Sept 14th Surreal Photo Experience

Each month I ART U DTLA is committed to creating an interactive art experience for our audience.  We wanted a photo opportunity for our guests, however rather than going with a typical photo booth, we collaborated with artists Laurie Shapiro, Darren Sarkin, and Sarah Butler to create the surreal atmosphere, filled with their works of art and asked photographer Stephen Payne to capture the moment.

Explore our album below and find your photo from the Sept 14th Art Walk!! 


Artist Laurie Shapiro

Laurie Shapiro is a mixed media artist who makes large scale, tapestry-like paintings which she sometimes combines to form installations. Her pieces are made through a process of hand sewing screen printed drawings and textiles on muslin combined with layers of paint. For this installation, Laurie secured donations of flowers from three local Trader Joe's, which were intentionally placed on the ground in the installation. In the photo booth participants could pose with a flower and take one with them. The idea was to "leave a trail of flowers."  

To find out more about Laurie Shapiro visit:

Darren Sarkin

Darren Sarkin sculpts with light to bring wonder and magic to any environment. By changing the light he tries to change your perspective; by seeing in new ways, perhaps we can understand in new ways. 

Follow Darren Sarkin on instagram @wingspeak 


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Sarah Butler


Sarah Butler is a dancer, maker, & performance artist here in LA. She contributed to the surreal world created by Laurie and Darren by constructing a large head piece of wire, netting, and dried flowers worn in performance in the space. It created a home for this surreal floral character that she has been developing in the past six months and she feels incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity to collaborate with Laurie, Darren, & Ren Gallery.

Steven Payne aka Paynie

Paynie is a photographer and is really bad at writing things in the third party.  He might not be the very best photographer in LA, but he is very prolific … and may be the best as well.  Who knows? He's British.

To see more of Paynie's work visit