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California Pastoral by Jeremy Quinn

California Pastoral is a vinyl mural created by artist-architect Jeremy Quinn for the offices of United States Artists, an artists' support organisation based in Los Angeles.


Quinn has now recreated part of the mural for the California Design Biennial, which runs at the Pasadena Museum of California Art until 30 September.


The mural consists of a pattern made up of the typographic abbreviations of all 50 states, applied to glass office partitions.


Here is some info from Quinn:


California Pastoral at the PMCA California Design Biennial 2007


August 19, 2007 – September 30, 2007

Project video and description online at:

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The Pasadena Museum of California Art has honored the Los Angeles based designer Jeremy Quinn with inclusion in its prestigious California Design Biennial.

The digitally created ASCII-like vinyl mural California Pastoral is selected for exhibition at the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The mural, a 30' x 7' layout of vinyl text installed on a glass wall, was originally commissioned by United States Artists for their offices. United States Artists is an organization created to identify and support American artists, providing around 50 fellowships yearly. California Pastoral creates a large-scale image of lush foliage out of 1/2" tall text abbreviations of the 50 states. The work provides a layer of privacy to the USA offices, as well as a dramatic backdrop to the front workspaces.


For the exhibition, Jeremy has recreated a portion of the original mural on the entry doors to the gallery at PMCA. This allows gallery visitors to experience the work in a similar way to how the original functions – as a screening device designed to be seen from both side, in different lighting conditions, and as an ornamented transition between spaces.


About the PMCA California Design Biennial:

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is pleased to present the California Design Biennial. This exhibition is a juried cross section of the most innovative and important design produced in the state over the past two years and is the only exhibition that highlights the unique achievements of California designers. The exhibition is comprised of fashion, furniture, transportation, consumer products, and graphic design selected by a jury of renowned design professionals. This year’s jury includes Lisa Love, West Coast Editor, Vogue; Michael Worthington, Co-Director, Program of Graphic Design, CalArts; Stewart Reed, Chair Transportation Design, Art Center College of Design; Gadi Amit, President, New Deal Design, LLC and Laura Dye, Brand and Design Strategist and Art Center College of Design Instructor.


Exhibition Information
What California Design Biennial 2007
When August 19 - September 30, 2007
Hours Wed. – Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where 490 E Union St. Pasadena, CA. 91101
Admission $6, $4 Seniors/Students Parking Free in the museum garage
Phone 626.568.3665

To see Jeremy’s work online go to: or

About Rise Industries:

Rise Industries is a forum for exchange between artists, designers, writers and musicians and a starting point for interdisciplinary collaborative projects. Founded in 1999 by Jeremy Quinn and Michele Jaquis, we now have co-conspirators in Boston and Providence. The website,, is one of the interfaces between members, and our public front. We are always interested in embarking on new collaborations, starting up new relationships, or creating work for a specific event or place.