AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Resist/Persist

Deborah Krall

November 20, 2022 – January 23, 2023

Opening Saturday, November 19, 2022 3:00 to 5:00pm


Why campaign buttons? Why bright colors and swirling patterns? Why mandalas?

Bright colors and patterns make me happy. As a former textile artist, I have a catalog of designs in my brain. The structure of radial symmetry, also known as mandalas, keeps things under control. I like work that is “pretty”, but I subvert first impressions by stealth. Looking more closely reveals (mostly) political slogans written on metal buttons and painted on wood. Many are informative- I’M PRO-CHOICE AND I VOTE, and many offer advice- REFUSE FASCISM. I aspire to political activism.


Deborah Krall was born on Staten Island, raised in Portland, Oregon, and has now lived in Los Angeles for 49 years. She attended several art schools and universities, and finished up with a BFA from what is currently known as The California College of Art, and an MFA in Fiber Art from UCLA and numerous years as a public school art educator.

“As a politically inclined person, and a collector of small shiny objects, I have acquired bags full of metal campaign pins of varying sizes, colors, and sentiments. About ten years ago I began using this material in collages. In the current series, RESIST/PERSIST, I allowed myself to wallow in color, texture, and radial balance. The more I produced of these collages, the more people offered to give me their own collections of campaign pins. I love to combine disparate materials to see where they take me.”





Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 2pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 2pm to 5pm
Admission is FREE

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the California Arts Council, a state agency.