• Lydia Espinoza

Remember to look up

I've been really loving how the art community has been responding to the current times lately. We are embracing all things virtual and developing new ways to see art. Over the weekend, another outdoor art exhibit opened up in LA, Drive-By-Art (Public Art in This Moment of Social Distancing) Los Angeles organized by Warren Neidich, Renee Petropoulos, Michael Slenske and Anuradha Vikram. The east coast edition of this show took place earlier this month in South Fork, Long Island. Drive-By-Art is divided into two weekends like Coachella's dual weekend lineup but in this case features the two sides of LA - East LA, the areas East of Western which opened this past weekend and West LA, the areas West of Western opening this coming weekend. It was fun to take another drive around LA and reminisce about all of the different adventures I've had running around town in areas like Chinatown, Silverlake, and downtown and how much I just love LA. *cues Randy Newman's I Love LA*

Overall, I had a really good time looking at all the art from inside my car. However, I had some trouble finding the first artwork on my list, Nancy Baker Cahill's Method No. 13 (2018).

4th Wall snapshot of Nancy Baker Cahill's VR work

When I arrived at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and N. Wilton Pl., I realized I didn't know what I was supposed to be looking for. There wasn't any specifics listed in the description. Luckily, I am familiar with the artist's work from Desert X and I remembered there was an app, 4th Wall, that I could be downloaded to view the VR work. I went to the artist’s Instagram to find more information and sure enough there was more details about downloading the app and about the artwork.

So keep in mind to download the app ahead of time so that when you get to the location you can open it up to find and view the work. Bonus: there's also a sound component to the work that you can hear through the app. Also, you can snap photos and video of the work through the app and it adds in the details of the work at the bottom. After this is, I continued my trek through the Eastside of LA.

I found works displayed on the rooftops of houses, flowing in the wind at Sunset Triangle Plaza, and nestled into the neighborhood landscape. It was great to see the Eastside sprawling with artwork. Another cool note to add here is that the artwork from Durden and Ray's current show, We Are Here, Here We Are, is also on view all throughout the same areas. There's plenty of work to enjoy all around.

Artwork featured above: (left to right) Jason Yates, Please Don't Leave Me, 2017; Yasmine Diaz, Soft Powers Installation; Alice Wang, Sculpture.

As I continued in my car, the sun was shining and I had some of my favorite music playing and for that hour or so it almost felt like a normal Saturday afternoon of arting and I savored the moment.

Look up to see Kori Newkirk's floating piece.

Another fun piece that caught me by surprise was Kori Newkirk's work floating between two buildings. As I drove into the alleyway between the buildings, I thought of all the many places I visit to see art and it made me laugh a little because that's what I enjoy the most about art. It takes me to new places and asks me to see everyday things differently.

These past couple of weekends of taking these art drives through the city have definitely given me a chance to see art and the city differently and I appreciate the perspective.

The Westside portion of the exhibition continues next weekend, May 30-31. Check out the website for more details.

Stay safe!

Cover image features Scott Benzel's video piece, Kleksografienprojektion, 2020

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