The West Hollywood Arts Division is hosting a community meeting to discuss the proposed relocation of Scott Froschauer’s UR OK neon art from its current temporary location on Santa Monica Blvd., to a permanent location proposed outside the entrance to Kings Road Park. The meeting is taking place at on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:30am – 12:00pm at Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road. No RSVP required. For questions, contact Marcus Mitchell, [email protected]
Using the institutionalized structure of road signage as inspiration, artist Scott Froschauer’s RELAX UR OK and ONE LOVE neon artwork replaces the traditionally negative and coercive language with positivity and inspiration. As a reaction to our surreal and unprecedented distanced-reality, Froschauer’s words of hope, love and affirmation stand in stark but positive relief, welcoming visitors and residents alike. These are the artist’s first neon art works.
Artist Scott Froschauer has a background in linguistics and fabrication, combined with deep cultural awareness and empathy. His work provides viewers inspiration and encouragement towards self-connection and acceptance. Incorporating playfulness with concepts of connection and empathy, he surprises his audience with new perspectives and unexpected juxtapositions of ideas, materials and symbols.
About the Artist: A native of Chicago, Scott Froschauer has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1994. He has a degree in theoretical linguistics from Syracuse University and his background includes studies in art, engineering and business, with particular experience in fabrication, design, education and government. Scott’s extensive exhibition history spans two decades, encompassing many forms including experimental printmaking, street art and large-scale public sculptures. His early ventures into public art include large scale interactive installations at Burning Man in the Nevada desert.
The artist’s work has been installed in public, private, and municipal spaces across the country and internationally around the world, including the City of Glendale, Laguna Beach, Palm Springs, Wichita Falls in Texas and Toronto, Ontario to name a few. It has also been seen on display at various galleries and museums including the Renwick Gallery of The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
About the Curator: Long-time West Hollywood resident, Valda Lake is a curator and the owner of Wallspace. For more than a decade, with Wallspace, Lake has uplifted local artists by amplifying the voices of new emerging artists, creating a supportive exhibition space and forging long-standing relationships by representing many mid-career artists.
Gross. Nobody goes to that crummy park. Removing it from a spot where everyone can enjoy it on SMB and putting it in a park where nobody will see it is an all around bad idea. Although I do like that they want to make it permanent.
It would be a welcome visual at the park as well as more lighting which would act as a crime deterrent.
A charming piece much more affordable than the FIVE MILLION DOLLAR sculpture near the Abbey in the park.