Closing Party Group LA 2008
June 7, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MINARC / GALLERY SKART
2324 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
REVIEWED ON KCRW'S ART TALK
Edward Goldman Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Hidden in plain sight at the beginning of the long, narrow street leading to Bergamot Station is Minarc, the office of two young architects from Iceland, Erla and Tryggvi, whose last names I don't dare to pronounce. They have always loved art and recently decided to dedicate a portion of their office space to showing contemporary art, which they do with considerable flair.
Currently on display is an ambitious exhibition of thirty LA-based documentary photographers, each mapping a different part of the city, creating as a result ‘An Intimate View of Los Angeles.' In collaboration with the well-known LA photographer Helen K. Garber, who served as the exhibition curator, the architects came up with an ingenious way of presenting the portfolios of these thirty artists. Take a look at the images on the Art Talk page of KCRW website. Thirty small flat screens are arranged in unusual clusters, and each has a loop of photographic images, so the whole exhibition consists of almost one thousand photos. I made some startling discoveries there and trust me, so will you, if you give yourself the chance to see this exhibition which taps into the creative energy of the Los Angeles community.
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Images from April 4th Preview
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GROUPLA 2008 LAUNCHES:
An Intimate View of Los Angeles
A Digital PHOTO Installation
At MINARC / GALLERY SKART
April 4TH through June 7, 2009
June 7, 2009
3:00pm - 6:00pm
MINARC / GALLERY SKART
2324 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA, 90404
THURSDAY MARCH 26, 2009, Santa Monica – GROUPLA 2008, a consortium
of 30 Los Angeles-based documentary artist-photographers will launch An Intimate View
of Los Angeles, the first in a series of site-specific digital exhibition installations, under the
direction of Helen K. Garber and in collaboration with Bergamot Station-adjacent
Each participating photographer has marked their territory – by documenting the
neighborhood in which they have chosen to reside, work or play to produce a narrative
portrait – all of which have been formatted for a simultaneous looping, modular digital
display, to deliver thirty unique, up-to-the-minute perspectives. Project Director Garber
describes the overriding goal as “a means to unite the energy field of LA’s creative
The artists of GROUPLA 2008 include Geoffrey Baris, Larry Brownstein,
Rose-Lynn Fisher, Lisa Folino, Helen K. Garber, Shelley A. Gazin, Monica
Gazzo, Ken Haber, Robert Hale, David Healey, Mark Indig, Judy Lawne,
Nancy-Louise Jones, Marina de Leon, Donald Loze, Meg Madison, Jim
McHugh, David Meltzer, Ted Meyer, Rosalyn Miles, Tom Paiva, Stuart
Rapeport, Leslie Rosenthal, Hamesh Shahani, Kiet Thai, Rae Threat and
Lillian Elaine Wilson.
Representing disparate socio-economic values and culturally diverse world-views, they
merge with surprising equanimity as images collide in a digital time-capsule. The group
will continue and expand as it documents the L.A. social landscape and invites other
cities to exhibit at designated sites around the city and the country.
“We didn’t realize what a pivotal year in history 2008 would turn out to be when we
started last January. The incredible change in the world’s economy gives the project
immediate poignancy,” comments Garber who envisions the project as an evolving and
traveling compendium as additional photographers and their cities come on board.
The corpus of photographic work is intended not only to provide a lay-of-the-land
experience for viewers, but, to articulate a new view of primal territory as urban hoods
bounded and uniquely characterized by historic trajectory and socio-cultural and
economic influences are illuminated to assuage our discomfort with one another. The
evidence of architecture, artifact, local personality, ethnicity, the unpredictable and the
otherwise invisible intersect in counterpoint to zip-coded alienation.
Individually and collectively, the photographers of GROUPLA 2008 and beyond will
embrace, update and preserve both the private and populist experience of our
topographic and ethnographically defined era through art and information archiving.
The work of GROUPLA 2008 will be complemented by A Night View Collaboration, a
360 degree, 40 foot long panorama of the entire city of Los Angeles as seen from the
downtown helipad of the US Bank Tower as created by artist Helen K. Garber to
illustrate the vastness of Los Angeles’ terrain. Originally commissioned for the 2006
International Biennale of Architecture in Venice, Italy, Garber later teamed with DuceOneX and
invited locally renowned graffiti writers to use the panoramic print as a surface to ceremoniously tag the entire city of Los Angeles in one swoop, as a parallel to urban blight in all of its manifestations (telephone poles, wires, etc). Garber initially conceived the project to
promote the importance of art education in public schools as a force against all forms of
GROUPLA 2008’s An intimate View of Los Angeles was a featured exhibition
event at the inaugural Month of Photography L.A [MOPLA], which presented
dynamic programming, exhibitions and events designed to engage and stimulate the
photography community in April 2009. A great success, MOPLA will return in 2010.
The expanded group, GROUPSC 2009, covering all of Southern CA, will install a new exhibit for next year's MOPLA 2010 and NYPH (NY Photo Festival) 2010. We hope to travel the show to other venues
around the world.
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