Global Travel Media » Blog Archive » New Art Installations at LAX Explore Urban and Imaginary Landscapes

Home » Airport » Currently Reading:

New Art Installations at LAX Explore Urban and Imaginary Landscapes

June 29, 2018 Airport No Comments Email Email

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), announces two new art installations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) featuring works by Los Angeles-based artists that reference physical and fantastical landscapes. “Los Angeles is a dynamic place, and these two artworks, Xing LA: From Altadena to Long Beach and Lost Los Angeles, embody the dual nature of our region—a land of endless imagination, but also of urban reality,” said Sarah Cifarelli, Art Director, LAWA. “We are proud to feature the work of local artists at LAX, and bring the beauty and thoughtfulness of these creations to engage and delight our guests from around the world.”

Bia Gayotto’s three-screen video installation, Xing LA: From Altadena to Long Beach, documents the artist’s three parallel routes of travel— by train, by car, and by foot—from the mountains to the sea. Gayotto’s installation is on view for the public in Terminal 6, Departures Level.

Paige Smith’s site-specific installation, titled Lost Los Angeles, features thousands of handmade gold paper “geodes,” creating what looks like an enchanted excavation site glowing with geode growth for passengers to unearth.  Lost Los Angeles is on view for ticketed passengers in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, Customs Hallway, Arrivals Level.

Both installations are on display through January 2019. Learn more below:

Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). 

Bia Gayotto’s Xing LA: From Altadena to Long 

Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). 

Terminal 6, Departures Level (Through January 2019)
Xing LA: From Altadena to Long Beach
By Bia Gayotto

Bia Gayotto’s Xing LA video installation investigates the mobile space of the commute, exploring three parallel routes the artist travelled by foot, by train, and by car, from Altadena to Long Beach. Using a video camera and a monopod, which is a single pole used to help support a camera, Gayotto documented her disparate journeys. The resulting videos, installed on monitors placed side-by-side, recall the style of early travelogues, featuring establishing shots with formal compositions and minimal camera movement. The duration of each video screen is proportional to the time that it took the artist to traverse the landscape.

While the car route took 20 minutes, and the train took two hours, Gayotto spent five days walking along the Los Angeles River. “I found interesting parallels among these routes. The riverbed provided early train track construction, which later became freeway construction,” states Gayotto. “So when we are travelling the freeway, we are also travelling the river. By traversing a familiar route in different ways, I was able to experience the city in a new way.” Gayotto’s installation also includes a large-scale map annotated with observations, anecdotes, and reflections from the three journeys. From footslogging to modern modes of transportation, Gayotto’s challenging undertaking provides a portrait of the physical and social landscape of Los Angeles, presenting imagery often unnoticed and magnifying transitory moments.

Note: Bia Gayotto’s Xing LA: From Altadena to Long Beach video installation will also be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on the screens at Stark Bar.
The video installation will be on view from August 2, 2018 to January 29, 2019.

Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). 

Paige Smith’s Lost in Los Angeles
Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). 

Tom Bradley International Terminal, Customs Hallway, Arrivals Level
(Through January 2019)
Lost in Los Angeles
By Paige Smith

Paige Smith’s site-specific installation is an extension of her international street art project, Urban Geode, in which she places handmade, geode-like formations inside overlooked nooks and crannies of a city’s landscape, transforming the cracks between bricks or a derelict phone booth into a space for mysterious beauty. “I’m inspired by tucked-away spaces where one can find surprising beauty,” says Smith. The artist’s hand-sculpted crystalline forms imitate the organic character of real geodes, but are created with man made materials, highlighting the tension between nature and industry. Smith filled a 43-foot long display case with the gold-painted paper geodes, infusing a sense of magical realism into the urban environment of LAX. Composed as a shimmering, imaginary landscape, Smith’s work encourages us to pause, discover, and find magnificence in the mundane.

Comment on this Article:







Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Platinium Partnership

ADVERTISEMENTS

Elite Partnership Sponsors

ADVERTISEMENTS

Premier Partnership Sponsors

ADVERTISEMENTS

Official Media Event Partner

ADVERTISEMENTS

Global travel media endorses the following travel Publication

ADVERTISEMENTS

GLOBAL TRAVEL MEDIA VIDEOS

Advertisements

sitemap