Located in a truck gallery parked around Los Angeles and online, Gas was a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art. Each season, Gas would present one thematic exhibition that includes works in the gallery and online. All shows included a fundraiser edition and a zine publication.
The shows at Gas were adventurously multidisciplinary and experiential, and every aspect – the truck gallery, web projects, performances, publications, editions – played an equally important role in presentation. The space’s inherently itinerant and fluid format allowed considerable independence and creative freedom in terms of concept, site, format, audience, and engagement.
Launching in Fall 2017 with the exhibition Fuck the Patriarchy and closing in Winter 2020 with bless our breath, Gas exhibited work by numerous artists and partnered with museums, artist-run spaces, galleries, libraries, and educational institutions to park and present the mobile gallery truck. The space was fueled by a desire to collaborate closely with artists to create experiences that foster community and connection while imagining alternative forms of cultural and critical production.
Gas was a test case for thinking through the larger sustainability and viability of an arts community rooted in a grassroots approach, outside of traditional models. This sensibility is shaped by the greater arts eco-system within Los Angeles. Independent arts spaces form an essential backbone to the city’s cultural life, and the existence of Gas is very much indebted to that rich history. By preserving the activities of the space as an online archive, I hope that it will inspire others to generate their own spaces, on their own terms.