Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Marshall McLuhan is famous for saying "the medium is the message." In Billy's case, the medium is most certainly part of the message. By using soft, welcoming felt in rendering typically edgy, hard, and abrasive objects, he asks his audience to re-evaluate what's in front of them. 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Drew Tewksbury
Published: 26 May 2015, Artbound


The Los Angeles River is hard, grimy, rugged, straight-jacketed with so much concrete that tames its wayward water flow. But inside the walls of Los Angeles County Store, it becomes a plush paradise thanks to felt artist Billy Kheel.

"I've been going to the river for 10 to 15 years now, since I've been in Los Angeles," says Kheel. "In the last five years, so many changes have come to the river. It's an interesting turning point in time where you can see the history of this concrete channel, but also its future as a managed wetland with gastropubs and apartment buildings. I thought it would be a great time to freeze the scene and investigate the river bottom." [read more]

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