Artists Amir H. Fallah, Alison Saar, and Jocelyn Tsaih Debut New Works with Hollywood Park Art Program that Focus on Renewal and Growth
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 31, 2023) – Hollywood Park, the largest urban mixed-use mega-development under construction in the Western United States, has unveiled the third installment of art for its art program. Artists Jocelyn Tsaih and Los Angeles-based Amir H. Fallah both contributed original murals to Hollywood Park’s retail area, with local Los Angeles artist Alison Saar creating two 8-foot-tall sculptures. Originally debuted in January 2022, the Hollywood Park art program provides cultural enrichment and connectivity for the local community through various works and methods of art. The expansive and diverse program also stretches across SoFi Stadium and YouTube Theater and already features creative works by Los Angeles locals Calida Rawles, Geoff McFetridge, Eve Fowler, Marco Zamora, Alex Becerra and Alfonso Gonzalez Jr., as well as pieces by Ned Kahn, Sandeep Mukherjee, and Bhavna Mehta.
“The Hollywood Park art program continues to grow and expand with an increasingly diverse group of talented artists,” said Jason Gannon, managing director, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. “The artwork we showcase in the retail district and throughout Hollywood Park adds more energy and creativity to Hollywood Park for our community and guests to interact with and enjoy.”
Three new and distinctive artists – Fallah, Saar and Tsaih – have joined Hollywood Park’s art program with work that embodies lively and meaningful artistic expression. Placed across the retail district, each piece uniquely celebrates diversity and culture.
Hollywood Park’s third art installment features the following artists:
Amir H. Fallah
Amir H. Fallah is a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary artist who explores themes of race, representation, culture and body through his paintings, sculptures, and installations. By delving into his personal history, Fallah initiates discussions about the immigrant experience, identity, and the history of portraiture. He challenges the traditional systems of representation found in the history of Western art, deconstructing the ways in which identities are created. Fallah embraces his Iranian-American background while skillfully combining elements of painting, collage, and installation to create ornate environments that question the physical representation of the sitter in portraiture.
In his mural at Hollywood Park, Fallah expands on his botanical paintings, creating a site-specific interpretation that incorporates historical floral still-life painting while referencing Los Angeles’ rich local history and flora. The botanical imagery aims to symbolize growth and renewal, central to the vision of this new public space.
Local Los Angeles artist, Alison Saar, is skilled in various mediums such as metal sculpture, woodwork, fresco, woodblock printing, and incorporating found objects into her works. She frequently incorporates autobiographical elements, acknowledging the historical significance of the body as an identifier of one’s identity and its relevance in contemporary identity politics. Saar’s multiethnic upbringing, multiracial identity, and her studies of Latin American, Caribbean, and African art and religion influence her artistic expression. Her personal, often life-sized sculptures display emotional honesty and employ contrasting materials and messages, imbuing them with rich cultural subtext.
Carrefour is a sculpture symbolizing the concept of crossroads or the convergence of four points. Over eight-feet tall, this male figure serves as a mediator between the spirit world and reality. He embodies the critical juncture where choices are contemplated, and decisions are made. The sculpture portrays a sophisticated character dressed in a suit adorned with shells, holding a cane, symbolizing both success and progress. Notably, inside the sculpture’s chest, there is a luminous window containing a prominent cowry shell.
Summer is another eight-foot-tall sculpture depicting a young woman embracing her pregnant belly. She represents the season of summer, characterized by abundance and exuberance in life. The sculpture captures the essence of warm Southern summer days, evoking memories of blooming cotton bolls and fireflies seeking love.
Jocelyn Tsaih’s artwork explores what it means to be human. Through her fluid and shape-shifting figures, Tsaih portrays a world where beings coexist in both real and fantastical realms, acknowledging that human experiences reveal more similarities than differences. These forms act as conduits for communication, embodying the human spirit and the profound connections we forge with one another. Tsaih’s upbringing as a Taiwanese American in Shanghai infuses her work with a sense of delight and playfulness, as she explores the intricacies of relationships.
Tsaih’s larger-than-life murals at Hollywood Park depict two figures leaping towards each other amongst plants and water droplets. The dynamic poses of the figures and the upbeat nature of the illustrations reflect the idea of embracing the future, growth, and change as a community.
“Our new works of art represent visual narratives that reflect the values, stories, and experiences of our community, further acting as a vehicle for strengthening community bonds,” said Chris Meany of Wilson Meany, development manager of Hollywood Park. “This is a testament to Hollywood Park’s longstanding commitment to become a dynamic destination for all.”
The program is curated by Tiffiny Lendrum in consultation with Hollywood Park, the Inglewood Arts Commission and Wilson Meany.
The first phase of Hollywood Park’s retail district will total 500,000 square feet, with 320,000 square feet currently under construction and scheduled to open in phases which kicked off this summer with the recent unveiling of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, a leading world-class cinema exhibitor, and anchor tenant. Hollywood Park’s newest tenants will feature concepts including Grilled Fraiche led by South Los Angeles’ Peace Love Reedburg, a second location for family-owned Inglewood-based juice bar Antojitos Martin, and a second Inglewood location for Residency Art Gallery, a platform for artists of color. These new retailers will be joined by Three Weavers GRDN, the latest venture from Lynne Weaver, founder of Inglewood’s Three Weavers Brewing Company, Cosm, a global leader in experiential media and immersive technology, Long Beach’s Iconix Fitness and Red Bay Coffee by Keba Konte, a renowned artist and successful food entrepreneur with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay.
Hollywood Park will become a city within a city with its recreational outdoor plaza as its social heart. When complete, Hollywood Park will include up to five million square feet of creative office space, an exceptional retail district reaching up to 890,000 square feet, a 300-room hotel, and up to 2,500 sophisticated new residences. The expansive outdoor-oriented districts will border a six-acre artificial lake while being interlaced with 25 acres of tree-lined public parks and open space.
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