The story of how the Los Angeles Aqueduct was constructed is one that has
been sanitized to fit the face of official historical landmarks. With
their stories literally set in stone, these interchangeable boulders from Owens
Valley to Los Angeles, dot the Aqueduct's route. The story is that of the victors,
the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The works in this exhibition
connect these two distant places and illuminate their desperate relationship
Nicole Antebi is a Los Angeles-based artist and editor. Recent exhibits include
California Scenarios at the Orange County Museum of Art, Urban Screens 08 Melbourne
Australia, The Salton Sea Projects at Kristi Engle Gallery Los Angeles, and
other collaborations including the book Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic
and Social Practices (co-edited with Colin Dickey and Robby Herbst) published
by the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, and is currently co-editing
a forthcoming book with Enid Baxter Blader, entitled Water, CA .
May Jong received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2005. Her
work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Pasadena and New York. She was Co-Founder
and Co-Director of an artist-run gallery, Me & You Variety Candy, as well
as a Committee Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art's Engagement Party.
She currently teaches at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Otis College
of Art and Design and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Lectures and Events:
The following events were created in conjunction with the forthcoming book, Water,
CA , edited by Nicole Antebi and Enid Baxter Blader. The book
presents the most contemporary intersections of art, community planning,
and environmental consciousness, with chapters by renown artists, geographers
and writers. Water, CA is a fresh and innovative discussion
of a challenging and timely issue: Water in California.
Sunday May 17th, 7:30-9pm: Cynthia
Hooper talk. Hooper will talk about issues of shared water on the
United States/Mexico border and her work with the Center for Land Use Interpretation
and the artists' collective SIMPARCH.
Cynthia Hooper was raised in Los Angeles, educated in the San Francisco Bay Area,
and now work and teach in northern California. I've long been fascinated by the
conceptual complexities and unexpected formal beauty generated by overlooked
and environmentally problematic landscapes, and use painting, video, and interdisciplinary
projects to convey these interests. I've collaborated with the Center for Land
Use Interpretation and the artists' collective SIMPARCH, and have been awarded
a Gunk Foundation grant for my interdisciplinary Cummings Road Landfill Project.
I've also participated in residencies at the Center for Land Use Interpretation,
the University of California Riverside's Sweeny Granite Mountains Desert Research
Center, and the Djerassi Resident Artist's program. My work has been included
in a number of publications, including Ken Ehrlich and Brandon LaBelle's Surface
Tension Supplement No. 1.
Saturday May 23rd, 7-10pm: Claude Willey and Deena Capparelli talk.
Willey delves into the history and relationship of Water and Concrete in the
West while Capparelli will talk about MOISTURE, a multi-year water research
project in the Mojave Desert.
Deena Capparelli is an artist living in Altadena. She is co-coordinator of
MOISTURE, an on-going, ecologically based project taking place on 15 acres
in the Mojave Desert. Funded by L.E.F. Foundation, The Beall Center for Art & Technology,
and Rain Bird/DriWater, the MOISTURE project explores water collection, retention,
and diversion to native gardens that are regenerating an area exploited by
many years of mining and over grazing. Her interest in gardening with native
California plants has spanned 25 years. Capparelli is also an amateur propagator
of trees and shrubs native to the Mojave Desert. At present, she is collaborating
with artist, Lisa Tucker, on an ethno-botanical garden project for UCR’s
Palm Desert Graduate Center. Deena is a tenured faculty of Art at Pasadena
City College where she helped design a block program that merged science
to art and has also organized a multi-disciplinary program that blends art
Claude Willey is an artist and educator, teaching in the Urban Studies and
Planning Department at California State University, Northridge, at Art Center
College of Design, and Sci-Arc. He is co-coordinator of MOISTURE, a multi-year
water research project in the Mojave Desert, and in 2007 he piloted the Invisible
Trajectories project, a ‘story-based’ project looking at mobility
and access limitations within California’s Inland Empire. Over the
past 10 years, Willey’s activities have merged ecology, environmental
history, renewable-energy technologies, urban transportation, and landscape
history. Last year he curated an online exhibition, Conducting Mobility,
for Greenmuseum.org and the Australian magazine, ArtLink, on transportation,
migration, and energy. This year he is headed to Arizona to participate in
a month-long Environmental Borderlands NEH Institute. In addition to his
research interests, Willey defines himself as a professional bicycle commuter,
clocking 230 miles per week on the roads of L.A. County.
Saturday May 30th, Time 7-8pm: Jane Tsong will unearth the
history of Eagle Rock water followed by a self-guided bike tour of her neighborhood's
MYRIAD UNNAMED STREAMS: an intimate history of the suburban landscape from
the point of view of Water in Northeast Los Angeles
The wide concrete troughs carved through our city-- the Los Angeles River
and the Arroyo Seco-- have long been the focus of grassroots watershed restoration
efforts. Yet few of the numerous small waterflows that fed those rivers were
ever mapped or even named. Such myriad small streams were an unavoidable fact
of life in the era before we made the landscape predictable by regrading and
Learn how oldtimers in Northeast Los Angeles experienced the landscape in
the pre-storm-drain era. After an informal Powerpoint presentation, maps will
be distributed. Head out for a self-guided night bike tour (under 8 mi). Front
and rear lights recommended.
Since 2004, Jane Tsong has been designing blessings for the water, air, and biosolids
to be treated by the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle (opening
2011). Her proposals for radical gardens based on local cultural history have
been finalists for public art commissions in Astoria, Oregon, the City of Ventura
and the City of Los Angeles. Currently, she works at the Huntington Botanical
Gardens, which she believes should be renamed "The Huntington Bird, Bug
and Butterfly Gardens."