Past Exhibitions

Adria Julia: La Villa Basque, Vernon, California

Exhibition Through August 27, 2006

On view in the Installation Gallery this summer is the first U.S. solo museum show featuring the work of Los Angeles-based Spanish artist Adria Julia. Both his narrative photography and film works explode the boundaries between the documentary and the fictive. In this new installation Julia continues his ongoing exploration of the suburban and exurban corridors of Southern California. In particular, he is interested in how architecture and design organize new modes of negotiating public and private spaces. 

Julia’s La Villa Basque, Vernon, California (2004) takes place in a Basque restaurant located in the city of Vernon, an exclusively industrial city on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles with a population of ninety-one. In La Villa Basque, Vernon, California, the foreign is not so much the Basque in California but the foreign territory of history and cultural memory. In this forgotten industrial corridor of Los Angeles, Julia leads an excavation of a storehouse of memories where the factual and the fictive commingle.

Image Credits:

Adria Julia, La Villa Basque, Vernon, California, 2004; Courtesy of the artist


Exhibition Credits

Adria Julia: La Villa Basque, Vernon, California was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by Elizabeth Armstrong, deputy director for programs and chief curator.