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.

Marciano Art Foundation. Photograph: Marciano Art Foundation

Much has been written about the expanding LA art scene over the past few years, but for the most component, independent, mainly artist-run spaces ought to have overlooked in favor of flashier mega-galleries and private museums. The newest of these is the Marciano Art Foundation, which houses the collection of Maurice and Paul Marciano, founders of the Guess fashion brand. Situated in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, the building has been thoughtfully repurposed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY, who retained the Temples original charm while carving out spaces for contemporary art. The collection itself is less impressive, featuring much of the same or similar blue-chip art that can be seen across town at the Broad, another lately founded museum also built around a private collecting.

On the flip side of this high-end artistic flowering, several unconventional, DIY spaces have cropped up around LA, challenging the hegemony of traditional white-walled institutions. Gallery1 993 will be accompanied by another four-wheeled artwork space when Gas, a repurposed delivery truck, opens its doorways this autumn. Gas was founded by curator Ceci Moss, who moved to LA recently after stints at Yerba Buena Center for the Artworks in San Francisco, and the New Museum and Rhizome in New York. I wanted freedom compared to more formal universities, Moss mentions of her new programme. Hopefully the space will give a lot of chamber for experimentation in terms of the types of presents I can do, where I can do those displays, and the notion that can be explored.

Moss plans to partner with other organizations where she will park Gas for the duration of each exhibition, beginning with Night Gallery and a demonstrate named Fuck the Patriarchy, opening 9 September. I wanted a show that would celebrate opposition while allowing space for our present despondence that people seem in its relationship with our political climate, she explains.

In addition to mobility and autonomy, community has also been a driving motive behind many of these spaces. That is certainly true for the Shed, an unassuming backyard arrangement situated on a residential street in Echo Park. The brainchild of Jax Cingolani, it began as a rehearsal chamber, art studio and gathering place. Friendswould come back here while I would paint, and it started to become a place where all these women satisfied to build stuff together. Then everyone was coming back here, she recalls. For the past year, the Shed has been home to several underground arts and music proves, includingan installation of 3,000 lb of clay by artist Daniel Schubert, and a record freeing by high-energy punk/ rap group Ho9 9o9 that described hundreds of people. I just wanted a space where the artists could execute their vision and entirely fuck up whatever they wanted to, and my only chore is to help them with that, beams Cingolani.

Gait, alternative solutions art space on a rooftop on country offices building in downtown Los Angeles Mickey Everett+ Daniel Schubert, straying water and power Photograph: Courtesy of Gait

Elevator Mondays, a compact gallery set into a freight elevator, similarly has a sense of community at its core. The programme evolved from a series of purely social Monday evening barbecues that artist Don Edler organized at his studio, located in the former press house for the Los Angeles Time. He had considered staging exhibitions in the defunct elevator for some time, but it wasnt until a couple of his own expoes at other galleries fell through at the end of last year that he decided to get to work transforming the intimate space. Although it may resemble a traditional albeit shrunken gallery, Edlers aims couldnt are least commercial. Im not managing marketings. Whenever you get money involved, things get messy, he explained. But I do try to get curators and writers to come by, so hopefully the artists can increase their visibility. One of the primary functions of the space is to connect people.

Moving from the bowels of a building to the exterior, Gait is an exhibition space set on a rooftop in downtown LA, founded a year ago by artists Megan Mueller and Sam Scharf. Much of the project shown is site-specific, engaging with its surrounds, such as a video projection of the sundown shot from the roof by Theresa Sterner that played in reverse at twilight, going from black to bright as the actual sunlight dipped below the horizon. The challenging nature of the outdoor space also provides a certain amount of freedom and invites experimentation. We have the ability to execute suggestions very quickly, to create knowledge based on experience as opposed to hypotheticals, says Mueller.

The LA art world is often described as being driving in artists as opposed to collectors, so its no wonder that theyre playing such a large role in reshaping the citys artistic scenery as it takes a giant leap forward. While the multimillion dollar establishments may be predominating the headlines, scrappy artist-run ventures will continue to expand the boundaries of how artwork is experienced. Im always interested in how non-art world people view the project, Polatin said from the front seat of his Crown Victoria. One thing that doesnt interest me is turning this into a white-walled gallery.

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