-Dispatches and Directions-

Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run organizations in Los Angeles
Edited by Ronni Kimm and Jesse Aron Green
An Art2102 Project

Designed by Willem Henri Lucas.
Honored by the AIGA as one of the 50 Books/50 Covers of 2010.

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Over the past several years ART2102 has acted as a platform for artists and curators in Los Angeles to realize their projects and exhibitions. From its space in Boyle Heights, ART2102 hosted a vibrant program known for its open cultural discourse and flexibility of ideas, and for engaging both local and international artists at various stages in their careers. Gradually, ART2102 moved away from this physical site as its programming and initiatives engaged with the large network of other artists-run spaces across Los Angeles and Southern California.

Dispatches and Directions, the final publication and project of ART2102, does not simply document this history, but also emulates the organization's role as a platform and a network by spotlighting a number of the artists-run collaborations that had been active in Los Angeles during the same time ART2102 was in operation. The publication not only provides space in which these organizations describe their work, but also looks at the legacy of ART2102 in light of the diverse range of programming emulated by these groups.

The publication, edited by Ronni Kimm and Jesse Aron Green, features contributions from eight artist-run projects, including Artist Curated Project, Esthetics as a Second Language, Genesis Project Los Angeles, MATERIAL, Monte Vista, Slab, Telic Arts Exchange, and Wildness.

Also included are thoughts and anecdotes by ART2102's past directors and board members: Kate Fowle, Rika Hiro, Songmi Huff, Thomas Lawson, Paul McCarthy, Yoshua Okon, Renaud Proch and Erlea Maneros Zabala; an essay by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer; a directory of over 70 artist-run and non profit organizations; and a specially commissioned "Star Chart" to help navigate the scene, by artist Jim Skuldt.

The publication was designed in collaboration with Willem Henri Lucas. Dispatches and Directions is distributed in North America by Textfield, Inc.