A Reintroduction Library
Katie Bachler and May Jong
August 12 - October 19, 2012
Katie Bachler and May Jong, Proposed City of Los Angeles 1903, Pen, ink, watercolor, digital manipulation on paper, 8.5" x 11"
The exhibition, A Reintroduction Library, creates an archival library of San Pedro's natural history, mostly pertaining to water, plant life and landscape. Works in the exhibition by artists Katie Bachler and May Jong explore the complex histories found in the natural landscape and wilderness when it interacts with the constructed environment. Bachler and Jong explore the role of the library and archive in our ever-changing cultural and historical understanding of the wilderness. Bachler and Jong also consider new possibilities and potentialities of thinking about wilderness and our relationship to the wild, all through the lens of San Pedro and its environs.
This interactive library for scholarly and imaginative research holds real and fictive documentation of maps, land deeds, and plant specimens. Viewers are invited to sit with, look at, touch, read, add to and contemplate the materials on hand. The interdisciplinary works reintroduce viewers to an imagined past, present and future state of San Pedro and Southern California. A Reintroduction Library invites viewers to not only peruse the past, but touch, smell and physically engage the natural world around them.
May Jong is a Los Angeles based artist and educator. Her recent work explores
humankind's relationship to the natural environment, whether mutually beneficial,
detrimental or neutral. Jong Co-Founded and Co-Directed an artist-run space from 2006-
2008. Jong has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York and Berlin, most recently at the
Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento and the Cypress College Art Gallery. She
received her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University and currently teaches at
Cypress College, Glendale Community College, and the Los Angeles County Museum of
Katie Bachler is an artist and educator hailing from the woods of New England. Her work in Los Angeles deals with ideas of human interaction with nature and alternative modes of living in an urban context. She creates maps of these alternative, personal experiences of the city and has worked on similar projects on residencies in Vermont and Europe. She has exhibited work in Paris, Los Angeles, and Vermont. Katie has a Master's from USC's Art in the Public Sphere program. She is currently living in the desert and is the Scout in residence at High Desert Test Sites, where she is mapping the magical people and places in Joshua Tree. Come visit!
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, and the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council.