CURRENTLAInfoCardCURRENT:LA Water, the inaugural public art biennial, invited local, national and international artists to make site specific installations and to organize public programs along LA River and other bodies of water. Focused on many subjects including the geology of the aquifer, the history of the river, as well as water access, conservation and purification, the project aimed to engage the public by inspiring discourse and action about different ideas and issues. I personally worked on four of the biennial projects.
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Mel Chin
The TIE that BINDS: The MIRROR of the FUTURE, 2016 -

Mel Chin’s The TIE that BINDS: The MIRROR of the FUTURE, aims to change Los Angeles’ landscape by propagating hundreds of drought-resistant gardens throughout the city. Starting at the Bowtie Project––18-acres of untended wilderness above a naturalized stretch of the LA River––Chin and landscape architect Calvin Abe designed and installed eight water-saving, California-native demonstration gardens. These initial gardens became reflected in eight mirror gardens throughout Los Angeles. Chin is giving members of the public a unique, blueprint, with a list of native plant species and instructions on how to grow their own “mirror” gardens. He plans to distribute up to 512 blueprints in the LA area, with a goal to save 3.5 million gallons of water annually. No longer a temporary project, The TIE that BINDS become an ongoing project to address water conservation, one of the most critical challenges facing LA today.
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Rirkrit Tiranvanija
untitled 2016 (LA water, water pavilion)

Rirkrit Tiranvanija’s untitled 2016 (LA water, water pavilion)––a collaboration with the LA-based architect Kulapat Yantrasast’s interdisciplinary design studio wHY––was an elegant, open timber-frame structure on a stream emanating from a waterfall on Lake Balboa. Inviting visitors to rest and immerse themselves in nature, it was also a place for them to contemplate and re-consider the idea of water, its future and its political impact. An integral part of the artwork was a system to reclaim and purify non-potable water consumed by the public. During the opening weekend, filtered and purified creek water was used for a blessing of the new pavilion by Thai monks, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and Tiranvanija’s communal Thai curry meals. During CURRENT:LA, the pavilion was also open for numerous community activities. Tiranvanija considered the pavilion a relational space that socialized and activated a forgotten public area.
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Kori Newkirk
Prime, 2016

Kori Newkirk’s Prime, a sculptural installation of four horses submerged in trench and surrounded by a chain link fence was located in South Weddington Park in Studio City. Fabricated from fiberglass and painted in gray primer, the enormous gray creatures appeared frozen in time and space. The artist intended for the horses to empty slates onto which each viewer can project meaning. Some saw them as a reminders of the West when wild horses ran freely across this landscape before they were tamed and used to conquer civilizations. Others saw them as an “anti-monument” or ruins of a fountain devoid of water. Whatever the interpretation, these horses were not gallant, but slightly strange and pitiful, trapped in a trench near the concretized river. Newkirk’s work was simultaneously a remembrance of things past, a snapshot of the current drought and perhaps a warning for the future.
Refik Anadol and Peggy Weil’s
UnderLA, 2016

Refik Anadol and Peggy Weil’s UnderLA is a visual descent below the surface of Los Angeles River via scrolling images of soil samples taken by geologists. The artists worked with USGS Geologists to obtain data and photograph soil samples from two Los Angeles well sites that they digitally processed to produce two monumentally-scaled video projections. The 27-minute videos are interspersed with data visualizations created from 3D lithographic models and hydrographic data showing fluctuating water levels from these same wells – a reminder that LA’s aquifers are stressed by the continuing drought. With images of samples extracted at 10-foot intervals down to 1400 feet, the projections represent 2.5 million years in geologic time into the Pliocene era. The videos became a landscape portrait of our arid times that revealed the beauty and vulnerability of the aquifer system and reminded the public of the importance of water conservation.
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