Made In L.A. is returning to the Hammer on June 15 and will showcase thirty five emerging and/or under-recognized Los Angeles artists. The show will offer a Public Recognition Award of $25K to an artist that YOU vote on. In order to help you make an educated vote this Summer and get a better sense of all the artists, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by sharing mini-profiles of each artist.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman is a multi-discpline artist concerned with storytelling.
What does this artist make? Huffman uses a variety of media—performance, video, photography, sculptural installation—to play with how stories are told. His work intentionally confuses storylines, making it difficult to parse when a thought ends and another begins. He has a background in poetry which explains this tension in narrative: as his statement reads, Huffman makes “poems that function as slideshows that also (sometimes) function as live collaborative performances with musicians and dancers.” Like a poem, Huffman’s visualstend to be non-linear and roundabout, forcing a viewer to discover the “story”—or if there even is a story—through the clues he leaves.
What makes this artist very L.A.? You know, not very much. His work doesn’t seem tied to place but he does occasionally reference Hollywood and popular entertainment items. That’s kind of Los Angeles.
What might this artist bring to Made In L.A.? Likely a visual “story,” told through various media. There may also be a performance from him too.
Who from the past Made In L.A. will this artist remind you of? His storytelling feels of a similar structure to artists like Koki Tanaka and Miljohn Ruperto. Michele O’Marah and Vishal Jugdeo‘s installed video works feel similar.