It’s a massive sprawl, with street after street of houses and offices. It ranges from the seedy, the very seedy to the rich and the very rich. Possibly there are areas where some people live that just about manage, there are certainly areas, generally near to freeway bridges were people are not even doing that. All their belongings in a small area, a tent if they are lucky and a shopping trolley. They just about exist. There’s no net for those in these areas. These are definitely the “have nots”.
I suppose that some of the “just abouts” might also live near the freeway, here are apartment blocks. This one looks pretty cool, but what you don’t see in this image is that this image was taken from the freeway, and there are ten lines of freeway directly in front of the building. The noise alone must be barely bearable. The pollution excessive, but I suppose it’s marginally better than a tent or nothing. It may be called Hollywood Tower but it is far from glamorous.
Then there are the “haves”. They have houses like these here. In some areas they are even more grand than this, but they cannot generally be photographed as they lie behind very large hedges and have security coming out of every spare area.
Many of the very large houses are maintained by the people who might be living in the less than roomy apartment blocks. Many large houses seem to be populated only by the maintenance staff, generally Hispanic people armed with leaf blowers and beaten up pick ups.
Americans are philanthropists, they pride themselves on donating their massive wealth to art galleries, art collections and other worthy causes. They are generous to a fault. It’s a shame that they cannot solve the problem of the many “have nots”.
As I recall these golden words were spoken by Shirley Conrad, who many years ago, was a doyenne of home making. It’s a phrase that came to mind on today’s visit to the Arts District of Los Angeles to the Hauser and Wirth Galleries.
These first painting were all of a palm tree with Perspex screen in front and these screens as you can see have what looks like a colour blindness test with numbers. The galleries are really brilliant. A wonderful place to exhibit art and photography. I loved these images and there was someone there to explain that each of the Perspex screen are hand painted and the numbers and letters hand drawn. I resisted the urge to say it but heard the phrase at the back of my head: “Life’s too short…”
I was advised that the artists did get help. He needs help!
Then there’s photography
After the palm trees we took a brief look at the photography, lovely space,dull photographs. California is all about colour and in here there was none. Sorry, but I simply don’t understand it. I’m thinking of sending them some of my future work, perhaps I’ll send them a bit of exposed roll film and see if my blanks are good enough to be exhibited. Personally I found the exhibit below more interesting. Is it an exhibit or a health and safety feature? Discuss.