This will be the captain's last report. The Art Dockuments have had a successful run. In January 2013 the captain made a presentation of the Art Dock at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts to a crowd of over 100 guests. A news report about the Art Dockuments was aired on National Public Radio's station KCRW. In February there was a book signing at Vromann's book store in Pasadena. Currently a exhibition featuring the Art Dock is showing at the Angel City Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles. This exhibition titled "In Your Face - How Artists Transformed LA's Urban Landscape," will end on June 9th. The Art Dock was given 31 feet of wall space to tell the Art Dock story, and it is combined with two other installations. Stephen Seemayer, art and film maker, who created the film about the first artists who came to inhabit the old lofts in Downtown LA called "The Young Turks," presented a group of collages that identify all the landmarks of the Arts District that have disappeared since 1990. Irving Grienes, presented a group of photographs of the changing urban art on the outside of the American Hotel. The American Hotel, an old railroad hotel dating from the 1880s, was the site of Al's Bar, the social center of the arts community and a paradise for punk rockers. Al's Bar was the heart of the community. The captain likes to think the Art Dock was the brain of the artist community. These events have stirred an interest in preserving the Citizens Warehouse home to the Art Dock, which was slated for demolition by the city of Los Angeles. Arts District community leaders have gained the city's interest in preserving and restoring the building as artist housing. Perhaps even the Art Dock may be resurrected.
Although there are several more opportunities for Art Dockument presentations - the 18th Street Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, is considering an event for the fall, the captain has decided to put the Art Dockuments in dry dock. The hull will be scraped and caulked, new sails will be made, the ship will be repainted and given a new name in consideration of the next project as yet un-revealed. All supporters of the Kickstarter campaign should have received your awards by now, except those who gave at a level where the DVD "OF TWO MINDS," which features the captain, was a reward. The DVDs have arrived and they will be sent out to you in the next week.
The captain thanks you all for your support. This project could not have happened with your help. God be with and watch out for any white whales.
YOURS, Captain Ahab, otherwise known as Carlton Davis