Dean Erdmann’s fourteen porcelain enamel art panels on the platform at Leimert Park Station depict double-exposed photographs of natural elements in Leimert Park interspersed with images of the transit environment. The vivid, poetic dreamscapes are inspired by the act of viewing the passing landscape through a train or bus window overlaid with images reflected on the glass. Highlighting movement, these scenes emphasize the role of transit in linking the larger county with the Leimert Park neighborhood.
In conjunction with the artwork, Erdmann shared the image-making process with community members during a hands-on workshop.
“The freedom to move throughout the county for all people is the essence of the Metro. This artwork and this Metro station can hopefully act as a celebration of possibility and a reminder of the foundational importance of movement.”
About the Artist
DEAN ERDMANN (b. 1980) addresses the politics of place, class and the body through manipulated found-and-original moving and still images. The artist earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine, and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Erdmann’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the region, including the Hammer Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art and the Torrance Art Museum. The artist is a recipient of fellowships from the California Community Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, UrbanGlass and Vera List Center for Art and Politics.