Review: Art Los Angeles-Contemporary

The diversity of conversation pieces showcased at ALAC left the audience buzzing. 

[Story and photos by Franceasca Seiden]

Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) kicked off it’s third year at the Santa Monica Barker Hanger. The  four-day fair included 70 established and emerging exhibitors from 11 countries with a huge emphasis on Los Angeles based galleries, lecture series, panels, performances, and screenings. The opening night festivities featured a 25 ton dry ice installation forming a fog at the fair’s entrance until it ultimately vanished  and was accompanied by a reinterpretation of 1968’s “Disappearing Environments” performed by Judy Chicago.

Some of the program’s highlights included ALAC’s newbie Printed Matter; the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to promoting publications made by artists featured a special popup art book by Tauba Auerbach.  DUBLAB’s Jesse Peterson and Carlos Nino curated ALAC’s music space, where musicians, DJ’s and bands took up residence.  (For those of you who have been living under a rock since 1999, DUBLAB is a non-profit web-radio collective, recording and film production company devoted to the growth of positive music, art and culture.)

Night Gallery presented the future home of 2013 after the world as we know it was forced to eat itself. It came completely outfitted with a photographic manual for psycho-futuristic love making (PeterHarkawik), nude bodies in skin-tight astronaut suits (Alika Cooper), a silver sleeping platform with jagged mirror blanket (Samara Golden) and some shaggy space friends (Paul Wadell).

The diversity of conversation pieces showcased at ALAC left the audience inspired to hold discussions on conceptual performances  and conversational multi-media works.

LA’s own Annie Wharton (located in the Pacific Design Center)  showed photographs by Clynton Lowry and M + B; Matthew Brandt’s sodium gum biochromate prints. Miami based David Castillo Gallery had an array of multi-media displayed by the likes of the ™ Sisters, Kate Gilmore, Jillian Mayer, Xaviera Simmons and Pepe Mar. New York’s Tracy Williams, Ltd showcased impressive acrylic portraits by Peter Stichbury. Check out the photos I took to get a better idea!

All Photos by Franceasca Seiden

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ALAC was made possible by its dedicated owner and director Tim Fleming who’s hands-on approach has been nurturing the event since its inception.  Art Los Angeles Contemporary takes place every year mid-January at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger. Make sure to check it out, it’s a great event and will surely leave you wanting more.