Los Angeles

Tamara Sussman

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Los Angeles is constantly threatened by a variety of natural disasters: raging wildfires, giant mudslides, and—above all others—earthquakes. The arrival of “the big one” is generally regarded as a matter of when, not if, for Southern Californians. Despite that devastating inevitability, life goes on, more or less blissfully, and existential dread is largely sublimated or enacted in an endless procession of Hollywood spectacles. (Roland Emmerich’s 2012, in which the City of Angels slides swiftly into the Pacific Ocean, is only the latest.) Less dramatic, if no less frightening, is a list of recent earthquake activity provided by the Southern California Earthquake Data Center’s website, which reveals local tectonic plates to be in a near-constant state of agitation, generating small rumblers that usually fail to register at the level of human perception.

A similar state of continuous, low-level

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