September 24, 2020 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

West of Lincoln Inspiration

Artist Ruth Chase grew up in Venice. She is currently working on a series of paintings inspired by Venice, and it’s people. Called the West of Lincoln Project, here Chase talks about the inspiration behind her upcoming exhibition.

by Ruth Chase.

My name is Ruth Chase; I grew up in Venice during the 80’s. This was a time when Venice was a haven for all things free and unbridled. Open-minded free spirits, a lifestyle that people still come to Venice for today.

However, in the 80’s this place was not for the weak. Drugs and violence littered the already depleted Venice, especially west of Lincoln, where the most diverse population lived and was becoming increasingly disadvantaged. It was also during this time that Venice became a household name and not always for the right reasons. When I was growing up here, if I went too far inland, often, people didn’t know where Venice was, leaving me to say “you know Santa Monica? It’s next to there.”

It’s hard to believe when you look around now that it was the way it was. Venice was kind of an eyesore and considered a risky place to go to, just to see the beach. If you wanted to play it safe, going to Playa del Rey would be then next stop. Yet, with the interest in roller-skating for the public, Venice began to have a touristy identity, not to mention the skate and surf community bringing Venice something to be proud of.

Anyhow, this place is wild and ever changing. It’s a place that makes and breaks people. As I started to interview people for the 12 individual portraits, I realized that the backbone of this place today, is the population of people who weathered the 80’s here, if not longer. And what I soon discovered was that these people are tough and have a depth of wisdom that you can’t find in any self-help book. Call it the school of hard knocks, streets smarts, whatever you need to call it. It’s a treasure, not to be overlooked.

Venetians (I really don’t like that term) have lived through some of the hardest times, with not much help. That is why I decided to put the 13th painting in the project. The group painting, it is about the way Venice is looked upon by the outside world, our neighbors, the businesses that are here, and from many fragmented angles.

This painting is a college of perspectives meant to leave the viewer with a sensation that Venice is its own place, unlike any other. It makes people come alive, dream, and take the world by the balls. It is my personal hope that the whole series could be a conversation for any community that is undergoing big changes quickly. A conversation that asks why is this place like this? Who are my neighbors? Why are people valuable in a community? And, what can I do to connect and come together?

6-ruth-chase

Artist Ruth Chase on the rooftop of her house on Rialto Ave., in 1984.

 

 

 

 

Related Posts

Two Venice Restaurants Make ‘Essential Los Angeles Burgers’ List

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Eater LA includes Venice restaurants The Window and Hinano Cafe among the essential Los Angeles burgers. By Kerry Slater Two...

Are Wildfires Making You Sick?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

County Has Issued Over 45 Citations to Businesses Violating COVID-19 Rules This Month

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued 46 citations to 25 businesses since August 30 By Sam Catanzaro...

County Watching for Surge in COVID-19 Cases

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...

Suspect at-Large in Venice Double Shooting

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Shooting takes place after argument between three men over weekend By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles police are searching for a...

4.6 Quake Felt in Venice

September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020

4.6 magnitude quake recorded Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the San Gabriel Valley Friday sending shock...

Edify TV: Miramar Santa Monica Redevelopment

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

The Santa Monica skyline may look different in the future with a major redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

Moved up Census: Time for Californians to Act

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

By Tom Elias, Columnist  California polls now show President Trump trails Democrat Joseph Biden in the upcoming presidential election by...

Edify TV: Sit-down Dining Safety?

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Despite a recent CDC report stating the risks of in-person dining, many Westside restaurant patrons feel the experience is safe....

Arson at Venice Beach Homeless Encampment

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Tent goes up in flames Thursday morning By Sam Catanzaro A fire broke out at a Venice Beach encampment Thursday...

Sur La Table to Vacate the Westside

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Popular culinary store closing stores nationwide By Sam Catanzaro Sur La Table is closing its Santa Monica location, marking the...

Venice Beach Pier Sexual Assault Update

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

LAPD says victim’s vehicle in September 8 assault missing By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles police have provided an update in...

COVID-19 Continues to Decrease in LA but Air Quality Reducing Testing

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Smoke advisory in effect through Wednesday By Sam Catanzaro While COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in Los Angeles County, health...

Edify TV: Westsiders Working out Amid Poor Air Quality

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

With poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, local health officials are urging the public to avoid outdoor activity but...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Los Angeles as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...