Origins: Landscape & Conflict
Los Angeles, CA
Incendiary Traces examines the role that real estate and the railroad played in the advertisement of Southern California as a fertile tropical utopia in the late 1800s.
In the late 19th century, Southern California's human and natural geography transformed as millions of new residents settled its semi-arid desert world, but artistic renditions of this region seldom get the attention of its northerly neighbors. But why is this the case?
Hillary Mushkin and a small group of artists and writers sat outside of the Los Angeles Air Force Base sketching and reading poetry. When their quiet session caused alarm, their conversation turned to the legality of looking.
Conceived by artist Hillary Mushkin, Incendiary Traces is a conceptually driven, community-generated art project that explores the political act of representing the Southern California landscape by creating a series of drawing events in different militarized locations across the region.