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Dustin Shuler 1948 – 2010

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and people think art is in the eye of the beholder – well, no it isn’t.

Art is based on the  intent of the artist.”

– Dustin Shuler

(in conversation with Robert Siegel, All Things Considered, NPR, August 14, 2007)

Dustin Shuler

Dustin Shuler, in front of “Pinned Butterfly” (1982) a Cessna 150 airplane nailed to an exterior wall of the notorious American Hotel, above Al’s Bar at Hewitt and Traction Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

Whether claimed as a native son of Los Angeles – or his actual birthplace, Pittsburgh, PA, artist Dustin Shuler made an impact on our emotional world even as he demonstrated the impact our culture is making on our physical environment. And, whether you remember him for his “Auto Pelts” or his (Wayne’s World) “Spindle” in Chicago, we mourn the passing of a vibrant member of our arts community.

The following are a few links to recent articles that tell the story of a life and work to celebrate:

The LA Times

The New York Times

Orange County Register Arts Blog


The Art and History of Cermak Plaza

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