Empire of Love Shack

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Site Specific Installation © Courtesy of the Artist
Empire of Love Shack

5814 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
May 18th, 2014 - August 24th, 2014

Tue - Fri 10-5, Sat & Sun 12-6
painting, installation


Self-taught artist Brent Spears, also know as Shrine, is known throughout the worldwide arts and music festival circuit for building site-specific, monolithic temples from trash and found materials. In the ground floor of the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), Shrine will construct a structure from discarded and found materials called Empire of Love Shack. It will be on view from May 18 to August 24, 2014.

Shrine is a muralist and installation artist whose visionary art practice combines a progressive, spiritual, and social stance. A desire for sustainable living and spontaneous visual culture informs his practice of dumpster-diving and reclaiming discarded objects to give them new meaning and value.

Shrine refers to his confluence of global art projects as an Empire of Love. The Empire of Love Shack at CAFAM will be assembled from an array of found and used materials, including bottles, cans, cardboard, and plastic bottles. For Shrine, the installation will reflect on carrying a single moment of inspiration through all of its possibilities.

“I will be talking about ‘The Moment of Inspiration’ and what it means to be loyal to that moment, following it all the way to the end, whatever that outcome may be. I’m basically trying to create a highly inspiring space out of everyday, ordinary stuff.”

Shrine’s paintings and murals can be found throughout Los Angeles, from the interiors of the Soap Plant, House of Blues, and La Luz de Jesus Gallery. His installations have been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts and Project One Gallery in San Francisco. He recently completed mural commissions in New York City and Quito, Ecuador, and has been working on social practice art projects in Haiti, India, and Kenya. Shrine is a founding memeber of the interactive avant-garde circus Lucent Dossier Experience.

An opening reception for Empire of Love Shack will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


CAFAM will offer exhibition-related workshops and events in conjunction with the exhibition, including CraftLab family workshops on the second Sunday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.