Want to see the freeways of Los Angeles as empty as you’ve ever seen it? Or the famous Chicken Boy statue in Highland Park from an unexpected angle? All of the paintings from Barbara A. Thomason’s impressive series, 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A., are up at Angel City Brewery in downtown through Sunday, October 12. If you miss it this weekend, a selected number of paintings will be shown at Future Studio Gallery in Highland Park from November 8 to 23.
Modeled on One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Hiroshige’s celebrated series of 19th-century Japanese woodcuts, these 100 images present a Los Angeles that’s simultaneously recognizable and slightly askew. We caught up with Thomason to ask about 10 of her favorite images from the show.
Fire in Griffith Park: “2007 was a memorable year for fires in Southern California. This view of the Griffith Park Fire is from Baxter St. looking west across the Silver Lake Reservoir.”
The Foot Clinic: “The oracle of east Sunset Blvd. This rotating happy foot/sad foot sign is used by many locals as a prognosticator of the quality of their day.”
The Great Heron Gates: Located at Fletcher Drive in the Atwater district, these mark the entrance of Rattlesnake Park at the L.A. River.”
Californian Coyotes: “These delinquents of the foothills are gathered at the salvaged Californian sign, located at Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Blvd.”
Dragons on Broadway: “This street bling signifies the south end of Chinatown. The dragons are suspended over Broadway and this view looks toward City Hall.”
Vincent Thomas Bridge: “This bridge is at the far south reach of the City of Los Angeles in San Pedro. It connects San Pedro and Long Beach and spans the beautifully industrial harbor.”
View from Hansen Dam: “Located in the far north and western reaches of the city of Los Angeles. This looks south over an industrial area.”
Van de Kamp Bakery Building: “This Dutch revival building, which housed the main bakery from 1931 to 1999, is in the Glassell Park area. The air always smelled like cake when the bakery was in business.”
Temple Street Bridge: “This series was an homage to the Japanese printmaker Hiroshige and his series 100 Famous Views of Edo. This painting references his print “Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake.”
Broadway Train Tracks: “Rolling into Los Angeles during the heyday of rail travel, this would have been a traveler’s first view of the city of Los Angeles.”