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Presented by the L.A. Forum, Artists David Hartwell and Bill Ferehawk Offer Immersive Video Take on Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (July xx, 2016) – It could be Los Angeles as you’ve never seen it.
Opening July 14, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will present the exhibition MEDIAN, an experimental moving image installation, at WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard. MEDIAN is a creation of David Hartwell and Bill Ferehaw, the Collective Artist Collective. The opening night reception, set for Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., is free and the public is invited. MEDIAN runs through August 25.
Who: David Hartwell specializes in the visualization of technical and historical
content. He began his career working for visual effects pioneer Robert Abel developing graphical user interfaces for IBM’s educational multimedia projects. He has since then art directed, programmed, and animated television and installation content for the likes of Disney, Microsoft, MGM Grand, History Channel, Discovery, TAG Heuer and PBS. David was formally trained as a photographer. He then obtained his B.A. (1991) from Art Center College of Design (Europe). As a designer, Hartwell has always been interested in the experiential aspect of art delivery. Unimpressed by the current state of video art, he never gave up on the promises of multimedia. He believes that the technical advancements of the last twenty years do now afford video artists to break away from the spatial confines and chronological limitations of the media allowing the viewer to engage with the piece on their own terms.
Bill Ferehawk creates films and moving images. A key subject of his work is the built world. MEDIAN is a discursive exposition about everyday collisions of contexts that make Los Angeles endlessly surprising and challenging. The work explores a myriad of urban audio-visual-scapes and draws out new perceptions and interpretations of the urban experience. Forthcoming, is a new moving image installation, Vessel of Change (supported by the Graham Foundation) that will be exhibited at the opening of the new Wende Museum in 2017. Vessel of Change explores the peculiar physical circumstances surrounding the historic Malta Conference of 1989, nicknamed “Seasick Summit,” and symbolic end of the Cold War. Ferehawk is also creator and executive producer of a new 10-part television series for A+E Networks (2017) about the design and construction of projects that are improving our world. He is thankful for institutions and companies that have supported his work, including the National Endowments for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities state councils, Graham Foundation, Intuit, Autodesk, and Epson. Ferehawk studied art history at the University of California, Berkeley, architecture at Yale School of Architecture, and is co-founder of Radiant Features in Los Angeles.
What: Created by Hartwell and Ferehawk, MEDIAN is an immersive video
and audio installation on both walls of the exhibition space, projected nearly life-sized, that renders everyday collisions of contexts that make Los Angeles endlessly surprising and challenging. But concealed behind the familiar frame of Los Angeles lies a potentially disruptive and subversive canvas, positioning the viewer in the most privileged and uninhabitable location in Los Angeles—the middle of the road. From here, MEDIAN presents a peculiar moving image view of the social and material proximities of Los Angeles, exploring a myriad of urban audio-visual-scapes, and draws out new perceptions and interpretations of the urban experience.
Location: WUHO (Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost) Gallery
6518 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, Calif., 90028 Map
Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free and open to the public.
About The LA. Forum (www.laforum.org)
The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is an independent nonprofit organization that initiates dialogues on design and the built environment through public programming, exhibitions, and publications. L.A. is a catalytic place for architecture and design, offering lessons that extend globally. Our curatorial stance frames and challenges what architecture means in an evolving city.
About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. The university ranks 15th among the nation’s “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” according to Money Magazine, and is a 2014-2015 College of Distinction.. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Interior Architecture (MIA), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Leadership. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as an MSArch degree with a concentration in Real Estate Development. Visit woodbury.edu for more information.
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