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WEHO ARTS’ “ART ON THE OUTSIDE” NEW PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS

DIVERSE INSTALLATIONS SLATED FOR WEHO ARTS’ “ART ON THE OUTSIDE” PUBLIC ART PROGRAM IN AUGUST 2016

This August, WeHo Arts will welcome several major installations as part of the City of West Hollywood’s “Art on the Outside” public art program that brings temporary, site-specific works into public spaces. Spanning the breadth of the City, and presented through the City’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the new projects include: “Food-Prints” by Brett Snyder, Edward Morris, and Sussannah Saylor – a third exhibition in the Plummer Park-based “Can You Dig It?” series, which addresses the current drought; “The Chase,” by Hacer, featuring four monumental sculptures – two coyotes, two rabbits – on the median of Santa Monica Boulevard at Doheny Drive; and “The Cube,” a 10-day, around the clock, performance piece in which artist Manuel Lima will integrate daily life, artistic creation, and original music while existing in a 10-foot square structure installed on the Sunset Strip.

Food Prints

“Food-Prints,” a New “Can You Dig It?” Land Art Zen-like sculpture garden in Plummer Park

“Food-Prints” by Brett Snyder, Edward Morris, and Sussanah Sayler is a whimsical zen-like dry garden comprising wooden sculptures of some of California’s most abundant native agricultural products. It is the third and final work in “Can You Dig It?,” the temporary land art exhibition in Plummer Park conceived to address the drought. Food-Prints places each food sculpture in a circle sized for its relative virtual water footprint, in an overall exhibition area based on the timeless proportions and layout of the Ryoan-ji, Japan’s most famous zen rock garden. The artists’ intent is to, thoughtfully and playfully, show how our most precious natural resource, water, is directly correlated to what we eat. They see the installation’s proximity to the park’s farmer’s market as both a validation of the efforts of the produce vendors, and a reference to the history of the Plummer Park, which was once a farm. There will be a guide comparing the water footprint of each food item, as well as the entire footprint of the rectangular art zone, which represents the virtual water for a single piece of steak (set for installation August 3; http://bit.do/CYDI).

Lima Cube

“The Cube,” a 10-Day, One-Man, ‘Round-the-Clock Performance Installation on Sunset Strip

“The Cube” is a 10-day performance piece (August 12 – 21) by Brazilian-born artist, pianist, and composer Manuel Lima, who will live around-the-clock in a translucent, sparsely furnished 10-foot-square cube to be installed on the Sunset Strip at the City public parking lot at 8775 Sunset Boulevard. Lima’s intent is to integrate daily life with art, take his creative process out of a formal space, and undergo a profoundly personal transition – a meditation of sorts – in a very public space. After a shower and breakfast each morning (his only time outside the cube other than rest breaks), he will perform his “Sunset Blvd.” composition from 9AM – 5PM, wherein he repeatedly moves from left to right on the FM dial, improvising five-minute piano segments riffing off what he hears. At 5PM until 7PM, he will break for tea just outside the cube; people may drop by to join him and converse. Beginning around 8PM, Lima will perform “Red Light Piano,” an original light and sound composition built with 60 music cycles, each from one to five minutes, with variations increasing its length each day. Ultimately, it will be five hours long. Near midnight, he will sleep. Lima received a full scholarship from the Brazilian government to attend graduate school in the U.S.; he just earned his Performer – Composer DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree from Cal Arts in Valencia, CA. Earlier this year, he performed a 10-day trial for “The Cube” in the hills outside Valencia. With his performance in West Hollywood, the urban landscape will bring new challenges to the metamorphosis he undergoes (http://bit.do/TheCube).

CHASE COMPOSITE

“The Chase,” Monumental Coyote and Rabbit Sculptures by Hacer on Santa Monica Boulevard

“The Chase,” by renowned Los Angeles-based public artist Hacer, comprises four monumental, origami-inspired steel sculptures dramatizing the quest for survival. To be installed August 20-21, the quartet of powder-coated pieces begins on the median of Santa Monica Boulevard at Doheny Drive as the predatory “Coyote, Stalking” looks east at its prey, “Rabbit Sitting” – the latter unaware of the danger as it scouts for food. The next pair of sculptures continues the psychological narrative as “Coyote, Running” banks a fierce turn to gain on “Rabbit, Running,” who faces the eyes of its hunter. The series concludes open ended, without a victor – whether the viewer relates to the coyote or to the rabbit, “The Chase” is meant to be viewed through a lens of commonality rather than difference, as each animal fights to survive in the face of limited natural resources. In his artist’s statement, Hacer explains his inspiration after reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes as a child – “Born to teenage, Mexican-American gang members, I was abandoned at three months old and placed in a series of foster homes. I was lost in a lifestyle of violence/drug abuse, which I escaped by creating a playful world that evolved from origami cranes (http://bit.do/HACER).

Images, top to bottom:
“Food-Prints” by Brett Snyder, Edward Morris, and Sussanah Sayler (rendering)
“The Cube” by Manuel Lima (image from previous 10-day trial run in Valencia)
“The Chase” by Hacer (composite image)

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