The Los Angeles River is currently undergoing
a revival. Recent greening efforts and state funding for a river park
have revitalized this neglected historical, ecological resource in the
heart of the city. River Alchemy was designed as part of that
transformation, held in conjunction with the Earth Alchemy exhibit
at Avenue 50 Gallery in Highland Park. River Alchemy celebrates
the River and educates visitors by presenting the River in a new context.
In conjunction with FoLARs
(Friends of the Los Angeles River) annual Gran Limpieza (Big
Cleanup) artists site-specific, temporary installations were exhibited
along the banks of the River, from the area between Gateway Park at
Knox Ave. & the River to Oros Park. From proposals received, 20
artists each received an honorarium of $200.
Jurors for this event were: Tran T.
Kim-Trang, artist, Lewis MacAdams, Board member, FoLAR,
Nancy Buchanan, AAC Board member.
The closing reception was held at Frank
Romeros Lil Frogtown Gallery, 1625 Blake. This reception featured
a screening of Los Angeles River (2000), a documentary film
shot by Daniel Marlos near Fletcher Drive over the course of a year.