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Rosslyn Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

Photo: Rosslyn Hotel, Rooftop Neon Signs, 5th and Main, Downtown Los Angeles.
From the exhibit, Urban Wonderworld: Dreams in Steel, Concrete and Light.
2006, RA Montibon, Sanctuary Studios | TMC. All Rights Reserved.



Royal Mastodon Society is an art space, special project workshop, research lab, design incubator, culture cauldron, showroom and event venue dedicated to the quest for the New American Incognitum in all of its terrible beauty -- as artistic metaphor, if not in actuality.

(Tread softly, little ones, for RMS is the portentious domain of wild beasts and mad scientists...)

As such, RMS is part of an ancient line of inquiry: from Clovis Man scanning the horizon to the Greek belief in an emergent age of wisdom; from the pre-Renaissance ideal of Novus Mundi to Amerigo Vespucci's history-rending declaration; from American Indian ritual to the American Revolution and Thomas Jefferson's fixation on the "uncontrolled Monarch of the Wilderness" -- not as a mere havoc-wreaking Grendel, but as the "icon of national identity for citizen's of the new republic*"; up to the present, rather tumultuous 21st Century, a strange Novus Mundi that is both very new and very old all at once. We find ourselves, once again, strangers in a very strange land, and the future is uncertain.

Royal Mastodon Society continues this exploration -- via the fevered imagination and artistic vision of its inner circle of artists, designers, musicians and filmmakers.

As the landscape changes, the creatures are on the move.


*Paul Semonin, author, American Monster: How the Nation's First Prehistoric Creature Became a Symbol of National Identity (New York, 2000).


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Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer



Ars adeo latet sua arte.
- Ovid (Metamorphoses 10.252)