A range of alternative galleries have ricochetted up in the city, generating micro-museums that offer unique experiences not found in white-walled galleries
I receive the text tell people my car was downstairs. Outside waiting for me theres a metal gray Ford Crown Victoria, the workhorse American automobile often used as cops cars or taxis. But this is no ride-sharing vehicle like a Lyft or an Uber its a mobile artwork space, Gallery1 993. Scattered throughout the car are objects created by artist Tita Cicognani for her current exhibition, Your Ground. In the footwell opposite me, a ceramic figure of a fork-tongued demon sat atop a tradition storey mat adorned with flames, a whimsical, vehicular vision of hell.
As we take a meandering drive around the picturesque Los Angeles neighborhood of Angelino Heights, I discuss the gallerys conception with Seymour Polatin, my driver and Gallery1 993 s founder. Polatin started the project two years ago in Boston in another Crown Vic, this one from 1993( also the year he was born ), as lane to explore notions about the publics access to and experience of art. The line between private and public is get so blurred, people indicating their private collections to the public, and the car is part of the conversation, he says. Im interested in opening up how people belief exhibitions.
A few periods a few weeks, Polatin will drive to people house and pick them up for a roving see and conversation about the present show. I like the idea of someone being able to walk out of their house and into an exhibition space, he says. With no placed itinerary or time limit, he tailors each journey to the individual passenger. Its up to me to gauge the conversation well enough so people get the full experience, but not so they seem trapped, he notes. It becomes social practice.