Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405

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Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405
Curated by: Jeseca Dawson, Meg Linton

Otis College of Art and Design
Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, 9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
April 13th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013
Opening: April 13th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5p; Thu 10-9; Sat-Sun 12-4


Freeway Studies #1, This Side of the 405, an exhibition at Otis Colle ge of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery, begins an extensive survey of the neighbor hoods and networks of Los Angeles artists.

LOS ANGELES, CA – January, 2013 – The Ben Maltz Gallery is proud to announce the upcoming exhibition, Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405 , on view from April 13 through June 1, 2013.

Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.

This Side of the 405 features work by 33 contemporary artists whose studios are west of the 405, north of the 105 and south of the 10 freeways in Los Angeles. The impetus for this curatorial endeavor was and continues to be an effort to survey, one studio at a time, the neighborhoods and networks of artists working in Los Angeles. Over a six month period Linton and Dawson visited 85 studios and met with more than 100 artists in the designated area, documenting each visit on a blog. They will update the blog as they visit more artists to plan the subsequent Freeway Studies exhibitions focusing on other neighborhoods. 

Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405 opens to the public on Saturday, April 13 with a public reception from 4pm to 6pm. The exhibition, funded in part by Otis’ Board of Governors, features artwork by: Charles Arnoldi, Natalie Arnoldi, Alex Becerra, Larry Bell, Karen Carson, Meg Cranston, Greg Colson, Tony de los Reyes, Steve Galloway, Joe Goode, Scott Grieger, Deborah Hede, Tom Knechtel , Lies Kraal, Rachel Lachowicz, Lauren Marsolier, Renée Petropoulos, Phranc, Vincent Ramos, Lucas Reiner, Liza Ryan, Kim Schoenstadt, Kiki Seror, Alexis Smith, Barbara T. Smith, Jim Starrett, Jon Swihart, Shirley Tse, Sam Watters, Chris Wilder, Pontus Willfors, Suzan Woodruff, and Jody Zellen.

This curatorial dérive breaks out of existing curatorial preconceptions and knowledge to expand the analog network between curator, artist, and institution. Geographic parameters, along with word-of-mouth referrals, were used to ping-pong from studio to studio, shifting the confines of the existing paradigm. Linton and Dawson step into artists’ work spaces to discover their ideas and modes of production first-hand rather than relying on a mediated experience.



Exhibition Programs:


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 4pm-6pm, Free

Reception for the artists with SOUNDSCAPESSSSSZZZZZ by Paige Tighe and musical selections by MX Farina, Robots and Friends


Festival: Sunday, April 14, 10am-4pm Free

Otis 2nd Annual Kite Festival, directly north of Santa Monica


Open House: Sunday, April 14, 2pm-5pm, Free

Graduate Studios Open House, 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, 90232


Bus Tours: Saturdays, April 20 (# 15417) & June 1 (#25439) , 9am-3pm, $25

Curator led bus tours of local studios: Peter Alexander, Angie Bray, Carla Danes, Chris Danes, Drew Dominick, Marc Fichou, DJ Hall, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Jeremy Kidd, Linda King, Cindy Kolodziejski, Blue McRight, Tia Pulitzer, Sarah Vanderlip . To Register: (310) 665 6950 or


Reading: Saturday, May 18, 4pm-8pm, Free

Writing This Side of the 405 : a live online reading curated by Guy Bennett with Kathy MacPherson.


Art Walk: Sunday, May 19, $50

Venice Art Walk & Auctions: A benefit for the Venice Family Clinic. To Register:


Billboard Project: To find artists’ billboards by Scott Grieger, Jeremy Kidd, and Sandy Rodriguez visit for locations. Billboards sponsored by Summit Media LLC.