Dakota Solt
February 5, 2012

What is your full name? Any nick names?

Dakota Falkenburg Solt, Cody, Cux, Cucu, Dako, Codofskhka, Code, Kota, Cuculina

What is your current occupation(s)?

“CryBaby Presents co-President,” artist, video editor, clothing designer, printer, curator, over-packer, sexy lover and best friend

Where do you currently live?

A castle in West Hollywood.

What is your favorite medium/media to work in at the moment?

Pen and Ink, Final Cut & Photoshop, and oil paint.

What is your current subject matter and content of work?

The subjects of my work are usually odd-ball collectables in my apartment. The content of my work is cultural media, commercialism and the society I live in–duh. I’m drawn to commercial slogans, trash, buttons, stickers, television, etc.

What is the relationship between the content of your work and the materials you use?
I like challenging myself with intricate processes- like cutting out hundreds of objects in Photoshop without using the magic wand tool, or using an exacto-knife to cut out individual paint drip marks. I like doing this donly if part of the process is random and liberating- like globbing on paint so it drips off and does it’s own thing, or taking a screen shot of layered multiple animations. Each frame, or each second I wait to let the sludge drip, changes the result –these are the surprises that keep me going.

Who is your favorite artist(s)?

John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Joana Avillez and Olaf Breuning.

What is your favorite food / drink?

Dark Chocolate covered orange peel, Panna water, Jameson on the rocks, Tai sushi from Hirozen, Zucchini from the Jardim Botânico

What are you listening to right now?
The Drive soundtrack, Phantogram, Little Dragon, Twin Shadow, Metronomy, Papa, White Life, Black Keys and Girls, Mum

How do you see yourself in 40 years?
With a very geometric haircut, red lipstick, black pants and espadrilles.

What is your most treasured possession?

My left hand and my family

What gadget / object could you not live without?

Lisa Ziven

How would you describe your style, aka uniform?
Curated Edgy: KimonoDakota… basically high-waisted bottoms, crop tops, kimonos, black boots, my army jacket

What is your favorite book?
Steppenwolf, Candide, and the Fountainhead.

I listen to songs on repeat for like a week straight, so the last few were:
The Kills: “Future Starts Slow”
Girls: “Honey Bunny”
Kurt Vile: “Baby’s Arms”
Black Keys: “Lonely Boy”
Little Dragon: “Please Turn”


To Catch a Thief, Romancing the Stone, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charade, The Professional


ID, Dazed and Confused, Bullett, Art Forum


clothing designer?
I mostly wear vintage- thanks to my mom’s killer style. I also like the hunt.

What was your first screen name or email address?, ccccccoda (6 C’s + oda),

What is your favorite color?

Neon red

What is your favorite shape?
Geodesic dome, diamond

Would you rather explore space or the deep sea?

Space in my dreams…sorta scared of heights.


February 4, 2012 - March 4, 2012

Opening Night Pictures

“Do Not Remove” Opening Event at Space 15Twenty
February 4th, 2012, 7:00pm-10:00pm
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

February 2012
On February 4th 2012, CRYBABY Presents is excited to announce their move from 171 S. La Brea to their new temporary installation space at Space 15Twenty.

Their upcoming show, “Do Not Remove,” will open on the evening of Saturday, February 4th, in conjunction with the White Iris Records Music Series. The opening night of “Do Not Remove” will include a special guest performance by a local Los Angeles based band and DJ set by Sean Bowie of Teams.

CRYBABY Presents’ third show, “Do Not Remove” (February 4th- March 29th, 2012) will debut an exhibition featuring work by CRYBABY founders Dakota Solt and Lisa Ziven. Together the girls push the fine art element of a commercial object through processing and reinventing unconventional subject matters into salable and usable pieces of art.

In “Do Not Remove” Dakota Solt’s prints of digital collages play with the re-appropriation of imagery and slogans by altering the physical nature of an object, while Lisa Ziven’s selection of sculptural pillows and soft goods continue this conversation as three-dimensional representations of Solt’s prints.

“Do Not Remove” will also include a curated installation of home products by Molla Space and The Evolution Store, accessories by Surface to Air, Minimarket, Illesteva, Hansel from Basel and Baggu, as well as jewelry by Upper Metal Class and Etten Eller. The installation will also include CRYBABY Presents original clothing designs and accessories, BLK DNM, Samantha Pleet and Something Else.

In addition to the pop-up store, CRYBABY will host a White Iris Records music series starting on the opening night, February 4th with February 18th, and March 3rd concerts to follow. The series will include performances by local bands, a special DJ set, drinks, and late night shopping. CRYBABY Presents will also be featuring background studio visits with the bands on their site at

CRYBABY Presents is a revolving concept shop that will continue to pop up in different spaces. Their first shop on La Brea Ave. featured two art and design installations entitled “Holy Smoke” (October 15th-December 1st) and “TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE” (December 10th-January 26th). Their current space will be at Space 15Twenty for the months of February and March.

Daily Candy, October 2011:
“Behind many a great empire is a pair of BFFs…Next up? Dakota Solt and Lisa Ziven. The RISD grads and pals put their heads together and dreamed up one rad idea: CRYBABY Presents, a curated, traveling concept shop selling hip, ahead-of-the-curve finds.”, October 2011:
“We’ve been hearing that CRYBABY Presents is going to be the coolest thing in LA since sliced bread.”

CRYBABY Presents was founded by fellow RISD grads and LA-based artists, Lisa Ziven and Dakota Solt, in 2011 as a permanent traveling installation of art and design, with different outposts in the Los Angeles area roughly every six weeks to four months. Each installation is unique and highly-curated, exhibiting a specific set of artists with designer apparel, accessories, furniture collaborations, art products and books. The entire installation is for sale, including the art on the walls and furniture.
Incorporating the original vision of Ziven and Solt’s own creative work, each CRYBABY Presents show is accompanied by an exclusive “studio visit” video of the artists, musicians, and designers involved as well CRYBABY Presents apparel by Ziven and Solt.
For more information on CRYBABY Presents, please write Caitlin at