Riviera Parking was a temporary project space located in a two-car garage in the
Lower Riviera neighborhood of Santa Barbara. Each artist was asked to present
one work, over one weekend, made during the pandemic. The conversations
and process from each exhibition is presented on this website.
This project began as a way to have conversations with artists.
We were interested in knowing more about the work they are making
and if or how the COVID-19 pandemic had changed their studio practice. Due to
the distance between LA and Santa Barbara, video-calling, emailing and phone
conversations became a way for us to look and talk about artist work. The
notes, texts, and images shared during our conversations became just as
important as the final exhibition.
The process of moving work from an artist studio to the exhibition space
became something that we considered after reflecting on first conversations
with artists. We thought about the drive between the Los Angeles artist studio to
our Santa Barbara garage and how the transitory space and time of this drive
parallels our garages function: temporary and transitional.
Each artists one work presented in the garage leaves the space at the end of
the weekend but the process and conversation, the photos and detritus, will
reside online after this pandemic, even after the garage returns to its original
function as a domestic storage space. You can see this ephemera in the artist links.