ADAMS SQUARE MINI PARK GAS STATION EXHIBITS
Mer Tun, Dzer Tun
Artist: Nelli Astvatsatrian
On exhibit from April 13 - May 21, 2022
"Mer Tun, Dzer Tun" translates to “our home, your home” in Armenian. This installation seeks to reclaim and honor history, while laying testament to the resilience of indigenous peoples robbed of homeland everywhere. The Armenian diaspora community quilt features artwork from Glendale residents, as well as Armenians from 20 American cities and 4 cities internationally, reflecting on what "home" means to them.
Artist: Martial Yapo
On exhibit from January 18 - February 26, 2022
"Black Souls" is a tribute to the Africans who lost their lives on American soil alone and far from their land. The African masks serve an important role in rituals or ceremonies, and represent the spirits of deceased ancestors. The masks are made of recycled gas cans which are lined up with wood bars
Artist: Dillan Garcia
On exhibit from October 4 - November 12, 2021
"Diversity Tree" is a mixed media installation, inspired by the materials and art process developed in Galeria Codigo Tonal (Codigo Tonal Gallery) in Oaxaca, Mexico. The tree is a symbol for L.A. County’s diverse population, and the drooping tree branches with leaves represent the ethnic communities within, capturing a feeling of cultural unity.
The Happiness You Deserve
Artist: Renae Barnard
On exhibit from August 23 - October 1, 2021
"The Happiness You Deserve" is a temporary, fiber-based installation considering the unique location of this historic structure: a 1936 Streamline Moderne Gas Station that exists in a small and unexpectedly green, nature-abundant park within the city. Renae is known for her fiber-based work using upcycled and found materials to explore the network of interactions between environment, perception, and well-being. For this project, she is considering the ways in which the sculpture might engage with the space, contemplating illumination in the evening hours to draw continuous attention to the nature rich site. Through the process of creating the work, Renae will be working through ideas surrounding the connection of well-being and nature.
On exhibit from July 12 - August 20, 2021
“Lumpen Station” is a based off of the series “The Revolting Lumpen” by artists, Beck + Col, which features bright, colorful, multidisciplinary experiences combining wearable sculpture, performance, dance, music and live operatic vocalizations. The versatility of textiles allows the artists to build elaborate worlds and the themes running through them. The entire installation was created using three textiles: velvet, cotton and mesh, as well as wood, foam and pex for structure.
Wandering the City
Artists: Sarajo Frieden & Debra Weiss
On exhibit from May 24 - July 9, 2021
"Wandering the City" is a collaborative installation that draws from their shared interest in improvisational looking, engaging with the city around us as they wander through their neighborhoods. Activating the interior of the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station, the artists seek to engage viewers in the act of seeing. Fiber art, woven textiles, painted papers, muslin and canvas, with layers of pattern and textures throughout, act as visual representations for what we see, feel and hear as we walk through our neighborhoods.
Artist: Kevin Hallagan
On exhibit from April 11 - May 21, 2021
"Colors" is an installation about perspective and the lenses we see/are seen through, by engaging the viewer with a series of colorful, semi-transparent planes suspended throughout the space.
On exhibit from March 1- April 9, 2021
"Another Life" is an art installation deemed to recycle in a unique way, local fallen palm fronds, palm dried fruit branches and sycamore leaves. It will appeal to several generations who enjoy visiting Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station.
Artist: Pascaline Doucin-Dahlke
Artist: Erin Fussell
On exhibit from January 23 - February 26, 2021
"No Movement" celebrates and critiques the Streamline Moderne architecture of the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station that emphasizes speed at the early stages of car culture. Today as we in greater Los Angeles deal with extreme commutes and traffic issues and also continue to enjoy our mobile independence, how much has changed since the 1930's when it was constructed? How might we shift in our thinking as we deal with changes in climate, relationships, and resources? What do these things reveal about our culture? The sculpture within Adams Square Mini Gas Station will be made of repurposed used car parts with a one-channel sound installation using a low power radio transmission that can be picked up on your car radio only on-site.
