Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad is the second in the ongoing Freeway Studies exhibition series. It features the work of thirty-one artists whose studios are located inside the area bordered by four major interstates: I-405, 10, 110, and 105. It includes the cities and neighborhoods of Inglewood, Culver City, Santa Monica, West Adams, Baldwin Hills, Palms, and more.Freeway Studies is a multi-year, multi-exhibition curatorial endeavor launched in 2012 to survey the Los Angeles art scene one studio and one area at a time. Los Angeles County spans 4,038 square miles, is home to 88 individual municipalities, multiple unincorporated areas, including two off-shore islands, Santa Catalina and San Clemente, and is crisscrossed by 909 miles of freeway and highway. While this may seem an impossible area to survey, we follow the City’s infamous traffic patterns and use the concrete freeway system as our guide.
In other cities or regions, many people share small talk about the weather. Angelenos talk about traffic, sig-alerts, and “best” routes in what must sound like a secret code to visitors, “Take the 405 to the 10 to the 110 to the 105.” Saturday Night Live’s “The Californians” made this local phenomenon national with ridiculously obsessive accounts of driving in Los Angeles. The local vernacular when referring to the Interstate freeways that pass through our city is to say “the 10” rather than “I-10.” No other city takes this kind of local ownership of the national interstate system. Angelenos are also prone to saying they never go west or east of “the 405,” north/south of “the 10,” or below “the 105,” connoting a wide range of emotions from pride to conceit or simply not wanting to deal with the traffic.
Each of the freeways demarcating the “Quad” is a significant thoroughfare that visually, physically, and psychologically divides the city between north, south, east and west as well as between coastal/inland, Westside/South Bay, or uptown/downtown attitudes. Because of the increase in traffic, today they function more as natural landmarks or barriers like rivers, ravines or mountain ranges used to navigate by and delineate regions. The I-405 is ranked as “the busiest and most congested freeway in America.” As much as its 10-lanes connect people from point A to B, the highway also disconnects. The I-10 is the fourth longest interstate highway in the United States between Santa Monica and Florida and splits Los Angeles in two: “It’s either north of the 10 or south of the 10.” The historic part of the California I-110 (between Pasadena and downtown) was originally called SR 110 / Arroyo Seco Parkway in the 1930s before it extended down to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, and it holds the distinguished honor of being the first freeway in the western United States. The 1960s transportation plan included the creation of the I-105 or “Century Freeway.” It finally opened in 1993 and connects LAX/ El Segundo to Norwalk, stopping shy of its parent freeway, the I-5. In acknowledging all these aspects of the project’s borders, we are going with the flow and letting the freeways chart our course in exploring the identities, similarities and differences from area to area.
Rather than the Situationists’ walking exploration of the urban environment, our curatorial dérive—the spontaneous exploration of urban landscapes guided by aesthetic instinct—combines the self-imposed geographic parameters with word-of-mouth referrals. We travel the highways, step into artists’ physical work spaces and discover first-hand their ideas and modes of production instead of relying on a mediated experience. Our aim is to broaden the existing conversation about Los Angeles art, expand the creative network between artist and institution, and roam beyond the confines of a single rolodex.
Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad artists include:
Anna Ayeroff (‘10 Fine Arts), Juan Capistran (‘99 Fine Arts) and Hazel Mandujano (‘10 Graduate Graphic Design), Miri Chais, Brian Chambers, Renée A. Fox (‘02 Fine Arts),Eben Goff, Todd Gray, Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Kathryn Jacobi, Annetta Kapon, Farrah Karapetian, Soo Kim, Kohl King, Noel Korten, Mara De Luca, Michael Massenburg, Marina Moevs, Warren Neidich, Numa Perrier, Pam Posey, Mei Xian Qiu, Christina Sanchez (‘12 Graduate Public Practice) and Cayetano Juarez, Kyungmi Shin, Christopher Kent Schumaker, Luis Serrano (‘81 Graduate Fine Arts), Lisa C. Soto, Christopher Warner, Dana Weiser, and Joe Wolek.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12, 4pm-6pm, Free
Reception for the artists with live music by Banda Filarmonica Alma del Valle.
Festival: Sunday, April 13, 11am-4pm Free
Otis 3rd Annual Kite Festival, directly north of Santa Monica
Open House: Sunday, April 13, 2pm-5pm, Free
Graduate Studios Open House, 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, 90232
Bus Tours: Saturdays, May 3 (#15421) & June 7 (#25104), 9am-3pm, $75 + $14 registration fee
Curator led bus tours of local studios Inside the Quad. Tour includes transportation, lunch and snacks. To Register: (310) 665 6950 or www.otis.edu/ce.
Drawing Landscape: A Process of Personal Inquiry, Four Saturdays in June, 9:30am-12:30pm, $125
With Luis Serrano in Kenneth Hahn Park. Dress for weather and walking. To Register: (310) 665 6950 or www.otis.edu/ce.
Closing Reception: Sunday, July 27, 2pm-4pm, Free
Farrah Karapetian, Prone Position, 2013 (Located on the North side of Jefferson Blvd, East of Centinela, facing East.)
Juan Capistrán (‘99 Fine Arts) and Hazel Mandujano (’10 Graduate Graphic Design), …my hobby is throwing stones (foolishness can move mountains), 2014 (Located on the East side of Robertson Blvd, South of the 10 Freeway, facing South.)
Joe Wolek, Stadium Seats, 2012 (Located on the North side of Adams, West of La Brea, facing West.)
Billboard locations may change before the end of July 2014; check for updates at: otis.edu/benmaltzgallery. Billboard project sponsored by Summit Media LLC.
Location: Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Parking & Admission: Free. Visitor parking in structure on La Tijera.
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