For our second week with the teens, we invited two artists from the collective known as Art in Nature,to come give a special lecture to the teens.
Gerardo Monterrubio and Lizbeth Navarro came to lead us in personal site-specific work using unfired clay and dirt from McCarthur Park to create vignettes of our wishes based on the “El Pedimento” tradition from Oaxaca, Mexico.
From Gerardo Monterrubio:
For thousands of years, various cultures have used the ceramic medium to record their existence. From these artifacts, we can form an understanding and numerous interpretations of such societies. Altered by my imagination, my work plays with the idea of recording aspects of contemporary society predominately related to the proletariat and street culture of Los Angeles.
Some of the wishes:
These personal sculptures were left around MacArthur Park as offerings to the park itself.
The sculptures were left at the park, and if you spot one, feel free to instagram it with #holateens!
Tanya meets the class and introduces the first project, a weaving for Ciclavia that was to hang outside for all the participants to see.
After some tutorials on how to weave, braid and macrame, the kids were let loose to experiment, explore and practice what they learned.
It got a bit messy, but the kids had fun and it looks like they got it!
…………and behold! Our “wildchild” weaving is ready for the event!
We are thrilled to have Tanya join our faculty as our summer public artist in residence. Follow this blog to learn more about her work with the HOLA youth.
In addition to our amazing guests, we had some help from a great team of H.O.L.A. staff and volunteers, who helped out at two of our creation stations - cut paper flowers, picture frame crafts, and postcards.
Public Art’s T.A., Stephanie, guided kids and families through the process of making cut paper flowers (like we did the week Andy Byers came to class).
Stephanie had a little help from artist Amy Von Harrington, who volunteered to help out for the day.
At the postcard stations, people could make their own postcard designs and send them wherever they wanted.
Postcards were pre-stamped with stamps designed by our students!
Last but not least was our framing station for the photo booth pictures taken by Ramak.
All in all it was an amazing day thanks to an amazing team and amazing turnout!
Dublab DJ’s Mark and Hoseh acted as MCs or informal auctioneers encouraging people to make and trade things.
Edna - Public Art Student and Trademaster extraordinaire.
Ednas Assistants at the Trading post - Pearl and Mariah.
Kim + Onya with their miniputt masterpiece!
All the people in blue HOLA shirts were hard at work! A big shout-out goes to Jon-Erik for the terrific teal T-shirt dontation!!
But none of this would’ve happen if nobody showed up…
Thanks to the MacArthur Park community who came out on Father’s Day to use public space by spending time with their families, making art and watching the awesome Levitt Pavillion performance!
Some of our students brought their families…
But the majority of the people there were hanging out in the park anyway…
For Fathers Day…
Or just because it was a nice Sunday…
Or to see the performance by Tierra Blanca, Levitt Pavilion’s afternoon act, “A Mexican folkloric dance company that bases their unique dances on the culture and history of Mexico and the Latin American diversity that is found here in Los Angeles. ” Here are some of the dancers - they were great!!
We hope you all had a great day! We know we did, and, while we’re sad our residency is done, we are so grateful to be a part of the H.O.L.A. family!
Another one of our super popular creation stations was the live screen printing with Hit+Run!
People could pick a design to be printed on tote bags:
Turns out these bags were super convenient for carrying all the artwork made and traded at the event!
There was a long line the whole time!
One of our most popular stations was the photo booth, hosted by Ramak Fazel, a guest artist from week 8.
People got to take their polaroids home with them.
Ramak is an amazing inventive photographer who experimented with the polaroid photo booth portrait format!
Participants were encouraged to jump over to the next table where they could decorate frames for their photos.
Woodward Gardens (Kim Kelly and Public Art teacher Onya Hogan-Finlay) brought their Mini-Putt public art installation to the park. It was a real hit!
The mini course even had a mini H.O.L.A. building with a mini monitor in the window that played a video created by H.O.L.A. students with teacher, Mariah Grarnett and Michelle Lawler!