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DE-FENCE ART (Art in the Time of Isolation) | Exhibition

May 30, 2020 - June 30, 2020


DE-FENCE ART (Art in the Time of Isolation)
Curated by Luigia Gio Martelloni 
The fence outside 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
May 30, 2020 (Opening) – June 30, 2020

Art on view May 30th, from 12pm till sunset
The exhibition is visible from sunrise to sunset everyday
Please don’t visit the site at night

Artist Luigia Martelloni has organized a group of artists, many from the 18th Street Arts Center-run studio hangar building at the Santa Monica Airport as well as other local Los Angeles artists, to hang an outdoor exhibition on Airport Ave, on the fencing and grounds outside of 3026 and 3050. The artwork, which will encompass a wide range of mediums, from painting and sculpture to installation, will be available for drive-by or socially-distanced viewing for a month, from May 30 – June 30, 2020.

Martelloni writes: “Since March, we have been living through unprecedented apocalyptic crises as a result of the coronavirus, experiencing paradigm shifts that have never before happened in modern history on this scale. Sometimes it feels like we are in a science fiction movie, but perhaps science fiction anticipated reality…

But there is also a positive side, a beneficent silence, in this awkward isolation. It can become a valued time with ourselves and others, maybe allowing us as a community of artists to be even more creative, while isolated in our studios or at home.  We can catch up on things, rediscover inspirations, respond and imagine a new world beyond the virus.  Art is always open and in the new normal, we must create in order to recover and rebuild, and assemble the world we want to see.

The silver lining is a reflection of our time, expanding our creativity, feeling more empathy and awareness for our planet. As artists, we are fortunate to hold on to our art, something that is part of our existence. So we offer that to anyone who might drive or stroll by (masks on and six feet apart) and experience the work being created during this unprecedented time.”

Viewers are asked to follow the LA County COVID-19 guidelines, wear a mask at all times, stay 6 feet apart, and do not gather in groups.

Participating artists include: Gregg Chadwick, Mara Colecchia, Claudia Concha, Julia Michelle Dawson, Lola Del Fresno, Alexandra Dillon, David Eddington, Joshua Elias, Francesca Forquet, Jane Goren, Yossi Govrin, Sheila Karbassian, Jeremy Kidd, Deborah Lynn Irmas, Susie McKay Krieser, Luigia Gio Martelloni, Crystal Michaelson, Ameeta Nanji, Gary Palmer, Sabine Pearlman, Elham Sagharchi, Daniela Schweitzer, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Alberto Vannetti, Clay White, Joan Wulf, Rebecca Youssef,  Michele Castagnetti, Emily Van Horn, Lawrence D’Attilio



Luigia Gio Martelloni is an Italian visual artist, curator, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. Her work is influenced by the Arte Povera movement, and it is rooted in the modern avant garde. Martelloni’s artistic practice is focused on uncovering the hidden layers of truth, exploring dimensions of collective unconscious and subjective interpretation.

Martelloni has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as the 54th (Italian Pavilion/Arsenale) International Art Exhibition VENICE BIENNALE (2011) and the 58th International Art Exhibition VENICE BIENNALE, collateral event,Venice (2019), Denk Gallery (2019), Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Museum of Art (2010), RAW Rome Art Week (2018-2019) MAAAC Museum, Italy (2018), Gallery 825, Los Angeles (2016), Torrance Art Museum, California (2016), Building Bridge Art Exchange Santa Monica (2012),Pacific Standard Time (2011), IIC Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles (2001-2011), Mopla Month of Photography in Los Angeles (2012), The Loft at Liz’s Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona Art Colony, California (2003), American Academy of Rome , Quadriennale Nazionale d”Arte di Roma and Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea Universita` La Sapienza, Rome (1996), Vorpal Gallery New York (1986)
Between 2018 and 2019, Martelloni curated 3 international exhibitions in Southern Italy and Southern California with more than 60 artists from all over the world. 
With a cross-disciplinary reach, her artistic repertoire includes creative collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola, Dean Tavoularis and Italian director Luigi Comencini, and reflects a roster of acclaimed theatre productions and documentary films. Martelloni received her MFA from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, and studied at UCLA extension, Entertainment studies/ Directing and at Santa Monica College with a focus on Photography.


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