Artist Luigia Martelloni organized a group of artists…many from the 18th Street Arts Center-run studio hangar building at the Santa Monica Airport, as well as other local artists to create “DE-FENCE ART.” It officially opened on May 30, 2020; View during the day from the safety of your own car.

The outdoor exhibition will be featured along Airport Ave., on the fencing outside of 3026 and 3050. The artwork, which will encompass a wide range of mediums, from painting and sculpture to installation, will be available for drive-by or socially-distanced viewing starting May 30, 2020 from 12pm till sunset. The exhibition will remain on view for a month, from sunrise to sunset everyday from May 31 – June 30, 2020.

Martelloni writes: “Since March, we have been living through unprecedented apocalyptic crises as a result of the coronavirus, experiencing paradigm shifts that have never before happened in modern history on this scale. Sometimes it feels like we are in a science fiction movie, but perhaps science fiction anticipated reality…”

She went on to point out the positive side. “The silver lining is a reflection of our time, expanding our creativity, feeling more empathy and awareness for our planet. As artists, we are fortunate to hold on to our art, something that is part of our existence. So we offer that to anyone who might drive or stroll by (masks on and six feet apart) and experience the work being created during this unprecedented time.”

Viewers are asked to follow the LA County COVID-19 guidelines, wear a mask at all times, stay 6 feet apart, and to not gather in groups, and visit during the day (not at night).

Participating artists include: Michele Castagnetti, Gregg Chadwick, Mara Colecchia, Claudia Concha, Lawrence D’attilio, Julia Michelle Dawson, Lola Del Fresno, Alexandra Dillon, David Eddington, Joshua Elias, Francesca Forquet, Jane Goren, Yossi Govrin, Sheila Karbassian, Jeremy Kidd, Deborah Lynn Irmas, Susie McKay Krieser, Luigia Gio Martelloni, Crystal Michaelson, Ameeta Nanji, Gary Palmer, Sabine Pearlman, Elham Sagharchi, Daniela Schweitzer, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Emily Van Horn, Alberto Vannetti, Clay White, Joan Wulf, Rebecca Youssef.

What: DE-FENCE ART (Art in the Time of Isolation)
Where: The Fence running along Airport 18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus), 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica,  90405
When: Exhibition is visible from sunrise to sunset everyday from May 31 – June 30, 2020