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LA ART SHOW 2016

HIGHLIGHTS:
MILLIE BROWN
"WILTING POINT"

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The LA ART SHOW 2016 was an experience to say the least packed with performance art and stuffed boars that were running amok on dinner tables and the like. This year it was combined with the Los Angeles Fine Art Show because frankly these two shows were a bit small for LA standards and art fairs in general.

In comparison to Expo Chicago, the LA Art show was tiny and nearly unimpressive to say the least. Sure there were your highlights like Millie Brown's "Wilting Point", but the hall was really not dressed up like for instants in the Expo Chicago, the summer of 2015, the directors filled the ceilings and walls with art. It was explosive and really probably was on par with that of Basel.



LA ART SHOW 2016

The LA ART SHOW 2016 was weak in comparison to Expo Chicago, plain and simple. I was bored most of the time and really blew through the exposition in record time. There were some nice exhibitors that caught my attention but I felt most of the art was just gimmicks gone wrong. In an age were the next artist has to top the most recent art brat it seems that both gallery owners and artists seem desperate. There were however your traditional artists and art gallery owners that do not participate in the latest debauchery of art trends. For instants, I enjoyed Timothy Yarger's booth, his cardboard installation by artist Cristobal Valecillos was interesting and didn't seem at all kitch.



LA ART SHOW 2016

I appreciated the good work whether it was pop art or some new experimental piece but I draw the line when it starts to just look like art made for children's rooms. Is what we have become big kids looking to play like kids or to spend twenty thousand on a giant stuffed bear? I am in agreement this time around when I sometimes hear traditionalist complain about contemporary art not being art. I am actually contemporary arts staunchest supporter and I was starting to feel insulted. I felt that most of the art I saw at the LA ART SHOW 2016 hurt my intelligence. I felt like Elaine on Seinfeld when she was amused by the staked tires going round and round. Funny thing is that there were people amused like that very episode at the fair this year. Art doesn't need gimmicks to be good art, art that endures is pure.

But I assure you I am not a traditionalist nor am I a conservative fella who doesn't like "out-there art", or art that pushes boundaries, I am all about "the new" in art but when it is kitch for the sake of or some trivial piece made for the masses I will call it out and bawk at it's silliness. The work at the the LA ART SHOW made Jeff Koons seem "not-so Disney", this year. However, there were powerful works this year for example, I really loved and was deeply moved by a hyper-realistic piece by the artist Mear One. He is a pop-surrealist graffiti artist who's work is politically driven, he reminded me of the famous San Diego muralist Mario Torero. I was not feeling the giant spray can but maybe some parent out there would want that in their aspiring pre-adolescent graffiti artists bedroom.



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