NEW PAINTINGS FROM MEXICO, ANN CHAMBERLIN’S VAIVEN, OPENS TODAY

Lora Schlesinger Gallery presents Ann Chamberlin’s Vaivén, New Paintings from Mexico. The show is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition opens today, Saturday, May 30, from 5 – 7 pm and will be on view through July 11, 2015.

Vaivén, New Paintings from Mexico are inspired by places constantly in flux, where people are passing through. An airport, an airplane, a hotel lobby or an RV Park; she captures the energy of these environments by incorporating multiple points of view and vantage points in one picture plane. Within the work, there is no singular linear anecdote. Like a kaleidoscope of thoughts, her tales spin around and around. She creates evocative narratives that explore social and political scenarios that are intriguing, endearing, and at times unsettling. Subtle implications of crimes are apparent within the imagery, such as the women counting boxes of money in the painting “Money Counters in Panama”. In the painting 10 women surround a table sorting and counting boxes of cash. The bills are compiled and stacked neatly into cardboard boxes. In the foreground, a woman with a red dress addresses the viewer, with a notebook in hand. The somber look on their faces, their undergarments peeking through their patterned dresses, and the small island in the distance, creates an open-ended narrative for the audience to interpret the work.

Ann Chamberlin was awarded the City of Los Angeles Individual Artists’ Fellowship Grant and the J. Paul Getty Individual Artist Grant and was a Fulbright Scholar to Medellín, Colombia. Chamberlin has shown at many museums and galleries including the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, the Armory Center for the Arts, and the Long Beach Museum of Art.

The opening reception for the artist is this afternoon, Saturday, May 30th from 5-7 pm. The gallery is located in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave. B5b, Santa Monica. For additional information please call (310) 828-1133.

DEFINING THE ETHOS OF SANTA MONICA

By SMa.r.t. on May 30, 2015 in SMa.r.t. Thinking

OK IN SINGAPORE NOT SANTA MONICA

What defines some of the greatest cities in the world? Their grand plazas and public spaces. A place where one goes first when arriving at a new city and returns to many times while there. The same could be true for Santa Monica. There could be a place to gather for public events and an animated social environment that would activate the downtown area providing a venue for civic events and respite from our busy lives.
But apparently our City Council is in the midst of an identity crisis. They believe
that we should live in a different, much denser urban environment. They believe that
we need a massive iconic building called the “Plaza at Santa Monica” on city owned
land at 4th/5th and Arizona to attract visitors, one that will little serve our residents. But we already have the Pacific Ocean, our beach, our Palisades Park, our historic pier, our promenade, our courtyard housing, and our relaxed beach culture
with its open skies, sunlight, moderate temperature — assets in abundance! They must think they are working for those who would develop the City for profit rather than
those who live in it.

We live in a democracy of gratification and this head-in-the-sand approach leads to a mindset of development and profit rather than quality of life. This project would be
a beacon for unbridled growth, with every developer rightly claiming the same height
for their own project. “Greed and density” on the part of the City are not synonymous with “quality of life.” Do we need a downtown begging for tall and wide buildings
casting huge shadows, and that will fatally compromise the city’s soul and character. The soul of our city is not massive building blocks stacked 148 feet tall.

The size of the Plaza at Santa Monica (an offspring of Rem Koolhaas’ Singapore project) will create significant traffic, cut light and blue sky, cast enormous shadows on adjacent properties, increase demand on infrastructure and services, and most important-ly waste this site’s potential. This is a highly questionable precedent to
set, and worst of all, totally unnecessary.

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If we were to draw a plan of our growing downtown, this 2.9 acre parcel is the new
center of gravity with shopping, dining, and living spreading north, east, south and
west — and should be used for creating a sense of place for residents, employees and tourists to enjoy. We believe what is needed to complement and support the four million square feet of downtown commercial and residential area now being developed is a park with shade trees and fountains, concerts and public art, ice skating, event venues and open air markets. A place for residents, commuting workers, and visitors to recreate or rest – at street level where people will use it rather than rooftop levels 20, 58, and
96 feet above the sidewalk as is being proposed in this plan.

