Jul 26, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: PUBLIC BILLBOARDS BY MADE IN L.A. ARTISTS ON VIEW ACROSS L.A. | FEATURING ROY DOWELL, DASHIELL MANLEY, AND NICOLE MILLER
Made in L.A. 2012 artists Roy Dowell, Dashiell Manley, and Nicole Miller present public billboards on the occasion of the first Los Angeles biennial.
Since the late 1980s, Roy Dowell has embraced collage, reasserting its important role in the development of modernism. His works suggest that beauty can exist in the base materials of mass culture. While best known for two-dimensional works, Dowell has brought his sensibility into three dimensions with the group of sculptures currently on view at the Hammer Museum – they are modest in scale, full of vibrant presence, and embedded with a complex of references. Reminding us of another important modernist development, the incorporation of extra-European forms, the sculptures respond to colloquial and ceremonial objects that Dowell has found in his travels and research. Dowell’s billboard also incorporates many of the visual references found in these objects.
Roy Dowell’s public billboard on La Cienega Boulevard is produced by LA><ART Public Art Initiatives and ForYourArt – Los Angeles Public Domain (LAPD), and will be up through the end of July 2012.
Dashiell Manley has a new body of work featured at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park. Manley’s work actively resists classification—in fact, it compulsively avoids it—not by negation but by abundance. He makes sculptures, paintings, videos, performances, animations, and photographs. In many instances he employs all these mediums in a single work, transforming a material and reconstituting it by subjecting it to a series of applied or circumstantial aesthetic assaults. The history of painting and the pressures of object making are forces that Manley reacts to viscerally.
Dashiell Manley’s first public project in Los Angeles is a billboard on Sunset Boulevard at Olive Street above the House of Blues produced by LA><ART Public Art Initiatives and ForYourArt – Los Angeles Public Domain (LAPD) – in conjunction with the City of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside program and CBS Outdoor.
Nicole Miller’s billboard depicts a document from actor Darby Jones’ archive that Miller was able to obtain through her work with actor’s son. Jones, one of the first African American actors to work in Hollywood, kept lists of directors or famed actors that he wanted to work with during his career. These lists are both an anecdotal and biographical record of an African American actor’s career at a time when minorities within this profession were limited to playing stereotypical characters. Nicole Miller’s billboard directly corresponds to her new body of video work on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park.
Miller’s billboard is located on Hollywood Boulevard (between Edgemont and Berendo Streets) at the entrance to Barnsdall Art Park until August 18, 2012, and is produced by LA><ART Public Art Initiatives and ForYourArt – Los Angeles Public Domain (LAPD).
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