Slumlord or Savior?

Clare Graham's 'Warehouse of Wonders'

Artist and collector Clare Graham is an expert at transforming recycled material into art reminiscent of fractal designs and elaborate patterns found in nature.

Since the 1980s, Graham has turned his Highland Park studio -- he calls it MorYork -- into a collection of millions of buttons, soda pop pull tabs, jigsaw puzzles, yard sticks, and Scrabble tiles that resemble pyramids, stalagmites, and kelp canopies.

Often referred to as the "Cabinet of Curiosities," the studio originally stood as a supermarket and a roller rink in the 1930s. The 7,000 square foot building now serves as a warehouse of wonders and a display of art pieces collected from local flea markets, antique stores, and garage sales.

Over the years, Graham has spent hours mastering and crafting his art pieces. He's created a paint by numbers cabinet constructed out of square mosaics and a vast collection of Hopi Kachina miniature dolls. He has also collected giant rows of jigsaw puzzles and yard sticks to recreate vines and pyramids.

Reporter Nic Cha Kim pays a trip to Graham's studio in Highland Park for a closer look at the art pieces.

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Clare Graham, folk artist

 

 

Full Episodes

Upcoming Airdates

'Who Approved That?,' 'Super Soil,' and 'Oil Activist'

As developments continue to pop up all over L.A., some residents are questioning who approves them. SoCal Connected takes a deep dive into L.A.'s housing and asks if the single family home is an endangered species 

It's considered some of the richest super soil in California. Get a close look at the idyllic Apricot Farms, where cutting-edge environmental practices and old school farming techniques are producing some of the purest produce around.

  • 2018-01-16T12:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-01-16T17:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-01-17T05:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-01-17T17:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-01-18T13:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-01-20T04:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-01-21T10:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

'Blowing Concerns,' 'Comeback Kids' and 'Family Savings Plan'

In a joint investigation with FairWarning, SoCal Connected looks at the politics behind regulating California's largest polluter: backyard motorized equipment like leaf blowers and lawn mowers. 

The California Condor is back from the brink of extinction but the job is far from over. Find out what it takes to keep a species surviving and thriving.

Would you switch from gas to veggie oil to run your car? how about stop flying on airplanes? Those are just some of the ways a local family has cut their energy use by ninety percent.

  • 2018-01-23T12:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-01-23T17:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-01-24T05:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-01-24T17:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-01-25T13:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-01-27T04:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-01-28T10:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

SoCal Connected

  • 2018-01-30T12:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-01-30T17:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-01-31T05:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-01-31T17:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-02-01T13:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-02-03T04:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-02-04T10:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

SoCal Connected

  • 2018-02-06T12:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-02-06T17:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-02-07T05:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-02-07T17:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-02-08T13:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-02-10T04:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-02-11T10:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

SoCal Connected

  • 2018-02-13T12:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-02-13T17:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-02-14T05:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-02-14T11:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-02-14T17:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-02-15T13:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK