Art in the San Fernando Valley

"Guardian," photostructure of film/performance by Stephen Seemayer, 1979

“Guardian,” photostructure of film/performance by Stephen Seemayer, 1979

Before he moved to Downtown Los Angeles, artist and filmmaker Stephen Seemayer worked out of an abandoned ice skating rink on Ventura Boulevard. Seemayer, who was raised in the San Fernando Valley, is one of several artists featured in a new exhibit at Cal State Northridge’s Art & Design Center.

“Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley ca. 1970-1990” is curated by Damon Willick and opens Mon., Aug. 25, 2014, with a public reception on Sat., Sept. 6, from 4-7 p.m. Highlighted by seminal works in painting, sculpture, photography and performance art, “Valley Vista” examines the unique contribution of the Valley to L.A.’s cultural history, and features work by many artists whose careers and lives took root in the Valley, including Hans Burkhardt, Karen Carson, Scott Grieger, Channa Horwitz, Gary Lloyd, Mike Mandel, Barry Markowitz, Michael C. McMillen, Stuart Rapeport, Jeffrey Vallance and Robert Williams, among others.

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‘Signs of the Times’ Exhibit Extended Through June 9

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Stephen Seemayer’s exciting exhibition of 62 new works inspired by Occupy L.A. — now showing at the District Gallery in downtown Los Angeles — has been extended through Sunday, June 9, 2013.

In addition to the collages, made up of reconstructed L.A. Times front pages, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs and spray paint, the exhibit features a 5-minute movie about the occupation of City Hall in the fall of 2011. The film includes photographs and video that he and his wife, filmmaker Pamela Wilson, took over the two months of the protest, and from the last night, when the peaceful demonstrators were forcefully evicted by the LAPD.

STEPHEN SEEMAYER
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
April 25 – June 9
District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
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“Signs of the Times”: The Pieces (59-62)

November 28, 2011 We are the change you want.

November 28, 2011
We are the change you want.

November 29, 2011 Screw us and we multiply.

November 29, 2011
Screw us and we multiply.

Each piece in Stephen Seemayer’s new show of artworks at District Gallery in Downtown L.A. is built on a reconstructed front page of the Los Angeles Times from each day of  Occupy L.A.

During October and November 2011, Seemayer and his wife, filmmaker Pamela Wilson, spent time nearly every day talking with and documenting the occupiers who were camped out in tents and makeshift shelters around L.A.’s City Hall.

November 30, 2011 Hungry? Eat a banker.

November 30, 2011
Hungry?
Eat a banker.

December 1, 2011 Take the power back!

December 1, 2011
Take the
power back!

The protestors were showing solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York, and pressing for fairness and compassion for working class Americans. They urged a shift in values and a closing of the rift between the wealthiest in our society and the “99%.”

Seemayer’s collages incorporate the slogans and signage that got the occupiers’ messages across, along with photographs and stencils of revolutionary symbolism.

Signs of the Times continues through May 26.

STEPHEN SEEMAYER
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
April 25 – May 26
District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
Map

“Signs of the Times”: The Pieces (55-58)

November 24, 2011 Human need, not Wall Street greed.

November 24, 2011
Human need, not Wall Street greed.

November 25, 2011 The love of people is the flower of all good.

November 25, 2011
The love of people is the flower of all good.

Each piece in Stephen Seemayer’s new show of artworks at District Gallery in Downtown L.A. is built on a reconstructed front page of the Los Angeles Times from each day of  Occupy L.A.

During October and November 2011, Seemayer and his wife, filmmaker Pamela Wilson, spent time nearly every day talking with and documenting the occupiers who were camped out in tents and makeshift shelters around L.A.’s City Hall.

November 26, 2011 Spank the banks, pepper spray the Fed.

November 26, 2011
Spank the banks, pepper spray the Fed.

November 27, 2011 Please don't beat me!

November 27, 2011
Please don’t
beat me!

The protestors were showing solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York, and pressing for fairness and compassion for working class Americans. They urged a shift in values and a closing of the rift between the wealthiest in our society and the “99%.”

Seemayer’s collages incorporate the slogans and signage that got the occupiers’ messages across, along with photographs and stencils of revolutionary symbolism.

Signs of the Times continues through May 26.

STEPHEN SEEMAYER
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
April 25 – May 26
District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
Map

“Signs of the Times”: The Pieces (51-54)

November 20, 2011 Plutocracy, corporate welfare is killing America.

November 20, 2011
Plutocracy, corporate welfare is killing America.

November 21, 2011 No warfare but class warfare.

November 21, 2011
No warfare
but class
warfare.

Each piece in Stephen Seemayer’s new show of artworks at District Gallery in Downtown L.A. is built on a reconstructed front page of the Los Angeles Times from each day of  Occupy L.A.

During October and November 2011, Seemayer and his wife, filmmaker Pamela Wilson, spent time nearly every day talking with and documenting the occupiers who were camped out in tents and makeshift shelters around L.A.’s City Hall.

November 22, 2011 I'm here now! It's on! Occupy the world!

November 22, 2011
I’m here now! It’s on! Occupy the world!

November 23, 2011 The 99% will no longer remain silent.

November 23, 2011
The 99% will no longer remain silent.

The protestors were showing solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York, and pressing for fairness and compassion for working class Americans. They urged a shift in values and a closing of the rift between the wealthiest in our society and the “99%.”

Seemayer’s collages incorporate the slogans and signage that got the occupiers’ messages across, along with photographs and stencils of revolutionary symbolism.

Signs of the Times continues through May 26.

STEPHEN SEEMAYER
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
April 25 – May 26
District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
Map

“Signs of the Times”: The Pieces (47-50)

November 16, 2011 Banks, too big to fail, too big to jail.

November 16, 2011
Banks, too big to fail, too big to jail.

November 17, 2011 If the corporation is king, then burn his palace down.

November 17, 2011
If the corporation is king, then burn his palace down.

Each piece in Stephen Seemayer’s new show of artworks at District Gallery in Downtown L.A. is built on a reconstructed front page of the Los Angeles Times from each day of  Occupy L.A.

During October and November 2011, Seemayer and his wife, filmmaker Pamela Wilson, spent time nearly every day talking with and documenting the occupiers who were camped out in tents and makeshift shelters around L.A.’s City Hall.

November 18, 2011 Some wars are waged with money, others with guns.

November 18, 2011
Some wars are waged with money, others with guns.

November 19, 2011 America no longer riding riding on the merry-go-round.

November 19, 2011
America no longer riding riding on the merry-go-round.

The protestors were showing solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York, and pressing for fairness and compassion for working class Americans. They urged a shift in values and a closing of the rift between the wealthiest in our society and the “99%.”

Seemayer’s collages incorporate the slogans and signage that got the occupiers’ messages across, along with photographs and stencils of revolutionary symbolism.

Signs of the Times continues through May 26.

STEPHEN SEEMAYER
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
April 25 – May 26
District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
Map