Made In L.A. is coming to the Hammer, Barnsdall Park, LAXART, and billboards around town on June 2 and will showcase sixty emerging, under-recognized Los Angeles artists–one of which will be voted to win a $100,000 prize. In order to help you make an educated vote this summer, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by showcasing each artist participating in the biennial.
Morgan Fisher is a Los Angeles based artist whose work spans from painting to installation to film–but all within the world of light and space art, all through the lens of the color wheel.
Fisher’s often dwells in straightforward meditations on monochromes and color, dissecting how they interact with each other, change each other, and change a space. He’s most well known for his 1980 piece Color Balance, an installation that sees a red, green, and blue light chasing each other, overlapping to create new colors and–at certain points–no colors when they all overlap to create white. This work was recently shared at Pacific Standard Time’s Performance And Public Art Festival’s culminating Ball of Artists. You can take a look at the piece here, when it was reconstructed last year for Raven Row’s Morgan Fisher: Films And Paintings And In Between And Nearby. His recent works have continued in this manner, namely through his Alien Pendant Pair Paintings–seen above and below–which sees pure color on huge canvases painted in fluorescent paints.
Beyond color exercises, Fisher is known for his film work, critiquing the Hollywood system and the act of filmmaking. In a piece like Standard Gauge, which is said to be his masterpiece, he spliced together pieces of 35mm from when he worked in film and ties them into one continuous shot, jumping from one piece to the next and highlighting the fragmentation of the process and medium. A few other film works–Production Stills, Ultra Panavision 70 2.76:1 (of his Aspect Ratio Pieces), and even Color Balance–illustrate a self-reflexive analyzation of Hollywood and filmmaking. You can read more about those works and others in his own words here, where he explained each piece for the aforementioned Raven Row show.
Fisher is one of the under recognized artists going to be shared at Made In L.A. who, really, seems like a super old pro. We honestly feel a little sheepish writing about him because his work is so lush and deep and complex: he’s like a modern, film involved Ellsworth Kelly, who is a god in our eyes. We’re positive that people will see his work as just large blocks of paint or color and maybe miss a part of his references; however, he very well may steal our hearts and be our favorite since the space he works in is something we’ve been obsessed with for what seems like forever.