NEW METRO LINES STATION ART REVEALED
Ed Fuentes of KCET recently did an excellent piece previewing the art aspect of the new train stations in Los Angeles, which have had their fair share of controversy in the arts already, with their purple line looking to tear through a couple galleries across the street from LACMA. Metro worked out a whole half of a percent of the transportation renovations’ budget to create a small amount of art for the stations.
It’s not budget cuts as much as limited room. “”It’s about limited real estate,” said Yamamoto. “There isn’t space for large scale works at most of the Expo Line stations.”
They won’t quite stack up to the Red and Purple line stations, but when the proposals are finalized, LA locals will still have a bunch of new work to enjoy throughout the city.
Check out the entire article here.
1:01 pm • 19 April 2013 • 1 note
WE GOT THE POWER!: WE SURVIVED THE PIT - TRACK 16 GALLERY’S FINAL SHOW IN SANTA MONICA TOMORROW
Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica has long been one of the more well-thought-out galleries in the greater Los Angeles area that consistently shows hip, contemporary work. As has been the case with many other galleries, however, city-wide improvements to transportation has put the gallery out of its place to make way for the Metro subway line construction. The gallery has been selling off all of its work at low prices to lessen the blow, but unfortunately their upcoming show will likely be their last.
WE GOT THE POWER!: We Survived the Pit is about a hardcore underground movement that spurred itself, and it gives away such a feeling, especially in the gallery’s gorgeous space. The opening is tomorrow at 6pm, and you can find details below as well as an excerpt from the press release:
As a pre-teenager, David Markey began making 8mm and Super-8 films while publishing neighborhood newspapers in Santa Monica in the mid 1970s. In 1979 he met fellow teenager Jordan Schwartz and by 1981 they founded We Got Power!, a fanzine dedicated to the first-generation hardcore punk music community in Los Angeles, and beyond.
WE GOT THE POWER!: We Survived the Pit
Track 16 Gallery
Smart Art Press
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Show runs: September 8th-October 6th, 2012
Show opening: Saturday, September 8th, 6-11PM
12:49 pm • 7 September 2012 • 3 notes
LA’S PURPLE LINE AIMS TO FLATTEN MUSEUM ROW
The inarguably valuable Purple Line that begins construction shortly to extend past Wilshire to Westwood and soon to the coast has recently been detailed in an environmental impact statement issued by the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the news is bad for three small gallery owners across the street from LACMA’s Broad Contemporary and next door to the Petersen Automotive Museum.
While a large lot of tax-exempt land sits just two blocks east of the proposed staging ground - the construction requires a flattened area “to receive gassy soils and possible fossil finds and to park subway construction vehicles, equipment and office trailers” - LACMA doesn’t want to give it up. Not only that, but LACMA also owns vacant land behind the May Co. building that has been used as staging ground for the past eight years.
But MTA is going after the easier targets first.
As gallery owner Edward Cella says, “I have great sympathy for the subway project. It’s a dream of all Los Angeles.” But that doesn’t mean he’s happy about the ouster. “I purposely moved my gallery from Santa Barbara to be in this network of spaces next to the A+D, across the street from LACMA, down the block from the Petersen. The context is irreplaceable.”
Read all of the details in this well-written article from the LA Times.
11:32 am • 9 April 2012 • 3 notes