Issue

2.11 / Geography Lessons

February 10 2011

Introduction

February 10, 2011. During the editorial team’s recent jaunt down to Los Angeles, we held numerous conversations with artists from both there and the Bay Area. Some of those conversations are documented in this issue’s features, and more will be presented in the coming weeks, as podcasts and articles. Because of the dislocation from our usual vantage point, we decided to explore the means by which artists create their own geography. In what ways do they formulate their practice in relation to collective activity or public sites? How do they negotiate known (or mythic) terrain? How do they establish individual identities as artists while operating within a constellation of shared approaches and overlapping interests? While their answers reinforced some prevailing perceptions and upended many others, there was at least consensus around the fact that generating place is a continual process of exploration and renewal. Enjoy – PM.

Features

In and Out of Context

In and Out of Context

By Art Practical Editors

I came to San Francisco to put on my last exhibition, and I decided to stay, in a moment of making a decision about community. I feel like I'm at a point where my art and my life are intermatched, kind of like a marriage. I'm looking at San Francisco as a place where I can have a commitment to the place, and a one-to-one relationship with it, where I will give to it and I hope it will give to me.

 

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Landfill: Part 2

Landfill: Part 2

By Elyse Mallouk

Los Angeles itself offers a sprawling promise of utopia, full of legends and replete with vacant spaces waiting to be transformed into “Temporary Autonomous Zones,” sites that exist briefly at the edge of established institutional and structural boundaries. Parker’s work makes use of these physical and hypothetical zones to produce microtopias, experiments that are situated between idealist notions of community and pragmatic methods for bringing people together.

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Reviews

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