My Highlights from Art Los Angeles Contemporary
I approached this selection of artworks by choosing artists whose evolution is cohesive, always guided by a fundamental need to pursue their specific yet universal research.
Miljohn Ruperto and Ulrik Heltoft’s photographic work, inspired by the botanical illustrations of the mysterious and undecipherable 15th-century Voynich Manuscript, is mesmerizing yet very familiar at the same time. 2014 will be a great year for Miljohn Ruperto, as he will participate in the Whitney Biennial and will have his first solo show in New York at Koenig & Clinton.
Ruby Nery’s irreverent approach to sculpture is the result of a career characterized by a deep sense of freedom, which the artist is able to fully convey in her oeuvre.
Anna Halprin‘s revolutionary approach towards dance and improvisation in the ’50s opened the path for a new understanding of the relationship between the body and the performance, influencing a whole generation of performers whose work is the foundation of performance art today. This vintage print witnesses the avant-garde spirit of a legendary artist, who is still very active to this day.
The title says it all. Mellors' oeuvre is funny and sophisticated; creating a complex and detailed narrative that seems to defy logic and time.
Serban Savu is a master in capturing, in a truly realistic way, a sort of ambiguous decadence typical of a fragile, newly created, post-communist democratic society, emphasizing a bizarrely bucolic atmosphere of bewilderment.
Tala Madani combines a sharp and incisive social criticism with a witty approach to expressionist painting. She is a very audacious artist whose evolution over the next year will be interesting to follow.