The book contains a series of polaroids by Giorgio Andreotta Calò portraying a dream-like sunbathed Los Angeles landscape, or indeed, an image that is now firmly imprinted in the collective imagination – asphalt, cars and palm trees silhouetted against expansive skies. These hazy views of Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Drive are here the residue of a solo performance in which the artist, closed inside the trunk of a moving car and using an improvised pinhole camera, captured an LA in movement – a fleeting or transient LA.
From the confines of a dark trunk, physically enacting the visual restriction of cinema in which the periphery is always obfuscated, the artist created his series of images, of photographic ephemera. The images are direct exposures onto photographic paper, unmediated by additional time or processing. They perfectly illustrate the artist’s ephemeral and performative practice, in which impressions of time and place are transformed into photographic records that nevertheless remain evanescent.
Sunset Boulevard accompanies 5122.65 Miles, the first solo exhibition of works by Italian artist Giorgio Andreotta Calò at Depart Foundation LA, curated by Luca Lo Pinto. The title of the exhibition 5122.65 Miles refers to the numeric distance between Italy’s Venice, where the artist was born, and California’s own Venice, linking the two cities from distant continents both literally and figuratively.