Art Los Angeles Contemporary, now in its fifth year, is the International Contemporary Art fair of the West Coast, held 30th January– 2nd February, 2014. The Fair presents 70 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries. We have selected the top 5 of our favorites from some of the most dynamic recent works.
Matt Keegan | Altman Siegeln
New York-based artist Matt Keegan is one of the most notable artists in the fair. His diverse practice includes photography, prints, collage, sculpture, and text-based works. Black and Blue Alphabet is part of his recent series ‘Alphabet Soup’ which brilliantly played between image, colour and language with multi-mediums.
Sterling Ruby | Foxy Production
“Sterling Ruby is one of the most interesting artists to emerge in this century,” Roberta Smith of The New York Times declared in 2008. He repurposes scraps of fabric and clothing from his studio, which, are collaged onto a bleached background. Growing up amidst Amish communities, Ruby was influenced by the traditional gee’s bend, an often overlooked crafts-based practice that integrates old fabrics into the abstract patterns of hand-made quilts. BC (4700) is an outstanding example of Ruby’s understanding of aesthetics and artistic production.
Juliana Paciulli | Greene Exhibitions
Juliana Paciulli was born in Manassas Virginia and lives and works in Los Angeles. Her works are known to be ‘mysterious but thought-provoking.’Previous solo exhibitions include ‘Are you Talking to Me?’, Greene Exhibitions in 2013; ‘Sensors’, Project Room at Las Cienegas Projects, 2009 and ‘The Girl Who Know Too Much, Episode II’, Black Dragon Society, 2005.
John Houck | On Stellar Rays
John Houch is deeply interested in the dialectic between repetition and desire in contemporary technological culture. The tension in Houck’s work — ranging from early construction of hobby-kit-styled model drones, to coordinates systems mapped onto landscapes, and in carefully hand-folded aggregate grids — has been the simultaneous resistance to and embrace of technology. His work is in several prominent museum and private collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.
Ben Buswell | Upfor
Ben Buswell was born in 1974 in Dallas, Oregon and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received his MFA from The University of Wisconsin at Madison, and BFA from Oregon State University. Solo exhibitions include Projector at COCA Seattle (2013),The Shadow and the Willing at the Helzer Gallery (2010) and TENNESSEE at TILT Gallery and Project Space (2008).