I have a fascination for Freeways and want to invite the viewer to experience these structures from a new aesthetic perspective.» Read more
I have a fascination for Freeways and want to invite the viewer to experience these structures from a new aesthetic perspective. Before I learned to drive as a teenager in LA, I dreamt of the columns and curves that make up freeways, imagining I would drive around a curve and go faster and faster until I found myself flying. The architect Lawrence Halprin once said, “Each exit ramp offers a different visual as well as kinesthetic sensation. It is the experience of an effortlessly choreographed dance.” The architect’s wife Anna Halprin was once my dance teacher. We danced the “City Dance” all over San Francisco mixing architecture and dance. While still in that city I also danced with a group that was devoted to Isadora Duncan and her exploration of what it would be like to dance as the ancient Greeks did. The idea came to me that the columns and spans of the freeways are visually akin to Greek temples. I explored the idea that Freeways are like Temples of Transit. Isadora Duncan got inspiration from ancient Greek culture to develop modern dance; I depicted the freeway structures on canvas as Temples in order to ask questions about modern culture.
One of my favorite authors, Joan Didion wrote that the Freeways are “the only secular communion Los Angeles has.” Another author, David Brodsly wrote, “Every time we merge with traffic we join our community in a wordless creed: belief in individual freedom, in technological liberation from place and circumstance, in democracy of personal mobility. The LA freeway is the cathedral of its time and place. It is surely the structure the archeologists of some future age will study in seeking to understand who we were.”
Living things and plants are intrinsically a part of these transport corridors. For several years I walked around the freeways in Seattle where, people enjoy the nature in and around these structures. Pockets under the freeway made space for people to skateboard or climbed the columns. I encountered a lot of people who made their homes under the over passes as shelter from the rain. Today in LA, commuters are frustrated because they are stuck in their cars, standing bumper to bumper for hours on end. Someday, from the windows of driverless cars being run without hydrocarbons, people will gaze at the beauty of these shapes and forms, they lines and cures and the landscapes they frame in a completely new way, much as they are portrayed here with calm amazement.« less