120 artists turn LA into a drive-thru exhibition

Warren Neidich at Art Los Angeles Contemporary on January 30, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
Warren Neidich at Art Los Angeles Contemporary on January 30, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

  • DRIVE-BY-ART is a public exhibition that allows viewers to experience art from the safety of their cars.
  • Over 120 artists are participating in the LA leg of this public art initiative.
  • The brainchild of artist and activist Warren Neidich, the show features a surprising mix of emerging and established artists.

DRIVE-BY-ART (Public Art In This Moment Of Social Distancing) is a public art initiative in Los Angeles, that allows viewers to experience the exhibited works of 120 artists from the intimacy and safety of their own vehicles.

The first iteration of the exhibition took place in Long Island, New York, in the first week of May 2020. The brain-child of artist and activist, Warren Neidich, he tells Hyperallergic's Natalie Haddad, that he came up with the idea while "self-quarantined in a cabin at the top of Long Island’s south fork feeling 'alone, isolated, and disconnected'."

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“My intention with Drive-By-Art is to create a platform for experiencing artistic works in the public sphere brought on by the new realities of COVID-19,” artist and exhibition organizer Warren Neidich tells the Art Newspaper. “In our present situation, overwhelmed by the digital and remote condition, the question for me became: How could I use the concept of social distancing as a means to reinvent artistic pleasure? How could I find a new vocabulary to intensify the poetic voice of artistic practice above the din and cacophony of fear that suffocates us.”

Following the success of the New York show, Neidich decided to stage it in Los Angeles, partnering with Otis College of Design professor, Renee Petropoulos; art writer and curator Michael Slenske; and art critic, curator, and educator Anuradha Vikram.

Over 120 artists have come on-board as participants, showing their works over two weekends and multiple districts. The exhibition features both emerging and established artists - many of them displaying their paintings, sculptures, performances and installations within close proximity to their homes and their studios. 

All artists, their addresses, and maps of neighborhoods where their works can be viewed are available on the DRIVE-BY-ART website.

(Sources: Hyperallergic, Art Newspaper, DRIVE-BY-ART, LA Mag)

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