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Cliff Garten Studio

There is a latent potential in every public place and situation to become more than the specific functions it appears to perform.

Public and private experiences are never distinct, but exchange places throughout the day.

My search for a place where desire intersects with our everyday activity is the search for sculptural forms which engage us in the poetry of our own actions and define our personal and social histories.

The necessary facts of our public infrastructure are cause for the possibility of a public expression through the conscious design and integration of art. Sculpture defines our interaction and movement by creating energy between things, generating interest in public activity, reframing our private lives and creating a sense of place within public and private realms.

Cliff Garten Studio
Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten is an internationally recognized sculptor and founder of Cliff Garten Studio in Venice, California.

By connecting people to places and infrastructure through sculptural material, social history and ecology, Garten's work locates the latent potential in every public place and situation to become more than the specific functions it appears to perform. Sculpture and landscape, function and form, like public and private experiences are never distinct, but exchange places throughout the day. Sculpture defines our interaction and movement by creating energy between things, generating interest in public activity, reframing our private lives and creating a sense of place within public and private realms.

Garten received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Molly Reid

A licensed architect in the state of California, as well as a LEED accredited professional, Molly Reid brings over 26 years of professional experience to Cliff Garten Studio. Prior to opening her practice in 1994 and before joining CGS, Reid worked in the offices of Lorcan O'Herlihy in Santa Monica, CA and Naomi Leff and Associates in New York, NY.

Reid holds a Masters of Architecture Degree from SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architects, and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College.

Molly Reid
Matthew Gilio-Tenan

Matthew Gilio-Tenan

Matthew Gilio-Tenan received his Masters in Architecture at UCLA and Bachelor of Art and Architecture at OTIS College of Art and Design. He has previously worked with Clive Wilkinson Architecture, R&D Architects, Archisys Inc., and Ram Construction.  In 2009, Mathew co-founded the Future Bright Collective, a collaboration between artists and architects pursuing experimental structures and installations for the Burning Man Festival. In recent years, Matthew has joined his Alma Mater, Otis College of Art and Design, as a visiting professor of fabrication and design.

Originally inspired by sustainable carpentry and furniture design, Matthew has a keen eye for the ways in which sculpture impacts and elevates the built environment. His expertise lies in the manipulation of innovative materials through digital design techniques and deploying parametric modeling to streamline the process of design, fabrication, and installation. Matthew’s work explores how the built environment can impact the way people feel within a space, how that space can affect social interaction and the conceptual tie that a space has to its context and environment.

As Principal of the studio, Matthew brings a contemporary focus to the work. His command of the ever-evolving world of digital techniques leads Cliff Garten Studio into new areas of design and fabrication, working fluidly between technology, architecture, sculpture, and landscape.

Sixto Cordero Maisonet 

Sixto Cordero Maisonet is an architect, designer, and artist. Born in Puerto Rico, he obtained his M.Arch at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects, Matter Design, CPArchitects, ODB Engineering, the Norman Foster Foundation, and Selgascano.

Previously, his collaborative practice helloeverything (co-founded with two partners, Austin Smith, and Julian Ocampo) has exhibited work in the first Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Helloeverything also has produced built work, two educational facilities in Kenya and a prototype house which will be fabricated and sold by Revolution Pre-Crafted Properties.

Sixto’s work both in architecture and design employs digital technologies and attempts to coalesce these with social, environmental and cultural parameters. His work explores methods of geometric discretization as well as critical approaches to the social function of architecture.

Sixto Cordero Maisonet