[sh]Artist duo DABSMYLA join forces with Modernica to put their creative stamp on some exclusive furnishings and fully transform a 4,000 square foot Spanish Revival building on the modern furniture manufacturer’s property in Vernon, CA.

Past the toy warehouses and industrial buildings, and you’ll be greeted by a smile-inducing whimsically painted building adjacent to the Modernica factory

Past the toy warehouses and industrial buildings in Vernon…

Married Australian artist duo DABSMYLA presents "Before and Further", a 4,000 square foot installation takeover of a stand-alone 1930 built Spanish Revival workplace building.

…I encountered a colorfully painted building that wasn’t like the others. Nope, this was DABSMYLA presents “Before and Further“, a 4,000 square foot installation of a stand-alone Spanish Revival building.

They've fully transformed its interior and exterior with their newest paintings, sculptures, installations and exclusive furnishings from limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand painted ceramics to custom-built lighting installations, all designed and created exclusively for their collaboration with Modernica utilizing the factory’s extensive technical capabilities.

They’ve fully transformed its interior and exterior with their newest paintings, sculptures, installations and exclusive furnishings…

...from limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand painted ceramics to custom-built lighting installations, all designed and created exclusively for their collaboration with Modernica utilizing the factory’s extensive technical capabilities.

…including hand painted ceramics and custom-built lighting installations, all designed and created exclusively for their collaboration with Modernica.

Uncle Sid

Uncle Sid

Modernica, the furniture company that specializes in mid–20th century modern-inspired pieces, approached the duo to collaborate on a line of chairs.

The furniture company that specializes in mid–20th century modern-inspired pieces, originally approached the duo to collaborate on a line of chairs.

When they toured the company's campus they were struck by a rambling historic structure in the middle of the company's sprawling facility. MALLARD DUCK HEAD SCULPTURE $30,000

The two artists met while attending art school. Eventually, their friendship led to a date and their first joint painting.

The two-story building stands on its own within a larger a five-acre campus built in 1927 to house a steelworks company.

The two-story building stands on its own within a larger a five-acre campus built in 1927 to house a steelworks company.

 It's lived many lives over the decades — at one point, the building contained a porn studio — but, since 2011, it has been a small part of Modernica's headquarters, used mostly for storage.

The building had been used for many things over the years including a porn studio. Oh my!

Before and Further is inspired by the individual life experiences of DABSMYLA - experiences that ultimately resulted in bringing the two artists together and explores their mystical union and shared balance of love, creativity, friendship and sexuality.

Before and Further is inspired by the individual life experiences of DABSMYLA – experiences that ultimately resulted in bringing the two artists together and explores their mystical union and shared balance of love, creativity, friendship and sexuality.

Like a house, the installation is interactive with a blacklight room vibrating with music, headphones for listening to records, a game board and bright orange meditation “triangles.”

Blacklight Creature

Blacklight Creature

The couple painted everything themselves, working every day for eight straight weeks.

The couple painted everything themselves, working every day for eight straight weeks.

Their detailed work can be found throughout the space...

Their detailed work can be found throughout the space…

 ... from painted walls and doors...

…from painted walls and doors…

...fun bathrooms...

…fun bathrooms…

...detailed maps painted on stairway posts...

…detailed maps painted on stairway posts…

 ...and graphic Case Study planters. MUSHROOM BOWLS ON WOOD STAND $395

…and graphic Case Study planters. Almost everything within the space is for sale. MUSHROOM BOWLS ON WOOD STAND $395.

Almost everything within the space is for sale. FIBERGLASS SIDE SHELL W/ DOWEL- CAT HEAD PINK $395

FIBERGLASS SIDE SHELL W/ DOWEL- CAT HEAD PINK $395.

FIBERGLASS SIDE SHELL W/ DOWEL BARSTOOL- MUSHROOM $490

FIBERGLASS SIDE SHELL W/ DOWEL BARSTOOL- MUSHROOM $490

I like how their designs bleed through these chairs.

There's fun hidden surprises all around if you know where to look...

There’s fun hidden surprises all around if you know where to look…

...like this magic mushroom dancing on top of a telephone pole in the parking lot.

…like this magic mushroom dancing on top of a telephone pole in the parking lot.

There's also an off-limits area upstairs next to the giant cat head...

There’s also an off-limits area upstairs next to the giant cat head…

...which can only be viewed by looking through the hidden peepholes along the wall.

…which can only be viewed by looking through the hidden peepholes along the wall.

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Paintings hang inside...

...that Dabs Myla created at their home studio...

Paintings hang inside that Dabs Myla created at their home studio and at Modernica HQ.

...and at Modernica HQ.

DMTV

DMTV

Before and Further recalls the artists unseen journey of experience, the shared creative energy they’ve embraced and their cosmic consciousness of togetherness.

Before and Further recalls the artists unseen journey of experience, the shared creative energy they’ve embraced and their cosmic consciousness of togetherness.

The installation exemplifies DABSMYLA’s adventures in modern living and artistic partnership with a bit of psychedelic experimentation.

The installation exemplifies DABSMYLA’s adventures in modern living and artistic partnership with a bit of psychedelic experimentation.

[sh]Art Building Bloom

[sh]Art Building Bloom

I kind of love Vernon and what Modernica has done with their factory campus.

The outside of the building definitely stands out in Vernon’s mostly industrial landscape.

Even the restroom sign was a DM creation.

Even the restroom sign was a DM creation.

[sh]Art Reflective Selfie

[sh]Art Reflective Selfie

Happy Wiping

Happy Wiping