Metro Artworks

Journeys: LA Communities Through the Eyes of Artists

Project Description Journeys: LA Communities Through the Eyes of Artists On display in Union Station Passageway Art Gallery, June 2017-August 2018 Each artwork on display in this passageway focuses on a particular neighborhood or city within Los Angeles County “through the eyes of artists.” The artists capture the look and feel of each place from a personal perspective, highlighting special, surprising, unexpected or lesser-known facets of those communities. Lush urban gardens, backyard barbecues, street parades, cemeteries and even a fantastical underwater world are among the subjects for these idiosyncratic works of art. Following in the tradition of colorful travel destination posters, the artworks are part of a series—typically presented on posters inside buses and trains—that encourages riders to explore communities throughout the expanding Metro transit system. Featuring the original artworks by  twelve artists who created posters for the Through The Eyes of Artists series: Jonathan Anderson (Gardena), Walter Askin (Pasadena), Sarajo Frieden (Venice), Wakana Kimura (Inglewood), Christine Nguyen (Long Beach), Mary Ann Ohmit (Azusa), Sam Pace (Leimert Park), Jane Gillespie Pryor (Whittier), Aaron Rivera (Lakewood), Artemio Rodríguez …

Aaron Rivera, Lakewood

Lakewood

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Project Description The town of Lakewood California turned what was once an agricultural landscape into one of the first suburbs and model for planned communities across the nation. The town became a vista of wide boulevards, flanked by smaller streets lined with mid-century homes, dotted by parks, pools and shopping centers. Artist Statement “I have chosen to illustrate the area’s sense of family life and community. The image depicts families and neighbors at a backyard party/ BBQ, against the backdrop of a 1950’s style suburban home. I hope this…brings to mind a lightness of spirit and motion within the story while providing visual interest outside the narrative.” About the Artist AARON RIVERA has a diverse artistic background including storyboard artist, scenic painter, and puppet fabricator. He has exhibited work at various galleries in Los Angeles at such places as the LA Municipal Art Gallery and La Luz De Jesus Art Gallery. He has also presented his work at Art Basel in Miami, Florida and the UBC Mural Company in Chicago, Illinois. Rivera received a Bachelor of …

The Heart of Los Angeles on display in Union Station Passageway April 2014-June 2015.

Union Station Passageway Art Gallery

Showcasing portraiture, landscape, architecture, abstraction and beyond, the ever-changing exhibitions are designed to appeal to a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and tastes at the LA landmark.