Without a Spark is Justin Olerud’s third project with Visitor Welcome Center, this time hosted at iris’s backyard! In April, we transformed the former gallery space into a triad of artist studios, with Olerud occupying one of them. The selected works on view mark and reflect the time accumulated between the first state-wide lockdown until the recent fire at the building.
Since March, Olerud has been nurturing an intimacy with the natural world through gardening and surfing. For Olerud, gardening, surfing, and art making inspire one another, as each process depends on growth and vulnerability, and being attuned to one’s surroundings. He documents his encounters with stingray and starfish, collaged upon images of herbs and flowers from his garden, and integrates iconic Los Angeles landmarks from his drives between his home and the ocean. Together, the drawings become “visual gardens” akin to sprawling maps of earthlings and moments of surprise, evocative of the elements and of his journeys into the abundant worlds embraced by the California sun.
The exhibition is up by appointment only on December 5 and 6 (Saturday and Sunday) and December 12 and 13 (Saturday and Sunday) from 11am - 5pm. (Please contact David for appoinment times available at 213.703.1914)