David “Mr Starcity” White at IV Gallery. White’s work pays homage to those who have fallen victim to nightlife excess. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
LOS ANGELES — The New York-born Spring/Break Art Show launched its second Los Angeles venture yesterday, alongside several other fairs in town: Frieze, ALAC, Felix, and StARTup. Located at former produce market and textile manufacturing site Skylight Row in Downtown Los Angeles, the fair brings together 50 emerging galleries and artist-run spaces, as well as presentations from independent curators.
Working under the theme “In Excess,” participants put together maximalist, delightfully garish, and over-the-top installations that bring a marked contrast to the drab grey of the second floor industrial space. These range from New York artist Greg Haberny’s dozens of expressionistic painted and collaged paper plates, to David “Mr Starcity” White’s textile works and paintings in honor of those who have fallen victim to nightlife excess. The installation is completed by a table laid out with liquor bottles, and piles of (fake) cocaine and (real?) cannabis.
Greg Haberny curated by Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly. Each paper plate work was priced at $100, with a limit of three.
Artist Sean Noyce next to his sculpture at Durden & Ray. The collective mounted a show based around the theme of “Happy House,” which takes its name from a Siouxsie and the Banshees song.
Some galleries chose to bring together several artists for their presentations, including collective Durden & Ray’s dystopian vision, inspired by the Siouxsie and the Banshees song “Happy House.” Supercollider x Femmebit’s booth features works by female artists exploring the intersection of art and technology, and mobile art space Gas Gallery’s show “Culture” explores American identities shaped through car culture.
A few short miles from the Hollywood epicenter of this week’s fairs, Spring/Break is a welcome reprieve from the intense frenzy of the blue-chip fairgrounds.
Gas Gallery founder Ceci Moss and Rosie with work by Louise Rosendal (wallpaper), Nikita Gale (lettering), Dahn Gim (left sculpture), Natani Notah (center sculpture) for her show “Custom” focused on American car culture.
Supercollider x Femmebit. Emma Akhakdjian’s installation made of marine debris rope and buoy at left.
Lorna Mills at Transfer Gallery with her GIF version of Adam & Eve.
Johanna Braun at Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA with her research-based installation on “climate hysteria”
Sanie Bokhari (drawings) and Nicholas Oh (ceramics) curated by Sadaf Padder
Benjamin Cabral’s hand-beaded wonderland curated by Lauren Powell
Marina Heintze curated by Leila Jarman. Heintze fashioned ballistic targets into scenes of sexual congress.
Nina Sarnelle at Black Cube. Sarnelle’s video installation examines the fallacy of municipal subsidization of corporations.
Jonathan Rosen at Alessandra De Benedetti. Rosen’s mirrors flash thousands of digital phrases, one of which is captured for each selfie snapped.
Paintings by Jess Valice and Katja Farin at Desert Center
Panni Malekzadeh at Superposition Gallery.
Amanda Smith’s fantastical painted ceramics curated by Christopher Lynn
Steve Hash curated by Hilde Lynn Helphenstein
The duo Band Practice (Melissa Godoy-Nieto and Clara Claus) creates collaborative drawings.
Kristin Cammermeyer. For their installation “Spring Cleaning,” Cammermeyer and Anna Breininger assembled a still life and invite visitors to sketch from it.
Sarah Bereza and Fall on Your Sword
Amy Silver’s drawings on drywall draw from Americana, Russian history, and fringe movements.
The Spring/Break Art Show continues at Skylight ROW DTLA (757 South Alameda Street, Downtown, Los Angeles) through Sunday, February 16. Check out our Frieze Los Angeles coverage here.
Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.
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