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Artist: Karim Shuquem
On exhibit from October 5 - November 13, 2020
"Die Kunstkammer” is an on-going and evolving sculptural installation made up of individually painted, carved and stacked wine crates interspersed with found objects and often accompanied by prints pulled directly from the carved surfaces of the boxes themselves. Never fixed or finished, the overall project is inspired by the process-based metaphysics and thinkers such as Deleuze, Alfred North Whitehead, and Heraclitus, and serves as a commentary on the negative effects of Western substance-based ontologies.
On exhibit from August 24 - October 2, 2020
"Spindles 100: Hers" is an installation involving 100 suspended textile sculptures. The treepod sculptures symbolize life and time as well as exclusively feminine work made by hand. The handprints (contributed by 50 unique women) are both universal and individual and demonstrate memories of touch and our collective unconscious. The installation is essentially about nature, women, community of women, empathy, life, blood, work, courage, pain and compassion.
Spindles 100: Hers
Artist: Valerie Daval
Artist: Jen Swain
On exhibit from July 13 - August 21, 2020
Live painter and designer Jen Swain created this magical installation, Bio-luminescence Wonderment, in Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station to bring the elements of under the sea, jellyfish to the City of Glendale. Her creative practice involves use of a variety of found art and lights to bring the luminescent colors and the journey of the jelly's into the local environment. The sea brings us such unique lifeforms and with them harmony and peace and a story which each person can imagine and resonate. Crochet by Chelse, HandspunDreams.
www.swaindesigns.com | @artbyswain
Artist: Womens Athletic Club of Glendale, Quilters Department
On exhibit from June 1 - July 10, 2020
“Road Trip” is an installation of 15 art quilts which depict vacation destinations in California and beyond. Viewers will identify the journeys and destinations created by ten individuals through the art of quilting using both traditional and modern quilting techniques.
Artist: Diane Williams
On exhibit from February 17 - March 13, 2020
In conjunction with March as California’s Arts Education Month, "We Can" is a collaborative project with artist, Diane Williams, and the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) students. The work in "We Can" was the result of a 3-month social practice project with 5-12 year old students at LFCSA that emphasized the importance of shared art making and active contribution.
Puppets & Portraits
Artist: Lucas Novak
On exhibit from January 14 - February 14, 2020
Inspired by human connections and the natural world, Lucas Novak creates art that touches on universal qualities of humankind. Every painting Novak creates is a metaphor for life. Through texture, brushwork, and all the subtleties of color and shade, the application of paint in its infinite ways represents life’s experiences. Novak’s artwork focused on stop-motion, Claymation videos, puppets and paintings.
Artist: Francisco Cohen
On exhibit from October 21 - November 16, 2019
"Hollywood Hustle" is the portrait of community. It is a portrait of the grind and what it’s like to hustle for work in the entertainment business. Subjects are all actors, comedians or musicians; the only requirement being that they have to have auditioned in the last 30 days. Each was asked to answer the following question: 'When things are going bad- there are no call backs, no auditions- what do you tell yourself to be able to get up and go again? What words do you tell yourself to keep going?’ Their answers became an integral part of the work.Cohen’s installation consists of 25 oil-on-canvas portraits, each 16” x 20” painted within a 30 day span. Each is framed in black, weighing 3 pounds each, suspended one above the other, and aligned in the Gas Station windows, similar to an Instagram grid. Together they make a singular cohesive statement about what it is like in 2019 to be hustling for work in Hollywood.
Artist: Luke Elton Smith
Migrant consists of approximately 3700 scale human figures, suspended in a cloud-like grid. This piece was originally conceived in early 2016, as a response to the European Migrant Crisis, and is a visual representation of those who died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean during 2015. The media's portrayal of these people is typically a series of quantities or numbers, to understand the amount of lives lost. This installation seeks to create a volumetric representation of how many lives are approximated to have been lost in the pursuit of a better life.
The installation becomes more relevant in 2017 as more and more countries around the world engage in their own Migrant related issues. Be sure to visit Migrant in the evening when the piece is lit, and see the scale figures glow.
Luke Elton Smith is an installation artist and architect residing in Los Angeles. His work focuses on the creation of spacial effects to create multiple readings on a variety of scales. He studied Architecture at Princeton University and is a registered Architect in the state of California.
