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Art Exhibitions


As part of its expansion and renovation, LAX has transformed many of its public spaces into art spaces by featuring temporary art exhibitions and installations throughout the airport. Presented in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LAX features 11 exhibition sites located in Terminals 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Current Exhibitions

Ventanas 
Ventanas, Carolyn Castaño
Photo credit: Panic Studio L.A.

Terminal 1, Baggage Claim 
Ventanas 
By Carolyn Castaño 
(Open to the public)  

Carolyn Castaño’s watercolor paintings invite viewers to imagine or recall the visual transitions they may have experienced during travel. Mixing landscape imagery, abstract patterns, and motifs culled from contemporary and vintage airline graphic design, each painting evokes the experience of looking through a ventana, Spanish for window. This “looking” can take many forms: looking out from inside an airplane as new geographies come into view beyond or below, or peering in at the carefully orchestrated universe of form, color, and logotype to be found within the aircraft one is about to board. This series of paintings expands Castaño’s ongoing interest in the everyday visual vernaculars of home and heritage, be it in Los Angeles or the city centers of Latin America, or in the natural landscape, real or imagined.


  Terminal 2 Departures Atrium Flow and Glimpse-sm
Flow and Glimpse, Barbara Strasen
Photo credit: Panic Studio L.A.

Terminal 2, Departures Atrium 
Flow and Glimpse  
By Barbara Strasen 
(Open to the public)

Flow and Glimpse depicts the rich textures and diversity of Los Angeles, providing a fresh view of the city and its relationship to contemporary life. Situated in the terminal’s atrium, on the publicly accessible side of the security checkpoint, this large-scale installation features 90 lenticular panels, so that the visible images change in response to the location of the viewer, providing an engaging and dynamic experience for travelers as they move through security. Each panel juxtaposes two images – one featuring a flow of textures and the other a detailed and diverse glimpse of L.A. –organized thematically on six walls of the atrium. The lenticular lenses are carefully choreographed, with the texture of the flow images uniting the different groups, while the fleeting glimpse images move along according to theme and context, in a way that suggests a dialogue among them, inviting the viewer to discover connections between seemingly dissimilar images.


We’ve got to cross this great big world somehow  We’ve got to cross this great big world somehow
We’ve got to cross this great big world somehow, Megan Geckler
Photo credit: Panic Studio L.A.

Terminal 3, Departures 
We’ve got to cross this great big world somehow 
By Megan Geckler 
(Open to the public)  

Using 360 strands of hand-dyed diamond braid rope to create a monumental sculptural installation, Megan Geckler’s artwork is the visual result of an architectural and mathematical study of the site’s soaring atrium. Sited at the TSA checkpoint on Departures, the installation enriches the passenger experience by infusing the space with vibrant colors and dramatic shapes. Hundreds of colorful ropes are suspended from the windows and clustered to form a giant “X” on the platforms, suggesting connections between points and people. The “X” shape also references an hourglass and the cycle of time. The span of the ropes also creates a curtain that marks the transitional nature of the space as passengers move from a public space to a restricted one. Geckler hand dyed the rope using twenty different color formulas to achieve a full spectrum color palette that is divided between warm hues on the west side and cool on the east side. This prismatic effect is a nod to the sequence of hues that make up a rainbow, the sun’s pathway across the sky, and the passing of time. The result is a convergence of color that marks a spot and time.


Gate Pass 
Gate Pass, Nicole Rademacher
Photo credit: Panic Studio L.A.

Terminal 3, Ticketing 
Gate Pass 
By Nicole Rademacher 
(Open to the public)  

Nicole Rademacher’s artwork explores correlations between private and public acts of personal protection as interpreted through the fixture of home gates. Rademacher documents these imposing physical boundaries through a three-channel, color, high-definition video and six photo dioramas, observing the daily occurrences both inside and outside the gates, while revealing connections of intimacy and formality, alienation and belonging, security and vulnerability. As a site-specific exhibition, Gate Pass hopes to create a dialogue with air travelers about security measures, a collective component of the air travel experience, encouraging reflection on issues of trust and protection.


Translation 
Translation, Olga Lah
Photo credit: Panic Studio L.A.

Tom Bradley International Terminal, Customs Hallway, Arrivals 
Translation 
By Olga Lah 
(On view for ticketed passengers)  

Translation is a site-specific installation that uses hundreds of opened paperback books to form an undulating wall to explore our life’s memories and how we choose to translate them into personal stories and collective narratives. Lah’s use of the paperback book in Translation demonstrates her facility with selecting a quotidian object and elevating it to represent the narrative of our life experiences. For Lah, the paperback book is a familiar object, one that we can materially carry in our hands, while mentally carrying the stories they contain. By using the common paperback, Lah explores the concept of translation as a metaphor for how our lives are informed through the interpretation of our memories. In her installation, the wall of books curves and bends, with varied pages on display, reminding us that life’s journey is an accumulation of events and recollections. At the far right end of the installation, the fanned book pages are painted white, an optimistic nod to the future that our personal and collective narratives will continue in the possibility of transformation and hope. For Lah, our perception of our experiences and memories is a form of translation, as we sort and select the ones that we ultimately choose to define us.


Street Seen 
Street Seen, Marissa Roth
Photo credit: Panic Studio L.A.

Terminal 6, Departures  
Street Seen 
By Marissa Roth 
(Open to the public)  

Street Seen is a series of 28 chromogenic photographic prints by artist Marissa Roth that capture the street-level view of Los Angeles. A native Angeleno, Roth was inspired to get out of her car and photograph the streets of her city as a pedestrian. Roth’s approach resulted in a view of Los Angeles often missed as we drive or fly—literally and figuratively—to our destinations. By documenting street life unfolding at the speed of one’s breath, Roth’s photographs show us the exquisite details of our everyday surroundings hiding in plain sight.


Like Sound Going Sideways 
Like Sound Going Sideways, Timothy Nolan
Photo credit: Panic Studio L.A.

Terminal 7-8, Departures Hallway and Ticketing Lobby 
Like Sound Going Sideways 
By Timothy Nolan 
(Main exhibition is on view for ticketed passengers in the Departures Hallway; Shine On prints on view to the public in the Ticketing Lobby)  

Like Sound Going Sideways features a series of collages and collage-based prints that examine natural phenomena and the intersection of culture and nature. Combining his own photography of unique geological terrain with outdated scientific graphics and Art Deco patterns, artist Tim Nolan’s invented landscapes juxtapose natural and man-made imagery, suggesting ecosystems in transition. The larger works, such as the wall mural and light box on view as part of the main exhibition in the Departures Hallway and the three large-scale prints (Shine On) on view in the Ticketing Lobby, expand the boundaries of the imagery. The results marry Nolan’s interest in abstract painting and Pop Art with a fascination for quantum mechanics and astrophysics. Nolan invites viewers to consider our shifting perspective of the world and our quest for discovery beyond the visible realm.

 


About Los Angeles World Airports Art Program
The mission of the LAWA Art Program is to enhance and humanize the travel experience by providing diverse and memorable art experiences throughout the airport. The Art Program includes temporary exhibitions, permanent installations, and cultural performances. With an emphasis on local and regional artists, the Art Program provides access to an array of contemporary artworks that reflect and celebrate the region’s creative caliber. For additional information, please visit www.lawa.org.

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