Deconstruction Zone

Niche.LA Video Art presents Deconstruction Zone
new works by Stephen Hartzler
curated by woodywise

LOS ANGELES, CA – From December 11th, 2008 – January 30th, 2009, Niche.LA Video Art presents Deconstruction Zone, a collection of street sign found art and jewelry by artist Stephen Hartzler.

Stephen Hartzler graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Anthropology and another in Metals and Jewelry. He credits one of his Metals and Jewelry teachers, a Buddhist named Harlan Butt, with helping him find his direction and balance between metal, nature, and skin.

A native Texan, Stephen prefers being outside and enjoys physical activities like bike riding, rock climbing, snowboarding, and skateboarding.

He recognizes the strong cultural influences in most of his jewelry, and feels that jewelry can be a direct representation of someone’s cultural surroundings. To him, his jewelry can be considered a future artifact.

He has always had a DIY approach to things and for the past few years, he has been focusing on recycled materials.

A midnight bicycle rider, Stephen Hartzler came up with the idea for his street sign cuffs while looking for a unique way to ride more safely. Seeing the eye-catching reflecting power of street signs, he set out carving, cleaning and polishing them into
these bold cuffs. Now, with their unique shimmer and colorful shine, they’ll catch the eye of onlookers any time of day. Available as red stop sign bracelets and green street sign bracelets. Styles will vary slightly, as each is one of a kind. Handmade in Texas.

recent scenes:
Dallas Museum of Art
Austin Museum of Art
Artist Conspiracy

Located at 453 Spring St. #443, LA, CA 90013 (, Niche.LA Video Art features an 18-seat private screening room and a mixed-media/video art gallery. A digital cooperation in the middle of Downtown LA, Niche.LA Video Art is owned by Gallery Row Founder, Nic Cha Kim, and video artist, Woody Wise.

Niche.LA Video Art
453 S. Spring St. #443, Los Angeles, CA 90013
December 11th & January 8th, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Additional viewings available Saturdays 12-5PM by appointment only.