PULSE Los Angeles starts today and we’re stoked to see it. The fair is one of the three that PULSE conducts each year, the other two being in Miami (this winter) and New York (next spring). The fair showcases the best contemporary art from the area as well as a few imports from around the globe. However, like all art fairs, taking everything in can be very overwhelming. Thus, we have broken down the four day event to share what we are most excited to see.
The fair has several different parts but the PULSE Projects and Exhibitors are the meat on the PULSE bones. PULSE Projects are featured projects by individual artists while the Exhibitors are from galleries who have bought into the event. There will also be spots set for Non-Profits and Publications, along with something called “Impulse” that we’re not really sure about. Regardless, the PULSE Projects and Exhibitors are the reason you are attending because they are the artists. Thus, we have outlined a few of the ones we are most excited about to help you traverse the humongous art happening.
Kevin Cyr is one of our favorite artists. His work focuses on portraits of vans, tiny campers, and even bike pulled carts. These are expressed through paintings, drawings, and miniatures, but PULSE is bringing something bigger: a large scale sculpture entitled Little Tag Along (seen above). The description explains the sculpture “examines the idea of shelter as a safe haven for a future worst-case scenario as well as more optimistic notions of home and self-preservation.” That may all be well and good, but we’re just stoked to see his work translated from 2D to 3D.
Martin Durazo is a mixed media artist who creates many different types of art that intersect in styles and forms. At PULSE, his project is Max-Nigmatix. The work is a site specific installation that incorporates his painting Baby Room. Apparently, the piece “explores nightlife nuances that offer the escape to reality” via “small sound-sensitive stage lasers, magnifying lenses, a Macbook Pro laptop with DJ software, silver and fluorescent paintings, and pixilated images of troubled celebrity figures.” So Hollywood.
Mineo Mizuno will be showing a large group of his sculptures entitled Teardrops. The Los Angeles by way of Japan artist creates large ceramic pieces that, essentially, recall elaborately painted Heath pottery exploded to huge sizes. The pieces he is showing are the result of decades of studying water drops. The sculptures are going to be on the deck of LA Live. We imagine the juxtaposition is going to be brilliant.
Collage artist Greg Lamarche will be exhibiting his piece Cut Corners, which “expands an original two dimensional collage into a large scale wall painting of abstracted letter fragments, deconstructed and reassembled as an urban architectural encounter.” Lamarche, who is another one of our favorites, is obviously going all out with this piece and we’re so excited to see the piece in person to experience the “urban architectural encounter” (which hopefully isn’t just a metaphor for “being Downtown”).
Kim Rugg’s piece is bound to cause a stir. The collage artist know for deconstructing and reassembling media items is reconfiguring newspaper for a thirty panel piece entitled Things To Say About Dinner Guests. The piece will, of course, bring new meaning to the words she has reconfigured and will likely maintain the sense of humor her pieces usually carry in relationship to print media and topical stories.
The New York Gallery who have a knack for slightly tongue-in-check realistic work are bringing their pieces to Los Angeles. We’re excited to see the work of artists Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers, who create large, kind of funny sculptures that could be viewed as the more interesting cousins of Jeff Koon’s Catepillar Ladder.
Another New York gallery, we’re mainly excited to see Clampart in town because they’re also bringing some of Los Angeles’ based photographer Jill Greenberg’s pieces. If there’s one person who represents contemporary photography, it’s her. We’re glad she’s getting space at the show!
Luis De Jesus
We’re excited to see Los Angeles’ own Luis De Jesus bringing work by new artist to them Zackary Drucker, who is also LA based and focuses his work on gender issues and homosexuality (we’re not sure what of his work will be at PULSE, but be prepared for either photography or video!). Also, please note: this is not La Luz De Jesus like we were kind of but definitely not hoping for.
New York superstars P•P•O•W will be at PULSE and we are soooooo excited to see what they have to bring. We know for sure that wiz kid Robin Williams will be in tow and–hopefully–she will be as well as we’d love to speak with her. We’re also hoping to see some of gallerymate Martha Wilson brought along as well. We’ll see!
Another cool, contemporary New York gallery coming is Christina Ray. They’re bringing Brooklyn artist Swoon (her Ice Queen above) along, which we hope echoes something equally as insane as her piece at Art In The Streets. It’s doubtful that she had the time to build a thirty feet tall paper structure but, God, if she did, we would probably have a delightful heart attack.
PULSE in collaboration with The Standard Downtown and Hollywood are featuring work from a few artists. Downtown will have pieces by Dave Kinsey and Noemie Lafrance and Hollywood will feature Brice Brown (who we believe has already been up there for a few weeks now…).
There is going to be a section specifically dedicated to video art that you should be aware of called PULSE Play>. It will shoq a film series that “looks at Los Angeles as an industry of fetish” entitled–you know–Industry of Fetish as well as “I’ll Leave The Stones Here, But I’m Taking The Dream With Me” on how our “sense of looking, listening, and how make meaning of motion picture space.”
Beck’s Green Box Project
Beck’s, one of the partners of the show, will be at the event. We’re not sure if they will just have their beer there or if their boxes (one shown above) will be making appearances but–regardless–we’re banking on hopefully seeing Steven Harrington and/or his creation there.
For more on the event, check out their fair guide. The exhibit starts today and ends Monday so you have absolutely no excuse for not attending. See you there!