November 25, 2014
ALAC 2015 is pleased to welcome 18 first time exhibitors
Art Los Angeles Contemporary is pleased to welcome 16 first time exhibitors to the 2015 edition of the fair. Most of the new participants this year hail from cities outside of the United States, including London, Torino, Vancouver and Reykjavik.
London is home to six galleries coming to ALAC, including first time exhibitor Carl Freedman Gallery. The gallery strives to present emerging artist’s first solo shows in London, after which many go on to exhibit at museums and biennials around the world. Freedman’s booth will feature a collaborative project by London-based artist Jessie Flood-Paddock and Berlin-based artist Ivan Seal. Continuing her exploration of popular food culture, Flood-Paddock has made new painted plaster and canvas sculptures of oversized edibles, to which Seal has responded with new figurative paintings.
i8 Gallery is located in Reykjavik at the center of Iceland’s thriving art scene. i8 Gallery will show recent work by five Icelandic and Nordic conceptual contemporary artists, including sculptural work by Olafur Eliasson and Alicja Kwade, and videos by Ragnar Kjartansson.
DUVE Berlin, established seven years ago in Berlin, exhibits artists pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to and dialogue with other creative fields. The gallery’s program also includes off-site projects, concerts, and screenings throughout the city. DUVE Berlin has chosen Berlin-based Roman Liška to show a new body of work at the fair. The paintings on view are a result of Liška’s continued examination of an appropriated dazzle-pattern he digitalized. In this iteration, Liška has selected very small excerpts from the complete pattern, which he enlarged and broke down into pixels. These micro excerpts have subsequently been applied to linen and baked in an industrial oven in order to create a haptic experience: the otherwise flat and even immaterial digital pixels have been transformed into a tangible raised texture.
Macaulay & Co. Fine Art in Vancouver was founded by Sarah Macaulay in 2012 and currently represents seven young and emerging artists. The gallery’s program focuses on interdisciplinary, concept, space and politically based approaches in a variety of media. At ALAC, the gallery will exhibit the work of two artists, Alaska-based Nicholas Galanin and Canadian First Nations Kent Monkman. Galanin’s sculptures, installation, and video work conceptually address issues of representation and commoditization of native culture, and Monkman’s works examine Indigenous American and Canadian history as represented by 19th and 20th century artists.
Additional new exhibitors include Alden Projects™, New York; AND NOW, Dallas; Edel Assanti, London; Michael Benevento, Los Angeles; CANADA, New York; Grice Bench, Los Angeles; Johann König, Berlin; Levy.Delval, Brussels; Louis B. James, New York; LUCE Gallery, Torino; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; Valentin, Paris; Weingrüll, Karlsruhe; and Tyler Wood Gallery, San Francisco.