Slab: Old Los Angeles Zoo
Slab presents a one-day exhibition at the old Los Angeles zoo involving artists Michael Decker, Liz Glynn, Deva Graf, Hilary Graves, George Kontos, Louisa Van Leer, Karen Lofgren, Marco Rios, Ry Rocklen, Rosha Yaghmai. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with ART2102's current program which aims to collaborate with and support a number of emerging artist-run spaces and initiatives, in and beyond Los Angeles.
Slab considers the zoo to be a challenging location for an exhibition by resisting and playing on traditional expectations of how we typically view art. For the event, Slab has designated areas that were originally used as animal habitats - designed, constructed, and intended to replicate natural living habitats as art exhibition spaces. The empty caves and surrounding areas lend themselves to ideas of ancient civilization societies, theatrical ruins, or more simply, a stage begging to be once again inhabited. In the pursuit of straightforward exhibition projects unhindered by a set theme, the artists selected have the freedom to respond to the zoo site as they see fit, whether choosing to include an existing artwork or by creating something entirely new.