Tuesday, December 15, 2009


If you are traveling through LAX this season you'll see a new art exhibit at the Los Angeles International Airport showing off the aesthetics of discount retailing. 12 works are made exclusively with materials from the discount 99 cent store chain. If you are from LA, you are very familiar with this store. The store display windows are artistically rendered "a la Warhol", with hundreds of same product, stacked vertically or horizontally across the storefront. The funny thing about this exhibit is that it is located in Terminal 1, where the discount airlines, Southwest and US Airways dock their planes. A quote from the press release states, "The purpose of the Airport Arts Exhibition Program at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), is to educate and entertain the traveling public, while emphasizing a cultural experience highlighting what makes Los Angeles memorable and interesting." Exhibitions can be found on display in Terminals 1, 2, 3 and Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX."
The nine artists included in the exhibit are Nena Amsler, Daniel Brodo, April Dunham, Jacqueline Freedman, Erika Lizée, Cielo Pessione, Joseph Santarromana, Elizabeth Saveri, and Hoàng Vu. Artworks on display consist of paintings (oil, acrylic and watercolor), wire sculptures, digital media, collages, and fiber sculptures.

"Gimme” by Michelle Pauline and “Artemis Ephesus – Allegory of the Easter Eggs” by Matthew DeHaven. “CrissCross” consists of an 80-foot long wall painting installation by Mara Lonner and Kim Schoenstadt. (Photo credit: Tim McGowan/LAWA)

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