Gallery C is pleased to present 8 Under 28, a survey of eight important young Los Angeles-based artists. Many young artists are turning their backs on five decades of grandfather’s Pop Art and the aging pointlessness of Post-Modernism. These eight locals lead a generational shift with an art that embraces reckless certainty and conceptual purposefulness. Their work, in a variety of media, abandons both the tidy illustrations of academic theory and the cult of the well-made fetish object. 8 Under 28 is an affirmative leap away from two previous generations of artists serving the calculations of image-driven art styles and machinations of an art world out-of touch with life itself.
Erin Dunn subverts Gen-X slacker art in her monumental doodles that border on the majestic.
Sarah Elise pulls photography back into the physical with hands-on, non-digital polaroid transfers depicting a contemporary, yet timeless cool Americana.
Asad Faulwell pastiches together remnants of opposing cultures to create new dialogues beyond the conventional permutations of good/bad, right/wrong that pass for political and aesthetic discourse these days.
Omar Gallegos has mastered a timeless realism that is equal parts visits to cathedrals and circuses.
Stephanie Mercado populates an eerie Beardsley-esque backdrop with characters as surreal as they are exquisitely illustrated.
Ian E. Pines paints bold abstractions that are defiantly anti-iconic yet paradoxically effuse an optimism for art.
Arturo Ernesto Romo-Santillano is a sophisticated provocateur whose art critiques the nature of critical inquiry itself with a dry, unnerving humor.
Lorrie Waldie creates environments and installations that balance the ephemeral (fleeting) with the evocative (collectible).