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Loitering is delightful

October 31, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Opening reception: Sunday, October 27, 2 – 5 PM

 

Loitering is traditionally considered the preserve of delinquents, teenagers, and miscreants. Generally speaking, those up to no good.

 

Of course, some are freer to dillydally than others. As Ross Gay reminds us in his incisive essay Loitering Is Delightful (which the author has kindly permitted us to use here), “the darker your skin, the more likely you are to be “loitering.” As Gay goes on to point out, for people of color, any public display of “non-productive delight” – from loitering to laughter – can be censured. This leads one to ponder: at which point does lingering cross into criminal territory? What does ‘loitering’ really mean? And why is it frowned upon?

 

Furthermore, might the gesture of standing or sitting, with no apparent purpose, contain a seed of radical potential? Could loitering offer some respite, however temporary, from the capitalist cycle of consumption and production? In a world consumed by digital devices and driven by productivity, what possibilities does daydreaming offer? Can fulfillment be found in staring into space? Is there pleasure in simply hanging out? What does it mean to be seen engaging in a seemingly aimless pursuit and, moreover, to take up public space in the process? Is loitering contagious?

 

At the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, visitors need neither pay for nothing to legitimize their lollygagging. Spending a long time in the gallery is not considered threatening; on the contrary, it is encouraged. Loitering is delightful posits the municipal gallery, a civic space with free admission, as a safe place to sit, look and think.

 

The exhibition presents the work of ten Los Angeles artists who respond in varying ways to the joyful possibilities of slowing down. Featuring work by Milano Chow, Lauren Davis Fisher, Ishi Glinsky, David Horvitz, Dylan Mira, Joshua Ross, Asha Schechter, Cauleen Smith, Lani Trock and Megan Whitmarsh, Loitering is delightful invites you to delight in dawdling.

 

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Shane Reiner-Roth, “Loitering takes center stage in Los Angeles”, The Architect’s Newspaper, January 14, 2020

 

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David Horvitz, Proposals for clocks, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Installation view of Loitering is delightful, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Lani Trock, the unified field, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Installation view of Loitering is delightful, works visible (L to R): Asha Schechter, Prius mirror from Baby Barcelona (2); Ishi Glinsky, Coral vs. King Snake “Jacket”;  Lauren Davis Fisher, Untitled (Municipal Boxes); Asha Schechter, Black Dustpan and petals and can and fur and shards and bolt, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Installation view of Loitering is delightful, works visible (Foreground to Background): Lauren Davis Fisher, Untitled (Municipal Boxes); Dylan Mira, NWOT C#; Asha Schechter, Black Dustpan and petals and can and fur and shards and bolt, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Installation view of Loitering is delightful, works visible (L to R): David Horvitz, Whenever I take a shower I always wonder when the water was a cloud; Ishi Glinsky, Coral vs. King Snake “Jacket”, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Installation view of Loitering is delightful, works visible (L to R): Joshua Ross, Zhani 3 and Zhani 2, 2018. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

David Horvitz, Proposals for clocks, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Dylan Mira, NWOT C#, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Megan Whitmarsh, Arts & Leisure Section, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Installation view of Loitering is delightful, works visible (L to R): Cauleen Smith, BLUE SCRUBS, YELLOW SCRUBS, TRUSTEES ALL ABOVE and ORANGE JUMPSUIT, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Installation view of Loitering is delightful, works visible (L to R): Milano Chow, Room I; Milano Chow, Portal II; Milano Chow, Room II, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.

 

Milano Chow, Room I, 2019. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, photograph by Jeff McLane.