Museum  June 13, 2018  Chandra Noyes

Emerging Artists Bring Distinctive Voices to “Made in L.A.”

Courtesy the artist and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Photo: Texas Isaiah.

Lauren Halsey, "Kingdom Splurge," 2015 (detail). Gypsum, plaster, pigment, acrylic paint. Installation view, Everything, Everyday: Artists in Residence 2014 – 2015, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York,
July 16- October 26, 2015.

A sampling of current trends is on view at the Hammer Museum’s latest biennial, Made in L.A. 2018. The fourth iteration of Made in L.A., this biennial is an opportunity for the institution to shed light on local, emerging talent and celebrate the unique voice and identity of Los Angeles. With many works commissioned specifically for the biennial, the 32 artists selected touch on a range of themes in many media. 

Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Charles Long, "PaleTwinPureIntimacy2," 2016. Platinum silicone with pigment, stainless steel, pedestal.

Hand selected by curators Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale, artists range from ages 29 to 97. While their backgrounds vary as much as the many neighborhoods of L.A., common themes emerge from their works. Artists touch on our current political climate, including Charles Long's “PaleTwinPureIntimacy2” (2016) (pictured above), which uses sculpture to investigate the far-reaching influence of the patriarchy. Others explore the many meanings attached to the body, such as Luchita Hurtado's works from the 1970s (pictured below) depicting her body in a variety of settings. The themes of community connections and L.A. itself are present, especially in an upcoming performance from Flora Wiegmann, which reflects experiencing recent Southern California wildfires. Site-specific works from painter Eamon Ore-Giron and MPA will make their debut at the biennial. Made in L.A. also includes live performances and a series of artist talks. 

 

Courtesy the artist and Park View/Paul Soto, Los Angeles and Brussels. Photo: Cole Root.

Luchita Hurtado, Untitled, 1970. Oil on canvas.

Made in L.A. is on view June 3 – September 2, 2018 at the Hammer Museum at UCLA.

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Chandra Noyes

Chandra is managing editor for Art & Object.