Beyond Graffiti II
LAAC created the second run of Beyond Graffiti at the Architecture and Design Museum. It was the last exhibition to take place at the Wilshire location before the beloved cultural landmark was destroyed to make room for the new Fairfax/Wilshire Metro station located across the street from LACMA. This run of Beyond Graffiti was an emotional response to the changing of our neighborhoods and the loss of LA’s history. The exhibit was a protest to the demolition of a cultural and historical landmark. Graffiti directly provided a dynamic medium to address the loss of culture in exchange for development and modernization. Here, graffiti is more than just adding color or words to a wall – it is an expressive gesture vis à vis architecture, design, and the landscape of the city in which we live. Through graffiti, LAAC looked to define the rich history of the urban art scene that pushed past preconceptions of the spray can.
I’m Afraid of Americans
The Los Angeles Art Collective (LAAC)’s installation explores the manipulation and intimidation of the US government using surveillance technology. The public and private lives of the United States citizens are being recorded by the National Security Agency. Our image, personal identity, and information are stored in a system of voyeurism that sees no individuality. Instead, we are considered the enemy, an easy target to manipulate and no one is safe. The impersonal gaze of the camera is our confines, our prison.

#GunControl
The Los Angeles Art Collective (LAAC)’s installation explores the controversial topic of gun control. With the 2nd amendment, “right to bear arms,” US citizens believe that guns protect one’s freedom. In contrast, guns are also a system of fear. News outlets heighten our anxieties of death by showing 24 hours of devastation and murder. As a voyeuristic society we love to watch shocking images and the media understands how to capitalize on this by making content quantifiable.

If it bleeds it leads—photos, video, and information are scrutinized to produce the most hits, how many viewers it will receive, and how provocative the subject matter is. Therefore, the power of victimization lies in the hands of the editor. So, we are no longer given the full picture. Instead, guns become the ammo to skew the perspective of a story. For example, statistics can change from one source to another depending on what the writers’ viewpoints are on gun control. More often, the media elevates the offender to a movie star, the victim becomes merely a number, and the hero is left anonymous. Now we must ask the question: who is really in control of the information? is it the media? Or is it the government and the NRA? LAAC questions the empathy and integrity of the influence media has on our feelings surrounding gun control and how it deadens us — figuratively and literally.

Visit http://laacgun.com/ to see the online project that shows tweets from #Gun and #GunControl.

 

Projects:

10/13/2016 – 11/05/2016 LAAC Solo Exhibition, #GunControl, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
04/14/2016 – 05/06/2016 LACDA 12 Year Anniversary Members Exhibit
04/06/2016 – 04/09/2016 Performance and Installation for MWX16 at The Broad Los Angeles and Biltmore, an LACDA curated exhibition
03/24/2015 – 05/30/2015 LAAC curates Beyond Graffiti II at A+D Museum Los Angeles
07/2014 Large Scale Mural Project at Getty Museum’s Black Book, Scratch Exhibition at ESMoA El Segundo, California
05/31/2014 Video Projection Mapping and Performance at Zero Down Festival Inglewood, CA
03/13/2014 – 04/6/2014 LAAC Solo Exhibition I’m Afraid of Americans, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
08/06/2013 Iphone Installation at Burning Man Festival
05/30/2013 Live Performance in front of Giardini of the 55th Annual Venice Biennale
05/11/2013 3D Architectural Video Mapping Project and Performance for A+D Museum’s Celebrate
04/17/2013 LAAC was a participant in Celebration of Design & Architecture in L.A. hosted by Frances Anderton sponsored by KCRW
02/07/2013 Organized and Sponsored Sustainable Symposium (with Olson Visual) at the A+D Museum
10/05/2012 Sponsor and Video Mapping Project at A+D Museum’s Eero Saarinen Exhibition
09/2012 Autumn Lights in Downtown LA
08/18/2012 Intersecting Los Angeles Pop Up Show in Downtown LA
07/2012 LAAC and Barbara Kruger Collaboration at the 1st Venice Beach Biennale
03/14/2012 Video Projection Project for A+D Museum in LA for the 11th Annual Fundraiser Celebrate:  The Wearable
03/09/2012 Video Projection Project for Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Levitated Mass Penthouse VIP party
03/03/2012 Video Projection Project for Paramount’s film Hugo at Hollywood Arc Light (with Olson Visual)
03/02/2012 Sponsor of Los Angeles County Museum of Art MUSE’s Young Directors Night
03/10/2012 Gold Member Sponsor for Celebrate at A+D Museum
10/06/2011 Video Mapping Project for A+D Museum for Words of Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition

 

Collections:

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sam Freeman Gallery
Norton Simon
The Autry
University of California Los Angeles
Skirball Cultural Center
The Museum of Hyperreal Art

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