It has been exactly one month today since my last Angelina Christina set and I thought it was time for another. This new set was actually almost entirely all shot before we even headed to South Central for the last set. In late January Angelina invited me to come to Lake Havasu to document two new projects. The first one was a solo piece on an airplane part sculpture by Dustin Otterbach. Dustin and Angelina knew each other both as artists living and working in Venice, CA but also happened to later discover they were neighbors in Lake Havasu, just over the California border into Arizona. Dustin had done some artistic work with airplanes and wound up acquiring a relatively small one from a local. Dustin took the front and back of the plane, fitted them together and is working on one project with them, while at the same time took the middle of the plane and contacted Angelina about using as the canvas for a new painting.
I found Lake Havasu fascinating. My first perceptions of Havasu were as the subject of MTV's Spring Break destination from the 90s. I never knew why Havasu had dried up as a party town until Angelina explained to me that several fatale accidents occurred from drunk partying on the lake, so the town decided to make any alcohol consumption on the water illegal. Havasu was a cool city with cute little thrift stores and good times. Angelina and I spent almost the entirety of the trip sleeping in a converted ambulance to test out as a potential travel vehicle. Our non-sleeping hours were spent at Dustin's studio out of the garage of his house where and his girlfriend live with Dustin's elderly mother. We had amazing local visitors including Tom, a motorcycle enthusiast, photographer, and Vietnam veteran. Watching Angelina paint on this airplane piece was so fascinating because of all the different angles to photograph from, plus we would move the piece around and suddenly there would be different backgrounds. Our guests were completely fascinating. The ambulance was cool. Overall it was a rad experience.
We then headed back to LA to start the South Central wall. A few days later Dustin would arrive in LA with the piece. We took some photographs of it at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica where Angelina would do final touches and then it made its way to StarFighter Studios for a short trip. This piece has yet to find a permanent home so more photos of it in the future may be in order but for I want you to enjoy the first leg of its journey.
Click the photo below and take the ride