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Los Angeles Nomadic Division Land

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Mission: LAND is a public art initiative committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects, in Los Angeles and beyond. LAND supports dynamic and unconventional artistic practices using a tripartite approach: Commissioning public projects of site- and situation-specific works with national and international contemporary artists Collaborating with a variety of institutions and organizations, such as universities, museums, and theaters as well as other types of spaces, industries, and entities Offering additional programs such as performances, workshops, residencies, discussions, and publications LAND is an ongoing endeavor with three primary types of annual programming: LAND 1.0 projects are large-scale, multi-artist, multi-site exhibitions and single-site group exhibitions, LAND 2.0 projects feature a new commission by a single mid-career or established artist, and LAND 3.0 projects feature new work by lesser known or emerging artists.

Programs: The manifest destiny billboard project is a series of artist-produced billboards and activations that will unfold along interstate 10 freeway from florida to california through spring 2015. Across approximately 100 billboards total, 10 artists will create "chapters" along i-10, each a unique interpretive link to the exhibition thematic. The billboards will move through and punctuate the landscape by tracing territorial expansion from east to west, along one of the country's busiest freeways, concluding in los angeles. The billboards are activated through various events, programs, and social media outlets for dialogue and interaction with local communities.

wildflowering l. A. Is a native wildflower seed planting initiative throughout los angeles county that began in october 2013 by artist fritz haeg. The project transformed 50 diverse sites - from front lawns, school yards, road medians, and empty fields - into thriving native flower meadows, and encouraging community engagement and collaboration.

painting in place was a group exhibition of contemporary painting, presented in the historic farmers and merchants bank in downtown los angeles. The exhibition displayed a wide array of work from contemporary artists that tackle painting from various perspectives, using both traditional and unconventional techniques and media in their approach to the discipline. Exploring various ways that the definition of painting is continuously evolving, the exhibition sought to expand the traditional parameters of painting, sculpture, and installation: blurred, deconstructed, and refigured. Three overlapping themes permeated the exhibition: the representation or metaphor of the body/self, memory and the passing of time, and the depiction and negotiation of spatial environments and architectural structures. Subjects were explored, investigated, and highlighted through the juxtaposition and placement of these paintings within the site-specific context of the historic bank, built in 1905, which remains a cornerstone of downtown los angeles.

in fy 2014, land offered diverse, free public art programs across the country. Apart from the large-scale exhibitions, land produced temporary, monographic exhibitions including liz craft's the temple of folly, in west hollywood, ca and katie grinnan's astrology orchestra, which was accompanied by a publication. As well, land presented works as part of their ongoing programming series: nomadic nights and frame rate. Nomadic nights are single-evening performance-based programs, and frame rate is dedicated to video-based works. Land presented two nomadic nights programs: many many women, a collaborative performance featuring 12 female artists, organized by artist eve fowler, alongside the presentation of new video work from dylan mira, at the doheny library at the university of southern california. The other was a performance by artist jamie ross entitled gabriel, enacted on the summit of mount lowe in the san gabriel mountains outside of los angeles. Land's exhibition schedule is supplemented with a robust educational program and publications, geared towards enhancing the topics covered and providing direct access with audiences to the thought process of contemporary artists.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended many LAND programs and have also volunteered with the organization, and through this experience I have expanded my understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art greatly. To offer such high caliber exhibitions to the public for free in interesting architectural and public sites is unlike anything I have experience before. The artists LAND works with are so talented and engaging, and I have enjoyed having direct access to their work and practice through LAND's programming.