The LA Forum Presents: Linear City and The Big Atlas of L.A. Pools
June 19 – August 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 19, 7 to 10 pm (free and open to the public)
LA Forum Events @ WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm
Los Angeles-based photographer Lane Barden captures the entire length of the L.A. River, the Alameda Corridor railroad trench, and Wilshire Boulevard in Linear City. The fifty-foot-long aerial image operates as evidence of an alternate urbanism. His photographic fieldwork records the dynamic qualities of the city’s infrastructure as it cuts through the urban fabric.
Speculative and computational designer Benedikt Groß (Stuttgart, Germany) in collaboration with cartographer/geographer Joseph K. Lee (San Francisco Bay Area) deploy geo-mapping techniques in The Big Atlas of L.A. Pools to remotely document the synthetic oasis of backyard swimming pools. Their work utilizes databases and digitally generated images from secondhand sources. By bringing a crowdsourced publicness to the domestic sphere, the self-proclaimed “army of two” tests the emerging role of non-domain research to display Angelino’s perverse resistance to native ecologies.
Each crafts a remarkable visual survey that juxtaposes the generally unremarkable and often overlooked with the overwhelming and too-big-to-figure-out spatial qualities of this illusive metropolis’s domestic and urban landscapes.
Paired in the gallery, the work by these artists through entirely different methodologies and representation provokes questions about the role of design in relationship to urbanity, infrastructure, and ecology.
Friends of the L.A. River
Linear City Development, LLC
Weldon Color Lab
Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting with assistance from MPA Lighting & Controls, Optic Arts and Wiedenbach Brown
ARC Document Solutions
Luke Gibson Photography
Silver Lake Wine