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Clockshop—where arts studio meets environmental lab.
Clockshop—where arts studio meets environmental lab.
Photo: Gina Clyne
We collaborate with artists, activists, researchers, educators, curators, institutions and our neighbors to reframe how we view public space. Our work activates portals to revisit the past and reimagine possible futures.
We bring this mission to our partnership with California State Parks at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown and at the Bowtie Project, an underused public space along the Los Angeles River. Together, we work with our community in shaping the future of the city.
Clockshop was founded by filmmaker Julia Meltzer in 2004 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 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.
Leonardo Bravo is an artist, educator, and curator. His work in the non-profit arts field has exemplified how building public and private partnerships can highlight the power of the arts to transform and catalyze vulnerable and underserved communities. He is the founder and organizer of Big City Forum, an interdisciplinary, social practice and curatorial research project that brings attention to emergent practices across design, architecture, and the arts. From 2008 to 2015 he was the Director of School of Programs for The Music Center and from 2016 to 2019 he was the Director of Education and Public Programs with the Palm Springs Art Museum. Most recently, Mr. Bravo was the Chief Program Officer for the Cayton Children’s Museum in Santa Monica, CA. Leonardo Bravo received his MFA from the University of Southern California and his BFA from Otis College of Art & Design.
Hugo Garcia is the Clockshop Director of Community Engagement for the Bowtie Parcel Project (G-1). Hugo also serves as the Campaign Coordinator for Environmental Justice at Esperanza Community Housing. He brings over 30 years of community organizing and engagement experience across several environmental and social justice campaigns throughout the City of Los Angeles. He specializes in building strategic partnerships and successful organizing strategies. A lifelong resident of East Los Angeles, Hugo also has experience in teaching and employment development, having served as Director of the 2nd largest youth employment development program in the city of Los Angeles.
Place and Page is a community-centered graphic design studio based in Downtown Los Angeles that works with local organizations and public agencies on branding, events, signage, publications, illustrations, design interventions, community engagement, and more. Founded by Colleen Corcoran, with the belief that design has the power to change the way people navigate and interact with their communities, to create a more inclusive and equitable city, place and page are two media that form the intersection of this work.
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.
Sue Bell Yank, President
York Chang, Vice-President
Ashley Hunt, Secretary
Andrew Vought, Treasurer
Core Values and How We Work
Clockshop is firmly dedicated to having and maintaining a staff and board that is diverse and equitable. We work to consistently embrace and reflect a multiplicity of voices and perspectives. Clockshop stands firm against all forms of injustice, inequality and racism, including ways that they assert themselves within the field of art and culture.
As an organization and board we are committed to building a more just world and art institutions and public space that reflect and contribute to it, where we leverage our privilege by opening new doors for creative opportunities especially for underrepresented and emerging artists.
Clockshop has three main venues — our office and event space in Frogtown, Los Angeles State Historic Park, 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, post-industrial, 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 land-based 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 does not currently have any openings.
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 here.
Clockshop currently has no internships available. Please check back for updated listings.
“Walking LA’s Empty Streets During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Elisa Wouk Almino, Hyperallergic, 2020
“We were being erased”: The woman who saved California’s Black history, Liam O’Donoghue, East Bay Yesterday, 2020
What Preservation Takes, Ryan S. Jeffery, X-TRA, 2020
The Pioneering Black Historian Who Was Almost Erased From History, Jill Cowan, The New York Times, California Today, 2020
High and Dry, Low and Wet: Some Thoughts on Hatch at the Bowtie Project Rachel Elizabeth Jones, LA Review of Books, 2020
Artists Re-imagine Thomas More’s Utopia at the Huntington Janna Zinzi, KCET, 2020
‘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.