Arts District mural by Fin Dac, Christina Angelina, and Gianni Arone of DTOR, which was recently tagged. Taken July 4, 2015. Photo: Helen Ly / vfal
View From a Loft started on July 4, 2006 to find stories about downtown Los Angeles culture at-large. It was also started to find content for possible murals, and be a way to be an Arts District source about artists, public art, murals and Chicano Art as a non-arts writer.
That certainly has changed.
Many ideas thought up for use here were posted at blogdowntown, then KCET, and recently in series of academic papers that compared social networking to murals as a way information is interpreted to community. Then there’s been a lot of time spent surveying the Las Vegas art scene with PaintThisDesert funded by an Arts Writers grant from Creative Capital I Warhol Foundation. (Also PaintThisDesert was just awarded a small grant from Nevada Arts Council).
So it's been quiet here and stayed that way. The site was strip-mined of resources, but far from being a victim of slacking from me and those who, in the last few years, have helped. María Margarita López is still on the downtown adjacent beat going to gallery openings and keeping an eye out for stories, but more importantly been successful carving out her own career as a filmmaker and producer. Helen Ly continues photographing downtown art for the record, and been archiving six years of photos, which falls in her wheelhouse since she’s now a Master of Library and Information Science grad student with a focus on archival studies. I must also add that Ly’s 2014 review on David Au's “Eat With Me,” screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, landed vfal on IMDB.
Along with experimental filming, I still keep up my graphic design practice, along with ongoing story hunting for stories for KCET. In late August I will also start chasing an MFA in Fine Art at UNLV that will look at how journalism is a way to gather content for art in public space. That will bring me out to LA more often. Anything posted here will likely be reading and research findings interesting to me, sometimes information on downtown Los Angeles, or random things María and Helen find. For now no promises.
iPhone snap of UNLV MFA Studio space. July 4, 2015.