To some, it’ll always be the place where culture came to die in a firey blaze off the edge of the PCH, or surrounded by pills in a suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt. To others, the movie business represents fame, success, and infinite wealth. For this issue, we asked our favorite visionaries — among them, an Oscar winner, a punk goddess, and a professional skateboarder — what Hollywood looks like to them. The pictures they created for us are surprising, all over the map, and yes, moving. Above is Michel Gondry’s “Gondrywood”; hit the jump for more.
Melanie Pullen, Hollyweird
Ed Templeton, Los Angeles (From The Car)
Marilyn Minter, “Barbed Wire (Pamela Anderson)”
Exene Cervenka, “Hollywood”
It’s infrequent that a professional skateboarder is granted carte blanche to take over an art gallery. But in Ed Templeton‘s case, it’s common enough, and with good reason. His work manages to be visually daring and experimental but never egregiously so. Opening Saturday night at Culver City’s Roberts & Tilton, “Map of the Inner War” is characteristic of Templeton’s exhibitions, collecting over 200 sculptures, silkscreen, photography, paintings and other media into larger installations classed as “image clouds.” These image clouds indiscriminately group people, places and themes captured in Templeton’s work to generate an exciting presentation of everyday banality. Also opening tomorrow night in the gallery’s Project Room is Matt Leines’ “The Great Gates of Zenith.” Both shows run through mid-December.