Los Angeles is a mess. Sprawl, smog, clogged arterial freeways and just general congestion are symptoms that have long defined the city’s ill-repute to any number of people coming from the East, unused to such a colossal example of “urban expressionism”. Yet take one step backwards and the city’s preeminence begins to come together – from the global influence of Hollywood to the architecture articulated by Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright and seen in the Eames and Gamble Houses. The city has long been a cauldron of experimentation, and still remains as one perhaps as a lasting characteristic of L.A.’s spontaneous growth.
Over the past few years, photojournalist Ethan Pines has documented the constitutive building blocks of Los Angeles and its surrounding cities. From aerial landscapes of the city’s farthest reaches, to revealing portraits of single-family homes, Pines has created a compelling dialogue on the unique forms of Los Angeles and their peculiarity. Tomorrow, February 2, NEW THEME Gallery presents the first solo exhibition of Pines, which highlights the eccentricity of L.A.’s distinct urban forms, as well as proposing a future sustainable architecture for the city based on NEW THEME’s design of the Hollywood Hills residence of photographer Jill Greenberg.
The opening reception takes place from 7PM-10PM at NEW THEME Gallery. Click here for more information on the exhibition and to RSVP.