ART2102 is pleased to present Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run Organizations in Los Angeles, a compendium of works, thoughts, essays and a directory of artist-run and nonprofit projects in Los Angeles.
ABOUT DISPATCHES AND DIRECTIONS
Over the past several years ART2102 has acted as a platform for artists and curators in Los Angeles to realize their projects and exhibitions. From its space in Boyle Heights, ART2102 hosted a vibrant program known for its open cultural discourse and flexibility of ideas, and for engaging both local and international artists at various stages in their careers. Gradually, ART2102 moved away from this physical site as its programming and initiatives engaged with the large network of other artists-run spaces across Los Angeles and Southern California.
Dispatches and Directions, the final publication and project of ART2102, does not simply document this history, but emulates the organization's role as a platform and a network by spotlighting a number of current and recent artists-run collaborations in Los Angeles, many of which will continue to thrive as ART2102 recedes. The publication devotes space for these organizations to describe their work, and looks at the legacy of ART2102 in light of the diverse range of programming emulated by these groups.
The publication, edited by Ronni Kimm and Jesse Aron Green, features contributions from various artist-run projects, including:
• Artist Curated Project
• Esthetics as a Second Language
• Genesis Project, Los Angeles
• Monte Vista
• Telic Arts Exchange
It also includes thoughts and anecdotes from Kate Fowle, Rika Hiro, Songmi Huff, Thomas Lawson, Paul McCarthy, Yoshua Okon, Renaud Proch and Erlea Maneros Zabala; an essay by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer; a directory of over 60 artist-run and nonprofit organizations; and a specially commissioned "Star Chart" to help navigate the scene, by artist Jim Skuldt.
The publication was designed in collaboration with Willem Henri Lucas. Dispatches and Directions is distributed in North America distribution by Textfield, Inc.
LAUNCH EVENT AND PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS
The launch event, including the public symposium, will take place on January 15, 2011, from 2 to 6 P.M. at LA><ART, 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034. (map)
In conjunction with the launch of Dispatches and Directions, some of the most interesting artists and organizers in Los Angeles will engage each other in discussion on a variety of topics relevant to their work.
Giles Miller and Wu Tsang, moderated by Jennifer Doyle
On performance, spaces and community
Eve Fowler and Davida Nemeroff, moderated by Dorit Cypis
On organizing as part of practice, and artist as curators
Lauri Firstenberg and Renaud Proch, moderated by Yunhee Min
On notions of independence and being alternative in the LA art world
Thomas Lawson and Piero Golia, moderated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
On art schools, information exchange, and the context of Los Angeles as a productive space
Public discussions will continue in conjunction with the Collective Show, Los Angeles on January 20-30, 2011 (TBD) in Chinatown; and at "Re-opening", by MATERIAL at Outpost of Contemporary Art on January 30, 2011.
Please visit our website for full program details.
Established in Los Angeles in 2003, ART2102 is an itinerant nonprofit that is a catalyst for local and international collaboration between practitioners while providing a responsive context for artists, writers and curators to develop independent projects.
In response to the cultural climate of Southern California and the particular urban condition of Los Angeles, ART2102 focuses on providing a support structure for projects that are unwilling or unsuited to being enacted in the traditional institutional or commercial frame. ART2102’s program strives to incorporate, but is not limited to, gallery-based exhibitions, panel discussions and screenings which expand the dialogue between local, international, emerging and mid-career artists. Functioning as both a structural support for projects realized on- and off-site, and as a place for critical reflection, ART2102 sees its role as a unique site of exchange for contemporary practitioners – be they curators, artists, or critics – invested in the political and social aspects of art.
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Support Dispatches and Directions by purchasing a copy online; by pledging funds to donate a copy to an art institution or library; or by donating money to directly offset the costs of publication.Purchase/Pledge/Donate at our website (scroll towards bottom of the page).
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