Top Artists to Check Out at LA's February Art Week
Superfine! Art Fair
So many signs in life tell us what to do— and it’s usually something negative: “Stop.” “Do Not Enter.” “Wrong Way.” Los Angeles based experimental artist Scott Froschauer flips the script on these messages with his The Word on the Street series. Scott utilizes the same materials as common street signs, but he replaces the negative language with positive affirmations: “Stop” becomes “Start,” “Do Not Enter” becomes “You Are Inspiring.” The results give the viewer a fresh perspective on the seemingly mundane.
Ever wonder what your head would look like on an ice cream cone? Me either. But after seeing the quaint portraits of John Kilduff, you will always be curious. Kilduff is also a performance artist and creates videos of himself doing things like walking on a treadmill while painting and talking about art. The Ice Cream series at Superfine! LA includes Kilduff’s Ice Cream Parlor, where the artist himself is present. He will paint your ice cream cone portrait live in real-time as an instant-commission, so you’ll never have to wonder what you might look like in that setting again.
Toronto-based artists Kris Aaron and Andrew Walker head up Pansy Ass Ceramics. Their works “explore gay male identity and culture through the medium of porcelain and the act of ornamentation.” The effect, more than intriguing and provocative, is a thought-provoking look at gay male desire and the fragility of masculinity. At Superfine! LA, the boys are featuring their works in an instillation titled Pansyland, riffing on the opening Valentine’s Day date of the fair and inviting viewers to step into their indulgent world.
Spring/Break Art Show
Superfine! director Alex Mitow also got a chance to check out our New York pals at Spring/Break Art Show's first L.A. iteration, not far from our own DTLA venue:
One of the fun things about Spring/Break is the unorthodox venues they repurpose into contemporary art spaces. For their first LA show, the fair was staged in a picture perfect row of former produce stalls in recently-revitalized DTLA, near ROW DTLA, an iconic new development that's putting culture first. Many of the rooms were heavy on the conceptual, with a strong A/V thread throughout. I keyed in on French artist Blase, whose repurposed canvases were both tangible and boundary-pushing, with a touch of humor.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
First-time Art Los Angeles Contemporary exhibitor, Emilio Bianchic from Argentina is displaying his solo work with UVstudios. The series includes photographs and sculptures of fetishized feet and hands— and sometimes hands posing as feet. The work is eerie, surreal, and larger than life. Oddly ornamented appendages question ideas of beauty, gender, and bodily ornamentation itself.
Taking center stage at Felix Fair in Hollywood is a ceramic sculpture instillation by Kristen Morgin entitled, Jennifer Aniston’s Used Book Sale. Morgin imagined books that Jennifer Aniston might have owned in a personal collection and created a series of sculptures representing each book. The instillation is so compelling that Anison’s ex-husband Brad Pitt even attended (that’s true).
Frieze Los Angeles
Artist Trulee Hall isn’t afraid of snakes and her handmade papier-mâché serpent that winds its way through a fake New York City street on the Paramount Studios backlot during Frieze Los Angeles seems like something right out of B-movie horror. Stretching out of a faux NYC subway station and climbing the brownstone facades, the trope is expertly executed. One can’t help but hope that the piece will get a site-specific installation in real NYC sometime soon.