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CURRENT:LA Water City’s First Public Art Biennial

Opening Saturday, July 16, 2015

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On Saturday, July 16 to August 14, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural affairs will launch an inaugural, citywide public art biennial titled CURRENT: LA Water, which will feature 15 multidisciplinary public art installations in public spaces, including sites along the Los Angeles River, as well as outdoor public programs.

This temporary initiative aims to establish a new paradigm for public art in Los Angeles and will call attention to water conservation and serve as a cultural experience for visitors.

LA River

Current: LA Water is part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge competition in which Los Angeles was selected out of more than 230 cities.

Each city applied for funding of up to $1 million and technical support to mount a major temporary public art project designed to catalyze local economic development and address a pressing civic issue.


CURRENT:LA Water kicks off with a combination of public art and family-friendly programming throughout the city along the Los Angeles River and LA’s other waterways. All projects will be installed in open public spaces, and all events are free to attend from July 16 through August 14, 2016.

CURRENT:LA Water, will establish the first Public Art Biennial for the City of Los Angeles.

“We created the Public Art Challenge to support innovative temporary public art projects that enhance the vibrancy of cities,” said Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Department of Cultural Affairs are demonstrating how public art can strengthen neighborhoods, inspire residents, and fuel local economies with the work of talented artists through CURRENT:LA Water.”

The artists and artist teams selected to participate in this inaugural biennial from among 130 considered include: Refik Anadol + Peggy Weil (team); Edgar Arceneaux; Josh Callaghan + Daveed Kapoor (team); Mel Chin; Chris Kallmyer; Candice Lin; Lucky Dragons (Luke Fischbeck + Sarah Rara); Teresa Margolles; Kori Newkirk; Michael Parker; Gala Porras-Kim; Rirkrit Tiravanija; and Kerry Tribe

Initial curatorial oversight and selection of the artists were provided by artist and curatorial advisor Marc Pally and a committee of esteemed LA-based curators with experience in issue-based public art and biennial presentations. Ongoing curatorial support is provided by the following curators: Ruth Estévez (REDCAT, Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater), Rita Gonzalez (LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Karen Moss (Otis College of Art and Design and USC Roski School of Fine Arts and Design), and Irene Tsatsos (Armory Center for the Arts).

The CURRENT:LA Water Public Art Biennial 2016 Artists’ Projects include:

Refik Anadol and Peggy Weil

UnderLA: 1st Street Bridge – East 1st Street between Santa Fe Avenue and Mission Road, Downtown LA, 9003 – 14th Council District

UnderLA uses scientific data generated from LA’s aquifers—layers of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water—to create a site-specific projection for the 1st Street Bridge. (#underlawater /

Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, and August 13 and 14, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Refik Anadol and Peggy Weil

UnderLA: Origin of the LA River –6883 Owensmouth Avenue, Canoga Park, 91303 – 3rd Council District

UnderLA uses scientific data generated from LA’s aquifers—a layer of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water—to create a site-specific projection for the Origin of the LA River. (#underlawater /

Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Edgar Arceneaux

The CENTER of the EARTH – Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2657 Motor Avenue, West LA, 90064 – 5th Council District

Edgar Arceneaux appropriates minimal forms often seen in drinking fountains found in public spaces to create a different fountain of sorts. The CENTER of the EARTH draws parallels between the use of altars and water in religious and everyday contexts. As an extension, Arceneaux’s work considers the below-ground transit of water and the above-ground ideologies of the people that regulate it.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Artist Q&A on Saturday, July 16, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Josh Callaghan and Daveed Kapoor

Mast – South Los Angeles Wetlands Park, 5413 South Avalon Boulevard, South Los Angeles, 90011 – 9th Council District

Collaborators Josh Callaghan and Daveed Kapoor’s Mothership is a large-scale sculpture comprising a mast, sail, and rigging that rises out of the South LA Wetlands Park’s landscape. The work addresses California’s colonial history and the vestiges of its destructive legacy; in doing so, Mothership occupies a position as both a cultural marker and an architectural feature that provides shade for park visitors.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Mel Chin

The TIE that BINDS: the MIRROR of the FUTURE – The Bowtie, 2780 West Casitas Avenue, Glassell Park, 90039 – 1st Council District

Mel Chin reimagines the 18.6 acres that make up the Bowtie—an area adjacent to the LA River, near where the 5 and 2 freeways meet—with a new landscape of native, drought-tolerant plants. Visitors can take home a newly mapped “parcel” and plant it in their yards or community gardens.

