Things are changing dramatically. The LA River, which began construction in 1938 as a giant storm drain, has been ignored for years. Most Angelenos have had no idea that the 51 mile long waterway even existed. Previously the abode of the homeless and the setting for countless movie shoots, the River has suddenly been discovered and people and organizations are scrambling to beautify it and turn the waterway into a recreational facility. Seven fine art photographers have gathered together to exhibit their personal visions of the River before it changes forever.
“This exhibit represents the visions of seven very diverse artists and their journeys along the River, their interpretations formed by their personal histories and experiences, each drawn to the unique mélange of darkness, danger, neglect, hope and optimism that is the Los Angeles River” explains Mark Indig one of the photographers and author of a book on the River.
The photographers: Peter Bennett (a successful travel and environmental photographer for over 25 years whose work has appeared in numerous books and publications); Diane Pirie Cockerill (a third generation Angeleno, studied Fine Arts at UCLA and has exhibited in national and international galleries); Maureen Haldeman (raised in Montreal has traveled extensively and photographed locations around the globe; her seascapes and abstractions of water have been shown in numerous galleries and are in both public and private collections locally and abroad); Mark Indig (former motion picture Location Manager, Studio Exec and Producer whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and whose photographs have appeared in numerous publications); Sal Taylor Kydd (fine art photographer specializing in antique processes with platinum and salt prints); Kevin McCollister (author and fine art photographer whose work is collected by both public officials and private individuals and whose second book is currently being published); and Keith Skelton (award winning corporate photographer and photojournalist who has been published in numerous publications and is fascinated by the artifacts of the river).
The Exhibit “The LA River: A City Runs Through It” will run from February 20-March 1, 2016, (Artist’s reception Saturday February 20 from 7 to 10 pm) at the Keystone Art Space 25558 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles 90065. In a strange twist of fate, this is the last exhibition of the Keystone Gallery, which is located close to the River and which itself is in a building that will be undergoing “repurposing” after the exhibit closes.
Keystone Art Space, 25558 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles 90065
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