Artists Chan, Rojas Tabbed to Create Metro Station Art


Little Tokyo resident George Campos, left, listens as artist Audrey Chan describes her concepts.

Little Tokyo resident George Campos, left, listens as artist Audrey Chan describes her concepts.


By ELLEN ENDO, Rafu Shimpo

Two internationally recognized artists will help shape the character of the future Regional Connector station at First Street and Central Avenue, it was announced on Thursday by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Formally introduced to Little Tokyo stakeholders were Audrey Chan and Clare Rojas, who were chosen from among 1,200 artists to infuse the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station with images reflective of the area and its history.

“I wanted to show the different cultures that have inhabited in the area…its long history of resistance,” Chan, 34, told The Rafu Shimpo. Her work includes depictions of Tongva Indians, the area’s earliest inhabitants, as well as iconic Little Tokyo landmarks such as the Far East Café and Yagura Tower.

Chan, who has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, received her BA from Swarthmore College, and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

Rojas, 40, is known for creating towering murals and for her use of geometric abstractions. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she lives and works in San Francisco and has held solo exhibitions in Spain, Netherlands, London, New York, Philadelphia, Knoxville, and Chicago.