My Highlights from Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2014

Iris Marden
Jan 23, 2014 12:09AM

I picked some artists whose work I’m familiar with and some that I don’t know. Looking at art involves looking deeply and exploring what you think you are familiar with, and also going beyond your comfort zone and discovering what you don’t know.

My Selection:

Shaan Syed, Invert (Way Forward), 2011, at Ana Cristea Gallery

I want to see this in person! I love painting.

Kendell Carter, WEave Painting (California Outlook), 2013, at moniquemeloche

I love the materials that went into making this wonderful abstract “painting.” I want to know more about Kendell Carter.

Matt Keegan, Black and Blue Alphabet, 2013, at Altman Siegel

Everything Matt Keegan does is on my wish list. He work is smart, multi-disciplinary, visually compelling—he makes me think! 

Ruben Ochoa, A bit of detritus, 2011, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects 

I have always lived in cities, so concrete and vertical stacks are a comfortable part of my visual vocabulary. This work is abstract and yet specific. It is tactile but not really inviting. It reflects how we live—at least to me. 

Monique Van Genderen, untitled, 2012, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Abstract painting… lush, intense, immersive. I love it!

Elias Hansen, I guess it was more difficult, but after a while it didn’t seem to matter, 2011, at Anat Ebgi 

Intriguing. Beautiful ready mades and found materials together in one piece.

Sam Durant, When Injustice Is The Law Resistance Is Our Duty Reversed (blue/white/red), 2013, at PRAZ-DELAVALLADE

Sam Durant is unabashedly political. He is brilliant; his work is powerful and compelling. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Zarouhie Abdalian, Every Instance (A), 2014, at Altman Siegel

A new artist for me. The convergence of music and the visual is exciting to explore, especially as contemporary artists are blurring the boundaries between the various media and investigating all the possibilities that result.

Jon Rafman, 24 Rue Neyron, Saint Etienne, Loire, France, 2009, at M+B

Google Glass … I just finished reading The Circle by Dave Eggers. The idea of having one’s life photographed without your knowledge and the fact of the NSA listening in on your calls … the implications are frightening. 

Explore Art Los Angeles Contemporary on Artsy. 

Iris Marden