Thursday through Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to Sunset (gates close at 9:00 p.m.).

See Event Calendar for details and visit for related programs and events.

Chris Kallmyer

New Weather Station – Norman O. Houston Park, 4918 South La Brea Avenue, Baldwin Hills, 90008 – 8th Council District

The Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification is a performing group that collaborates with Southern California communities to address weather, water, and the evolution of the arid city. During CURRENT:LA, the group is headquartered at New Weather Station, a 20-foot open-air geodesic dome hosting a series of events featuring LA-based artists, designers, historians, urbanists, chefs, and thinkers exploring the intersection of water and weather modification.

July 31 to August 14, 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Weekend events on July 31, and August 11, 13, and 14. See Event Calendar for details.

Candice Lin

A Hard White Body – Westside Neighborhood Park, 2999 Clyde Avenue, West Adams, 90016 – 10th Council District

Candice Lin’s sculpture appropriates water filtration and microbe growth to consider how the power of small beings disrupts social hierarchies. By using bacteria found in kombucha as an active collaborator, the sculpture highlights the presence of bacteria in our environment as well as our continued vulnerability and dependence on it in order to live.

Daily from 3:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Artist event on Thursday, August 11.

Lucky Dragons

Δ (Delta) – Bee Canyon Park, 17307 Sesnon Boulevard, Granada Hills, 91344 – 12th Council District

Mimicking the unstable nature of water, Lucky Dragons creates a series of unique performances at Bee Canyon Park in which characters uncover a new set of instructions and resources each weekday afternoon to engage visitors and respond to LA’s water infrastructure.

Monday through Friday, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Lucky Dragons

The Spreading Ground – Hansen Dam, 12272 Osborne Street, Pacoima, 91342 – 7th Council District

The Spreading Ground is a month-long series of workshops designed for public participation?with the understanding that the denizens of LA are dynamically bound together by water. These workshops culminate in a musical score derived and performed by Lucky Dragons and The Spreading Ground participants.

Saturday, July 23 and 30 evening open rehearsals. Saturday, August 6 and 13 evening performances.

Teresa Margolles

La Sombra (The Shade) – Echo Park Lake, 1698 Park Avenue, Echo Park, 90026 – 13th Council District

With the assistance of volunteers from all over the city, Teresa Margolles washed over 100 public spaces where lives were taken over the course of the past year in LA. Collecting and using the water from each cleaning, Margolles erects a memorial to the victims of that violence. The work also offers an area of respite for visitors to rest, meditate, and reflect at Echo Park.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kori Newkirk

Prime – South Weddington Park, 10798 Bluffside Drive, Studio City, 91604 – 2nd Council District

Working with an American vernacular used in fountains and parks, Kori Newkirk presents a sculpture of horses installed in a trench. The work responds to the drought via exaggerating the concavity of fountains and addresses cultural boundaries present in parks and public places.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Artist’s Talk on Monday, July 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Michael Parker

The Ides – Point Fermin Park, 739 West Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, 90731 – 15th Council District

Michael Parker builds an arch that frames the ocean views of the San Pedro bluff to showcase the drama of Point Fermin, a site engulfed by water, sun, and the Port of LA. The arch, a collaboration with peers and developed through a dialogue between digital and analog processes, reflects the intersection of human engineering as seen in the Port of LA and the natural setting of Point Fermin.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Point Fermin Lighthouse Tours Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Gala Porras-Kim

Supplement to Ballona Discovery Park Informative Signs – Del Rey Lagoon Park, 6840 Esplanade Street, Playa Del Rey, 90293 – 11th Council District

