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Issue Date: 12/31/2013
Contact: Maria Tesoro/ONT
(909) 544-5364
Sarah Cifarelli/LAX
(424) 646-5178 

(Los Angeles, California – December 16, 2013)  Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, announces a group exhibition featuring twelve Los Angeles-based artists who derive inspiration from the urban and natural worlds to create photographs, paintings, sculptures, and installations, which are on display at Ontario International Airport, on the Departures Levels in Terminals 2 and 4 through May 2014. Curated by Ginger Van Hook, Out of Thin Air features a blend of original contemporary artworks reflecting the individual artistic processes intrinsic to working and creating in Southern California amidst an assemblage of people, places, and ideas from across the world.
The nine artists on exhibit in Terminal 4 use a variety of media and methods to survey their surroundings. Kenneth Ober, Luke Van Hook, Holly Tempo, and Michael Giancristiano demonstrate distinct approaches in examining and interpreting the landscape, in its organic and artificial states, from intricate renderings to fields of color and pattern.  RenĂ©e Fox combines ornate paintings and sculptures to depict microscopic occurrences, such as the propagation of a flower or the power of a seed, while Shizuko Greenblatt incorporates synthetic and organic objects to reference Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.
Michael Massenburg and Mark X Farina mix color, language, and abstract forms to create a sensory experience and express our relationship with our environment. Artworks by Scott Grieger alter and manipulate perspective using digital art and design. 
The three artists on exhibit in Terminal 2, Siri Kaur, Yoichi Kawamura, and Anne Marie Rousseau, use photography to explore the expansive and limitlessness nature of the skies. Kawamura’s images of distant horizons and Kaur’s diptych of photographs capturing the Aurora Borealis reference themes of infinity, vastness, and contemplation. Rousseau’s combination of air show photographs creates a collage of intersecting lines and open space.
About The Los Angeles World Airports Art Program
Initiated in 1990, the purpose of the Public Art and Exhibitions Program at Los Angeles World Airports is to educate and entertain the traveling public at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airports and the FlyAway Bus Terminal at Van Nuys Airport. The program showcases local and regional artists through temporary exhibitions and permanent public art installations, which enhance and humanize the overall travel experience for millions every year. For additional information, please visit
About LA/Ontario International Airport
ONT is located in Southern California’s “Inland Empire” region, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and close to Orange County, the San Gabriel Valley, and Palm Springs. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with 7 carriers offering 14 daily nonstop flights to 13 major U.S. cities plus 7 daily non-stops to Guadalajara, Mexico, making ONT the Inland Empire’s preferred airport for nonstop flights throughout the West.  For more information about ONT,, like us on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter

Yoichi Kawamura (on view in Terminal 2)

(left and right)
Chromogenic prints
16 x 16 inches each
Scott Grieger (on view in Terminal 4)

DRIP, drip, drip
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches

SMALL Drip, drip, drip
Acrylic on wood panel
11 x 10 inches
Michael Giancristiano (on view in Terminal 4)

Raw Dynamism #2
Deconstructed plywood, stain, and sand
24 x 24 inches

Empty People / The Pits of Despair
Deconstructed plywood, acrylic, stain, and sand
Dimensions variable (11-piece installation)
Photo credit for all photos: PanicStudio LA

High Resolution Images Available On Request

Issue Date: 12/31/2013
Contact: Maria Tesoro/ONT
(909) 544-5364
Sarah Cifarelli/LAX
(424) 646-5178