lt is escape architecture. Little of it is left. Its motif is the glass ticket booth with its (former) occulting eye that saw into the distressed heart and wounded pocketbook. The glass ticket booth was a promise, a promise repeated in the symbolic ticket booth above the marquee (now removed) - a small circular columned temple the architects superimposed like a classical variation of a popular song: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby."
lt was the oasis between bread lines and relief checks, it washed away the guilt of failure. lt is Hollywood's monument, Hollywood's acupuncture, the biggest pipe organ west of the Hudson. lt does not have the fine lineage of Bullocks Wilshire. lt has the vital juices of illusion.
Esther McCoy, "Wiltern Theater”
Jürgen Beck (b. 1977, Tübingen, Germany) lives and works in Zurich. He studied at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, France and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany. He has taught at the School of Architecture, University of Lucerne (2012-15) and has been the artist in residence at Zurich's studio program in Genova, Italy (2015-16). Recent solo and group exhibitions include "Relatively Speaking", Galerie B2 Leipzig (2017), "Sidelights", ZHdK Zurich (2016) and "Escape Architecture", Kunsthalle Lucerne (2016). Currently he is conducting ongoing research on Southern California’s architectural history and is the artist in residence at Coast Time in Oregon.