I was really impressed with the work at Made in L.A., the Hammer Museum’s biannual group exhibition of artists who live and work in Los Angeles. The exhibition opened this past Saturday and the museum was packed. I took some pictures of my personal favorites and highlights from the opening night…
KChung TV will be filming in the lobby of the Hammer on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the exhibition. On opening night they featured a series of programs, mostly interviews with artists.
Juan Capistran’s piece in the courtyard of the Hammer.
Harry Dodge’s sculptures, drawings, and paintings are very much influenced by Los Angeles artists John Baldessari, Paul McCarthy, and Raymond Pettibone.
I was really excited to finally see the Frimkess’s ceramics in person! Magdalena Suarez Frimkess is 84 years old, and she has been collaborating with her husband for years. Motifs from cartoons, American history, Egyptian and Latin American art, etc. grace their plates and vessels. The work of Magdalena Suarez Frimkess was recently featured in an exhibition at White Columns, in New York City, which I was sad to miss. They were also recently featured on the podcast Pussyfoot.
A room of paintings by Max Maslansky, who paints haunting yet comedic images from pornography is not to be missed. Above, a woman brushes rouge onto a man’s penis while he takes a photograph.
There was quite a bit of fiber art in the exhibition, including Channing Hansen’s delicate knit works stretched on canvas.
The zine Infected Faggot Perspectives was featured in the mini-exhibition “Tony Greene: Amid Voluptuous Calm.” Tony Greene died from complications with AIDS in 1990, and the exhibition features work by Greene along with some of his peers. I believe this is the only historical work in the exhibition.
Devin Kenny’s artworks are like science experiments for kids. They really stood out. I’m excited to go back and take a deeper look.
Emily Mast has installations and props throughout the museum, along with a performance where four individuals, some dressed in bright yellow struck poses, while another person placed yellow bird feathers on them. It was really beautiful.
I am very excited about Piero Golia’s piece, which will be realized throughout the exhibition, and after the exhibition. The Comedy of Craft (Act I: Carving George Washington’s Nose), features large blocks of white styrofoam which will be carved into the shape of George Washington’s nose from Mt. Rushmore.