January 5th to January 27th, 2019
Rachel Apthorp, Christine Atkinson, Brad Bernhardt, Anna Breininger,
Allie Ihm, Ali Kaeini, Nick McPhail, Lauren Moradi, Camille Wong
Wholly Coast! brings together nine artists working in diverse media, with overt visual preference towards humor and color and organized around representational-abstraction. The work displayed suggests a revival of the precepts of Light-and-Space; specifically, the use of plastics, vibrant hues, and attention to the quality of atmosphere here in Los Angeles. Heightened consideration for saturation plays a common theme. Humor, also inserts itself in the form of satire. “All dogs die”, “Not a Winner”, and a Dali-esque meat montage each poke fun at cultural landmarks with ease while Plush viscera and mounted carpet seem to point their humorous critique at art making itself. Representational-abstraction prioritizes the artists viewpoint as paramount to accurate visual description, an ode to the individualism we Angelinos are famous for. The abstraction of visually recognizable forms happens through material and iconographic recontextualization, suggesting larger meanings and contexts specific to Los Angeles art making.