A public art initiative – anyone remember the Fluxus Project? – has come out of Southern California with a project stretching across our own little patch of humid heaven, thanks to the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System. Through 2015, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) will implement 100 artist-produced billboards and activations along I-10 to unveil “chapters” which are each a unique interpretive link to the exhibition thematic.

Since the theme is Manifest Destiny, the project will move from east to west. As fitting with our Creole origins, the Mobile portion will feature the work of Mario Ybarra Jr., a Los Angeles artist who implements what he calls “barrio aesthetics.” A founder of the Slanguage collective on the West Coast, Ybarra is a visual and performance artist who was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

The vinyls of Ybarra’s billboards will be on display at Space 301 April 3 – July 27. For more info, call 251-208-5671 or go to www.centreforthelivingarts.com.


Opening reception for Manifest Destiny Billboard Project
Where: Centre for the Living Arts (301 Conti St.)
When: Jan. 24, 7 – 9 p.m.