On city-owned property, creation of parks should be the first choice. An urban park in this area would fill a huge need with the growing number of families living in downtown apartments. Parks are an integral part of our active and passive well-being, of our quality of environment and life. Remember the “Wellbeing Challenge” to measure and increase the feeling of well-being for residents, visitors, and employees? If one needs further convincing, look at Bryant Park or Post Office Square.
The City may need income to pay its mortgage obligation, but it should not be used to feed its budget and future pension liabilities. The revenue from a subterranean parking structure, a “Tavern-on-the-Green,” and a multi-plex theatre at the south end, or only
if necessary, a boutique hotel (with union contract of course) and the requisite affordable housing would bring in the same $6.4 million expected from the proposed development! And the 1,200 car parking would be available for public use rather than required for a massive development above. Civic values and commercial interests can co-exist.

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This is public property, it is the residents who own this property, and the City has
the highest obligation to do the best for the public good. We cannot let this site be squandered on a project that neither meets the needs nor the will of Santa Monica’s citizenry. We’re advocating making this a remarkable town square which will bring the community back into downtown. These open spaces are priceless. Let’s hope the city can turn a “poverty of ideas” into a “wealth of wellbeing” by turning a massive mistake
into a genuine benefit for all.

Every city needs a “raison d’etre” — a spirit why people want to go there and stay there. So what will define our ethos as a city? Will it be an over-scaled commercial building that dwarfs the downtown area casting its shadows for blocks around or a grand square that invites all who enter. This property is already public land and should remain so. Is tall and dense, massive and traffic our “raison d’etre?” We don’t think so.

Ron Goldman for SMa.r.t. (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow)
Thane Roberts AIA, Architect, Mario Fonda-Bonardi AIA, Robert H. Taylor AIA, Ron
Goldman FAIA, Daniel Jansenson Architect, Samuel Tolkin AIA, Armen Melkonians Civil & Environmental Engineer, Phil Brock Chair, Parks & Recreation Commission. For previous articles, see www.santamonicaarch.wordpress.com/writings.

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THE EXODUS OF A LOS ANGELES RENTER

As rental prices skyrocket in Los Angeles, landlords are increasingly kicking out long-term tenants to clear the way for more affluent residents. Read Lovell Estell
III’s story about the bittersweet end of Catherine Green’s 30-year tenancy at the Boulevard Villa apartment complex.

When she was a child, Green and her family left Jim Crow Texas for the freedom Los Angeles offered. She became a successful businesswoman and homeowner, but this year,
at the age of 90, she received an eviction notice. Forced, along with all her fellow tenants, to leave her Crenshaw Boulevard home, and unable to rent in an increasingly expensive Los Angeles, Green is now returning to the South.

Also this week in CAPITAL AND MAIN:

A New Rosie the Riveter for a New America By Ellen Krout-Hasegawa
Is Voter Turnoff Inviting a Progressive Rollback? By Steven Mikulan
Slick With Denial: ‘Self-Regulation’ and the Latest Oil Spill By Judith Lewis Mernit

—Danny Feingold
Publisher, Capital & Main

SANTA MONICA CANYON NEWS: ENTRADA PROJECT

ENTRADA SIDEWALK PROJECT BRIEFING JUNE 9

Engineers from the LA City Bureau of Street Services brief the SMCCA Board and inter-
ested community members on the Entrada Sidewalk Project on June 9.

This briefing will take place during the June 9 SMCCA Board meeting at the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center starting at 7:00 in the historic clubhouse, Gallery Room, 601 Latimer Road. We expect a representative of Councilman Bonin also will attend.

The plans consists of 10 sheets and are too large to include in this mailing. As you will see, the majority of the project involves constructing an accessible sidewalk from Amalfi Drive to Adelaide Drive. I can send you the entire plan if you request. Just respond to this message.

George Wolfberg

L.A. LOUVER GALLERY, SUMMER 2015

From May 26 to September 4, LA LOUVER will be open Monday through Friday with extended hours on Thursday nights.

Monday 10 am 6 pm, Tuesday 10 am 6 pm, Wednesday 10 am 6 pm, Thursday 10 am 8 pm, Friday, 10 am 6 pm.

The gallery will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays and for the following holidays: (Memorial Day ( May 25), Independence Day (July 3 and 4) and Labor Day (September 7)

L.A. Louver will return to its regular schedule Tuesday-Saturday schedule on September
8

Currently on view through July 2, Gajin Fugita: Warriors, Ghosts And Ancient Gods of
the Pacific.

2nd Floor Group Show, Richard Deacon, Joel Shapiro, Peter Shelton, Tony Cragg, Sui Hangoe, Matt Wedel.

L A Louver was founded in 1976, It is one of the oldest and most esteemed galleries in America. 59 West Beach Road. Venice.