LA Art Show
A Show of Released Oppression and Love
photos by Dawn GarciaArt is a blanket of emotion, words, liberation, and a language that exceeds any division. It awakens the most oppressive of situations, tells the truest narrative, opens the door to free expression, and allows us to see the state of humanity. Each year when I attend the LA Art Show, it’s a window to the world. There is an undeniable plausibility to a theme that’s woven ever so intricately throughout each gallery, seen in each artist, and for a while, the boundaries are non-existent and we are all free to dive in and be ourselves.
LA Art Show | Jan. 10-14, 2018 | LA Convention Center
This year the silent oppression found a loud bellow. In beautiful exhibitions like Afro-Cuban Painter Harmonia Rosales & Actor Aldis Hodge’s, “Through the Looking Glass” we see the power of perception. With intricate layers of both material and meaning, this exhibition takes imagery and internal dialogue and places them onto oversized canvases begging viewers to ask themselves about their own perceptions. Taking difficult social and political issues we’ve all been stewing deep within the crevices of our minds, they piece them together in fragments that will open your eyes and invite you to question how you see things, and, just what it is you believe.
*Saturday at noon, you can catch Matthew Modine’s talk at the Axiom booth.
This year we are taken on a journey and as an art writer? I couldn’t be more ecstatic. With an undeniable Latino presence (something I’m personally elated to see) and a significant show of local galleries, what lies beneath the paint, the images, the hand molded materials is one simple truth: We will stay silent no more. In other words, the world is ready to speak out and it’s about time we listen.
Stay tuned for a full recap of the show’s highlights next week.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Los Angeles has emerged as a global epicenter of art & culture, with a distinct, interwoven multi-cultural influence unique to the city. Diversity is our strength and art is most impactful when it includes or transcends all borders. As LA rises as the world-class destination for art, the LA Art Show continues to lead the way with innovative programming and one-of-a-kind experiences for an expanding collecting audience.
To celebrate our diversity as a city and a fair, we’re engaging and working with local and international museum curators and galleries to develop innovative programming, engaging dialogs and cutting-edge exhibitions with an ecumenical resonance.