Mixografia is pleased to announce our participation in Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2018 (The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue), taking place January 25th - January 28th. Mixografia will feature artworks by artists Abraham Cruzvillegas, Alex Israel, and John Baldessari in an exhibition that highlights the use of subliminal messages in conceptual art, conveyed through the print medium.
Abraham Cruzvillegas explores social concerns through a conceptual lens. In Ichárhuta, Cruzvillegas takes the object of currency and draws attention to the depictions of cultural imagery on the bill, rather than to its monetary value. He notes, “We rarely remember that paper money always has a precious and detailed work of drawing, engraving and printing, we reduce it to its value of exchange, forgetting its communicative or aesthetic potential.” By transfiguring raw materials into something entirely new, Cruzvillegas considers the necessity of reuse and adaptation, as well as the powerful influence of the ecological and social environment on one’s sense of self and community.
Alex Israel, a Los Angeles native, embraces the character of Hollywood as a thematic link through all his work. In Self-Portrait, Israel takes a visual approach that closely references Southern California popular culture. He employs a nostalgic color palette that evokes a 1980s Americana sensibility, as well as the notorious Southern California light portrayed in film and televisions. Self-Portrait depicts the artist’s face in profile, replacing his features with arrays of bright color fields, distinguishing each element with sharp contours and simplified forms. The hollow contour of his profile lies on a plain background of handmade paper, rising nearly one inch from its surface. Each of the six prints differs in its combination of colors, conveying the emblematic tone of California sunsets. The simplified rendering serves also as an allusion to the filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic silhouette profile drawing as seen in the introduction of his films.
In 1971, an epiphany led John Baldessari to a commitment not to “make any more boring art”, and he switched his focus to a conceptual approach that forged a new path in art history. In Eight Colorful Inside Jobs, Baldessari establishes a connection between Giorgio Morandi and contemporary art. He portrays shapes using form, line, and color, and identifies each color clearly in bold text underneath the image. Broad brush strokes appear on the print's surface, calling close attention to the medium of painting. These works consider the primary elements of representation, and the abundance of these motifs in the world.
“ALAC 2018 will specifically emphasize relationships between Los Angeles and other thriving art communities across Latin America, Asia, and Europe and how those relationships contribute to our city’s sociopolitical and aesthetic spectrum. Los Angeles is fully integrated into the worldwide contemporary art conversation, and ALAC looks to promote further growth, education and exchange", says Tim Fleming, founder and director of ALAC.