One of the Robb Report’s “Top 40” firms in the country and a leading proponent of interior design as a form of portraiture, Australian-born Mark Cutler’s collaborative approach and context-driven studio, Mark Cutler Design, Inc. masterfully blend the fundamentals of building and design to bring to life personal and elegant reflections of his clients - residential and commercial alike.
A designer on A&E TV’s “Makeover Mammas”, “creating style for life” philosophy has won him numerous accolades. His celebrity clients include Steve Carell, Vanna White, Tom Skeritt, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bill Phillips, and Jennifer Lopez. Mark has been featured in Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful, California Homes, Home Magazine, The Robb Report, The Robb Report Luxury Home, Kitchen & Bath Trends, Traditional Home, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.
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Richard Serra (1939), American minimalist sculptor and video artist is known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal. Born in San Francisco, he studied at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara and he helped support himself by working in West Coast steel mills. He studied with Howard Warshaw and Rico Lebrun at UCSB and later studied painting with Josef Albers while at the Yale School of Art and Architecture.
Serra’s earliest work was abstract and process-based, made from molten lead hurled in large splashes against the wall of a studio or exhibition space. He is better known for his minimalist constructions from large rolls and sheets of metal. Many of these pieces are self-supporting and emphasize the weight and nature of the materials. He often constructs site-specific installations, frequently on a scale that dwarfs the observer. Serra has also delved into performance and video art. Since 1971, Serra has focused not only on sculptural works, but also on large-scale drawings on paper using various techniques. His drawing material is the paint stick, a wax-like grease crayon.
A creator of enormous, immediately identifiable steel sculptures that both terrify and mesmerize, Serra believes that viewers create the sculpture for themselves by being within it.