Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Fire on the Mountain Tonight
I could watch yesterday’s flare-up of the Griffith Park Fire from my living room window (I live in the little triangle of Silver Lake between Glendale Blvd. and Highway 2). Billowing smoke, flames, helicopters, everything. To someone who isn’t from out here, things like wildfires (and earthquakes!) are just about the scariest things imaginable. Of course, I’ve heard other folks from out here say the same thing about tornados—I guess it all comes down to which safety drills you grew up practicing in elementary school.
Besides firegazing, I haven’t written an entry in a while because I have been busy making art! I got asked to make a few new installations for some Phantom Gallery LA spaces (www.phantomgalleriesla.com). A couple of these have been spur-of-the-moment, flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants pieces. Realizing that I can do work in this manner made me feel pretty good—I don’t think I would have had the same capability to be flexible and spontaneous with my materials when I first started working this way….and maybe not even until I moved out here? So there is a tic in the pro-LA column after all.
It really does seem like a place where anything in the world can happen—you just have to be looking under the right rock.
Migration Study opens Thursday, May 10; 131 East 6th Street & 601 South Los Angeles Street, Downtown LA. Through June 14.
Marmalade Surprise (window installation) at 2926 Rowena in Silver Lake, indefinitely.