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Following the Prescribed Path

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Detail from Archival Documentation: Following Piece, "Streetworks IV," , Architectural League of New York Activity, New York City, October 3-25, 1969 © Photo by Betsy Jackson. Courtesy of Acconci Studio
Following the Prescribed Path

Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
90045 Los Angeles
CA
US
September 13th, 2014 - November 23rd, 2014
Opening: September 13th, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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WEBSITE:  
http://cfa.lmu.edu/labandgallery/
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EMAIL:  
labandinfo@lmu.edu
PHONE:  
310.338.2880
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 2 - 7 p.m.

DESCRIPTION

The seven artists in Following the Prescribed Path took diverse journeys into both urban and natural landscapes over the course of six decades, and ultimately transformed their experiences into a range of media. The artists’ projects suggest diverse reasons for stepping out our doors—to follow in someone else’s footsteps (whether they are just in front of you or whether they have long since passed), to trace historical wounds, to make a pilgrimage, or to pursue a hero’s journey in search of a transcendent experience. While it might be counterintuitive to think that following a predetermined route is creatively stimulating, the artists in this exhibition suggest otherwise.

The artists in Following the Prescribed Path took diverse journeys into both urban and natural landscapes over the course of six decades, and ultimately transformed their experiences into a range of media. While it might be counterintuitive to think that following a predetermined route is creatively stimulating, the artists in this exhibition suggest otherwise.

Standing upright and walking on two legs distinguishes humans from most other animals. As long as we have been ambulatory, the urge to walk out the front door and just explore one’s environment has been part of the human psyche. Motivated by this basic desire, each of the exhibition’s seven artists embarked on such a journey, but with a twist. The artists’ routes followed a “prescribed path,” one in which the parameters were established before they ever ventured out. Mark Ruwedel followed the seventy-two-and-a-half-mile route through Los Angeles previously taken by an urban hiker. Vito Acconci decided to let strangers on the streets of New York lead him. Kim Abeles allowed a mountain, smoggy conditions, and “the way the crow flies” to determine her walk. Diane Meyer traced the ghostly existence of the Berlin Wall. The urban grid and the romantic pull of the ocean directed Bas Jan Ader. Gabrielle Ferrer developed schemes for herself inspired by earlier wanderers and thinkers. Erin Mallea set out on the well-mapped Appalachian Trail.

Their projects suggest diverse reasons for stepping out our doors—to follow in someone else’s footsteps (whether they are just in front of you or whether they have long since passed), to trace historical wounds, to make a pilgrimage, or to pursue a hero’s journey in search of a transcendent experience. In the process, they articulate dreams and fears that we all share, and maybe they will inspire us to step out of our daily routines to follow our own prescribed paths.  

Artists’ Talk and Opening Reception
Saturday, September 13
Artists’ Talk (2:30–4pm), Reception (4–6pm)
Murphy Recital Hall and Laband Art Gallery

Join us for a conversation with artists Kim Abeles, Gabrielle Ferrer, Erin Mallea, and Diane Meyer at 2:30pm and then come celebrate with the artists at an opening reception from 4–6pm.