Rodrigo Valenzuela: the underpinning
1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
Ends Mar 26, 2024
'the underpinning,' a Clockshop public art commission by artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, serves as both a sculptural installation and a stage for public programming in Los Angeles State Historic Park. Mimicking the foundation of a home, this structure is informed by the standardized government housing of the artist’s childhood in Chile and the site's proximity to William Mead Homes, a city-operated public housing project. Situated on contested public land that serves immigrant and working-class neighborhoods, 'the underpinning' reflects on the precarity of home while contemplating modularity and possibility in its construction. With multiple viewing and entry points, the installation renders indistinguishable the interiority and exteriority of a home to disrupt the distinctions between public and private property, and modes of ownership. Valenzuela demarcates a territory undefined by linear time or spatial designation for the viewer’s interpretation of home and belonging. 'the underpinning' interrogates the social aspects of our built environments through programming that traces architectural histories of the working class and examines contemporary tensions between affordable housing and public, green space in Los Angeles. A series of events will take place at 'the underpinning' put on by Clockshop and Rodrigo Valenzuela. These events are free and open to the public. RSVP at December 9, 2023 Opening Reception and Artist Conversation January 27, 2024 Panel Discussion March 24, 2024 'Listening by Moonrise' and Closing Reception For updates on the events join Clockshop on instagram @clockshopla