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.
Cody Trepte is a visual artist who works within silkscreening, words, typography, technology, found photos, video, and other graphically geared items. Cody is certainly the most graphic design related artist that will be in Made In L.A..
Trepte’s work is very simple and stark: he only uses black and white, his pieces are very minimalistic and play with negative space, and very often rely on viewers to fill in the intellectual blanks, interpreting words and images or lack thereof to understand them. Trepte is quite clever in his work as well. Everything Has Always Already Begun stands as a perfect example: using the phrase “everything has always already begun,” Trepte deconstructs and reconstructs the language of this seemingly insignificant phrase through omission of words, manipulation of words, and abstracting the words and phrase. The piece interprets and reinterprets the phrase to a point in which what it means is irrelevant: he devalued that form of expression.
Similar works include the cosmic silkscreened piece All It Is, And Ever Was, And Ever Will Be, where the title name is stretched through multiple pieces over imagery of the universe in addition to a sphere and the word “ALEPH.” So This Is utilizes UV sensitive ink that allows for a constantly changing diptych of a costumed person juxtaposed with a silkscreened piece that fades in and out with the words “so this is,” the “o” looking to be stolen from the costumed character. Quadrature Ghost, top, is a piece that corresponds with a written story and explanation of a transient ghost that only manifests itself in certain ways, a figure that hints at quadrature in physics, signal processing, math, and astronomy.
Cody Trepte’s work is very cool and heady and intersects a lot of different art forms together. His work is fairly complicated but aesthetically will be something all viewers will be able to enjoy. We’re hoping he brings some of his UV activated pieces (which he created with LM Projects) to Made In L.A. because those are pretty awesome.