info [at] clockshop.org
Clockshop is a multidisciplinary arts organization in Los Angeles.
Clockshop is a multidisciplinary arts organization in Los Angeles.
Photo: Gina Clyne
We commission work by artists and writers, curate inclusive public programs about pressing political and environmental issues, and collaborate with institutions to build new audiences and strengthen the social fabric of our community and the world beyond.
Our core activity is the production of year-round commissions and public programs. We bring this mission to our partnership with California State Parks on the Bowtie Project, an underused public space along the Los Angeles River that will be the next urban state park in Los Angeles. Together, we help our community realize its agency in shaping the future of the city.
Clockshop is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded by artist and filmmaker Julia Meltzer in 2004. We do not accept unsolicited portfolios or proposals.
info [at] clockshop.org
2806 Clearwater Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Clockshop is located in a former porcelain mold factory in Frogtown, adjacent to the LA River. We share our space with elysian, an event venue run by David Thorne and his dedicated staff, as well as LA-Más, an urban design non-profit that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture.
Many Clockshop events happen at the Bowtie Parcel (2780 W. Casitas Ave. 90039), a river-adjacent parcel of land owned by California State Parks. Learn more about our partnership here. Clockshop has also executed projects on LA city streets, and at various partner institutions, such as California Institute of the Arts, the Huntington, and Armory Center for the Arts.
Julia Meltzer is an artist and filmmaker, and the founding director of Clockshop. Meltzer’s film and video work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Sharjah Biennial, and toured with the Sundance Film Forward Program. Her most recent films, the feature documentaries The Light in Her Eyes (2011) and Dalya’s Other Country (2017) were broadcast on POV on PBS. Meltzer is a recipient of a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria.
Mackenzie Hoffman is an LA based art worker and artist. From 2013 – 2017 she was the Program Manager and Education Coordinator at Clockshop. She has a background in Studio Management and Production, working in the studios of internationally recognized visual artists. She attended the Mountain School of Art and holds a BA from theUSC Roski School of Art.
Lindsey Lee Eichenberger is a writer, educator and zine-maker. She has led multiple zine workshops and given lectures about the power of self-publishing, working with students as young as preschool-aged, as well as in college classrooms. She is currently developing a zine-making curriculum for the classroom. In addition to working at Clockshop, she is the Print Lab Manager at the Women’s Center for Creative Work and holds a B.A in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is from.
Ana Cecilia Alvarez is a writer born in Mexico City and raised in southern Florida. Her essays and criticism have appeared in Bookforum, The New Republic, The New Inquiry, and Real Life. She studied art history and feminist theory at Brown University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, where she now teaches at the School of Critical Studies. In the past, she’s worked at Creative Capital to promote professional development for working artists.
Katie Manos is a graphic designer born in, living in and focusing on Los Angeles. Collecting and capturing the accelerated change her city is experiencing through existing systems such as Google Street View, aggregated content and archival photography, Katie finds ways to distribute these digital observations using available printing methods. Katie sees the role of the designer as one of both authorship and intention, and strives to create a practice that incorporates social responsibility into the work she does.
Gina Clyne is a photographer, graphic designer, and book binder living and working in Los Angeles. She studied at Otis College of Art & Design from 2001 to 2005, where she majored in Fine Art Photography. Since 2012, Gina has directed her energy towards building a photography business, shooting event-based projects throughout Los Angeles and beyond, while simultaneously collaborating with local musicians and artists, contributing documentary/press photography and graphic design for album art and other ephemera. ginaclyne.com
Sue Bell Yank, President
York Chang, Vice-President
Ashley Hunt, Secretary
Andrew Vought, Treasurer
How We Work
Clockshop has two main venues — our office and event space in Frogtown, and the Bowtie Parcel, a former rail yard owned by California State Parks. We also work with larger institutions throughout Los Angeles on collaborative and often thematic programming.
When commissioning artists, Clockshop takes responsibility for securing project funding. Project budgets always include an artist honorarium. Clockshop works as a collaborative producer providing guidance at all stages of project development.
When commissioning new work for the Bowtie, Clockshop partners with artists who are willing to spend a significant amount of time inhabiting and engaging with the site. We support artists who view a Bowtie commission as a valuable opportunity to experiment with their practice in a raw and atmospheric naturalized urban landscape.
Clockshop regularly hosts panel discussions and conversations about big issues that affect both Angelenos, and the world at large. These events aim to empower attendees by making complex ideas more accessible through in-depth conversations with personable experts.
Finally, through our partnership with California State Parks, Clockshop provides environmental education programming for Angelenos of all ages. Programs have included overnight campouts at the Bowtie, field trips with nearby schools, and a nature interpretation program for local youth.
Clockshop does not accept unsolicited proposals.
Clockshop currently has no jobs available. Please check back for updated listings.
Clockshop welcomes volunteers in many forms – document an event, assist an artist in production, check-in guests, etc. As a small organization with an ambitious schedule, we are happy to have all the help we can get. Sign up below.
Clockshop currently has no internships available. Please check back for updated listings.
