WHERE ART MIGHT HAPPEN

 

TSPTR // Spring Summer 2022
WHERE ART MIGHT HAPPEN
Los Angeles in the 1970’s was still very much the Wild West, the last decade in which the city bore some resemblance to the frontier town it had once been. It was a decade heavily flavored by the spirit of hedonism, experimentalism and the ongoing absorption of massive social changes that had come to light in the ‘60’s. It was also a decade less of obvious heroes and more one of extended ambiguity, uncertain, dialectic, where ideas were constantly in process.
The recently formed (and Disney funded) CalArts was already a hotbed of radical new talent, including an entire cadre of politically charge female artists challenging mainstream social perceptions. Arts clubs, happenings, installations and esoteric societies sprang up as creativity and New Age thinking permeated Southern California in the early 70’s. The 1960’s had seen the Huysman and Ferus Galleries define the West Coast art scene but now grass roots creative organisations appeared across LA County - some political, some ecologically minded - but all highly motivated. Setting up workshops wherever they could, they created a network of likeminded humans spreading a message of positivity and hope across the US and far beyond.
This collection honors the spirit of these artistic pioneers, referencing specific organizations and institutions while channeling the zeitgeist of one of the most creative periods in Los Angeles history.