Artist Spotlight: Pieter Parking Space

Please join us in welcoming our fourth Pieter Parking Space Artist-in-Residence: Lindsay August-Salazar!

 

Lindsay August-Salazar was born in Los Angeles, CA. She received her B.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Masters of Fine Art from The University of California, Irvine. Her multifaceted artistic practice, informed by a conviction in the power of language to invoke political, psychological, and philosophical change,  and growth, is articulated through the creation of August-Salazar’s Abstract Character Copy lexicon. Through this lexicon and drawing from artistic disciplines, including abstraction, postmodern dance, and typography, a unique, personal form of expression and conceptual exploration of utopian ideas is envisioned.

August-Salazar’s works have been exhibited at galleries and institutions including Stene Projects, Stockholm; Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles; Bel Ami, Los Angeles; LACA, Los Angeles; Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles; and Fellows for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the State of California & The Regents of the University California Grant, and The Claire Trevor School of Arts Graduate Research and Travel Grant. Her works have been discussed in publications including The New York Times, Art in America, and Modern Painters.

 

Residency Intention

The original concept for my residency with Pieter Parking Space at The Box, was to work with Danza Xochipilli. This Azteca dance troupe was founded in 1987, by Adolfo Arteaga and is wife Eva Arteaga. I have been a member and practicing among a culturally rich community of dancers, including their family for the last year. During our first night of practice in residence, we experienced a hate crime directed towards us – something we had not felt while practicing in East LA. As a result, to protect the younger people in the troupe, Danza Xochipilli has decided not to practice in The Arts District. However, as my choreographic practice has always come directly out of my own life experience, I am choosing to remain on site in residence at Pieter Parking Space, navigating the so-called white cube space of the gallery in relation to the absence of my Native American lineage, which was recently underscored by this event.

With the support of both Pieter and The Box, this project has significantly shifted, demanding a reflection on land, equity, and the tension that arises out of antagonism. Through the absence of dance the question of how performance is then transmitted and presented comes to the forefront, very much in the spirit of Deborah Hay. This open query leaves me and perhaps dance itself with the unanswered proposition: how does choreography orchestrate the performance of our lived experience? Over the course of the next month, I will be writing, drawing, and choreographing an event, which will culminate in a performance entitled New Ghosts, at Pieter Performance Parking Space on Saturday, February 26, 2022.