When we heard rumors buzzing about a “LOST” themed art exhibition, we were worried we’d have to revisit the epic television series’ loose ends once again; the pain of seeing a smoke monster installation or a polar bear etching would be too great. Then we heard Palais de Tokyo’s elusive director Marc-Olivier Wahler was in charge of the exhibition, entitled, “LOST (in LA).” Suddenly we doubted Hurley would be making an appearance.
The exhibition explores the highs and lows of the series in an ambitious attempt to create alternate connections between time and space. Wahler saw this vision of layered dimensions come to life in Los Angeles, where any notion of a city center gets lost in the flashing billboards, giant palm trees and melting freeways. As the gallery put it, “On this hill located between the Hollywood sign, Venice Beach, South Central and Downtown LA, these different layers of time and space intercept, connect, disconnect and reconnect again.”
The experience of navigating “LOST (in LA)” is akin to journeying outside a crashed airplane in a purgatory-esque tropical island, or attempting to find where La Cienega and Sunset intersect. There is no compass; we must serve as our own guides, forming relationships and navigating a new, fluid terrain.
The project is presented by FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange) in an effort to bring French artists abroad. The ambitious show combines French household names like André Breton, René Magritte, and Man Ray with contemporary artists from Paris and LA including Thomas Hirschhorn, Mathieu Mercier, Mike Kelley, Vincent Lamouroux, and Marnie Weber. We spoke to Wahler to find out more about bringing the city of love to the city of angels