Venus of Adams Square
Artist: Jana Charl
A reception to celebrate artist Jana Charl’s “Venus of Adams Square” will be held in the Adams Square Mini Park on Saturday June 24 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Residents of the surrounding neighborhood are encouraged to walk to the park and bring their children for family friendly activities. Light refreshments will be available. This reception is sponsored by the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association.
Mixed media artist Jan a Charl's site-specific installation in the historic Richfield Oil Company gas station is the seventh exhibit in the Adams Square Mini-Park supported by the City of Glendale. Charl’s creative practice involves use of a variety of media and techniques to challenge the boundaries between craft, commercial art, and fine art. The history of the found objects she uses in her work add layers of meaning and humor to her work.
Dream Portal: Once Upon A Time
Artist: Colleen Kelly
I make found-object assemblages, including my "Human Impact," that deals with environmental issues and cast bronze sculptures, and "Portals" that deals with dimensional change or life transitions.
Dream Portal merges my two series for a room-sized found-object installation. Diverting an object from a landfill, then using it as an ingredient for art infuses it with transcendent art-power. Once an object has been incorporated into a work of art, it is changed, and has the power to change the viewer.
I intend to involve the community by inviting them to write their dreams and wishes onto tiny pieces of paper and tucking them into the little bottles that will hang from thin wires from the ceiling. The bottles will hang amongst a number of antique crystals also hanging from thin wires enveloping the suspended crib and ladder. A fan will cause aslight swaying motion of the suspended elements, the message bottles, crystal "stars", and create a subtle ripple on the draped, handmade linens. Mood lighting will tint the atmosphere and enhance the nighttime experience.
The objects chosen to inhabit this space invite questioning, remembrances and curiosity. We can talk about metaphors, symbols and the story it may hold for each person, as well as having a conversation about the why's and wherefore's and other mysteries of contemporary art.
Haunted Gas Station
Artist: Bob Kathman
The Gas Station will be haunted for the Halloween season with skeleton characters, trucks and related vintage gas station ephemera. Using the window panes as natural frames, some of the frames will be vignettes; stand-alone subjects like a pumpkin-filled pick-up truck, and Dia de los Muertos icons.
Bob Kathman is a professional graphic designer, animation and comic book artist, and teacher. He earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Lux – Helio Forma
Artists: Katherine Kokoska & Stephanie Newcomb
Enjoy food trucks and meet LUX, an integrated design and fabrication practice composed of Katherine Kokoska and Stephanie Newcomb. Both earned degrees in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Read More>
Becoming A Mountain Cloud
Artist: Jane O'Neill
Jane O’Neill earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University. She has exhibited extensively on the east coast and in California. She has taught, lectured and had residencies at various academic institutions. Read a Glendale News-Press article about this exhibition.
The Foundlings Guild
Artist: Marsha Perloff
Marsha Perloff has had a long and successful career in costuming for television and motion pictures. She traces her interest in found object assemblage to an art class at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the early 1960s.
Artist: Yaya Chou
Beluga’s Journey, artist YaYa Chou’s installation at the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station, begins Monday, February 1, 2016. The Adams Hill Neighborhood Association sponsored a Reception for the installation on February 6.
The Adams Square MiniPark Gas Station provides a whimsical environment which alludes to an “dry tank” aquarium for the whale. Beluga's Journey: Glendale Adams Square is a continuation of a traveling temporary public art project designed to raise the awareness of dislocated wild animals. The project consists of an artist designed inflatable in the shape of a beluga whale installed in natural and urban environments and interacting with the local landscape and public. The installation of the suspended beluga whale and blue/white LEO net lights underneath it creates a surprising and playful atmosphere for visitors to the Adams Square MiniPark.
Beluga's Journey was initiated in 2008 after deaths of multiple Beluga whales started to occur in aquariums and zoos around the world. Utilizing the imagery of a lone Beluga whale, a social animal, in a public setting and surreal way, the artist invites the public to appreciate life sciences and wildlife, question the boundary between conservation and entertainment, as well as encourage them to approach the familiar site with fresh perspectives.