The artworks by twelve artists conveying the vitality of transit-accessible LA neighborhoods are now on view in a new exhibition at Los Angeles Union Station. Titled Journeys: L.A. Communities through the Eyes of Artists, the art pieces, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), are part of an ongoing series showcasing the artists’ personal interpretations of the region and are now on view inside the passageway gallery that connects Union Station East and West.
An art piece by Pasadena’s Walter Askin is part of the exhibit. Askin, along with fellow artists Sarajo Frieden and Sam Pace, will guide a tour of the exhibit this Saturday, July 22, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Additional tours are scheduled for August 19 and September 23 at the same time but led by different artists.
Each artwork focuses on a particular neighborhood or city within Los Angeles County and highlights special, often lesser known or under-appreciated facets of those communities. Lush urban gardens, backyard barbeques, street parades, cemeteries and even a fantastical underwater world are among the subjects for these idiosyncratic works of art.
“Artists notice details in our environments that many of us don’t,” said Maya Emsden, head of Metro’s Art & Design Programs. “This exhibition showcases artists’ observations and their distinctive, sometimes quirky interpretations of the communities they know well. We hope that commuters, travelers and others passing through the station are inspired by these artists’ visions to journey to neighborhoods all over the county beyond the more well-known destinations like Hollywood.”
The twelve artists featured in the exhibition and the communities they have highlighted include Jonathan Anderson (Gardena), Walter Askin (Pasadena), Sarajo Frieden (Venice), Wakana Kimura (Inglewood), Christine Nguyen (Long Beach), Mary Ann Ohmit (Azusa), Sam Pace (Leimert Park), Jane Gillespie Pryor (Whittier), Aaron Rivera (Lakewood), Artemio Rodríguez (East Los Angeles), Shizu Saldamando (Little Tokyo), and Edith Waddell (Glendale).
To learn more about the artworks in the series, the Metro Art program or related programs, visit metro.net/art. Metro Art is also on Instagram at instagram.com/metro.art.la, and Facebook at facebook.com/metrola.
Photo: Art by Walter Askin / From https://www.metro.net/about/art/artworks/pasadena/
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