Los Angeles, a city without a center, has been a network of urban, suburban and rural visions since its conception in 1771. Historically, L.A.’s artistic centers have emerged in such internationally known locations as Venice, Pasadena and Hollywood. Today Los Angeles is one of the most productive cities for art in the world. New regions of creative clusters, such as Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Silverlake are well known, but curiously Mar Vista has remained completely anonymous. Yet there is an astonishing number of highly respected artists living and working in this “invisible” community. For this exhibition domestic setting brings together 12 artists: Uta Barth, Robbie Conal, Tony de los Reyes, James Elaine & William Basinski, Joe Goode, Thomas Kidd, Stas Orlovski, Anthony Pearson, Lucas Reiner, Jennifer Steinkamp, Jonas Wood and Sarah Vanderlip presenting a wide range of work including video, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing.
In true L.A. fashion, some of the artists didn’t even know they were neighbors. Many questions come to mind: what is it about locations that bring like-minded people together? Is there a creative energy or collective unconscious that can lie unobtrusively in neighborhoods? Or is it just coincidence? There certainly is an LA “look” (witness last years’ show at the Pompidou center in Paris), but can the same be true for artists living in close proximity to one another, without their knowledge? MAR VISTA brings these artists together to find out.