We had the good fortune of connecting with Alice Lodge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alice, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
In 2015 I started The Lodge almost on a whim, fueled by a desire to create a gallery where I could present art that I responded to. In my life visual arts has always brought me inspiration and stamina and I wanted to share that energy. I had worked in galleries and on film productions in the art department but had never been my own boss. I was unaware of the all consuming nature of having a gallery. Waking up, going to bed thinking about the artists, their art, the collectors, the logistics etc.- seven days a week. It can be mentally and physically exhausting. There have been times when I have seriously considered giving it all up. But thus far, I have always come back to feeling the inspiration and joy when we put a good exhibition on at The Lodge. Getting to share that inspiration and change in perception with other viewers fuels me in my life. I don’t know the ultimate affect the pandemic will have on the Los Angeles art community. But I am usually an optimist. I don’t see galleries being able to have openings and large gatherings for the foreseeable future – but for the mean time I am very much enjoying watching the individual experience that patrons have with the work when they visit The Lodge. Soon after I opened The Lodge I read a quote by the Abstract Expressionist painter – Robert Motherwell that rung very true with me. “Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
You can not please everyone. So be true to your self, trust you gut. Always listen and be curious. And work hard.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
“Vermonica” public art installation created by artist Sheila Klein in May 1993 as a response to the LA riots in 1992. The work consists of 25 lamp poles from different boroughs of Los Angeles and was intended to illustrate the unification of Los Angeles in harmony. The work was originally installed at the corner of Vermont and Santa Monica Blvd. But was recently reinstalled across the street from the Cahuenga Branch Library at Santa Monica Blvd and Lyman Place. This work preceded Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” at LACMA and is one of my favourite artworks.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Every person I have encountered positive or negative. All the teachers who have educated me and the doctors and nurses who have kept me alive.
All photos courtesy of David Black and/or The Lodge