Nicole Seisler began A-B Projects during her three-year tenure as the the Lincoln Visiting Artist in Ceramics at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Seisler curated twenty exhibitions in the Claremont venue before relocating A-B Projects to the Bendix Building in Downtown Los Angeles in October 2018. A-B Projects is an accessible platform that expands the perception and role of ceramics from a specialized but marginalized craft to a more pluralistic field within the greater realm of contemporary art. A-B Projects maintains links with several Los Angeles-region university ceramics programs, where exhibiting artists give public lectures on their practices.
The namesake of A-B Projects is Nicole’s old car, August Beater. Nicole bought this 25 year-old Toyota Corolla Deluxe during August 2012 (which was a tough month for Nicole), from a friend who referred to it as ‘the beater’. Thus, this beloved car became known as August Beater, or A-B, and Nicole affectionately painted it with this bright new identity. In July 2015 A-B experienced brake failure and had to be left behind in Oregon while en route from Seattle to Los Angeles, but its spirit lives on with the advent of A-B Projects.