Today’s visiting artist–Ari Kletsky

23 Sep

A traffic island repurposed for public enjoyment.

Ari is going to come talk to us today about his project “The Islands of LA,” an overlooked and under-known bunch of spaces, one that may be lingering under your very eyes, maybe at this very moment. Here is a short description from his website:

Everywhere there are islands hidden in plain view. Surrounded by road, archives of the in-between, traffic islands are a vehicle to investigate and interact with an urban landscape marked by transportation and neighborhood, public and private, urban and nature. Many are picturesque panoramas or concrete slabs of conceptual art to be appreciated from the car or sidewalk, while countless other ones are gems of publicly owned space. These are islands where you can enjoy a picnic, spend an afternoon painting, protest, serenade a lover at midnight, raise money, hold a small event or otherwise share your thoughts with the bustle of undifferentiated humanity humming along the way.

Have a look around the website, and ask lots of questions!

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