C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowships: L.A. Autobiographies

by Jake Carver

Katie Grinnan’s 5 Seconds of Dreaming is a deeply personal work of art, in ways you wouldn’t expect. It’s a musical performance, yes, but every visual detail is meticulously crafted—down to the shape of her unorthodox wooden instruments, which mirror an EEG diagram of Grinnan’s brain waves during sleep. 5 Seconds of Dreaming was performed with all four of Grinnan’s instruments on May 19th, kicking off the 2019 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships exhibition. Grinnan is one of many artists whose work was made possible through the $10,000 grant provided by the fellowship.

Juan Capistrán’s Psychogeography Of Rage revisits his childhood neighborhood with photography of guerilla-style, temporary art installations throughout South Central LA; Olga Koumoundouros’s multi-media instillation reimagines of her own life through a flying fish’s life cycle; Enrique Castrejon’s drawn collages revisit his experiences as a West Hollywood HIV counselor; and Kim Fisher’s Los Angeles Hedge overlays a hedge with flat planes of color and everyday ephemera to ask us—what side of the hedge are you on?

The exhibition will be on display at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park until July 14.