Pacific Standard Time puts Los Angeles on the Map

Pacific Standard Time puts Los Angeles on the Map

Rhoni Blankenhorn for COMPANY

(October 13, 2011) Los Angeles is quickly and undeniably making itself known as one of the major art centers of the world. Home to Hollywood, of course Los Angeles has a history of being in the creative limelight, but lately L.A. has been demonstrating its prowess in contemporary art as well. Los Angeles really settled into my radar when Jeffrey Deitch made the move from New York to the city of angels, assuming the directorship of LA Moca. His highly successful debut exhibition, Art in the Streets presented a retrospective history of street art, and achieved the highest exhibition attendance in the museum’s history.

Los Angeles’ most recent accomplishment was Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980 (October 1-7). PST is a collaborative project featuring more than 70 galleries and 68 museum exhibitions to celebrate the post World War II Los Angeles art scene. Several art fairs joined in as well. Pulse made its Los Angeles debut on the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE with 60 international exhibitors including COMPANY favorite Mixed Greens. Art Platform – Los Angeles brought together 75 galleries in the L.A. Mart building, and emphasized art made in L.A.

Of all the fairs and events during Pacific Standard Time Weekend in Los Angeles, Fountain Art Fair stood out the place for collectors in the know and on the prowl for daring emerging artists. With fairs in New York, Miami, and now L.A. during major art weeks, Fountain represents the volatile edge of the high-end contemporary art world, and is the perfect environment for a new or seasoned collector to venture into uncharted territory.

Evo Love is the queen of tchotchkies. A real gyspsy aesthetic, Evo literally set the stage with objects encrusted in knick knacks and trinkets she has collected. Search long enough and you can find several porcelain Andy Warhols in the bunch.

Blythe Projects presented works solely by artist Ben White. Each of his paintings is constructed as a non-linear snapshot of history, with topics and symbols layered and displaced from their original contexts. This is mirrored in his varied textures, sharp lines, and combination of styles, further highlighting the juxtaposition of the historical subjects. 

The Murder Lounge is collective as notorious as it sounds. The four core members, Dave Tree, Victor Cox, Sergio Coyote, and Rob Servo are Fountain regulars, always bringing with them a roguish attitude with a sense of style.

Danni Rash constructed a full blown installation at Christina Ray Gallery, complete with a stack of televisions going static, and a pair of hanging tires (entitled “Rubber Tits”), and his tagline “Skip Rent Buy Drugs” spray painted across the wall. His brash representations of life in Los Angeles are compellingly snarky and improvisational.  Danni draws inspiration from Andy Warhol, and that comes in full force through his charming irreverence.

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