L.A. Fine Art Squad
Proposals and documents with related artworks by: Victor Henderson and Terry Schoonhoven
“The imagination of disaster,” wrote Susan Sontag on the genre of science fiction, “is one of the oldest subjects of art.” And the modern city has become the principle site on to which these narratives ofdestruction are projected, again and again. In 1969 Victor Henderson and Terry Schoonoven founded the LA Fine Art Squad, a collective art practice built upon insights such as Sontag’s, the moral relativism of Film Noire, as well as the billboard-sized ambitions of modern advertising. Associated then and since with the so-called mural tradition--and this work didindeed consist primarily of murals painted at a grand scale--the LA Fine Art Squad shared none of that larger movement’s sunny optimism, its progressive politics nor its lowest-common-denominator populism. Instead “the squad” (as its surviving partner refers to it) produced a body of visual images, that while boldly legible and highly accessible to a non-art audience, were also ominous if not darkly pessimistic; sentiments more closely associated with art-world elitism than with mass culture populism. The exhibition features documents and proposals from the LA Fine Art Squad dated between 1969 and 1973 when the partnership disbanded. As well, the show features subsequent but related artworks by these two artists.