From Comic Books To Fruit Canning: Artists Draw Upon Diverse Influences in New Exhibitions At Los Angeles International Airport

Published on : Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LAXLos Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, announces two new group art exhibitions at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) titled On the Cusp and Art About the Environment. On the Cusp, guest curated by John David O’Brien, features over 180 artworks that use contemporary painting and drawing practices to reinterpret influences ranging from popular design to comic book culture to illustration. The exhibition is on view for ticketed passengers in the Departures Level Connector between Terminal 7 and 8, through July 2015. Art About the Environment, an exhibition guest curated by Jay Belloli, features artworks that reveal insights and concerns about our natural environment, and is on view for the public in Terminal 3, Arrivals Level, through August 2015.

On the Cusp features ten Los Angeles-based artists working with a mixture of painting, drawing, and digital media, while exploring areas of hybridization within the genres of figuration and abstraction. These areas of hybridization include artworks that fall on the cusp between the “high” art of modernism and “low” culture of cartoons or other mass-media sources, or modeled after folk or traditional culture such as tarot playing cards.



The exhibition includes works that are humorous, mysterious, and sly, taking advantage of the overlap and even contradictions among these stylistic approaches. From D. Dominick Lombardi’s thick black line drawings of post-apocalyptic tattoo heads to Dan Goodsell’s hand-painted comic-strip depictions of the lighthearted antics of Mr. Toast and his cast of friends, as guest curator John David O’Brien suggests, “This exhibition reminds us to be open-ended about how art is created.” Artists represented include Edith Beaucage, Dan Goodsell, Mark Steven Greenfield, Moira Hahn, D. Dominick Lombardi, Lars Nielsen, Aaron Noble, Arthur Taussig, Mark Dean Veca, and Esther Pearl Watson.

Art About the Environment features installation, mixed-media paintings, drawings, photography, collage, and hand-cut paper sculptures that convey a combination of optimism and melancholy over our relationship with nature. Early and influential pioneers in the field of environmental art, the work of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison is featured along with eight Southern California artists who are also concerned with environmental issues in their work. The Harrison’s ecological proposal examines the rise in water levels in the San Francisco Bay over the span of a century through text, drawing, and photography. From a different historical perspective, the art collective Fallen Fruit created a site-specific installation that traces the loss of fruit orchards and the canning industry through vividly hued narrative photographs. Artists represented in this exhibition are Kim Abeles, John Bache, Laurie Brown, Merion Estes, Fallen Fruit, the Harrisons, Sant Khalsa, Tao Urban, and Pat Warner.
Source:- LAX


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