|Suzy Kellems Dominik: Fuck (Neon) - part of the artist's|
installation at stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles
The last week of January was a mad itinerary of LA art fairs, which kick off the new year. Of course, the fairs are about the business of selling art but they're also forums for meeting people and seeing the latest work galleries have chosen to highlight. The most exhaustive in range - and size - is the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with contemporary and experimental work as well as some moderns. On the westside, I've always liked the energy of Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica Airport.
There were two new fairs on the LA circuit this year. Smaller but sizzling, Fabrik Expo in the funky downtown LA Arts District was staged by Fabrik Media, publisher of Fabrik Magazine - for which I'm now a contributing writer. Even more surprising and exciting was the stARTup Art Fair at the Highland Gardens Hotel in Hollywood. This fun new concept bypasses the gallery middle man and gives indie visual artists an opportunity to sell directly to a motivated public. Artists install their work in the hotel rooms, which are open to fair attendees who engage freely with the work and creators. I participated on an art critic roundtable at stARTup Art Fair and I also had a great time exploring. I'm delighted stARTup plans to return to LA next year.
News flash! I've just started painting again after a long hiatus!
Also, here's a round-up of my more recent articles and reviews published in various art magazines:
* In the Jan/Feb issue of Art Ltd. Magazine - my feature story on the fascinating Los Angeles abstract painter Sarah Cain.
* Also in the current issue of Art Ltd. - my review of Jennifer Wolf: Edge of Miscibility at William Turner Gallery.
* In the current issue of Fabrik. Magazine, my feature story on the LAAA: The Los Angeles Art Association Legacy: Visionary Support for Emerging Artists
* Also in Fabrik, my review of Marion Lane: New Works at Launch LA
* In WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art - The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris - curated by Steve Martin - at the Hammer Museum. As a Canadian expatriate, I was invested in writing about Harris, a member of Canada's iconic Group of Seven, who until this exhibit was overlooked in the US.
* In ArtPulse Magazine Issue 24, I have several pieces: An interview with Los Angeles sculptor/ conceptual artist/painter/inventor David B. Jang, a review of Melanie Daniel: Piecemaker at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, a review of Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada at LACMA and a review of Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth at the Hammer Museum. These articles are not on the ArtPulse website at this time.