A Freeway Runs through it

"A Freeway Runs through it," acrylic, spray, and collage on birch panel, 36x48in.

I'm looking forward to showing my work at the Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego, April 29-30. Track me down at Booth 926 on India St.

This here is a vista looking south from the Cabrillo Bridge, built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. I don't know as much as I'd like about San Diego, being from the opposite corner of the continent, but I've been skimming a history or two.

The exposition commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal, through which close to a million vessels pass each year and whose history in the California gold rush, in West Indian migration, and international trade is fascinating and revealing as a window into the power politics of the last century and a half.

In addition to the canal, the fair extolled everything Castilian and colonial (as opposed to Latin American, in the independent way we think of it now). The Alcántara Bridge in Toledo, Spain served as the model for the Cabrillo Bridge, and Cabrillo to be sure was the first European to explore the Pacific coast. Meanwhile, the exposition grounds—Balboa Park, after the Spanish explorer and conquistador, and the Prado Complex of art galleries and museums, presumably after the main national art museum in Madrid—must be one of the most unmistakable examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

In the canyon through which Route 163 ("one of America's most beautiful parkways") now cuts, cattle and horses used to graze. For centuries before that, if you can scratch down through the pomp as deeply, the Kumeyaay roamed, hunted, andfascinatinglystudied such astronomical objects as the "Spine of the Sky" (Milky Way) and the "Six Laughing Girls" (Pleiades).

For this painting and more wonderings like it, visit www.ivanostocco.com.

Have a great weekend!