Seven Places of the Mind

October 11, 2018-January 25, 2019

Curated by Margaret Tedesco, 2nd floor projects
Opening reception: October 11, 6-8pm

Claudia La Rocco: I am trying to do the assignment [ limited edition chapbook ]


[ Freeways ]

“Make you feel they had some reason in mind when they built them—I mean, it makes you feel

you might understand.”   —Maria (Tuesday Weld), Play It As It Lays, 1972


It begins in what we remember. Subtraction. Names of streets. Venice. Los Feliz. Hollywood Blvd. Lincoln Blvd. Cahuenga and Lankershim. Santa Monica Blvd. Glendale. Whittier. Sepulveda. The 405, the 10, the 605, Pico. Pacific Coast Hwy. Sunset & Vine. Normandie. Topanga Canyon. Marina del Rey. Compton. Beverly. Imperial & Crenshaw. Gower. Centinela. So. Central. Western Ave. Laurel Canyon. Wilshire. Slauson. Inglewood Ave. Names of streets. Say them. Fairfax. Let them roll off your tongue. La Cienega. Equalizers. How to talk about landscape. Ground cover. Desert. Clay. Freeways. Freeways. Ice plant. Sun. The coast. Ethos. The Texas Hop. Minimal line. Tent revivals. Norton Simon Museum. Golden State. Vincent Thomas Bridge. Barstow. Strip malls. Horizon. Jacaranda trees. Shipwreck. Lawns. Orange Skies. The Source. Fields. Lake Shrine Temple. Port of Los Angeles. The Woman’s Building. The Valley. Paris, Texas. Griffith Park Observatory. Paramount lots. Red Rubber Ring Floating in a Swimming Pool. Bunker Hill. Pacific Ocean Park. Freeways. Ask the Dust, John Fante, John Fahey, John Baldessari. Octavia Butler, Curtis Harrington. Aimee Semple McPherson, David Hockney, Sister Corita Kent, Robert Irwin, Judy Baca, Joan Didion. Joan Didion. Kenneth Anger. And Vito’s Dancers.

Baby, baby don’t cry,
Baby, baby don’t cry,
Baby, baby here’s why,
Because love is here standing by,
Love is right here standing by. 
—Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

Seasons slip by. Los Angeles does stand still sometimes.


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