Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States.
Artworks by Ben Jones and Ruben Ochoa will be installed as Wilshire Boulevard becomes a pedestrian thoroughfare
Sunday, June 23, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd.
ForYourArt (FYA) is pleased to celebrate CicLAvia with temporary installations by Ben Jones and Ruben Ochoa. The works will be installed both in the storefront window of ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd., and in front of the space for walkers to freely enjoy as they bike and walk in car-free streets.
FYA’s engagement campaign for the event, Stop and Smile #ForYourArt, encourages pedestrians to document and share their experience with the artworks during CicLAvia. Ben Jones’s piece, commissioned for the ForYourArt window, overtly references Georges-Pierre Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, a scene that represented a new kind of modern leisure in Europe. Jones’s reinterpretation of the iconic painting, placed on Wilshire Blvd., revisits this theme as modes of leisure, transportation, and use of public space are evolving in Los Angeles.
Jones manipulates the visual language of Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece with his signature abstracted and surrealistic style. His reexamination of the classic forms retains certain curiosities, like the monkey on the leash, while others, like the little girl, have been shifted onto their own plane. In effect, Jones sets up new possibilities for how we think about visualizing, experiencing, and energizing public spaces.
In addition to Jones’s window installation, FYA will also exhibit Ruben Ochoa’s Dancing POPOS outside of the space, consisting of eight “air dancers” (like one would find at a car wash) dressed as police officers. Ochoa originally created these blow-up sculptures for SWAP, the 2007 inaugural exhibition at Charles White Elementary School Gallery for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The project for SWAP was created in collaboration with artist Mark Bradford.
Ochoa’s Dancing POPOS were inspired by Chris Burden’s L.A.P.D. Uniform, an edition of 30 Los Angeles Police Department uniforms based on an enlarged prototype. In Dancing POPOS, Ochoa extends Burden’s idea of literally engulfing the viewer in the physicality of these symbols of authority. The installation also referenced the police contention and constant surveillance in the MacArthur Park area.
Much like Los Angeles’s novelty architecture, the “air dancers” are meant to grab one's attention quickly from the car. As they playfully undulate, the Dancing POPOS become engaging and fun.
FYA will be publishing an online gallery of its favorite photos of the artwork by attendees who use the hastags #ForYourArt and #CicLAvia when posting to Twitter and Instagram. FYA encourages all Angelenos to interact with the artworks in person and share on social media.
(Image: Ben Jones, Window ForYourArt 1, 2013; Courtesy of the artist and FYA)