Made in L.A. is a biennial exhibition that we always look forward to because it features work by some of our favorite artists working throughout the Los Angeles area. The artists participating range from as young as 29 (Tapestries by Diedrick Brackens) to 97 (surreal-esque paintings by Luchita Hurtado), and reflect many of the diverse cultures, ethnicities and genders that make up Los Angeles’ history and present.
While this year the exhibition is without an overarching theme, the artists explore important aspects of contemporary culture that often cross over: “representation, marginalization, pressures placed on the body. . . landscape, climate change and its repercussions, and the relationship between the land, capitalist expansion and violence”. These topics manifest in several new large-scale commissions, including Lauren Halsey’s architectural prototype sculpture for The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project, which will serve as a public space for community building off of Crenshaw Blvd, and the installation and durational performance Excellentia, Mollitia, Victoria by E.J. Hill. Other Highlights include Candice Lin’s installation La Charada China in the lobby gallery, Beatriz Cortez’s kinetic agricultural machine Tzolk’in, and Rosha Yaghmai’s sculpture Slide Samples (Lures, Myths), among many others. As always, be sure to take advantage of the many free discussions and artist/curator led tours the Hammer has organized around this exhibition.