Words and photos by Adam Bendig
4th Coming Opening Night
Sign Painting is a time honored artistic endeavor for the skilled hand and eye. Perhaps not as glamorous as modern sculpture, the simplistic typography with a vintage hand lettered influence along with bold shapes and patterns can’t always be replicated by computer fonts and never looks out of place.
So it’s with this that Nicolai Sclater, known as Ornamental Conifer, has moved through traditional graphic design to brushing his mark on leather jackets, helmets, hot rods, race cars and motorcycles around the world. Having recently setup residence in Los Angeles, the Venice Deus Ex Machina Emporium of Postmodern Activities hosted the solo exhibition “4th Coming” to celebrate with an all new collection of work.
Alongside hand painted Bell motorcycle helmets, hand painted slingshots and more traditional canvases, OC presented new screen printed posters and t-shirts available for sale, while Deus was the perfect host with snacks and drinks from their cafe, as well as a small display of motorcycles produced by the in-house Woolie’s Workshop. Always a visual treat on it’s own, the Deus wardrobe has more up it’s sleeve in a partnership with OC to be revealed next Spring.
The exhibition will be up through the week, and for So Cal locals would be worth the trip on it’s own. When combined with everything Deus has to offer and the regular flow of custom motorcycles passing through, it’s tough to beat a trip to the Emporium.