‘Frogtown Without Frogs: The Changing Ecology of the Bowtie Parcel and the L.A. River’ Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra, KCET, 2018
‘The Evolution of the Bowtie Parcel Contains Clues to the Future of Los Angeles’ Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra, KCET, 2018
‘Artists Are Using Augmented Reality to Install Virtual Works in Powerful Places’ Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, 2018
‘Simultaneities: Beatriz Cortez Interviewed by Rafa Esparza’ Rafa Esparza, BOMB Magazine, 2018
‘How 5 Artists in the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA Biennial Are Using Their Work to Imagine Alternative Futures’ Janelle Zara, Artnet, 2018
‘L.A. Literary events to enliven your spring’ Carolyn Kellog, Los Angeles Times, 2018
‘Adobe, Dust, and Water: Rafa Esparza and Rebeca Hernandez’s building: a simulacrum of power’ Gwyneth Shanks, X-TRA, 2018
’11 Podcasts About L.A. You Must Subscribe to ASAP’ Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, 2017
‘Remembering Octavia Butler’ Scott Timberg, Salon, 2017
‘Listen to ‘Next Up: The LA River’ Mini-Session #6: Julia Meltzer (Clockshop) and Elizabeth Timme (LA-Más)’ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, Archinect, 2016
‘Inside the Octavia Butler Archives With L.A. Writer Lynell George’ Julia Wick, LAist, 2016
‘Celebrating Octavia Butler’ Kevin Durkin, Verso, 2016
‘Octavia Butler’s Legacy, Impact, and Afrofuturism Celebrated’ Jazelle Hunt, NBC News, 2016
‘Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Announces Recipients of Inaugural Grants’ Artforum, 2016 ‘Celebrating Octavia Butler: A visionary among futurists’ Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, 2016
‘Remembering unsung science-fiction hero/Genius Grant winner Octavia Butler’ Tom Carroll, Off-Ramp, KPCC, 2016
‘LA Celebrates Science Fiction Legend Octavia E. Butler With a Year of Events’ Cheryl Eddy, io9, 2016
‘An Authentic, Nourishing Persian-Jewish Dinner—in Los Angeles’ Merissa Nathan Gerson, Tablet, 2015
‘Dive deep into the history of the LA river via audio tour’ A. Martinez, Take Two, KPCC, 2015
‘Currents, Chapter One: On the Banks under the Bloodmoon’ Katie Antonsson, Ampersand, 2015
‘Best New Performance Art Stage (2015)‘ Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly BEST OF LA, 2015
‘The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in Los Angeles’ Lauren McQuade, ArtSlant, 2015
‘Clockshop brings dance to the banks of the LA River’ Robert Garrova, The Frame, KPCC, 2015
‘The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles’ Art in America, 2015
‘How to Enjoy the L.A. River Before Its $1.2 Billion Revamp’ Lila Higgins, LA Mag, 2015
‘taisha paggett and WXPT bring dance to the LA River’ Delirious, LA, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, 2015
‘This Performance Art Space Gives You A Cool New Reason To Visit The L.A. River’ Carol Cheh, LA Weekly, 2015
‘The bowtie project, clockshop la, and the transformation of the la river’ The Family Savvy, LA Edition, 2015
‘5 Free Art Shows You Should See in L.A. This Week’ Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly, 2015
‘Hyperallergic ArtRx LA’ Matt Stromberg, HYPERALLERGIC, 2015
‘Con/Safos: Art in the L.A. River’ Evan Moffitt, Paris, LA, 2015
‘A Dream for the Bowtie Parcel, Intro: What is the Bowtie?’ CalPark Voices, 2015
‘The Bowtie Parcel’s Narrative Landscape’ Carren Jao, Artbound, 2015
‘Free weekend? Free chocolate, Bill Murray and Happy Hour Week’ Kristen Lepore, Daniella Segura, and Jennifer Velez, KPCC, 2015
‘Notes on Looking; Rafa Esparza / Elizabeth Sonenberg Interview’ Notes on Looking, 2014
‘Sounds, tastes of Middle East, North Africa converge at Clockshop in L.A.’ Jessica Ritz, Jewish Journal, 2014
‘Clockshop’s The Bowtie Project’ Stacy Conde, Art Nerd Los Angeles, 2014
‘Gender Bending: Clockshop Presents the “My Atlas” Series’ Arianna Schioldager, alphasixty blog, 2014
‘My Atlas: Discovering the Real Female Traveler’ Dariush Azimi, Lady Clever, LA, 2014
‘My Atlas’ Rachel Morrison, Paris, LA, 2014
‘LA River Hosted Its First-Ever Public Campout This Weekend’ Bianca Barragan, Curbed LA, 2014
‘Camping on Concrete at the LA River’ DnA on KCRW, 2014
‘The First Ever L.A. River Campout’ LAist, 2014
‘Camping out by the L.A. River’ The Eastsider LA, 2014
‘Artist hopes public art piece will help re-envision city, nature’ Brittany Levine, LA Times, 2014
‘The Unfinished: A Temporary Public Sculpture by Michael Parker’ Rachael Morrison, Paris, LA, 2014
‘KCET Artbound; The Unfinished’ 5 Articles, Julia Meltzer, Anne Walsh, Michael Parker, Maggie Geoga, and Allison Carruth, KCET’s Artbound, 2014
‘Viewpoints: What’s next in Frogtown’s Future?’ Julia Meltzer, The Eastsider LA, 2014
‘War and the Sentence Fragment’ Anne Shea, X-TRA, 2011
Clockshop is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and relies on the generosity of government, foundation, and corporate support, as well as individual donors. Donations can be made at anytime here. As an artist-run organization, Clockshop has a strong conviction that producers of culture should be paid for their time and engagement. All Clockshop participants—artists, writers, performers, activists, chefs—are compensated. Clockshop’s programs have been supported by:
Additional supporters include the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Martha Bardach, Karen Hillenburg and numerous other private donors.