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ARTIST REVEALS 13-YEAR LAND ART PROJECT IN 13 COUNTRIES ACROSS 7 CONTINENTS 62 SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHS UNVEIL MAJESTY OF SCULPTURES

Andrew Rogers: Time and Space

18TH Street Arts Center, Santa Monica: May 07-28, 2011

March 03 Santa Monica :  Australian artist Andrew Rogers announces the first exhibition devoted to the entire Rhythms of Life project, the world’s largest contemporary land art undertaking.  From May 7-28, the non-profit arts organization 18th Street Arts Center (www.18thstreet.org) will present Andrew Rogers: Time and Space, a selection of 62 large-scale photographs of Rogers’s ground-breaking outdoor art project.  The exhibition will showcase aerial and satellite photographs of 47 sculptures created over a period of 13 years, marking the first time these images will be publicly displayed together.  Also on view will be a looped, 40-minute film that documents the artist’s extraordinary process.  Rogers has spent the last13 years engaging over 6,700 people in 13 countries on seven continents to create stone sculptures in deserts, fjords, gorges, national parks and on mountainous slopes.  Often working for months on end, engaging hundreds of local workers and even a thousand Maasai Warriors to help him erect his visionary installations, Rogers engages the communities where his works are created, devising to build structures with local significance, and providing sustaining support to maintain the mammoth artworks.  Following each project’s completion, Rogers photographs the work himself either from a hot air balloon, a helicopter 500 feet aloft or from a satellite stationed 480 miles above ground.

About Rhythms of Life

Rhythms of Life forms a chain of 47 stone sculptures, or geoglyphs, positioned at 13 sites around the world.  Constructed of earth and rocks, and following the contours of the natural landscape, Rogers’s land sculptures each measure up to 430,000 square feet in area, and range in height from three to 14 feet. Designed in conjunction with select architects and a team of local workers, the structures refer to the physical building blocks of history and civilization, while addressing the cycle of life and the interconnection of humanity throughout time and space.

Rogers began the project in Israel’s Arava Desert in 1998 and has since created artworks on seven continents: in Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Iceland, China, India, Turkey, Nepal, Slovakia, the United States, Kenya and Antarctica.  At each site, the project is initiated with a celebration that draws on local customs, such as traditional dancing and singing in China, sharing of wine and coca in Chile or the sacrifice of a llama in Bolivia.  To create the land sculptures, Rogers and his crews battle the elements, including freezing snow in Iceland, 110-degree heat in an Israeli desert and altitude of 14,000 feet in the Bolivian Andes.

 

The project in Turkey is the world’s largest contemporary land art park.  Twelve massive stone structures, most built by hand. The lines of these structures measure approximately 4 miles in length and comprising over 10,500 tons of stone.  The park spans a mountain valley over a distance of 1. 5miles.

About the Artist

Andrew Rogers is one of Australia’s most renowned sculptors. His works are included in private and public collections throughout in Australia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. Rhythms of Life is his most ambitious project to date. For more information, see www.andrewrogers.com

 

Listing Information:

Exhibition Dates: May 07 – 24

Reception with the artist: Saturday May 7

18th Street Arts Center Info: 1639 18th St. Santa Monica T: (310) 453-3711   www.18thstreet.org

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday , 11am – 5.30pm

Image Caption: Shield, 2010, Chyulu Hills, Kenya, 328’ x 230’. Courtesy Andrew Rogers.

Well-Oiled Machine: A Q&A with Machine Project’s Mark Allen

As previously posted on 24700 (the blog for the California Institute of the Arts), Machine Project—a loose collective of Los Angeles-based artists—has been incredibly active in the Los Angeles area this fall: from its curated coatroom concerts to its recent involvement with the Fallen Fruit Project and Santa Monica’s Glow Festival.

24700 recently conducted an email interview with Machine Project’s director, founder and mastermind, Mark Allen (Art MFA 99), to discuss the nonprofit and its future.

Check it out here: 24700 » Blog Archive » Well-Oiled Machine: A Q&A with Machine Project’s Mark Allen.

Almost Utopia


For the fourth and final installment of
Almost Utopia, the gallery at 18th Street Arts Center will be dedicated to an unprecedented investigation of 100 Car-Less Angelinos and it will tell their stories of living in Los Angeles.

Public Discussions are as follows:

November 6, 9:30PM
Ride-ARC Ride on Santa Monica Car and Pedestrian Culture: Alex Amerri

November 11, 7:OOPM
“Walking in LA” Panel/Discussion with:
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Professor, UCLA Department of Urban Planning; author of Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation Over Public Space
Herbert Medina, Professor, Loyola Department of Mathematics
Nigel Raab, Assistant Professor, Loyola Department of History
DJ Waldie, author of Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, Real City:Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out and Where We are Now: Notes from Los Angeles, Public Information Officer for the City of Lakewood
Damon Willick, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Loyola Marymount University

November 14, 2pm
“Transportation and the Future of Los Angeles”
Jessica Meaney, Transportation Planner, So. CAL Assoc. of Governments
Browne Molyneux, Journalist and Blogger, Shame Train LA
Claude Willey, Artist, Urbanist and Educator, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, California State University, Northridge

Others to be confirmed

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LA 2019: CULTS, COLLECTIVES & COCOONING

 

Ciara Ennis, Director/Curator of Pitzer Art Galleries in Pomona, has organized an oddly cool and thoughtful grouping of artists at 18th Street Complex in Santa Monica entitled 2019: CULTS, COLLECTIVES & COCOONING. The show includes some ecoartspace favorites like Fallen Fruit and Machine Project, Joel Tauber (in ecologic at Cypress 2009), as well as Jason Middlebrook who east coast ecoartspace curator Amy Lipton has worked with the last couple years on various projects.

What I like about this concept most is the imagined and practical applications that inspire a conversation about what kind of future do we want to live in. Do we want to live in fear, or in awe of the universe, and work together to solve very real problems creatively?

This exhibition features objects, installations, photography, drawing and video works by emerging and established artists and explores three related themes: real and fictional intentional communities, the power of the collective versus the individual, and sustainable solutions for future living. Other artists include: Stephanie Smith/WSAC, Bede Murphy/Unarius, and Nattaphol Ma (artist fellow, 18th Street).

Jason Middlebrook, A Fresh Start,
2009, Pencil on Paper, 55” X 132”
© courtesy of artist Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY

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