The Hammer Museum announced today the 32 artists who will participate in the fourth edition of Made in L.A. 2018, the biennial exhibition of the institution that highlights the practices of emerging artists working in the Los Angeles area. Organized by Hammer’s senior curator, Anne Ellegood, and assistant curator Erin Christovale, the exhibition will be open from June 3 to September 2, 2018.
Among the selected artists from 200 study visits are Carmen Argote (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1981), Carolina Caycedo (London / Colombia, 1978), Beatriz Cortez (San Salvador, El Salvador, 1970), Candice Lin (Concord, MA, 1979), Luchita Hurtado (Caracas, Venezuela, 1920) and Daniel Joseph Martinez (Los Angeles, 1957).
Among the artists included in Made in L.A. 2018 and their works, there are shared interests and areas of exploration. Reflecting on the current political climate, the body—and the social, physiological, and psychological pressures put upon it—is a frequent theme, as is the desire for community and a sense of place rooted in the local. Relating to histories and geographies of the Los Angeles region, the relationship of ritual and ceremony to ancient forms of knowledge and how they can be re-imagined in the present is another shared concern among several of the artists, as is the desire to create visibility through varying forms of representation for those who have historically been marginalized. Considerations of the landscape, changes brought on by climate change, and the relationship between the land, capitalist expansion, and violence are also shared preoccupations.
“While the exhibition is not overtly political, it is inevitably informed by the dramatic shifts in our country since the 2016 election and how they impact the contemporary landscape and culture of California. Made in L.A. 2018 presents a diverse group of artists who are deeply engaged with vital aspects of our culture today and believe in art’s capacity to engage social discourse.”, states the press release.
The works to be exhibited in Made in LA cover a wide range of media, including textiles, performance, painting, video, sculpture, assemblage, photography and installation. Made in L.A. 2018 features newly commissioned works from artists who recently received their MFAs, including Nikita Gale and Christina Quarles, to continued investigations of multiyear projects by artists like Carolina Caycedo and Alison O’Daniel, as well as selected bodies of work from mid-career artists such as James Benning, Daniel Joseph Martinez, and Linda Stark.
Luchita Hurtado will present a group of paintings and works on paper from the 1970s that depict her body both in domestic spaces and in large abstract landscapes. Eamon Ore-Giron (Tuscon, Arizona, 1973) will create a monumental and abstract painting on the walls of the Hammer lobby entitled Angelitos Negros, which refers to the famous poem Píntame Angelitos Negros, by the Venezuelan poet Andrés Eloy Blanco, and which addresses discrimination racial. Ore-Giron will work within this notion to highlight the complexities and layers of the Latin American diaspora, while considering how Western and Latin American symbols and iconography could exist in the same space.
Carmen Argote (b. 1981, Guadalajara, Mexico)
James Benning (b. 1942, Milwaukee, WI)
Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX)
Carolina Caycedo (b. 1978, London, UK)
Neha Choksi (b. 1973, Belleville, NJ)
Beatriz Cortez (b. 1970, San Salvador, El Salvador)
Mercedes Dorame (b. 1981, Los Angeles, CA)
Celeste Dupuy-Spencer (b. 1979, Brooklyn, NY)
Aaron Fowler (b. 1988, St. Louis, MO)
Nikita Gale (b. 1983, Anchorage, AK)
Jade Gordon (b. 1975, Santa Rosa, CA) and
Megan Whitmarsh (b. 1972, Cambridge, MA)
Lauren Halsey (b. 1987, Los Angeles, CA)
EJ Hill (b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA)
Naotaka Hiro (b. 1972, Osaka, Japan)
John Houck (b. 1977, Pine Ridge, SD)
Luchita Hurtado (b. 1920, Caracas, Venezuela)
Gelare Khoshgozaran (b. 1986, Tehran, Iran)
Candice Lin (b. 1979, Concord, MA)
Charles Long (b. 1958, Long Branch, NJ)
Nancy Lupo (b. 1983, Flagstaff, AZ)
Daniel Joseph Martinez (b. 1957, Los Angeles, CA)
MPA (b. 1980, Redding, CA)
Alison O’Daniel (b. 1979, Miami, FL)
Eamon Ore-Giron (b. 1973, Tuscon, AZ)
taisha paggett (b. 1976, Fresno, CA)
Christina Quarles (b. 1985, Chicago, IL)
Michael Queenland (b. 1970, Pasadena, CA)
Patrick Staff (b. 1987, Bognor Regis, UK)
Linda Stark (b. 1956, San Diego, CA)
Flora Wiegmann (b. 1976, Lincoln, NE)
Suné Woods (b. 1976, Brooklyn, NY)
Rosha Yaghmai (b. 1979, Santa Monica, CA
Featured image: Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza, Nomad 13, 2017. Adobe bricks, steel, concrete, hammer, plastic, paper, soil, and plants: corn, black bean, prickly pear, sorghum, amaranth, quinoa, chayote squash, chia, chili pepper, yerba buena, yerba santa, sage, and ceiba tree, 104 x 84 x 96 in. (264.16 x 213.36 x 243.84 cm). Installation view, Mundos Alternos, UCR ARTSblock, Riverside, CA, September 16, 2017 – February 4, 2018. Courtesy of UCR ARTSblock, Riverside, CA. Photo: Nikolay Maslov