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  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Mobile Mural Lab

Aug 27, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Dockweiler State Beach Site

At Dockweiler State Beach, which is open at night for public fires, the MobileMuralLab transformed the concession and restroom buildings with “Where We Are From,” a 2,000 sq ft collaborative mural. During the summer, in a series of civic engagements named “Nite-Write,” beachgoers provided their names, hometowns, and personal beach stories, inspiring the subject matter for the text-based mural. In addition, 30 teens from community organizations painted words and phrases in aerosolstyle lettering to provide a background of blues and greens. The west wall of the main concession building hosts translucent images of ammonite fossils that illuminate under UV light.


The Mobile Mural Lab

Roberto del Hoyo (’10 MFA) and David Russell (’11 MFA) Graduate Public Practice

The Mobile Mural Lab was conceived of as a public art project to respond to an L.A. sign ordinance that does not discriminate between commercial signs and fine art murals. The drafted language of the ordinance positioned original hand painted murals on private property as illegal. As a temporary, unconventional solution, alumni Roberto Del Hoyo and David Russell imagined that a retrofitted city search-and-rescue vehicle could serve as a mobile wall surface to paint over and over again, and the interior space could educate and inform. It could be the perfect legal loophole for visual/social expression on the streets of L.A.

After two years, the “Lab” evolved into a mobile art studio serving as a space for mural education and production. Del Hoyo and Russell teach the history of L.A. mural art, the politics of public space, and mural painting techniques. Collaborations with artists, schools, organizations and communities facilitate interactive mural painting programs, workshops and events. A custom curriculum incorporates art education standards through the lens of mural painting. Collaboration, teamwork, and dialogue are key components. Del Hoyo and Russell met in the Graduate Public Practice program. Each has a background in traditional mural painting and art education, and as graduate students, they conceptualized artistic strategies that use the mural both as a social space and as a departure point for dialogue revolving around critical issues. The MobileMuralLab allows people to creatively express themselves in public, where advertising dominates the visual landscape.
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Roberto Del Hoyo

Roberto Del Hoyo was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his bachelor degree in Studio Art with concentration in painting from the California State University of Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited in the Los Angeles gallery district, as well as on school walls throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Roberto has worked with students, educators and other artists to create these murals. His paintings balance brutal reality, and complete fantasy…probably a reflection of the reality-bending experience of being Chicano in South Central Los Angeles, where life itself can be filled with disbelief; and imagination is necessary for survival.
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David Russell

David Russell paints elements of the natural world on large-scale walls and canvases, motivated by the visual aesthetic found in mountain and ocean environments across the globe. David graduated from University of Tulsa with a B.F.A. in Painting/Art history. He spent one year in Florence, Italy, studying Painting, Art History and Italian Language. Additionally, he pursued a professional teaching license in Art Education and has eight years of K-12 public school teaching experience. Russell’s large format painting background has inspired the creation of his own mural painting company called Idealwallarts. Projects have ranged from hand painted wall signs, custom canvases, to large format pictorials.


Mobile Mural Lab has collaborated with several communities and organizations in Boyle Heights, MacArthur Park, Huntington Park, Downtown, Whittier, Riverside, Pasadena, Culver City, Santa Monica, Venice, Playa Del Rey, Inglewood, Wilmington, Hollywood, and others.

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