From The Desk Of: MAMA Gallery

Jun 23, 2016

We met Eli from MAMA Gallery when he was working as a curator with one of our clients, The Art of Elysium. Eli was responsible for bringing together their annual auction which was always an impressive mix of young and mid-career artists. When we'd heard that Eli had teamed up with Adarsha Benjamin to open MAMA Gallery, we were immediately intrigued. Their calendar of exhibitions does not disappoint, and we love that we get to print beautiful invitations for them. We sat down with the gallery partners to learn more about how they concept their space and get ahead in the world of dealing art.

What’s on your desk?

Candles, plants, flowers, computer, invoices, pencils, and typewriter

Fill in the blank: "I don't show up at a meeting without _________."


What's on your reading list?

Art dealers ( the 80s book ) why Bernie Sanders matters, and poetry always

I'd pay good money for... / Wouldn't take even if free...

Organic food / nabisco or nestle

My proudest accomplishment is... / The next goal on the horizon is...

My daughter juniper lee / philanthropy

Subject I won’t shut up about lately... / Subject I avoid...

Plastic bottles, the prison system and Bernie Sanders / what republicans eat

Describe your personal aesthetic in three words:

Romantic, minimal, bohemian

Describe the creative space at your company:

Clean, open, welcoming

What are your design inspirations?

Wabi sabi, nature, wood, dada

How does one tap into their creative side?

Watching puppy videos, reading, museums, long walks, sleep

What’s the motto/life philosophy/advice you live by?

Nothing is impossible, always be kind, but firm.

What is your favorite aspect of the job you do?

Inspiration, opening minds, being a home for ideas

The paper product I can’t live without is ____ and I use it to _____.

Thick white note paper, to write my daily to do lists

What career moves and/or aspirations brought you to your current role?

It started when James Franco sent me to venice to produce an installation on a little island during the biennial with films from Douglas Gordon, Ed Rushcha, Paul McCarthy, Aaron Young and Harmony Korine. then i got the art world bug.

Share an insight on your life or life in general that you’ve discovered:

We have immense power to change our lives and make them what we want them to be, we must really believe.


When do you feel like you’re at your best?

On a tropical beach or when we are insanely busy.

What is a quote that inspires you:

That Keruoac one about the mad ones is good.

How does your brand convey its unique personality?

By being ourself and staying true to our ethos.

Branding is __________.

A product of consumerism.


Describe a typical day at work:

Arrive, coffee, go over the day, emails, meetings, laugh a lot, look at art.

What is the best professional lesson you’ve ever learned?

Always be kind, you never know who someone might be or how they might end up in your life later. always be honest.

The vice you’ll never give up is __________.


What is the best advice you’ve received recently?

Chill out.

What brought you to Paper Chase Press?

We love that its a local LA company

How often do you use printed goods to promote your business?

We always print exhibition invites to shows

What's the response like to these printed goods?

People love them

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