A series of online conversations with creatives about the state of making. Join Meg Linton, independent curator and writer, as she virtually visits the studios of known and emerging artists, exploring their work, influence, philosophy, and creative process.
Sandow Birk has been commissioned to create a site-specific artwork for the future Westwood/VA Hospital Metro Station in the Brentwood/Westwood neighborhood. Sandow will discuss his past projects, the steps involved in creating public artworks, and engage with the audience regarding potential ideas for representing aspects of the neighborhood and community, past and present, for his Metro station artwork.
About Sandow Birk:
Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well-traveled graduate of the Otis Art Institute of Parson's School of Design. Frequently developed as expansive, multimedia projects, his works have dealt with contemporary life in its entirety. With an emphasis on social issues, frequent themes of his past work have included inner city violence, graffiti, political issues, travel, war, and prisons, as well as surfing and skateboarding. A recent project involved a consideration of the Qur’an as relevant to contemporary life in America.
He was a recipient of an NEA International Travel Grant to Mexico City in 1995 to study mural painting, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a Fulbright Fellowship for painting to Rio de Janeiro for 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting, followed by a City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship in 2001. In 2007 he was an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008. Sandow is represented by the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Seattle, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, and P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York City.