Gas is a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art. Located in a truck gallery parked around Los Angeles and online, Gas collaborates closely with artists to create experiences that foster community and connection while imagining alternative forms of cultural and critical production. The space’s inherently itinerant format reflects the fluidity of twenty-first century culture and art practice, while also allowing considerable independence and creative freedom in terms of concept, site, format, audience, and engagement. Gas offers an opportunity to rethink why, where and how we view art, whether the encounter happens while surfing the web or driving around Los Angeles, a city defined by its sprawl and car culture.
Location and Hours:
Sunday, September 24, 5-9pm
Other Places Art Fair Fundraiser and Forum
at California Carts
2500A N. San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Saturday, October 6, 1-3pm, Free
Lubricated Substrates: The Early Oil Industry, Mysticism, and Light
Artist Talk by Elia Vargas
at Edendale Public Library
2011 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Oil is present long before its potentiality as fuel becomes the governing principle of contemporary life-practices. By looking at the birth of the oil industry, Lubricated Substrates proposes a refiguring of the mythology of crude oil as media. Why refigure the mythology of crude oil? Amidst a world which fundamentally underestimates the extent that it is produced by and through oil, taking stock of the constitution of crude oil, its history, and its potentiality, is surprisingly absent. A mythology of crude oil connotes some degree of mediation, or symbolic framing which shapes the contemporary west’s understanding of crude oil. A materialist approach to crude oil will curtail this position. Following Karen Barad’s agential realism, this work argues western cultural formulation is not so much mediated by oil, but rather is co-produced by oil as part of a material-discursive practice. If media is concerned with the transmission of information and what information is constituted of, then crude oil is the very fabric of how contemporary western society constructs and expresses itself. Lubricated Substrates reconnects the materiality of oil–specifically the hydrocarbon paraffin–with its early history steeped in mysticism, mythology, and medicine. Focusing on the first U.S. commercial oil well, Drake Oil Well, and American mystic Edgar Cayce’s product Pennsylvania Crude Oil Scalp Treatment, Lubricated Substrates argues that the hydrocarbon paraffin must be thought of as a culture creating material transmission.
Sunday, October 28, 8pm
Nina Sarnelle’s Sound for the long hole
Location: 4th and Washington Blvd
(RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday, November 3, 11am
LA Transcendental Listenings Walking Tour/THUMS Islands
(RSVP to email@example.com)
Sunday, November 4, Noon-6pm
In conjunction with the last day of A grammar built with rocks, an exhibition presenting artistic practices that trace the racialized and gendered relationship between bodies and land, and question narratives of socioecological crisis that contribute to the displacement and erasure of people and collective formations.
410 Cottage Home Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Saturdays, 11am–7pm, November 10, 17 and 24
(in conjunction with City of Days – Oil)
1709 N. Kenmore Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90027
Susanna Battin and Kate Kendall’s Gas-for-Water in Mentryville, CA
We have a foldable wheelchair ramp on site for handicapped access to the truck gallery. Open hours are free and all ages.
Ceci Moss, Director
Gas is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and operates as a non profit. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our page here.