Cardboard Revival: LAMAG, Barnsdall Park is a reworking of a previous a site-specific artwork exhibited at 2A Gallery in Downtown LA in 2013-14. This version engaged with and responded to the refurbished Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House's Mayan Revival style motifs and the east Hollywood homeless community that lives in the vicinity of Barnsdall. The house was built in the early 20th century for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, who donated the structure to the City of Los Angeles in 1927 after becoming unhappy with the costs of construction and maintenance. In the present-day environment, there is a clash of perceptions related to the myth of Hollywood, wealth and celebrity and the desperate situation of people who live on the streets.
Photo by Jamaal Tolbert