Gala Porras-Kim creates signage that tells the story of the Tongva burial ground that is located at the Del Rey Lagoon Park. The work draws attention to the beginnings of the wetlands and the controversial handling of the burial ground, giving viewers an opportunity to learn about a history that has been removed.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Untitled 2016 (LA Water, Water Pavilion) – Sepulveda Basin, 6300 Lake Balboa Hiking Trail, Encino, 91411 – 6th Council District

An intimate timber-frame structure houses weekly events centered on public interaction with the LA River, its users, and the surrounding urban fabric. In this project, Tiravanija employs architecture to create a juncture between people and place, creating situations that bring us closer to the river.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Special weekend events on July 16, 17, 24, and 25 and August 6.

Kerry Tribe

Exquisite Corpse – Sunnynook River Park, LA River Bike Path, Atwater Village, 90039 – 4th Council District

Exquisite Corpse is an open-air nightly screening of a 51-minute film that traces the 51-mile Los Angeles River from its origins in the San Fernando Valley to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, Tribe’s camera captures its varied landscapes, neighborhoods, creatures, and communities through a string of meditative encounters that collectively describe the river at this juncture in its history.

Daily at 8:30 p.m. Pre-screening talks with the Theodore Payne Foundation every Friday at 7:00 p.m.

CURRENT:LA Water Public Programming

The following CURRENT:LA Water public program providers were selected by the CURRENT:LA curatorial team from submissions received in response to a Request for Qualifications:

  • Barcid Foundation Native Current Multimedia Workshop
  • Bob Dornberger, Misa Lund, Emily Han, Pascal Baduar, and Erica Wohldmann
  • Clockshop
  • Community Services Unlimited
  • Devon Tsuno
  • Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)
  • Los Angeles Urban Rangers
  • Self Help Graphics and Art
  • Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras
  • UCLA ArtSci
  • Women’s Center for Creative Work

Selected presentations from the public programming partners will accompany the temporary art works as presented by the CURRENT:LA artists. Events include: pre-screening conversations; guided wetland and nature tours; printmaking workshops; audio, visual, and cooking performances; foraging adventures; and more. All events take place at CURRENT:LA Water sites and will be free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Visit for more information and a schedule of programs, workshops, and events.


‘Dark Matter’ Takes Over Barnsdall Art Park on July 15

gia on the move art aron axelrodAaron Axelrod is taking over Barnsdall Art Park for three days with Dark Matter, a one-of-a-kind, provocative visual experience which will launch at Barndall’s “Breaking Convention” Summer Soiree on Friday, July 15 from 6 – 10pm and will open to the public Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from Noon – 9:30pm daily.

Guests will preview a spectacular Axelrod and Swarovski collaboration art piece housed at LAMAG, featuring almost 700,000 multi-color crystals in addition to other captivating works.

Dealing in a vast array of mediums from painting to photography as well as installation and video art, the presentation will feature 40 pieces of art with 8 distinct themes including the inventive multi-media series

  • “Melting Rainbows,” a performance piece which was depicted in a national commercial campaign on MTV
  • “Freedom of the Press,” a series of large-scale pastel paintings of scrambled news channels
  • “String Theory,” a series of neon-light mixed-media paintings, several abstract resin sculptures, and Swarovski collaboration

Influenced heavily by children’s fairytales, psychedelia, and the occult; Axelrod is known for his unique use of the spectacle and aesthetic choices; inspired by Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts, and the unknown. A practitioner of vast disciplines including painting, installation, performance, sculpture and video art, Axelrod’s work has been displayed in galleries, museums and public spaces in cities across the country. Collaborations have included projects for Walt Disney, KCRW, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TOMS, Myspace, PTTOW!, Coachella, Skee.TV, Vans, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to name a few. A CalArts graduate, Axelrod currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

@TheAxelrod for all social media.

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Generous support provided by Swarovski, Baxter and Bombet Hospitality Group.

For more information visit the Facebook Event Page and follow:
@theaxelrod, @BarnsdallPark, @HollyhockHouse, @LAMAGBarnsdall, @swarovski,
#BreakingConvention2016, #DarkMatterExhibition, #BarnsdallxAxelrod, and #Swarovski on social media channels.

Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Park Hours: 5:00am – 10:00pm daily
Municipal Art Gallery: 12:00pm – 9:30pm *Special Hours for “Dark Matter” Exhibition

POW! WOW! Long Beach Street Art Festival Returns

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The Varden Hotel-POW WOW 2015-Image Credit Long Beach CVB (PRNewsFoto/Long Beach CVB)

POW! WOW! Long Beach returns to Long Beach, California, from Monday, July 11, 10:00 AM, to Sunday, July 17, 6:00 PM.

A week-long celebration of culture, music and art, set to change the face of the city, POW! WOW! Long Beach, inspired by Honolulu’s POW! WOW! Hawaii, follows on last year’s successful inaugural event. The festival centers around internationally renowned artists who will complete a series of urban street art mural installations throughout the city.  It is the only event of its kind in the continental United States.

“In Long Beach, we’re proud to be a city that celebrates and supports the arts. “POW! WOW! Long Beach, returning for its second year, both celebrates and enhances our city’s authentic character. We can’t wait to see the colorful installations we’ll get to enjoy all year, and we’re excited to welcome so many renowned artists to our neighborhoods.” ~Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia

Participating artists include Sean “Hula” Yoro, Felipe Pantone, Cinta Vidal Agulló, Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann, Andrew Hem and Brendan Monroe

Installation locations include leading attractions and landmarks such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Long Beach Convention Center, Edison Apartments, and Westin Hotel in Long Beach, California

Visit for additional details, schedule of events and updates.

Hollywood Fringe 2016 Is Here!

gia on the move hollywood fringe festivalOk, technically, they are in previews this week.  But as promised Gia On The Move will be making the rounds for the entire month of June.  Expect to see a few more theater reviews for the next couple of weeks.  We’ll be back to our ‘regularly scheduled programming’ in July!

Angelenos!  Join us this month in Hollywood for the largest and most organized theater festival that happens in Los Angeles.

Visit: for info.

MOCA, L.A. Unveils 1st Madworkshop by Sonia Liu

gia on the move art installation moca On the radar this week is the installation of 24 year old ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena) student, Sonia Liu’s multileveled communal seating system to debut on the plaza at the Grand Avenue location of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Entitled sanke, the work will be introduced by the artist in conversation with MOCA’s Director, Philippe Vergne at 4 pm, followed by a private reception at 5 pm. This is MADWORKSHOP’s first public exhibition since its inception in 2015.

Unlike any other outdoor seating for public spaces readily available on the market, Sonia Liu’s sanke system includes attached outdoor tables and seating for 10-12 in multiple heights and shapes, all on the same dining structure. Fabricated with durable, weather-resistant materials in a mixed palate of natural wood finishes and glossy colors, the sanke tables were designed to explored the ways public space is used in the digital age, encourage human interaction and engender a sense of togetherness, even for those dining alone.

“This innovative approach changes the way we interact in a communal space,” said David Martin, FAIA, Co-Founder of Madworkshop. “In a smartphone culture trending toward human isolation, the sanke design promotes human connection without forcing the issue.”

In keeping with MADWORKSHOP’s mission, craftsmanship is at the core of the sanke project. Liu chose cost-efficient materials and created simple construction and fastening methods with manufacturing and installation in mind. MADWORKSHOP is planning for mass production of the sanke tables and, as part of its mission, is currently seeking manufacturing partners.

For more information about the MADWORKSHOP Foundation please visit

Film To Watch: Art Bastard – Rise of a Rabble-Rouser

gia on the move art moviesIn a madcap art world obsessed with money, fame and hype, how does an artist driven by justice, defiance and his own singular style thrive? ART BASTARD is the tale of a rebel who never fit into today’s art world… yet has become one of its most provocative, rabble-rousing characters nevertheless. At once a portrait of the artist as a young troublemaker, an alternate history of modern art and a quintessential New York story, ART BASTARD is as energetic, humorous and unapologetically honest as the uncompromising man at its center: Robert Cenedella.

