LAMOA is a platform for an organic institution that lives through participation. LAMOA is currently located on the Campus of Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles. 1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, California 90041 Open hours: Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm
Scott Marvel Cassidy's project at LAMOA deals with gentrification, both as a phenomenon in local areas of Los Angeles such as as the Eagle Rock/Highland Park area and as a development that includes and affects the art world on multiple levels. His observations are displayed in a structure of thin plywood housing three dioramas. Cassidy's paintings, drawings and sculptures represent reality in a dreamlike state. His work focuses on the intersecting themes of memory, the immediate physical environment and the quandaries of referring to paintings as purely representational.
From Campus Road at Occidental College walk up to the fountain, turn right at the chapel, and walk downstairs by the library.
Artists Ruby Neri and Paul Gellman who have collaborated on numerous projects came together to transform LAMOA into a stage for the theatric performance of The Real Art Hangers of Cheviot Hills, a one-act play written by Paul Gellman and performed by a cast that includes both artists and a group of amateur actors. The set is defined by Ruby Neri's murals titled The Villa of Mysteries, inspired by the famous ancient Roman frescos which are widely believed to show the initiation of a young woman into a Graeco Roman mystery cult. The murals are painted on canvas sheets attached to both the inside and the outside of the building.
The performance will be on Sunday, May 1st 2016 starting at 3pm
Primary is a sculptural installation designed and built for LAMOA’s first show at Occidental College. The piece is made up of two painted A-frame partitions resting on the center beam of LAMOA’s roof. It is designed to reflect and expand on the design of Könitz’s structure, while politely intervening in the space.
The front partition is made to be stepped over and under by the viewer. The height of this step up matches the height of the initial step up into the museum space. Clements has used her own body proportions to design the partition such that the viewer has to step up and duck under the front partition to arrive at the space between the two partitions which is painted yellow on both sides, making it a space of its own.
The dimensions of the back partition are taken from the shoulders-to-head cropped frame of the standard elementary school photo, so that the visitor between the partitions appears framed by a backdrop echoing elementary school picture conventions, though using design elements inspired by mid-century French designer Jean Prouvé.
From outside the structure, the visitor inside is visually truncated into body parts by the partitions. Subtle humor lies in the way the circles perforating the partition can be used as framing port holes or otherwise break up the view from the inside and body from the outside.
The title Primary refers to the fact that this is the first show at LAMOA during its stay at Occidental College, as well as reflecting the artist’s interest in structuring the space in simple ways. Primary colors and gray reinforce the way the piece addresses the foundations of design.