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Court Yard

TJ Tambellini

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The first apartment buildings in West Hollywood were developed as luxurious courtyard living for Hollywood stars, writers and socialites. Constructed around the 20s and 30s, many of the buildings still remain, with their own idyllic and unique Southern California identity complete with pastel coats and gated entrances. While the variance... ​​Read More

The first apartment buildings in West Hollywood were developed as luxurious courtyard living for Hollywood stars, writers and socialites. Constructed around the 20s and 30s, many of the buildings still remain, with their own idyllic and unique Southern California identity complete with pastel coats and gated entrances. While the variance in these properties is visually pleasing, the sameness is overpowering. There’s the unused communal lounge chairs adjacent to the regularly maintained pool that has not seen a dip since last year’s notable heat wave. And the always present, thriving but aged, non-native clusters of tropical growth, comfortably interacting with the man-made homes for seniors, singles and childless couples. The courtyard buildings are one in the same, overlooked and overgrown.

The obvious statement would have been to document the early Tinseltown history of the apartment buildings, noting the proximity to the infamous and long gone Garden of Allah Hotel, or notable residents like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe, the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, and so on. Archiving the golden era would have been expected.

However, the intent with Court Yard was to not document those facts even if they do add to the larger narrative. While it is common practice in Los Angeles to add lore to landmarks and locations that might otherwise seem banal and load them distinction - that person lived there, this was filmed here, who died where - with this is not. Court Yard is not a straight documentation of these central courtyards, but rather an abstract observation of the property details and seemingly causal relationships between organic and inorganic.
Published by Kiosk Books
21 x 29.7 cm
A4 zine w/ 4 page A5 insert
16 pages
Digital printing
Edition of 100
English
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