Monday, November 26, 2012

A Garden of Salt

 Floating Garden, 2012, 33'x26', installation of Morton's table salt, Motoi Yamamoto, © Laband Art Gallery
275 pounds of Morton’s table salt was used by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto to produce his new site-specific work “Floating Garden,” currently installed at the Laband Art Gallery through December 8, 2012.  The delicate lace-like work required approximately 102 hours of labor; the salt was laid out with the use of minimal tools such as a plastic motor oil bottle, a funnel, a sieve and a plastic cup. A time-lapse video of the production of “Floating Garden” can be viewed by clicking here.  The salt scape covers much of the gallery’s floor space with a perimeter walkway left for viewers to access a number of wall works and a viewing platform.  The elevated viewing platform allows for an aerial perspective of “Floating Garden.” Yamamoto’s connection to his primary material, salt, developed while mourning the loss of his sister.  In the Japanese culture, salt is symbolically used for rituals of purification and mourning.  Yamamoto produces salt labyrinths as both a healing exercise and to evoke memories of his sister.  A number of wall works bookend the floor installation.  Half of the wall works are produced of pencil, acrylic color and wood and consist of delicate spiral drawings which mimic some of the labyrinthine patterns found in the floor based salt scape.  An opposing wall holds each drawing’s negative form printed on Japanese paper.  As with many of Yamamoto’s salt scapes, the conclusion of each work resides in a collaboration with the public, wherein guests are invited to collect salt form the work and return it to the sea.  On Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1pm viewers are invited to gather salt crystals from “Floating Garden.”  A group will travel together from the Laband Art Gallery to Playa del Rey to return the salt to the Pacific Ocean.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mear One Takes a Stand Against the GMO Man

  As Californians voted down proposition 37, street artist Mear One (a.k.a. Kalen Ockerman) stands up against the production of genetically modified organism with the completion of his newest mural in the parking lot of Wood Café at Washington and Inglewood Boulevards in Los Angeles.  The mural was produced in collaboration with Vyal One, Werc, Griffin One and Ernest Doty.  The use of overly saturated colors mimics that which is unnatural and toxic within genetically modified food.  Mear One literally represents GMO with “the man” juxtaposed near a family standing amongst their own homegrown garden and in resistance to the omnipresent hypnotic GMO man.  And just who is that GMO man?  Numerous food industry companies that spent millions of dollars in advertising to successfully persuade 53% of voters to vote “no” on 37 including: Monsanto ($8,112,069), DuPont ($5,400,000), Pepsi ($2,145,400), BASF ($2,000,000), Bayer ($2,000,000), DOW ($2,000,000), Syngenta ($2,000,000), Coca-Cola ($1,690,500), Nestle ($1,461,600), and ConAgra Foods ($1,176,700). 

Consider enjoying a meal free of genetically engineered food at Wood Café where seasonal, local and organic rustic fare is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Wood’s friendly and efficient staff will complement your meal.   View a video of the production of Mear One’s mural by clicking here.  Continue the fight to label genetically engineered foods and remain informed at the Yes on 37 Right to Know Blog.