Since the mid-1950s, Los Angeles has been a hotbed of new talent, groundbreaking galleries, museums, and alternative art spaces. A freedom and exuberance exists that isn't bound by the more staid artistic tradition that dominates the east coast. Throughout Southern California and the greater LA area are pockets of art-world brilliance, from Malibu to Culver City to Chinatown. Claremont, California is no exception. World-class artists such as Karl Benjamin call Claremont home and the Claremont Colleges have spawned such names as Chris Burden and James Turrell.
The next generation of emerging artists that live and work in our community is what makes up EMERGENT 12, a new exhibition at OBJCT Gallery, curated by David Shearer.
Featuring the work of 12 MFA candidates at Claremont Graduate University, EMERGENT 12 reflects an artistic movement that documents a shift in what is perceived or what is real through various media.
As elements of our life move closer to art, and as art moves directly into the path of life, the differences between the artificial and real are becoming progressively blurred. Some of these artists create physical structures that intersect with everyday life, while others construct elaborate fictional systems that fuse elements of reality and fantasy. Some create elaborate invented worlds where past, present, and future are collapsed into one and where art historical icons and the debris of contemporary pop culture have equal relevance. A new vocabulary All have developed new models of contemporary reality that are as fictional as they are real.
The artists whose work is represented in this exhibition are: Shiva Aliabadi, Clifford Eberly, Kyla Hansen, Elana Melissa Hill, Amy Hyunh, Brian Thomas Jones, Joe Lloyd, Melanie Moore, Thinh Nguyen, Erin Payne, Nano Rubio, Eric Schott.