Manufacturing a Sense of Place
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Stacey Kalkowski presents her newest installation Manufacturing a Sense of Place. Her work continues to explore the transformation of how the vastness of space, largely an abstract concept of freedom and infinite expansion experienced primarily by the mind, becomes place – specifically Los Angeles. Place, a tangible and defined unit of space is associated with security and is primarily experienced through the body by the five senses. Within an urban setting, individual and cultural concepts of space overlap with the actuality of populated and constructed place.
Using common building materials such as concrete, steel, and foam, this installation literalizes a Los Angeles icon to stage a physical journey from the westside to the eastside of the city. Layered audio gives a glimpse of Stacey’s perception of the cities boundaries, exposing that overlaps of place and space blur the seemingly unyielding borders that exist between individuals, neighborhoods, cultures and nature.