How a 1993 Step Van became one of LA’s most interesting art galleries
Mobile businesses are all the rage. From food trucks to boutiques-on-wheels these movable shops are populating festivals and random parking lots the world over. But one entrepreneur has a new offering on the scene. Gas is an art gallery in a 1993 step van, owner Ceci Moss found on Craigslist.
“I wanted complete freedom and flexibility,” Moss told Travel News. “I also wanted to create a venue that worked well within the unique landscape of Los Angeles.”
In a world of rising building costs, brick and mortar art spaces are challenging to establish, but through partnerships with galleries like Night Gallery and the Pit and pop-up opportunities around the city, Moss is able to bring her vision to Angelinos. Gas features one exhibition a season and for each, Moss works with an arts venue to park the gallery one day a week. In addition to these scheduled appearances, Moss organizes pop-up exhibitions. Followers can find her location on the gallery’s website, Twitter and Instagram.
The truck required very little updating when Moss purchased it, but it did get a new coat of paint and updated lighting. Conceptualizing how to utilize the space in order to install and design exhibitions resilient to presenting art in a vehicle was particularly challenging, Moss said. The gallery itself became an artistic way to present the work. In the current exhibit, Liquid Love, for example, Olivia Mole presents a hybrid performance, sculpture and installation centered on the figure of the anchoress, a medieval female hermit cloistered in the front cabin of the truck. Additionally, Small Things presented newly-commissioned single earrings which the gallerist wears.
While the focus of the exhibits has been on thematic group exhibitions, Moss hopes to do more solo exhibitions in the future.