LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, is an art exhibition exploring the impact of Sriracha and Tapatio in Los Angeles. The exhibit included a curated selection of artwork from artists of diverse backgrounds who are passionate and reflective about notions of identity, community, and foodways.
Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces are two examples of the recent homegrown all-American condiments that have dramatically impacted American cuisine. The rise in popularity of these condiments signifies an increase in Asian and Latino populations living in the US and especially in Los Angeles after the passing of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965. In 1971, Mexican immigrant Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr., started Tapatio Hot Sauce, a unique combination of red chili peppers, spices and a hint of garlic, in a warehouse in Maywood, California. David Tran, an immigrant from Vietnam of Chinese ancestry, started making Thai-inspired Sriracha sauce blended fromchili peppers, vinegar, garlic in small shop in Los Angeles Chinatown in 1983. In large American cities everywhere, both Sriracha and Tapatio contend to rival Heinz Ketchup and French’s mustard as the all-American condiment for the Y-Generation, for these hot sauces have become interwoven into the American cultural fabric and thus becoming an ubiquitous condiment in American cuisine.
So now that you have a little background of the exhibit, I won’t hold back and show you some of what I thought were some real L.A. Heat in the show. No particular order just as I saw it walking into the museum, enjoy.
Handcrafted with love by BYU design students and faculty, for the 5th Typophile Film Festival. A visual typographic feast about the five senses, and how they contribute to and enhance our creativity. Everything in the film is real—no CG effects!
Shot with a RED One, a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a Canon EOS 40D, and a Nikon D80.
Stop motion created with Dragon Stop Motion.
The Service Station at Riverside is THE new local Art Spot! This beautiful renovated 1960’s gas station and urban space made entirely of salvaged shipping containers will open its doors with a brand new art transformation on April 20, 2013 from 2 to 10 pm and will kindly present “Hello World.” Hello World is an exhibition curated by urban art curator Luna George, featuring works by 40+ artists with an evening art reception, as well as other opening events to happen during the day for the public to enjoy. The opening event will include the unveiling of a new 8’ x 50’ mural painted by low brow artists Dave MacDowell, Van Saro and John Park, a yarn bomb installation “K.W.A.” (Knittas with Attitude) by guerrilla fiber artists, food trucks, beer garden, healthy alternatives and DJ! A special installation by resident artist Meex One, will unveil a creation inspired by the style of Keith Haring. The Service Station at Riverside humbly invites the general public, art collectors and enthusiasts to enjoy this exciting exploration into the urban art world of 2013 beginning on April 20. All are welcome to this glorious opening event.
The sole intent of The Service Station, the curator and the artists is to transform this living space into a living piece of art for the community to thrive, expand and grow. Through art, the visual purpose is to educate, inform and to unify their collective vision onto the canvas, which is The Service Station. The station will provide a magnitude of powerful ever-changing art available to the public to enjoy and take home.
The vast array of talent converging on the station includes fine artists, graffiti artists, muralists, sculptors, fiber artists, street artists and photographers. Artists in exhibit work in various forms of media including illustration, traditional painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and more.
Exhibiting artists include: Alaina Varrone, Amy Goldsmith Sheridan, Armando Soria, Artemis Nolasco, Ashira Siegel, Ben Naz, CANLOVE, Cat Cult, COL WALLNUTS, Culpa PFE, Danielle Mastrion, Dave Lowell, Dave Mac Dowell, Demer, Each, Ekose22, Ellen Left Eye Schinderman, EnikOne, Fearo, Freddy Medina,Free Humanity, Gregg Stone, Ian Campbell, Inge Vandormael, Iviva Olenick, Jennifer Korsen, Jero, Jngl, John Park, Jonas Lynch, Joseph Bottari, June22, Katharine Lawrie, King Bee, Lisa Legget, Mark Bieraugel, Meex One, Michael Pizarro, Mo Powers, Nani Chacon, Ohgie, Petal, Pose 2, Prime, Raul Gonzalez, Sandi Calistro, Scotch!, SEL, Sen2, Sergio “Doc43” Rueda, Such Styles, Thanks One, THEFL, Tod Hensley, Trixter, Van Saro, VERS, Yabette Alfaro, Yu Cotton-well
Special date information is as follows: Opening event to take place April 20, 2013 from 2 pm to 10 pm. Live mural painting by Dave Mac Dowell, Van Saro and John Park to happen during the day. Special fiber art activities to occur throughout the day. More details on the special activities TBA. Art reception to take place from 6 to 10 pm. DJ will be spinning all day for the guests listening pleasure.
The Service Station at Riverside is located at 3160 Riverside Drive, Los Feliz, CA 90027. Parking can be found at the Friendship Auditorium across the street as well as in the public lot next to the Mullholland Fountain Park on the same side of the street as The Service Station. Street parking is also available.
About The Service Station at Riverside: The Service Station at Riverside is a fresh and creative marketplace where start-up companies, individuals and artists can flourish, develop their art, develop products and make their mark. By combining an original 1960’s gas station with a collection of salvaged shipping containers, The Service Station is an accessible, flexible and ever evolving creative space without ever making a huge impact on the environment. Bringing people and art together to create a current and lively venue is how The Service Station intends to blend original ideas and art awareness with an everyday local feel.
April 20, 2013 from 2 to 10 pm
3160 Riverside Drive, Los Feliz, CA 90027