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From LA (Louisiana) to LA (Los Angeles) | The St. Tammany Parish Major Arcana Deck

While waiting for my family to come visit Los Angeles for my Mother’s birthday, I decided to take myself on an art date to a well-established (and well-funded) art gallery in WeHo.

I got to WeHo early enough to find metered parking, and walked into the gallery.

Not able to able to find any of the gallery’s curators or docents through the well-dressed gallery viewers, I resorted to asking the tray-passers by.

You read that properly – this art gallery was catered with appetizers. Not to be outdone by the adjacent Pop-Up gallery I’d like to feature in this post, the well-established and funded gallery offered champagne in real glassware, not the run-of-the-mill solo cups. Since no one was able to point me to an affiliation with the gallery, I did what every gallery-goer would: I enjoyed my champagne, the art, and made my exit. And then I found my first love in Pop-Up Galleries.

Walking slowly on the cusp of WeHo and Beverly Hills, I window shopped the rug stores by cool-breeze and moonlight. I noticed another gallery opening and decided to dip in, not even taking stock of the gallery name. Which I rue not doing in real-time! After scouring the internet for an hour, I finally found the Pop-Up show I easily stumbled onto that Friday night.

The St. Tammary Parish Major Arcana Deck, featuring a reading by Aaron Osborne is a pop-up exhibition running from October 18 – October 28, 2019. Inspired by an 8-month stay on the Louisiana Northshore, Osborne imagines his own Tarot Deck. Housed at 711 N. La Cienega, Osborne’s show featured human-scale Tarot reimagined.

Each of Osborne’s cards had an existential reading of their own – placed as an informational placard adjacent to each piece. As an exemplar, Tarot Card Ten visually displays children against a neighborhood backdrop, integrated into classic playing card iconography. The placard reads: “You are starting at one. No matter how you approach the situation…” The clever concept and play on visual double-entendre hooked me into the Pop-Up, and the vision of Osborne’s was relentlessly refreshing.

Complete with an in-house Tarot card reading, the exhibition space held a re-created shack from the South, where viewers lined up for free readings. The Pop-Up didn’t need any additional bells and whistles to stand on its own two legs, and fortunately, nothing felt contrived or gimmicky.

The entire exhibition was rejuvenating, non-pretentious, well-curated, and standalone in the joy of art. Osborne not only opened space for interactive art with depth, Osborne opened space for gallery audiences to interact organically and jovially – if only for a limited time.

Pop-Up Gallery:
711 N. La Cienega 

Artists:
Aaron Osborne 

Exhibition Dates:
Oct 18 – Oct 28, 2019

Hours:
Mon – Fri
11am – 8:00pm

Price:
Free

Raleigh Barrett

Author: Raleigh Barrett

Raleigh Barrett is a vegan Angeleno transplant who has lived in the NoHo Arts District for five years. She certainly won’t be leaving California in the next four years. Raleigh recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Arts specializing in Linguistic Anthropology. While in Chicago, she worked as the Gallery Assistant at the Renaissance Society. Raleigh is thrilled to be back and blogging for the NoHo Arts District.

Raleigh Barrett
Raleigh Barrett is a vegan Angeleno transplant who has lived in the NoHo Arts District for five years. She certainly won’t be leaving California in the next four years. Raleigh recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Arts specializing in Linguistic Anthropology. While in Chicago, she worked as the Gallery Assistant at the Renaissance Society. Raleigh is thrilled to be back and blogging for the NoHo Arts District.

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