12/15/2020 11:00 AM

FOR RELEASE: Window Seat Views, Vibrant Murals and More Mark the Return of New Art Experiences to LAX

Window seat views, murals & more mark the return of new art at LAX.
Dec. 15, 2020

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Artwork from the "Window Seat" exhibit by Susan Logoreci includes images through airplane windows. Photos by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports and the City of Los Angeles
Department of Cultural Affairs.

(Los Angeles, CA) Four new art exhibitions at Los Angeles International Airport's (LAX) Terminal 1 will take passengers on a journey through a variety of artistic disciplines, including photography, sculpture, painting, contemporary craft and two site-specific murals. The new exhibitions, presented in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and now on display, mark the first new art installations in Terminal 1 in 2020. The exhibits include one group exhibition and three solo artists.

“LAX is dedicated to spotlighting the vibrant art community of Los Angeles, and we are excited to welcome our first new major installations since the spring,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “Even during the most challenging times, art can inspire our minds and open our hearts. These four new exhibits at Terminal 1 showcase the great talent of our fellow Angelenos, dazzle our senses and help our imaginations take flight.”


Follow LAX on Instagram Friday, Dec. 18 as the airport's art team takes over Instagram for a closer look at the new art below!

"LA Made," a group project curated by Emily Zaiden and Alex Miller with work by artists Tanya Aguiñiga, Carrie Burckle, Ferne Jacobs, John Luebtow, Gerardo Monterrubio, Po Shun Leong, Karyl Sisson, Joan Takayama-Ogata is now on display in Terminal 1.

“LA Made” is a group project curated by Craft in America curators Emily Zaiden and Alex Miller. It presents the artwork of Tanya Aguiñiga, Carrie Burckle, Ferne Jacobs, John Luebtow, Gerardo Monterrubio, Po Shun Leong, Karyl Sisson and Joan Takayama-Ogata, artists whose work is renowned in the world of contemporary craft.


Craft in America is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that promotes and advances original handcrafted works via a documentary series airing on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), on its website and though ongoing exhibitions and illustrated books.


"'LA Made' was curated specifically for Los Angeles International Airport,” Zaiden said. “Los Angeles has been an epicenter for craft in contemporary art since the mid-20th century. These artworks point to the evolving nature of contemporary craft in the region."


The exhibit’s curated objects are indicative of the breadth and range of materials that artists draw upon to create art in the 21st century, including ceramic, glass, fiber, metal and wood. Each of the artists manipulate materials to new ends; some innovate through selection of material, while others add to the toolkit of techniques used to produce work. These artists explore the metaphorical potential of their materials and draw upon historical precedent to imbue their work with meaning and beauty. Beyond the realm of design, these sculptural works help redefine how craft is viewed on the world stage. "LA Made" is on view for ticketed passengers, in Terminal 1, in gate 9 in the Departures Level until October 2021.

"Korçare” by Alexis Zoto is now on display in Terminal 1. Photos by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.


"Korçare” by Alexis Zoto is a site-specific mural and multimedia installation that features hand-painted and vinyl shapes and symbols in a vibrant color palette. Inspired by the kilims (flat woven rugs) and textiles of her grandparents’ homeland of Albania, Zoto’s mural emphasizes motifs that celebrate women’s craft, work and innovation. Though these motifs are based on Zoto’s research on Albanian kilims, many of the symbols featured in this mural pay homage to ones found in kilims and rugs made in many countries that were once part of the Ottoman Empire.


"Through my research into the symbols found in these Albanian designs, I am struck by how closely related some of the imagery is to that of other cultures such as Guatemalan and Navajo,” Zoto said. “To me, it is incredible because it shows how we are much more similar to one another than we are different.”


By changing the palette, material, composition and scale, Zoto brings an ancient art form and domestic object into a contemporary public context. "Korçare" is on view for ticketed passengers in Terminal 1 until October 2021.

"In Search of Rainbows and Stardust" by Anna Carey is now on display in Terminal 1. Photos by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

“In Search of Rainbows and Stardust” by Anna Carey features the artist’s photographs and a video depicting imaginary interior and exterior architectural spaces that present a generic global architectural style that feels both familiar and dream-like. Carey’s fascination with vernacular architecture, which is characterized as ordinary, functional buildings reflective of a region, began while she was growing up in the Gold Coast, a popular holiday destination on Australia’s east coast. Later, Carey traveled throughout the U.S. and eventually relocated to Los Angeles where she was able to see many of the original buildings whose style had influenced the architecture of the Gold Coast, as well as other urban landscapes throughout the world. By mixing memory recall, reality and imagination, Carey interweaves model-making, photography, and film to create spaces that reflect a global homogeneity of the built environment, thereby evoking a sense of déjà vu in travelers.


Carey’s "Stardust" series is based on the exteriors of Stardust motels from all over the world, exemplifying a homogeneous style of architecture that has been copied and cloned, creating a familiar refuge for the traveler. Upon closer inspection, the photographs magnify Carey’s handmade models, revealing that the edifices are constructed miniature objects. The photographs and video of interior spaces comprise Carey’s "In Search of Rainbows" series where rooms are based on a dominant color of the rainbow spectrum. Again, Carey constructs a miniature fictional architectural space; here, the rainbow-hued images explore the connection between place, memory and color, and the connection’s ability to evoke sensations “housed” within our interior world. "In Search of Rainbows and Stardust" is on view in Terminal 1, gate 10, Departures Level for ticketed passengers until October 2021.

The "Window Seat" exhibit by Susan Logoreci is now on display in Terminal 1. Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

“Window Seat” by Susan Logoreci consists of drawings of contemporary urban landscapes. Her art explores themes of uncertainty and optimism within our city from the view of a plane’s window seat. "Window Seat" uses recognizable views throughout the Los Angeles basin to inspire a unique series of paintings and a site-specific mural. When viewing her artworks up close, every individual window and roof that makes up a city is visible. From a distance, one sees an intricate grid that is as much planned and stable as it is fragile and disordered.


“I want to give viewers a new perspective on the city as a large, on-going project that is built by many and shared by all,” Logoreci said.


Logoreci’s artwork has been featured in Art in America, the Los Angeles Times and Harper's Magazine, as well as many other periodicals. Logoreci has completed public art commissions for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the Expo Line and at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. Travelers can view "Window Seat" in the Baggage Claim area on the Arrivals Level in Terminal 1 until September 2021.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and a 12- to 15-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.

LAX generates 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX's ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City's general fund.

LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airport Councils International-Europe.

LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.

LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the "Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience" in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of "The World's Best Airports for Business Travelers" (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

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