“Margins of the City” is an interactive multimedia experience that explores the work of a group of visionary and avant-garde artists in Los Angeles from the late 60s to the late 80s. The exhibit will focus on three artists and will examine how their unique aesthetic altered the political, social and artistic landscape of the city. The Ferus Gallery artists, Asco art collective, and L.A. Rebellion filmmakers embody the diverse and unique character of Los Angeles. These artists were all outsiders within their communities and society, and created work out of their feeling of isolation and marginalization.
The Ferus Gallery, Asco and L.A. Rebellion longed for their authentic identity to be recognized and validated. They wanted to “connect” to a larger audience. “Margins of the City” explores and celebrates the work that came from these outsiders, and shows how Los Angeles contributed to this process. A series of “freeway ramps” is used as an architectural gesture to lead the visitor from one experience to another. It not only creates a compelling sculptural piece, but also is a symbolic cultural icon of Los Angeles.
The exhibit will feature never-seen artifacts and videos from Ferus Gallery artists, the Asco collective and L.A. Rebellion. Interactivity will include large scale multimedia displays, reconstructed sets, comprehensive maps, graffiti simulations and projective displays. Visitors will be transported through these comprehensive experiences that will educate them about these influential artists.