Creative Projects

Creative Projects

AngelUS Date: Wednesday March 15th Location: Four sites at Echo Park. Times: Morning. Lunch time. Afternoon. Evening. AngelUS is a site-specific performance art project with interactive zine and web-based component. Developed in collaboration with Machine Project and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. On Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, artist Edgar Fabián Frías will unfold a day-long performance, surveying the dynamic and historical Echo Park in Echo Park, California. Inspired by lineages and legacies that have shaped Echo Park’s history, Frías’ work explores the unseen and felt influences and histories of the park. More specifically, by the Sacred Feminine energy at the park. The energy comes from a number of sources— from the Lady of the Lake inspired by La Reina de Los Angeles and created by Ada May Sharpless, to the infamous Amy Semple McPherson, who built the Angelus temple across the street. The remnants and legacies left by these powerful, courageous, complex, dynamic, and galvanizing women continues to move the present day communities of Echo Park. By imbuing and channeling these women through their queer, indigenous, Latinx, and mutagenic body, Frías challenges cisheteropatriarchal structures of historicization, linearity, and corporal representation. Performances are scheduled to at four pivotal moments throughout the day, reflecting the four directions, four sacred elements, and the four faces of God(dess), as popularized by Amy Semple’s Four Square ministry. The first performance will begin at the crack of dawn as a ritualistic walk around the park, starting on the East side of the lake. During this hour-long walk, Frías will play a soundtrack created for the ritual and inspired by incredible work of Amy Semple McPherson. The second performance at noon will consist of Frías engaging the public on the South side of the lake with his bilingual “literature” (zine) about the Sacred Feminine. Reminiscent of their youth as a Jehovah’s Witness Minister and of McPherson’s elaborate organizing efforts, Frías will use their platform and positionality as an artist to spread the Good News of the Goddess. The third performance at 5pm will be on the West side of the lake and will be a silent, emotional, and divinatory ritual. Frías will wear a crown specifically designed to gain access to angelic and ancestral realms and will spend about an hour listening to the spirits and beings that traverse through the park, unseen yet felt. Frías will have a transcriber present to take notes of their visions and connections. The fourth and last performance will be at 7pm, located on the North side of the park between the Lady of the Lake and the Angelus Temple across the street. Frías will perform collaboratively with artist and musician Eugene Olea in front of a video projections and a soundtrack, made by Frías, and with the assistance of a battery powered PA system. One of the video projections will float on the lake on a specially constructed flotation device created by Machine Project and the second projection will be mapped onto the actual body of the Lady of the Lake.