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.
Zac Monday is is a visual and performance artist known for creating suits that transform performers into mystical creatures.
Monday’s art seeks to mask and serve as extensions of human emotion. He creates these crocheted, sometimes tall and ethereal or regular height and dropping costumes pieces that each embody a different feeling that is brought out in the wearer, who become one of his characters. These characters are then tossed into galleries or spaces to interact with viewers, very often performing unknown spells and tricks on the people watching them. They have long eyes and slinked mouths, very often looking like aliens or bugs that are made out of yarn.
This work all references shamanic culture and map “ones mental state on to geography of somewhere outside oneself.” In watching videos of performances, you can see that Monday’s characters each embody a human concept. His Mystic educates, while the Mirror Twins are caught chasing each other around. The Hark Wait are a couple fascinated by everything in their presence, while Maverick seems to share a happiness by touching people and connecting with them for a moment. These characters get at basic human interactions and states by them becoming a personification of feeling. Essentially, they’re Nick Cave’s Soundsuits that express emotions instead of audial or visual states.
Monday’s work is very lighthearted and incredibly transformative for both viewer and performer. They’re expressive and fun and something everyone can get into. Naturally, Monday will be performing at Made In L.A., where he will have his characters tossed into the gallery to lurk about and interact with both viewers and art. Should definitely be fun and certainly put all of the work displayed into a different context.