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Artists of the Metro Orange Line exhibition opens October 11 at Los Angeles Valley College


Wednesday August 29, 2012

How artists enliven the public space of transit: Featuring the works of 20 artists, Translations: Artists of the Metro Orange Line is an exciting new exhibition organized in collaboration with Los Angeles Valley College.

  • Opening Reception & Artists Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6 - 9 pm
  • Panel with artists Lisa Adams, Ken Gonzales-Day and Anne Marie Karlsen at 7 pm
  • Moderated by Jorge Pardo, Director, Metro Art & Design, and Phung Huynh, Assistant Professor, Valley College Art Department.
  • Gallery open Monday through Thursday, 11am-2pm and 6-9pm
  • (Closed for the Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving holidays)
  • Exhibition ends December 13, 2012

Translations: Artists of the Metro Orange Line features the works of twenty artists commissioned for the Metro Orange Line. Artworks that reflect the artists' studio practice in relation to their Metro commissions will be on view, providing insight into the many ways artists translate their practices and material selections to create works of art for public transportation sites. The exhibition will address the differences and similarities in process, artistic intent and subject matter between these distinct bodies of work.

Featured artists: Lisa Adams, Sandow Birk, Caryl Davis, John Divola, Roy Dowell, Sam Erenberg, Jud Fine, Ken Gonzales-Day, Phung Huynh, Anne Marie Karlsen, Margaret Lazzari, Laura London, , Daniel Marlos, Michele Martinez, John O'Brien, Renée Petropoulos, Roxene Rockwell, John Roloff, Pat Warner and Jody Zellen.

An eighteen-mile bus transitway with a total of eighteen stations, the Metro Orange Line connects neighborhoods and activity centers and improves mobility for commuters. As an extensive, networked public space, it also provides significant opportunities for displaying public art that enriches the transit environment and contributes to the artistic vibrancy of the neighborhoods served by Metro.

Lead artist, Renée Petropoulos, imagined the line as a ribbon that fluidly weaves through the San Fernando Valley. Within this overall framework, the artwork opportunities at each station are uniformly positioned, with a different artist featured in each station area to maximize impact for customers. In this way, each artist's unique vision provides a distinct aesthetic experience from neighborhood to neighborhood.  Similarly, landscape artist Jud Fine developed design concepts for landscaping artwork and plantings integrated throughout the bus transitway alignment.

The exhibition physically reveals a critical and often challenging process for the artist in negotiating the changes that occur when an artwork is fabricated for a public site. Durable artwork materials are necessary to withstand outdoor transit environments, and to ensure long-term artistic integrity. Each artwork panel and paving represents the culmination of a process of translation-both in concept, practice and material. Exhibit viewers will see a variety of media used in the artist's studio, including photography, drawing, collage and textile that have been interpreted into porcelain enamel steel, rustic terrazzo and glass and stone mosaic by highly skilled artisans.

Metro Art Program

Established in 1989, the Metro Art program has commissioned over 300 artists for a wide variety of temporary and permanent projects. Artists are selected through a peer review process with community input. All works are created specifically for their transit-related sites. Metro's public art policy allocates one half of one percent of project construction costs for art. More info:

More About the Metro Orange Line

Opened in 2007, the Orange Line is a dedicated busway that travels 14 miles from North Hollywood Station to Warner Center in Woodland Hills, providing a key east-west route across the vast San Fernando Valley and linking the Valley strategically to Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles and beyond via the Metro Red Line. The Metro Orange Line Extension-opened in June 2012- stretches four miles north from Canoga Station to Chatsworth Station. The Orange Line Extension offers faster travel times, improved bus connections, and better access to destinations throughout Los Angeles County. Other innovations include the integration of a bikeway and extensive drought tolerant landscaping throughout the alignment.
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  • Directions to Valley College Art Gallery: Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel). Please park in one of the lots (B, C or D) north or east of the Art Gallery - no parking permit is required during Gallery hours. The Art Gallery is located in the Art Building. More info:
  • Admission to exhibition is free
  • For general Art Gallery information: 818-778-5536
  • Contact: Phung Huynh, Assistant Professor of Art, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave, Valley Glen, CA 91401. Telephone: 818-947-2625

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Editors Note: "Metro" should be used when referring to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.