There is something about our daily commute these days that is visibly different. Actually, now that we think of it, the streets of Los Angeles have changed, and we are thinking this change is for the better.
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House has decided to turn Los Angeles into a gallery space. Instead of hanging paintings, they commissioned artists to create 21 billboard-sized artworks that will replace normal advertising spots. So you can get a daily dose of public art without ever leaving the comfort of your car’s leather seats.
The exhibition How Many Billboards? Art In Stead — much like Clockshop’s Billboard Series, which also transformed Los Angeles’ landscape with artist designed billboards — is spread across the city, but is concentrated in West Hollywood and the Pico/Fairfax area.
We are hoping these artist billboards are a habit Los Angeles will keep.
The opening reception is this Saturday, February 27, 1-6pm at the Schindler House. On Sunday, there will be panel discussions with participating artists from 1-5pm. Also, make sure to check out their calendar for other programming accompanying the show. Click here for more information.
Image: Artist Kerri Tribe’s billboard on La Brea Ave., north of Venice Blvd., on the east side of the street, facing north; photo: Gerard Smulevich