Who said L.A. is ugly? At every turn we find flashes of art and beauty tucked in among the blight.
Take, for example, the LA><ART gallery’s billboard project. Every month a new artist takes over the billboard above the Culver City gallery space. In March, I caught an untitled work by Matt Lipps. (Read about it here.) I was visiting the gallery with my “Contemporary Art and Institutions in L.A.” class from Occidental College.
But you don’t have to be a student to be on the lookout for art – and other instances of beauty – in the city.
Last week, Hector Tobar wrote in the LA Times ten “guidelines” for being a “real Angeleno.” He encouraged readers to add their own. My contribution might be this: Real Angelenos know the city isn’t a visual paradise. But they know that beauty is everywhere, and keep their eyes – and mind – open to finding it. They know that acts of discovery and surprise make Los Angeles an incredible place to live.