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Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad

April 12 – July 27, 2014  |  Opening Reception Saturday April 12, 4-6pm
Press Release | Curricular Connections | Full Schedule of Exhibition Events
 
Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.

Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad features the work of 31 contemporary artists whose studios are located within the borders of the I-405, 110, 10, and 105 freeways in Los Angeles.  Over a six-month period Linton and Dawson visited nearly 100 artists working (and often living) in the designated area and each visit is documented on the project blog: http://blogs.otis.edu/freewaystudies/inside-the-quad/. They continue to update the blog as they visit more artists in the planning of subsequent Freeway Studies exhibitions focusing on other neighborhoods.

Artists: Anna Ayeroff  (‘10 Fine Arts), *Juan Capistran (‘99 Fine Arts), 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, Hazel Mandujano ('10 Graduate Graphic Design) Michael Masenburg, 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.
 


Variations of a Whole install

Variations of a Whole

A group exhibition of student work from Otis College of Art and Design
June 28 - August 27, 2014
Opening Reception Saturday June 28, 4-6pm
With live music by The Small Steps, and a stencil workshop with Carol Zou celebrating Rosa Parks and transit-based activism
Press Release

Art school is a place where freedom of thought and self-expression flourish, where up-and-coming artists are given an opportunity to restructure codes and belief systems into their own culture. Variations of a Whole, curated by Otis alumna Jeseca Dawson (’12 Graduate Public Practice), combines the work of thirteen artists from both undergraduate and graduate programs in Fine Arts and Public Practice. The work is evidence of the students' exploration of ideas and materials, as well as their desire to manifest meaningful forms of self-expression.  It exemplifies artists in the process of finding their own voice as they investigate identity, experimentation, social responsibility, art theory and the tension between human and natural production.

Artists in the exhibition: William Jon Bengtson (BFA Fine Arts), Alexia E. Bernal (BFA Fine Arts), Corinne Bernard (BFA Fine Arts), Derek Corns (BFA Fine Arts), Sean Cully (MFA Fine Arts), Janet E. Dandridge (MFA Fine Arts), Víctor Albarracín Llanos (MFA Public Practice), Laura Lindlief (BFA Fine Arts), Chelsea McCarthy (BFA Fine Arts), Angelica Sanchez (BFA Fine Arts), Yasmin Than (MFA Fine Arts), Rachel Wolfe (MFA Fine Arts), Carol Zou (MFA Public Practice)

 




*Inside the Quad Billboard Project 2014
Freeway Studies #2 has commissioned three Inside the Quad artists to create billboards that are located near Otis: Juan Capistrán and Hazel Mandujano, Farrah Karapetian, and Joe Wolek. Billboard Project Artists sponsored by Summit Media LLC. Location map below.

Capistran and Mandujano

Juan Capistrán and Hazel Mandujano, ...my hobby is throwing stones (foolishness can move mountains), 2014
Artist Juan Capistrán and Graphic Designer Hazel Mandujano originally designed this image collaboratively as a takeaway for the exhibition What We Want, What We Believe: Towards A Higher Fidelity at University of Texas at Austin, 2014. A stack of 1,000 sheets of paper printed with a photograph of rock texture were installed on a customized platform, referencing the print installations of artist Felix Gonzales Torres. When crumpled up, the sheets transformed into "rocks." This physical rock then became a visual reference to a photograph of one of the rocks being held up, blocking a view of the former location of the Black Panther Party headquarters in Los Angeles. The viewer would experience the object they were holding as at once in their possession and on exhibit as the focus of the photograph.
                                            
Karapetian


Farrah Karapetian, Prone Position, 2013
Farrah Karapetian created the photogram, Prone Position, from a reenactment of the memory of a veteran, allowing the subject to be a part of the process of depicting his own experience of warfare. Karapetian explains, "In essence the process of reenactment in the darkroom makes present for all of the players a sense of who they have been, who they can be, who they want to be, and who they are. When I install these prints in response to architecture – a veteran lying prone on a billboard to take aim, for example – the imagery begins to make meaning in real space – the space we share with the men depicted and their memories.”
 

Wolek

Joe Wolek, Stadium Seats, 2012
In these pictures I honor specific landscape and documentary traditions by placing content front and center. What existed physically in the scene is why I made the photograph. What is referenced in the real world is that which I want the viewer to witness for interpretation.  They investigate a certain underbelly of society, alluding to the fall of the brief reign of middle class culture celebrated in America and attempt to expose myths of its nostalgically cherished integrity. I point my camera at boring sites, potentially called non- locations due to their strikingly commonplace, banal and sometimes clichéd environs that initially seem not worthy of investigation. However, rather than a single exposure for a straightforward representation of the site, I use multiple frames made from telephoto lenses that are merged together creating one singular picture that forms a panoramic vista but with a compressed and tightly cropped space. They seem natural but the field of view could not be made with conventional camera techniques thus playing disturbingly with notions of peripheral vision and depth perception…(Text taken from, “On the Beaten Track: Stratigraphy of the Vernacular” by Joe Wolek)

Billboard Locations
Green: Farrah Karapetian | Yellow: Juan Capistrán and Hazel Mandujano | Pink: Joe Wolek
(From May 19 - June 15 the billboards of Farrah Karapetian and Juan Capistrán & Hazel Mandujano will not be available to view)


View Billboard Locations "Inside the Quad" in a larger map