areas, in ye olde downtown la. The exhibits have so far been one-night affairs, spilling out into the lonely street and leaving everyone wanting a bit more, hopefully. So please contact me if you'd like to stay informed and I'll get an invite to you. And of course, if you have something that you would like to present, please contact me, the inimitable Ford Allen, at email@example.com.