Announcing Frieze Projects for The Inaugural Edition of Frieze Los Angeles

Feb 1, 2019 7:57PM

Sarah Cain, Now I’m going to tell you everything, 2017. Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2017 – 2018. Courtesy: the artist.

Frieze today announces the artists participating in Frieze Projects at the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles, taking place at Paramount Pictures Studios and celebrating Los Angeles’s position as a global arts capital. Launched with the first Frieze fair in 2003 and renowned for its bold, innovative interventions at the Frieze London and Frieze New York editions, Frieze Projects is an independently curated platform for artists to show ambitious, experimental work beyond gallery booths and outside the fair tent. At the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles, artists will respond to the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot set, tangling with the dichotomy of artifice and reality in an environment built to look authentic on film. Frieze Projects Los Angeles will create an immersive art experience for visitors to explore this interplay, radically expanding the traditional art fair format and celebrating the practices of an array of local and international artists. Frieze Los Angeles will take place February 14 –17, 2019 and is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank.

Formerly of Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum, independent curator Ali Subotnick invited artists to present site-specific projects that range from installation to sculpture and performance. Works will be encountered around the New York Street backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios, in buildings, streets, and interior spaces that have been captured countless times in films, photographs, and television shows. Activating the cinematic setting, Frieze Projects will create a disorienting atmosphere where visitors are in two places at once: an artificial New York City within Los Angeles.

Leading guests from the fair tent to the streets of the backlot film set, stickers designed by Barbara Kruger will prompt visitors to contemplate philosophical questions such as “Who will write the history of tears?” “Are there animals in heaven?” or “Who salutes longest?”. Inside the classic brownstone building, Lisa Anne Auerbach will present one-on- one counselling sessions about collecting and creativity with a “Psychic Art Advisor”. A generic domestic interior in the neighboring unit will be transformed by Sarah Cain into an all-encompassing painting installation that spreads from the walls to the floors and windows, and that will also feature a new stained-glass piece, as well as chocolate service, one of the artist’s vices while painting. Around the corner on a faux brick wall, Cayetano Ferrer’s dynamic neon piece evokes New York’s vernacular architecture and signage.

Down the street, Karon Davis will present Game, a work that explores how schools have become a place for the hunted—our children— through dramatically staged life-size sculptures. On Saturday, February 16 (12:30 pm and 2:00 p.m), Davis will also present a musical procession on the backlot in collaboration with Silverlake Conservatory of Music and White Hall Arts Academy.

Across the way, on a classic Brooklyn residential block, Hannah Greely will hang her paintings out to dry, on a clothesline spanning the apart- ment buildings. Creeping out from the drain at the bottom of the SoHo subway, Trulee Hall’s fluorescent serpent will snake its way in and out of windows and fire escapes, infesting the classic wrought-iron façade. In a nod to an outdated mode of broadcasting, Kori Newkirk’s anten- nae sculptures will land haphazardly across the backlot like tumbleweeds blown from the rooftops, gathering colorful detritus along the way.

In the Upper East Side space, Tino Sehgal’s constructed situation, This is competition, will engage with the commercial activity of an art fair, as two gallerists compete to sell the artist’s work. From the theater, visitors will encounter a sub-level set for an interior domestic space, transformed by Patrick Jackson into a classic dark back alley—reflect- ing on the magic of movie-making. On a nearby sidewalk, situated like a game piece inside of an ever-changing portrait of New York City, Catharine Czudej’s new sculpture – a cartoon working class hero – be- comes a placeholder, an idea of man from a time in America that maybe never was.

Outdoor sculptures around the backlot and studio campus will include Paul McCarthy’s intervention in the financial district with a monumental inflatable artwork, Daddies Tomato Ketchup Inflatable (2007), exhibited in Los Angeles for the first time. Corazón del Sol will revive her mother Eugenia P. Butler’s seminal project The Kitchen Table (1993), with a new conversation over a meal which will be screened in the lobby of the financial district skyscraper. And installed next to the backlot entrance, Shahryar Nashat’s marble sculpture Mother on Wheels (Oro Grigio) (2018) is inspired by the pedestals he encountered at New York’s Frick Collection, reimagining this fundamental support structure as an autono- mous matriarchal presence.

Off the backlot near the Paramount Theater, Nicolas Party’s monu- mental Head (2019) will greet visitors at the iconic Paramount Fountain, resembling an oversized millinery dummy or a carnival-style head and painted in the artist’s signature graphic style. Finally, inside the Gower Street entrance to the fair, Max Hooper Schneider’s Female Odobenid (2019) exemplifies Schneider’s exploration of evolution and a potential future in which humans and animals become one.

Bettina Korek (Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles) said “Frieze Los Angeles celebrates the incredible and thriving arts landscape in L.A. As an extension of the fair’s programming beyond the booths, Frieze Projects asks artists to respond to the Paramount urban street backlot, a stand-in for a real city and a symbol of Los Angeles’s distinct and vast creative ecosystem. Frieze Projects will provoke visitors to consider the central role of art within the greater cultural landscape, and build on Frieze’s history of creating experiences that engage visitors in dialogue, debate, and discovery.”

Ali Subotnick said, “For the first edition of Frieze Los Angeles I invited artists who live, work or have histories with the city to develop projects responding to the fair’s untraditional site and context. Unlike most fairs and exhibitions that take place in parks, tents, or traditional white spaces, they are forced to grapple with a land of make-believe, built to be seen on film. Each artist embraced the opportunity, and challenge, and the results are often magical and otherworldly, surreal and hyper- real, but never dull.”

Frieze Los Angeles will take place February 14 to 17, 2019, featuring 70 leading galleries from Los Angeles and across the world, alongside a curated program of artist projects, films and talks. Frieze Los Angeles is led by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and Bettina Korek (Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles). Further details and tickets will be announced in the coming months.

Frieze Projects Artists for Frieze Los Angeles 2019 (list in formation):

Lisa Anne Auerbach (Presented with Gavlak Gallery)

Eugenia P. Butler & Corazón del Sol (Presented with The Box)

Sarah Cain (Presented with Honor Fraser)

Catharine Czudej (Presented with Office Baroque)

Karon Davis (Presented with Wilding Cran)

On Saturday, February 16 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Davis will present a musical procession on the backlot in collaboration with Silverlake Conservatory of Music and White Hall Arts Academy. Presented with Wilding Cran Gallery. Additional support by Champion, Converse, and Stampd.

Cayetano Ferrer (Presented with Commonwealth and Council)

Hannah Greely (Presented with Parker Gallery)

Trulee Hall (Presented with Maccarone)

Max Hooper Schneider (Presented with Jenny’s)

Patrick Jackson (Presented with Ghebaly Gallery. Additional support by Pulp Art Surfaces)

Barbara Kruger (Supported by Olson Visual; Presented with Sprüth Magers)

Kruger’s project, Untitled (Questions 3), will also be presented at several non-profit art spaces around Los Angeles: including 18th St. Arts Center; 5900 Wilshire Blvd.; Art + Practice; ICA Los Angeles; LACE; LAXART; Marciano Art Foundation; and The Mistake Room.

Paul McCarthy (Presented with Hauser & Wirth)

Shahryar Nashat (Presented with David Kordansky Gallery)

Kori Newkirk

Nicholas Party (Presented with The Modern Institute)

Tino Sehgal (Presented with Marian Goodman Gallery, Esther Schipper & Jan Mot. Additional support provided by Goethe-Institut.)