Los Angeles is a city developed around and defined by houses rather than large architectural monuments. The singular residential unit is an elastic object, having long nurtured experimental pursuits and critical inquiry. Participants in On the Road 3 have selected an existing house located West of downtown Los Angeles to engage with and respond to through the medium of drawing. The chosen house may be an iconic work of architecture – one that has been overly saturated in the discourse of modern architecture in Los Angeles – or one that is part of the vernacular landscape. The drawing format is a standard 4”x6” postcard reproduced 150 times and placed inside the house’s mailbox on the morning of November 17.
While this container was once an essential component of the house, digital forms of communication have all but rendered the letterbox obsolete. Emphasizing a distribution system outside of the institution, On the Road participants will engage this traditional format of communication. A map is posted online for visitors to navigate the various sites from 10am-4pm. The public will move at will between some or all of the sites, pulling postcards from the various mailboxes and curating their own collection — simultaneously engaging both the physical and representational object of the house. The day’s event will culminate in a discussion about contemporary modes of communication within architectural production moderated by Ellen Donnelly. The topics of representation, circulation/distribution, and audience within the field will be sited at 6114 Venice Boulevard at 4pm.
Participants included Andrew Akins; Clark Thenhaus; Heather Flood; Heather Peterson; James Leng; Jessica Colangelo; Mark Ericson; and Wendy Gilmartin.
Video shot by Bryne Rasmussen
Music by The Vivids, Mt. Radiant.