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fertile creatures series
infant vampire formula
baby quail grenades
prairie dog revolver
baby quail grenades
the dead garden
Winter Shack, Brooklyn, NY
High Desert Test Sites, CA
the portable forest
Dumbo Arts Center & Festival, NYC
The Armory Center for the Arts, CA
The San Deigo Museum of Art
Monte Vista Projects, LA
Sunset Blvd. Art Concert, LA
Human Resources, LA
Washington Blvd. Art Concert, LA
Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions
Sea and Space Explorations, LA
public art places
organizer, curator, director
sea and space explorations, LA
tree and space, LA
sound in space Festival, LA
100 person solo show, LA
you are the largest thing on Earth
art of exchange
primal scream painting booth
Sea and Space Explorations
Director & Founder
participatory project • place artwork • 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery
Los Angeles, CA
June 2007 - August 2010
What is/was Sea and Space?
An artwork. A gallery. A place.
Sea and Space is a gallery Bank founded in June 2007 that operates as an artwork. Bank considers it a Place Artwork, which she defined as a spatial location to be occupied by the artwork, statements, and thoughts of others. In this case, the others were artists, guest curators, lecturers, and collaborators. Bank's role can be described as Director of the gallery and Context Developer of this artwork. Bank carefully crafted the mission, the format, and the operations from its inception and then refined much of this with the advice from our Board of Directors over time. From 2007 - 2010 this was a solo project with the support of a board of five, which formed after the first year.
Programmatically, Bank ran this project under a simple theory that if you represent challenging projects where the people that make them live and work, then it will draw in others who also make strong work, who can then be shown. This continued to compound and appeared to be limitless. Bank chose to operate on an alternate model to a commercial art space. Her goal was to foster, through appreciation and support, artistic practices that are dependent upon alternate means for visibility. She did so with the certainty that without such forms of support, artists who make work that is not marketable due to conceptual, political, formal, or social differences will remain culturally undervalued.
Sea and Space by Lara Bank, facade, 2008.
Mayer, Anna, “Letter from Los Angeles,” Proximity, #6, Winter 2009-2010, pp.131-132.
Calvin, "QUEER TERRITORIES at Sea and Space Explorations," The New Gay, April 13, 2010, online publication - PDF
Herbst, Robby, “A Map for An Other LA,” The LLano Del Rio working group, Dec 2009.
"What to Do This Weekend," Daily Candy Los Angeles, Culture section, Aug 2009, online. - HTML
Ward, Alie, “Gallery on a Shoestring,” Brand X: The LA Times (Vol. 12, No. 21, week of August 26, 2009) Interview. - JPG (327KB)
Ward, Alie, “The Little Gallery Doing Big Weird Things,” Metromix: The LA Times (Vol. 2, Iss. 6, Feb. 11-17, 2009), cover story & interview - PDF
Denny, Drew, “Sound in Space 2,” L.A. Record, pg. 15 (Vol. 3, Issue 12, Feb. 2009). - PDF (986KB) (interview)
Szupinska, Joanna, "The Other LA Art Scene: Part I," FlashArt Online Issue (March/April 2008). - PDF
Bargar, Lesley, "Buzz - At Your Service: Street Smart," LA Magazine, pg. 66 ( March 2008).- JPG (592K)
Villafane, Andie, "artspotting: gallery (p)reviews," Citizen LA, Issue
Feb 2008 - JPG (300K)
Zolghadr, Tirdad, "How German is it?" Frieze Magazine, Issue 111 (Nov-Dec 2007) - PDF
Marcoux, Patrick, "Conspiracy and Economy: Chris Bassett @ Sea and Space Explorations, LA," Noah Becker's White Hot Magazine of Contemporary Art (October 2007).- PDF
||Sea and Space Three Hour Tour by Lara Bank at the Torrance Art Museum, 2010.
Sea and Space was presented as an artwork in the form of historical photo documentation with curated performances, presentations, and previous participants artworks.
The sea and space are uninhabitable and inhospitable regions, yet they
are essential to life. We navigate these environments using technology
that provides only a dim understanding of what is both familiar and unfamiliar,
easy to see but impossible to fathom. They are targets for conquest whose
expansiveness resists us.
These two spheres bracket us, literally and metaphorically as representatives
of worlds beyond, portholes into what we have yet to discover about ourselves.
They are grounds for exploration and intense risk-taking; we rewrite
and restructure our world with what we find.
Sea and Space Explorations strives to create a hiccough beyond the binaries
of good and bad, market constraints, and notions of progress, where artists
who are genuinely engaged in the specificities of their own practice
can come to take the risks that are entirely their own. This space will
primarily be dedicated to artwork that has historically been termed "conceptual," "theoretical," "political" or "alternative," terms
that are loose and applicable to all media. Sea and Space vigorously
supports the autonomy of artists, lecturers, guest curators, and collaborators,
especially with regard to the presentation of their work.
1. To steer towards work that resists capitalization as the gallery
operates as a capitalist critique of sorts.
2. We seek works that are either relational, collaborative, large scale,
ephemeral, video, performance, neo-conceptual, or in traditional mediums
that would have a really hard time fitting into a commercial gallery.
3. We aim to support work that is marginal and not as supported due
to content, scale, longevity, or conceptual reasons.
4.We are deeply committed to work that has strong content with little
5. We support artists and their endeavors over objects. The space is
more of an exploratorium or experience for artists engaging within their
practice than it is a gallery.
© 2020 L. Bank