CAVU Pictures presents a Concannon Productions film, ART BASTARD, written and directed by Victor Kanefsky and produced by Chris T.

The new documentary will release in New York on May 20th at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and on June 3rd in Los Angeles/Orange County at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica and Edwards University Town Center 6 in Irvine, followed by a national release.

Cenedella was a contemporary of Andy Warhol. But he has essentially served as the anti-Warhol. His noisy, raucous, color-splashed paintings of city scenes approach the world with a sincerity that defies the irony, frivolity and controversy-for-the-sake-of-controversy that have become the cultural currency since the 60s.

Yet, as ART BASTARD reveals, Cenedella couldn’t be any more a product of these times. He was the son of a blacklisted writer, raised on crushed 50s dreams. He’s been haunted by dark family secrets that had him questioning his identity. His passionate convictions started so young they got him kicked out of high school. Even when he found solace and expression in art, he was an unabashed outsider – never a gallery darling, not pursued by museum curators, but an artist who was going to have his say regardless of who was paying attention. Even so, over time, Cenedella’s vast canvases, rife with the chaotic beauty of politics, humor, history and humanity, drew admirers from all walks of society – even from the vaunted art patrons who rejected him.

In a fast-moving series of riveting interviews with family members, art critics, museum directors, New York power brokers, art students and Cenedella himself, director Victor Kanefsky candidly presents Cenedella’s personal journey – and reveals the creation of a modern art career that ignored all the modern art rules.

Kanefsky follows Cenedella from his days selling cheeky “I Like Ludwig” buttons to pay his art school tuition to his apprenticeship in New York with George Grosz (1893-1959), the German painter and graphic artist who was the most outstanding caricaturist and political satirist of the period after World War I.

Grosz inspired Cenedella with his merging of refined technique with blistering social critique; from Cenedella’s provocative 1965 “Yes Art” exhibit which became the most popular – and debated – show of the year, lambasting the crass commercialism of the blossoming Pop Art movement, to his sudden, 12-year break from painting and his fruitful return as a teacher, mentor and unbowed iconoclast of American painting.

While Cenedella forthrightly questions the mechanics – and profit-making — of the art world, he has it out for no one. As he puts it: “It’s not what they show that bothers me, it’s what they don’t show.”

What ART BASTARD shows, in stunning cinematic detail, are the living, breathing, storytelling canvases that Cenedella has created for six decades. Set to a rollicking soundtrack, the film not only tours Cendella’s life. It also tours his eye-poppingly intricate, New York-centered paintings as one might travel the city – peering into every corner to uncover Cenedella’s characters, commentary and emotions.

Running Time: 84 minutes
Rating: Not Unrated
Language: English

2016 C.O.L.A. Exhibition Honors LA Artists – May 15th

gia on the move barnsdall art parkOn May 16th LA’s creative spirit is honored with the 2016 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artists Fellowships

“Los Angeles is the creative crossroads of the world, with a dynamic and diverse arts scene,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The C.O.L.A. grants from L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs are an investment in our local artists, and the new works they produce through this program enhance our city as a global destination for art, culture, and creativity.”

Los Angeles boasts a high concentration of artists and is the only City in the country to support individual artists with grants each year.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) awards 12 exemplary mid-career artists whose achievements enhance our dynamic and diverse city.

Each artist will present new work created specifically for C.O.L.A., at DCA’s

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) located at:
4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Art Park
from May 15 through July 3, 2016

Opening Reception is on May 15, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

gia on the move art C.O.L.A. tracey paleoChosen by a team of experts, the 2016 C.O.L.A. award recipients in the visual arts include: Paolo Davanzo, Marsian De Lellis, Keiko Fukazawa, Megan Geckler, Won Ju Lim, Blue McRight, Sandeep Mukherjee, Christine Nguyen, and Jim Skuldt. The 2016 C.O.L.A. award recipients in literature are Sarah Maclay, Claudia Rodriguez, and Lynne Thompson. Each artist will present new work created specifically for C.O.L.A. with a $10,000 grant awarded by DCA.