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Special Edition: Art Los Angeles Contemporary #1
by ArtSlant Team




NOT SO QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

A conversation with Art Los Angeles Contemporary director, Tim Fleming. By Arely Villegas

What is fair in Los Angeles, but the amalgam of worlds and communities that thrive and crash histories under almost perfect weather? We interviewed Tim Fleming, director of Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair, who talks about the fair’s fourth year.

What is your take on the move of other fairs installing programming west in the past two years, including Paris Photo inaugurating later this year in April?

I really don’t have any comment on the other fairs, except that we are really excited about Paris Photo coming to Los Angeles. I think it really demonstrates that Los Angeles (I mean, we've known this) is a destination for art and the supportive artistic community that thrives here. We work (ALAC) really hard to partner with the local art community and at the same time, we’re constantly working on attracting international influence and people into the city for the weekend of our fair...

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LA CULTISH

Jodi Wille's The Source Family, by Jared Baxter


Art Los Angeles Contemporary – the name itself has a certain blankness, being obviously designed to blend into the range of similarly named art fairs that have proliferated with particular intensity since the 90s. Undoubtedly, the same complaints everyone has about these events will hold true here – there's the difficulty of seeing anything in such a saturated environment, the claustrophobia induced by the crowds, the distasteful commercialism...

This is not to say, however, that ALAC lacks a sense of focus. On the contrary, in the absence of 2012's Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time initiative, the role of performance, that least-marketable of art forms, has been greatly diminished, with only two such events scheduled this year. In its stead, we have a handful of discussion panels and satellite events relating to Ceci N'est Pas, a five-month series promoting cultural exchange between France and Los Angeles, and a few screenings.

Out of the latter, perhaps the most buzz has been generated by PARIS, LA's presentation, on January 25th, of excerpts from Jodi Wille's documentary on the Source Family, a utopian commune that operated a famous health food restaurant on the Sunset Strip in the 70s. Younger art fans likely know the organization and its charismatic founder, Father Yod, via their improvisational psychedelic rock band, Ya Ho Wa 13, whose music has become increasingly popular since its extensive reissue in the 2000s...

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Michael Genovese, whose solo exhibition Lines and Cracks and Zebras and Horses is currently on view at OHWOW in West Hollywood, makes work out of fragments and fractures: fragments of histories and conversations overheard; fractures found in all manner of places, from the walls of antiquity, to a crack in the floorboards of a house in Los Angeles. While he installed in the gallery space, Genovese and ArtSlant's Natalie Hegert talked about these fragments and fractures, and about gesture, value, fear, and Metallica...

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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/26/13

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