Strip mall signs. Taco trucks. Small business mascots. Many an artist has documented the visual landscape of Los Angeles’ streets, but few have felt it as strongly as Billy Kheel.
For his last show, “Sunset Stitches,” at Trencher, a cafe in Echo Park, the 40-year-old Silver Lake artist crafted painstakingly detailed felt-applique soft sculptures based on local commercial signage -- including the revolving podiatry clinic beacon at Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way known colloquially as “Happy Foot, Sad Foot.”