10 Great Artworks at Art Platform Los Angeles Art Fair
|Federico Uribe, courtesy of now contemporary art|
6. Federico Uribe at now contemporary art (Miami)
Uribe's sprawling sculptural installation wins the prize for Most Fun in Show, as the gallery's entire space is given over to his trademark coterie of life-size sculptures of humans, animals, and their environments constructed mostly out of colored pencils. His ability to achieve both nuanced accuracy and emotional narrative with such an offbeat process is impressive, as his ability to achieve such a towering height of complexity and craftsmanship without sacrificing any of the light-heartedness you'd expect from a room full of monkeys and zebras. nowcontemporaryart.com.
Jay Stuckey, courtesy of Anat Ebgi/The Company
5. Jay Stuckey at Anat Ebgi/The Company (LA)
Like most of Jay Stuckey's work, this painting is really unsettling. It's violent and kind of gory. Its draftsmanship is frenetic and anxiety-inducing. It forces the eye into constant motion with its density of small detail and eccentric, crazy-crayon lines. It's wrong, so very wrong. It's upsetting, and it only gets more so the longer you look at it. But it's also hilarious and confounding and the sort of thing you can't stop thinking about and end up becoming quite fond of, almost in spite of yourself. AnatEbgi.com.
Amir H. Fallah, courtesy of Wendi Norris Gallery
4. Amir H. Fallah at Wendi Norris Gallery (SF)
Just plain gorgeous, this large-scale painting from L.A.-based artist and Beautiful/Decay magazine publisher Amir Fallah is notable for its academic rigor and on-trend balance of allegorical imagery and pop-inflected, geometrical abstraction. Good for San Francisco's Wendi Norris for making sure fair audiences got a taste of the kind of high/low showmanship at which contemporary L.A. painters can so excel. amirhfallah.com.
Michael Haussman, courtesy of Young Projects Gallery
3. Michael Haussman at Young Projects Gallery (LA)
This dispatch from the ugly/sexy aesthetic wing of modern art comes courtesy of video-centric Young Projects Gallery, which presented a series of large-scale video pieces distributed throughout the fair. Considering his career as a commercial, video, and fashion editorial director, it is perhaps not surprising that Haussman would utilize both cutting-edge software and his up-close look at body-image obsession to create this super-creepy video work that transforms footage of a model jumping on a trampoline into an unsettling meditation on the effects of gravity (and by extension, the ravages of aging) on the female body. haussman.net.
Clayton Campbell, courtesy of the artist and APLA
2. Clayton Campbell (LA)
One of several innovative works commissioned by fair director Adam Gross, selections from artist and author Clayton Campbell's acclaimed and ever-expanding photography series "Words We Have Learned Since 9/11" were installed along the long fence/wall flanking the entrance. Regular people holding up hand-written signs with text like "Let's Roll," "Water-boarding," and other memes from the war-on-terror era creates a silent but eloquent testimony to the subtle ways in which the new era of permanent, amorphous war has changed us all. claytoncampbell.com.
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