Monday, December 26, 2011
Speeding by through a car window, Los Angeles resembles an overexposed photograph. The city has a bleached, grimy quality that stands in stark contrast to the high gloss portrayed in the media it churns out. But LA can be seductive as well as sinister. Over three million people from every corner of the globe, simmering day after day in a climate described by “Chinatown” screenwriter Robert Towne as “the same temperature as your skin” can produce thought-provoking art and ideas. The bougainvillea growing past a collage of old posters on a wall near a gallery in Santa Monica caught my eye.