2016 Los Angeles Billboard Creative Show
The Billboard Creative 2016 Show to Debut Dec. 1 on 45 Los Angeles Billboards
- Works by Paul McCarthy & Alex Prager and More -
The Billboard Creative (TBC) launched its third public art show on December 1, turning some of the busiest intersections in Los Angeles into open air galleries. The 45 boards in this third effort by the non-profit TBC represents a 36 percent increase is artists represented over a year ago, and includes of a mix of established artists, including Paul McCarthy and Alex Prager, and emerging artists from seven countries.
TBC (www.thebillboardcreative.org) takes unused and remnant billboards and turns them into public art to provide opportunities for artists to share their work with a broad audience; and, to make art as assessable to Angelenos as the numerous billboards that they view every day. Works are selected through a curated, blind-submission process.
“The injection of artistic speech into the urban environment offers an occasion for commuters to pause and contemplate,” says show curator Mona Kuhn. “We hope to facilitate a cultural exchange, connecting artists with large audiences and bringing art to many people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see it.”
This year, TBC worked with The People Concern, formerly known as OPCC & Lamp Community, an LA non-profit working to end homelessness, to bring a billboard featuring a collaborative work from participants of the Lamp Arts Program to the corner of 5th Street and San Pedro. The billboard was donated by Clear Channel and TBC with the goals of bringing more public art to Skid Row, providing a larger platform for artists from that community, and to help expand understanding of Skid Row residents
TBC started in 2012 with an experiment with a single billboard and has grown in unpredictable ways. In April 2015, TBC placed 15 contemporary artists’ works on billboards in Los Angeles. Through that effort, Santelli met Mona Kuhn, who signed on as curator with a vision to help the young organization expand in scale and depth of talent, including a mix of emerging and established artists. Its December 2015 shows included works from well-known names such as Ed Ruscha and Jack Pierson, and new faces such as Shannon Rose and Dai Ito
About the curator: The Billboard Creative is pleased to collaborate with internationally acclaimed artist Mona Kuhn, who has put her curator hat back on for our 2016 show. Best known for her large-scale dream-like images of the human form, her latest work titled Acido Dorado captures the senses with its light, reflections and abstractions. Kuhn's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. One of her new pieces has been made available and will be included in the selection, a new way to experience her art on a larger scale. Aside from her personal work, Mona Kuhn is an independent scholar at the Getty Research Institute. www.monakuhn.com
More Information at www.TheBillboardCreative.org
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