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.
Vishal Jugdeo is a multimedia artist who often plays within the confines of sculpture and video, often intermixing them.
Jugdeo’s sculptural work repurposes found objects and morphs them into slightly odd representations of their formal selves, reduced or expanded into oddities. His work gets at the idea of the artist making without being too meta about the process. “In my work, I try to investigate questions of artistic labor, value, and how objects accrue different meanings,” he told ART PAPERS, noting Duchamp and following conceptual artists as reference. This approach to things is all about style, him “deskilling” the work of an artist, landing them in an ironic DIY territory.
His pieces often involve film, whether it is a tiny projection on the side of a box or a giant screen from which you can view a film about the set you see before you. They, too, deal with artmaking by showing the process of filmmaking from within, deconstructing the process as it goes. He often attempts to recast objects in his videos by giving them different roles through what his performers are saying (and, usually, he is one of the performers, too). As a result, his films and installations with video components become examinations of the creation process.
We’re excited to see Vishal Jugdeo’s work as his pieces just look so cool. Sure, they can be a bit heady but they are like these strange morphings of everyday objects and everyday consumptions reshaped into these mashed together new static creatures. It’s pretty cool. We’re sure he will be bringing a totally multimedia deconstructed work to Made In L.A..