From the Ruins of Our Alternative Futures

Adjacent, Adjacent alludes to the artistic process and
experiences of the participants of the FORUM 2019—a collaborative residency of fourteen art professionals at the Torrance Art Museum (TAM). The exhibition incorporates a range of creative practices, artistic materials, concepts, and methodologies which operate independently of one another while offering multiple shared visual languages located in relational ways.

The resulting museum exhibition, and its progressive development of relations can then be considered in its metonymy, as a generative labyrinth which also involves the stars. ( Catalogue: TAM Forum 2019 Catalog color 8×10 Pages_withcover_final_lr )

Yestermorrow Llano: An Artist’s Field Guide to Llano, California

Yestermorrow Llano: An Artist's field Guide to Llano, CA

The rural Los Angeles County high desert region of Llano, California has historically been defined by innovative people willing to explore and define a new sense of place. An Artist’s Field Guide to Llano, California introduces the past, present, and futures of Llano including its relationship to the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles, California, and their own—yestermorrows.

Throughout the guide are cultural references, historical clippings, prompts, and collaborative activities to activate your sensory and artistic experiences of Llano. Create perfume, form a book club, make a recipe, or map, architect, and construct your looking glass connection to the high desert by envisioning a geographic imagination and aesthetic experience of place through its cultural memory, collective present, and social futures.

Download the pdf (large file): Yestermorrow Llano, An Artist’s Field Guide to Llano, California

Yestermorrow: Llano, An Artist’s Field Guide to Llano, California was created by Larissa Nickel, and is supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Antelope Valley Arts Outpost creative placemaking initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council with support from Metabolic Studio.

Outpost partners include: the Otis College of Art and Design MFA Public Practice program (Otis), the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA), the Department of Regional Planning, and the Office of 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

Blowin’ in the Wind: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Art in the Public Realm

Christo and Jeanne-Claude_Surrounded Islands_Florida, 1980-83“Blowin’ in the Wind: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Art in the Public Realm” KCET Artbound, July 7, 2016 https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/christo-and-jeanne-claude-umbrellas-the-gates-running-fence

Addressing the Ephemeral: David Babb’s Secret Garden

babb_david_secrets#18_and_#24“Addressing the Ephemeral: David Babb’s Secret Garden,” KCET Artbound, May 13, 2015. http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/david-babb-secrets-antelope-valley.html

Being Here and There: Ambiguous Boundaries and Contested Terrains

“Being Here and There: Ambiguous Boundaries and Contested Terrains” KCET Artbound, January 7, 2015.

The Discarded Museum

Nickel_Larissa_Crate“The Discarded Museum: Illegal Dumping and the Archive Outside” ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology, Fall 2014. http://aridjournal.com/the-discarded-museum/

The Antelope Valley Film Trilogy

lakela“The Antelope Valley Film Trilogy: Close Up with Mike Ott and Atsuko Okatsuka,” KCET Artbound, June 13, 2014. http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/the-antelope-valley-film-trilogy-mike-ott-atsuko-okatsuka.html  

The Portal

The Portal“Paradise Lost: The Portal in California City,” KCET Artbound, March 24, 2014. http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/kern/the-portal-california-city-dennis-rudolph.html  

DEHSART Evaluation

Nickel_Larissa_Rs_end shoot“DEHSART, Adaptive Evaluation,” Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force, January, 2014. http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/illdump/pdf/DEHSART.pdf (Public version)

The Unbounded Museum

nmai_sound“Research Highlights: The Unbounded Museum,” Emerging Museum Professionals blog, March 2013. http://emergingprofessionals.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/research-highlights-the-unbounded-museum/


Photo Enforced

enforced7“Photo Enforced,” Blurring the Boundaries: Exploration and Experimentation in Contemporary Photography exhibition catalogue (The Lancaster Museum of Art and History: Lancaster, 2008). Download the pdf (10 MB):  nickel_larissa_photo_enforced