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With levity and wit\, Meg Cranston investigates the int ersections between individual and shared experience and how imagery and obj ects acquire meaning in our culture. Equally enamored of the diverse aesthe tics of color theory\, design\, fashion\, and supermarket advertising\, she makes energetic collages pairing found imagery with monochromatic abstract forms. While often taking personal attributes or historical events as a ju mping-off point\, Cranston’s work is equally concerned with the formal lang uage of art and the role the artist plays in helping us see the world in ne w ways. An iconic blonde California girl greets visitors from the east wall in California (Full Size) (2012). A playful nod to the notion of the artist as seer or mystic\, Fireplace 12 (2012)\, on the north wall\, borrows its colors from a spring–summer 2012 color forecast for fash ion and home design. Symbols of the fire that they produce\, the larger-tha n-life lighters conjure everything from rock concerts to religious rituals. Commissioned for Made in L.A. 2012\, the museum’s inaugural bienn ial of work by Los Angeles–based artists\, the murals reflect Cranston’s in terest in weaving together formal experimentation with recognizable cultura l references\, a strategy that she shares with many other artists in our ci ty.

DTEND:20130207 DTSTAMP:20141219T044750 DTSTART:20120602 GEO:34.0593793;-118.4437966 LOCATION:Hammer Museum\,10899 Wilshire Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90024 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:MEG CRANSTON\, Meg Cranston UID:240615 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR