ECC Art Professor Randall Von Bloomberg Shows Work at LAX  


The artwork of Professor Randall VonBloomberg can be seen at Terminal 7/8 (United Airlines) in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) through March 2016.

Randall’s work “Tathata” is a part of a partnership between LAX and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs designed to transform public spaces into art spaces by featuring temporary art exhibitions and installations throughout the airport.

Tathata is a Sanskrit word that expresses the profound awareness and appreciation of reality within each single moment of life. Randall believes that Tathata is often revealed in the seemingly mundane, such as observing the sun illuminating an asphalt road, or noticing the blowing wind along a grassy parkway.

A Los Angeles-based artist, the imagery his work is inspired by is the urban landscape all around, in particular, the trees and plant forms that thrive around freeways and other man-made structures.

“While commuting by car, often alone, I find myself fascinated by these in-between spaces,” said Randall, who has taught art at El Camino College since 2008. “My art magnifies and translates these single moments into experiences of Tathata. Each painting develops slowly over time through a consecutive layering of color, value, and stroke. When viewed up close, the painted surface appears as an abstraction of marks and spaces, not unlike the minute particles and spaces that make up matter in our physical world.

“The airport terminal is a perfect place for this exhibition because it is such an in-between space.”