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Art Los Angeles Special Edition: ALAC, LA Art Book Fair, and Paramount Ranch
by ArtSlant Team


FAIRWAYS: ALAC, LA ART BOOK FAIR, AND PARAMOUNT RANCH

Andrew Berardini rounds up the weekend's events

Polar vortex is only a distant poem to Los Angeles. Uttered on the news by harried meteorologists with names like strippers, the weather here is droughty for caring locals, simply sunny for everybody else. Yes, one of the many good reasons we live in Los Angeles is the definite lack of polar vortices. Not a few of the farflung, chilled by arctic weather, flock to Los Angeles this weekend, for one of our three fairs, two for art and one for art books. Not quite an Art Basel Miami Beach (mercifully) but we like the new people, new artworks, new books we get to gawk at and sometimes handle...

 

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RANCH HANDS

Alex Freedman on the new art fair at Paramount Ranch, with Christina Catherine Martinez

A trifecta of weekend-long events descends on Los Angeles this weekend: the straight-laced Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the sophomore iteration of the wildly successful LA Art Book Fair, and taking place in an old movie lot in the Agoura Hills, once-home to the faux adventures of countless Hollywood cowboys, the Paramount Ranch Art Fair will make its debut. Whereas emerging galleries at established fairs are designated by geo-political booth assignments like 'SE-207, basement floor (bring flashlight)', the thirty-plus participants will stake their claim in places like 'Sheriff's Station' or 'Old Saloon'.

Small in feel but international in scope, Paramount Ranch is the collective vision of Alex Freedman and Robbie Fitzpatrick of Freedman Fitzpatrick in mid Hollywood (their space, coincidentally, is just a couple of blocks from Gower Gulch, a self-consciously 'Old Western' strip mall boasting a Starbucks and a Thai restaurant) and artists Pentti Monkkonen and Liz Craft of Paradise Garage, a space situated on a sun-bleached residential street in Venice Beach.

Amid a flurry of preparations, Freedman spoke with us about the origins and intentions of the fair...

 

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Former street artist and founding member of the so-called Mission School, the figurative sculptures of Los Angeles-based artist Ruby Neri appear as if they rose from the deep corners inside earth with exaggerated proportions and colorful surfaces. Her sculptures will be shown at the 2014 Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair with David Kordansky Gallery. Stephanie Berzon talks with the artist about her work...

SB: Regarding your process, what is intuitive and what is planned?

RN: I think I actually plan what I do in every way, but I am very aware of leaving the relationship with the materials open and intuitive; I don’t like to move the materials too far away from what they are already.


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Brion Nuda Rosch, Portrait from Waist Up, 2013; Acrylic, found ceramic, wood; 37¾ × 18½ × 4 in; Photo: Robert Wedemeyer; Courtesy of ACME, LA. At Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

Fabiola Menchelli, Section Cut, Archival pigment print (signed, titled and dated on verso); 22½ × 30 in / 57 × 76 cm; Edition of 4 + 2AP; Courtesy of Yautepec, Mexico City. At Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

Kendell Carter, WEave (California Outlook), 2012-2013; Latex, enamel, acrylic, wood; 24 × 17 in; Courtesy of moniquemeloche, Chicago. At Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

Gert & Uwe Tobias, Ohne Titel (GUT 2055), 2012; woodblock print on canvas; 78.75 x 118 inches; 200 x 300 cm, edition of two; Courtesy of team (gallery, inc.), New York. At Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

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