GALLERY: Surf’s up at Big Waves Laundromat

Sneak Peek: Monster Surf by Robert Koss is getting big raves at Big Waves Laundromat Gallery, on location at the Mar Vista storefront. Monster Surf says: “Check it out to find all of me. I’m worth the trip.”

Be there:

Monster Surf will be hangin’ 10 at the Mar Vista Big Waves Laundromat, located at 3839 Grand View Blvd., 90066 (424) 422-1350


It says so on the website.

Big Waves is a modern, creative and dynamic actual fluff-and-fold laundromat in the heart of beachside communities of Santa Monica and Mar Vista in Southern California.

Big Waves is also a modern, creative and dynamic art gallery that displays local artwork at both locations to give talented Los Angeles and SoCal artists a chance to show off some of their best beach/ocean/surf/laundry themed work to the mat’s hundreds of visitors and customers.

It’s all true.

And, you can bring your laundry!

Check it out at Big Waves!

Gallery: Smash-up/Mash-up/Cut-up

Smash-up/Mash-up/Cut-up Series by Robert Koss

Artist’s Statement

In the Smash-up/Mash-up/Cut-up series of work, I have photographed plastic models that I made as a child. I place the models on bright Day-Glo poster boards. The colors of the boards are chosen to contrast with the colors of the model planes. For me, the colors evoke the promise and freshness of my childhood.

After initially photographing the intact models, I smash and then re-photograph them, capturing the positions in which the pieces landed. At times I combine the before (intact) and after (smashed) photographs, and at other times I just use the smashed images.

With the destruction of my childhood achievement, I bid goodbye to the bright promise of those younger days. The idea of chance juxtaposed with contrasting colors results in new artworks that reflect great visual depth, while evoking something bright and shiny from my past, albeit now broken and flawed.