1. Fallen Fruit begin 2014 Public Artist Residency

     
    Fallen Fruit is a collaborative art project that began in Los Angeles with creating maps of public fruit: the fruit trees growing on or over public property.   Fallen Fruit uses cartography and geography as an indexical platform to generate serialized and site-specific works of art that often embrace public participation.  The work of Fallen Fruit includes photographic portraits, experimental documentary videos, public art installations, and curatorial projects.  Using fruit as a method of reframing the familiar, Fallen Fruit investigates urban space, ideas of neighborhood, and new forms of citizenship.   From protests to proposals for new urban green space, Fallen Fruit’s work aims to reconfigure the relationship of sharing and explore understandings of public and private, as well as real world and real time.  We consider fruit to be many things; it’s a subject and object at the same time it is aesthetic.  Fruit often triggers a childhood memory;  it’s emotional and familiar.  Everyone is an expert on the flavor of a banana.  Much of this work is linked to ideas of place and family, and much of these works echo a sense of connectedness with something very primal – our capacity to share with others. Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.  Fallen Fruit uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way you see the world.
  2. Two HOLA artists selected for the Hammer Museum’s Los Angeles Biennial

    Congrats to our 2013 public artist in residence, Mariah Garnett, and public art project collaborator, Sarah Rara.  We are lucky to get to work with such bright, talented artists.  

  3. We Are Talking Benches

    "Talking Benches," our 2012 public art installation, led by Pearl Hsiung and Anna Sew Hoy, is still up on display on local bus benches along Wilshire Boulevard and 6th Street (between LaFayette Park and MacArthur Park).

    A local blogger took notice of the benches and contacted HOLA to find out more. The result is this wonderful blog post on LA Streetsblog.org. 

  4. Watch this new video on Transforming the Everyday: An HOLA Public Art Project with Tanya Aguiñiga. 

  5. Want to learn more about Tanya Aguiñiga’s residency at HOLA?

    Click here to read more about Tanya Aguiñiga’s work at HOLA.  The HOLA youth and faculty are grateful for her many contributions to HOLA and one of the installations is still up in our gallery.  Tanya has been keeping busy with various with exhibitions, installations and new projects, but we look forward to working with her again in the near future.

  6. Check out this video from our Spring 2013 artist residency.

    SWAP/MEET is the culmination of a ten-week residency at HOLA by Los Angeles based artists Onya Hogan-Finlay & Mariah Garnett. Inspired by the Westlake Swapmeet, the students and the public traded what they have made at a simulated swap meet at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. Throughout the residency HOLA art students activated public spaces in the neighborhood surrounding HOLA and examined the role of commerce and the public sphere in art. The students considered the definition of art, who an artist is and what role the artist has in society. Through a series of workshops led by visiting artists Fiona Connor, Andy Byers, Ramak Fazel, Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra of Slanguage and Sonia Romero, the students explored a wide range of media and artistic approaches. 

  7. Transforming the Everyday: Public Art Celebration —Tie-Dye Station!

    Our final station of the day was our Tie-Dye station. We wanted everyone who participated in our final celebration to walk away with a hand dyed piece of art that they could use. All of the colors used to dye were based on the HOLA logo. Everyone was given a blank tote bag and walked through our Shibori dying techniques from HOLA teens Public Art Week 3. Some of our HOLA teens were on hand to show participants the techniques they learned. We had amazing results and everyone got really into dying!!

  8. Transforming the Everyday: Public Art Celebration —Twigloo Station!

    For our twig dome “Twigloo” station, our friends Art and Nature from HOLA Public Art Week 2 led us in decorating found twigs and assembling them into a structure. The structure was based on the shape of Levitt Pavillion and was made as an offering to MacArthur Park.

    First, we decorated the twigs with paint, flowers and yarn…

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    Art and Nature then helped us assemble the Twigloo…

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    For the final piece, participants were asked to write their wishes or personal notes on tie-dye pieces of fabric…

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  9. Transforming the Everyday: Public Art Celebration —Maze Making Station!

    We wanted to have an activity that kids of all ages could participate in while using our left over surveyor’s tape from our Ciclavia Weaving. We decided on making a maze that everyone could help build during the day.

    Here is our Ciclavia Weave. Installed in the park for all to see and adding a colorful splash to our event to draw people over.

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    Our Maze started as a simple outline and children helped wrap and build density.

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    The final piece made a colorful pattern going up the hill for all to play in!

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  10. Transforming the Everyday: Public Art Celebration —Inflatable Boat Station!

    Based on our Visiting Artist Doron Gazit’s lessons with HOLA teens on Airchitecture, we made inflatable boats to sail on MacArthur Park’s Lake.

    We used Doron’s Air Tubes to make the triangulated structures that participants decorated. We had a wild time making the structures and used up 150 Air Tubes by the middle of the day!

    Air Tube decoration!

    Putting the structures together!

    Taking the boats out to the lake!