Jorge Mujica, Magic Johnson / Larry Bird 1984 NBA Finals, 2015. Spray painted Aluminum, 33 x 20 in.
ArtSlant is pleased to partner with stARTup Art Fair LA to present two panels and a Special Project by LA artist, Jorge Mujica. stARTup Art Fair runs January 29–31, 2016, at the Highland Gardens Hotel and is the only fair exclusively for unrepresented artists.
ArtSlant Special Project
Double Dribble is intended to be a condensed recapitulation of the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. Personally, as a young man my only reference for cities outside of California was professional sports. Sunday morning specials with Ahmad Rashad illuminated the history and contrast between the Great Western Forum and the Boston Garden providing cultural access to the legacy of each coast as well as insight into the foreign concept of seasons. Since 2008 I set out to challenge myself and create paintings which are free and independent from walls. I studied minimalism, pop art, classical art, and Mexican muralists to conceive ways of creating a painting surface that was uniquely mine. When I started to make my freestanding paintings it was challenging to see them without references to Keith Haring, Henri Matisse, and Jean Dubuffet. Over time the references have grown on me and that appreciation has lead me to push my ambitions.
The title of the show is taken from a 1987 Nintendo video game which I overplayed when I was a young and feel the title fits the artwork suitably when considering how one line drawing provides the context for two paintable surfaces. Each freestanding painting is realized from a whole sheet of aluminum which is then powder coated and uniquely embellished. The positive and negative shapes work congruently to reference painting and sculpture. Semiotically each freestanding painting uses the title as a poetic reference evoking the past and simultaneously raises one’s presence of mind. Each of the five designs aims to resonate with the energy and actions of the greatest Celtic’s: Bob Cousy, Sam Jones, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, and Laker’s: Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant.
Saturday, January 30
2:30 pm: Independent Publishing in Los Angeles
Moderated by Natalie Hegert, Curator and former Editor of ArtSlant and including panelists Sheila Pinkel (Artist, Professor Emerita Art and Art History Department, Pomona College), Aline Smithson (Artist, Educator, and Founder of Lenscratch), Kate Wolf (writer and editor, Night Papers; editor-at-large, The Los Angeles Review of Books), and Lisa Pearson (Publisher, Siglio Press), this panel will discuss small run and self-published artist books, as well as independent art and literary magazines in the Los Angeles area.
We will cover topics such as the rewards and challenges of self-publishing, how an artist goes about making a book or producing a magazine, and why collectors and art lovers should be paying attention to the growing field of artist books.
5:30 pm: Women in Art: Pop-Culture, Collaboration, and Collecting
Moderated by Nathaly Charria (independent curator and art advisor) and panelists Nicole Ehrlich (Producer, Board of Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art), Susan Hancock (Collector), Michelle Papillion (PAPILLION, Los Angeles), and Kate Durbin (New Media artist).
This panel focuses on Women in Contemporary Art, specifically looking at Pop-Culture, Collaboration, and Collecting. The panel considers various facets of contemporary art and each panelists’ role within a changing arts landscape.