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On this page you will find information about the latest books from our Artists-In-Residence, Artist Fellows and/or staff (who are also artists, critics and curators).


Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artists Space Movement


Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artists Space Movemeninvestigates five artists and artists’ groups that have been central to the alternative artists’ space movement in Southern California since the early 1970s. These makers and collectives-Rachel Rosenthal, Barbara T. Smith, Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz-Starus, Electronic Café International, and EZTV-have all been involved in collaboration within their own work, as well as with the founding of key artist-run spaces in the Los Angeles area. Through its wealth of documentation, video, photography, and performance-much of it never before seen-this exhibit catalog traces how these diverse art practices were in dialogue with the growing movement of independent art spaces throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The alternative-space movement of the last few decades has been characterized by artists developing their own cultural infrastructure to support changing methods of production, in particular performance and emerging technologies. Many, fueled by feminism or queer activism, link directly to alternative politics and alternative sexual identities. Collaboration Labs focuses on five such spaces. It expands the notion of alternative space by investigating “sites” that are not physical locations, such as Ariadne, a social network of feminist media resources. Collaborations Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artist Space Movement is a part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Presented at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA September 24 – March 23, 2011 Curated by Alex Donis With essays by: Julia Bryan-Wilson, Clayton Campbell, Dorit Cypis, Alex Donis and Linda Frye-Burnham.



2010 Program Annual

18th Street Art Center’s 2010 catalogue features the work of emerging and prominent local and international artists and curators, whom we have worked with; art exhibitions that have revolutionized the meaning of socially engaging public art; our ground-braking events that have attracted over 3,000 visitors to the 18th Street complex within the last year, and much more! Purchase a copy of our annual catalogue at $10.00 plus tax, to give as a gift to a family member, friend or artist.

To have a mailed copy of the catalogue sent to you, contact Nicole Gordillongordillo@18thstreet.org.

CLICK HERE to view 18th Street’s 2010 catalogue online.


18th Street Arts Center is pleased to announce the publication of four artist books by Michael W. Barnard, Clayton Campbell, Susanna B. Dakin and Nicole Gordillo. Each of the authors have self-produced books of their work and research.


Context Clayton Campbell, Photo-Based Artwork 1970-2010

By Clayton Campbell

Context Clayton Campbell is an introduction to the 40- year career of artist Clayton Campbell. Exploring the evolution of his photo-based works from 1970 to present, Context Clayton Campbell begins with the artist’s earliest works in New York. His career spans his resistance to the Viet Nam war, the 1980’s Pictures Generation, the 1990’s Los Angeles social activist community, and the current era of experimental digital photography. Containing a unique personal narrative by the artist, Context Clayton Campbell links his personal history to significant moments in the development of his approach to photo based media. Included is commentary by curators Robert Sain and Ciara Ennis.Clayton Campbell is the Artistic Director of 18th Street Arts Center whose work has been recently exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea; WYSPA Institute of Art, Gdansk; and the Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

36 color pages, 11 x 13”, hardbound

To purchase and preview book go to  www.claytoncampbell.com


An Artist for President(the nation is the art work and we the people are the artists)

By Susanna B. Dakin with additional text by Lowell Darling.

Twenty-five years ago, Susanna launched her candidacy as An Artist for President. A seminal durational performance art piece, it took Dakin from the art studio to the bully pulpit as she set out to prove that “the nation is an artwork and we the people are the artists”. Dakin traveled the nation meeting people from small towns to the nation’s capitol. Along the way, she discovered that in the midst of possible nuclear devastation, financial meltdowns and environmental catastrophes there is a hunger for trustworthy candidates and new perspectives within our political institutions.An Artist for President is a personal reflection of Dakin’s and campaign manager Lowell Darling’s journey across the blurry boundaries between art and politics. It is a meditation on the possibility that sometimes citizens really want (whether we know it or not) to be allowed and encouraged to participate in the ongoing creation of our nation. Susanna Dakin is a founder of 18th Street Arts Center and a long time artist and social activist.

To purchase book, go to http://www.hyphenpublishing.com/publications.html or



100 Waves: Dispatches from a Journey to the Green Room

By Michael W. Barnard

This high-quality coffee-table sized (11″ X 13″) hardbound book consists of color drawings, sketches, and text from Michael Barnard’s sketchbook journals stretching back 50 years to 1959. It details Barnard’s intensely personal journey as a surfer, artist, film-maker, and spiritual seeker from pre-adolescence into adulthood, fatherhood, and beyond. The first printing is a limited edition of 100, each copy numbered and signed by the artist.

318 color pages of sketches, drawings and text

Michael W. Barnard is a well- known documentary film maker and photographer, and is artist in residence at 18th Street Arts Center.

To buy book go to http://www.michaelwbarnard.com/?page_id=611


Alternative Art Incubators: Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation in Los Angeles Public Art 

(VDM Publishing House ltd., Saarbrucken, Germany)

By Nicole Gordillo

Alternative Art Incubators examines how the creation and production of innovative public art in Los Angeles might be cultivated through the concept of an “Alternative Arts Incubator” that blends the collaboration, experimentation and multi-disciplined practice of alternative spaces with the strategic paradigm for sustainability and artist exposure at the core of arts incubators. The research methodology includes an analysis of three LA-based non-profit arts organizations: LACE, 18th Street Arts Center, and LA><ART. A comprehensive exploration of public art is contextually grounded by critics Miwon Kwon and Claire Bishop and a detailed dissection and examination of the complex and provocative arts ecology of LA is viewed through the lens of critic Mike Davis. From these analyses, a new approach with the capacity to foster and support inventive and vibrantly active art practices is proposed.

104 pages, soft cover

Nicole Gordillo is an artist and Los Angeles cultural and public arts administrator.

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