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EPMoA Visitor Center

January 1st, 2011

LACE is proud to present Elysian Park Museum of Art (EPMoA) running 13 October – 19 December 2010 as a part of its PUBLIC INTEREST initiative. A constantly evolving association of artists and curators involved with EPMoA have created site-specific performances, installations, and actions that consider the fractured geography of the park — its unmapped trails, picnic areas, a stadium, a police academy, highway onramps, radio towers, squatter communities, and parking lots — with the goal of creating a cohesive investigation into the contemporary function of a museum, a park, and public spaces in general.

Since October 2009, the EPMoA has existed as a curatorial workshop, initiated through Telic Arts Exchange’s Public School Project, and as a public forum encouraging participation from a diverse and unaffiliated section of the park-using community. Through a series of monthly meetings in the park, participants have worked together to address issues of how to implement creative actions within the parameters of public fair use of Elysian Park, as well as raise questions about the relevance and significance of this project within the overlapping contexts of art history, local politics, and public engagement.

The LACE galleries have been transformed into the park visitor’s center complete with artifacts, benches, and foliage. The installation documents and recreates past and current EPMoA actions inside the park. Representatives of both the curatorial workshop and the park-using community will take part in the selection and presentation of documentation (sound recordings, photography, video, illustration, re-enactment, written description, etc.)

Additional performances and site-specific interventions allowed by fair use of the park are scheduled to occur inside Elysian Park during the course of the exhibition. Public events at LACE include performances, a class in museum studies and a guest speaker series to discuss the role of a museum, the ecology of the park, and more.

Participants include (but not limited to): Beau Sievers, Gabie Strong, Amy Howden-Chapman, Luke Fischbeck, Sara Rara, Lauren Mackler, Fiona Connor, Akina Cox, Helga Fassonaki, Cindy Rehm, Paul Pescador, and Pod Blotz

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December 24th, 2010


The hunt for Spirulent Green began at the tree dotted picnic area adjacent to the Grace E. Simons Lodge in Elysian Park at 1:00 PM, December 5th.
Lisa Tucker and Ron Chiarello invited participants to join them in gathering Spirulent Green (aka Spirulina).  Ron had a ‘scope to see the algae collected and a display of how to grow the green superfood.
A lunch of Spirulina pasta with prawns, fresh local greens, bittersweet chocolate Spirulina brownies, and lemon/limeade with fresh Spirulinaas was served as Ron led a discussion and investigation on the possibilities of a food that can feed the world. Spirulina is a complete protein source, containing all 18 amino acids. It has the highest protein concentration of any food known.

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December 24th, 2010


FOOD 4 was presented by Alice Tseng & Jeremy Rotsztain on December 5th at the Elysian Park tree grove. They invited participants to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon under the trees in an effort to celebrate Americana, Minimalism, and Picnics. Installed in the tree grove were piñatas made for Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and Anne Truitt filled with grill cheese sandwiches, lemonade, corn dogs, pickles, and various real American food snacks.

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December 24th, 2010

New Zealand artist and writer Tessa Laird presented FOOD 3 in Auckland on November 6th. Helga Fassonaki remotely recreated her Rainbow-Coloured Repast on November 14th in Elysian Park.  Each event featured artists who had been selected to prepare and share a dish in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Purple.

November 6, 2010 – Western Park, Ponsonby, Auckland New Zealand
Red: Peter Madden – roast beetroot and tomato salad, chipolata sausages and tomato sauce, strawberries, and much more!
Orange: AD Schierning – tangerine dream tart
Yellow: Judy Darragh – corn on the cob, frittata, bananas, cheese
slices, and much more!
Green: Richard Orjis – zucchini and lime cake
Blue: Xing Cheng – blueberry muffins with poppy seed and borage garnish
Indigo: Layla Rudneva-Mackay – thai black sticky rice pudding with blueberries
Violet: Nova Paul – potato salad made with Maori purple potatoes – urenika
Tessa Laird: a rainbow of juices

November 14, 2010 – Elysian Park, Echo Park, Los Angeles CA

Red: Ginette Pohlmeier – red stuffed bell peppers
Orange: Fiona Connor – farm fresh oranges from Valencia
Yellow: Bettina Hubby – egg salad pasta popcorn banana lemon walfer golden raisen cheese corn cheerios caserole
Green: Katie Vonderheide – green spinach salad and green tea cookies
Blue: Jean Robison – blueberries desert wih blue cream topping
Purple: Marcos Lopez – purple cabbage salad
Helga Fassonaki – blue chips, mango salsa, and rainbow drinks.

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December 24th, 2010

FOOD 2 took place on Sunday October 31 from 1 to 3pm at Elysian Park. Amy Howden- Chapman joined chef hands with Helga Fassonaki and Andrew Scott as they combined hand-picked fall produce from Oak Glen Farms to produce a seasonal pumpkin and apple feast.

white pumpkin soup
yellow squash and zucchini curried barbecue
Honey glazed butternut squash and wheat berry salad
toasted pumpkin seeds
pumpkin bread
home-dried apples
apple pie
pumpkin pie

Conversations and inside chatter: Pumpkins, Apples, U-Pick farms, Food Transportation, Music

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October 21st, 2010

An essential human experience, how can artists mobilize the democratic possibilities of the discourse around food cultivation and eating? What do we have to share? Experienced pickler Jen Smith asked participants to bring ideas, inventories of artist projects and community resources, interest and/or something to eat to contribute to this gathering within the temporary autonomous institutional space of Elysian Park Museum of Art.
Participants met October 17 from noon to two at the Solano Canyon picnic tables for a full course lunch prepared specially by Jen Smith.

Solano Canyon picnic tables

Jen Smith preparing

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October 20th, 2010

FOOD is a series curated by Helga Fassonaki in conjunction with EPMoA’s concurrent exhibit at LACE galleries (October 13 – December 19, 2010).  Artists are asked to position themselves as chefs or hosts – as a catalyst for gatherings, conversation/dialogue, exchanges (political/social) and interactions within the boundaries of Elysian Park.  Artists may choose to prepare food and/or lead a discussion in the area of food justice. It is completely up to the artist to decide how they choose to form/shape this gathering. They may choose a specific part of Elysian Park to further shape the ‘event’, keeping in mind the use of public parks for picnics and birthday parties.  Artists may also choose to collaborate with other artists.

The title FOOD is taken from Gordon Matta Clark’s restaurant called FOOD and is a direct homage to him. Every Sunday, he would have a different artist be the Chef, resulting in often bizarre gatherings.  His widow, Jane Crawford, recalled such a time when Clark  ‘cooked a lovely whole sea bass, but it emerged from the kitchen encased in a block of aspic nearly three feet long. He unmolded it, then gave the table a good kick, so that the aspic wobbled wildly and the bass seemed to fishtail upstream’.  It is with events like this in mind that I see FOOD as a process as well as a set of actions involving a range of artists, incorporating discussions on food and social issues without taking for granted the simple gestures that can occur naturally when bringing people together around food.

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Finding the Echo in Echo Park

October 19th, 2010

Original (longer) version showing at L A C E galleries as part of EPMoA, Oct 13 – Dec 19 2010, Los Angeles, CA
Finding the Echo in Echo Park (excerpt), 2010

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