Walking through UCLA's graduate studios in Culver City one Saturday evening is a like walking through a giant sprawling work in process, something artists rarely make in public, because it's messy, untuned, revealing in its imperfection, and of course, just incomplete. All the shabby studentness of the event contributed to the rawness of the works: half names scrawled on doors, crates of beers, some cheese and crackers warming on the floor of an installation. Compared to the professional patina of parallel graduate events at schools in London, for example, there was a looseness and liberialism about this that was good to see—especially with all the attention L.A.'s art scene is getting right now.
There were things happening that piqued our interest, and from some of these boxy studios will emerge the next major creators. Hope is a fine thing.
Loved this marshmallowy Californian colored sculpture piece by Ravi Jackson.
Ana Juarez' brilliantly funny sculptures.
Brittany Mojo's beautiful craftsmanship.
Sarah Sarchin's striking take on the corporeal canvas.
The presentation of Paul Mpagi Sepuya's large-scale photography was cleaner than most.
Part of Jonathan Fields' installation that pranked everyone—warm beers in a bucket, and a fake $100 bill on the floor. Reminded us of Ryan Gander.
Delightful designs by Catharine Ahearn.
We couldn't get in the room for the performance by Audra Wist as Joan Rabid, but we could definitely hear it: eardrum-splittingly loud.
A cabinesque installation filling all of Yuji Hotta's studio, with questionably safe stairs up to a second floor.
Inspiration pinned to the door of a studio. Just got a subscription.
Pubes, of course. It's a student thing. Both images part of Mitsuko Brooks' wood-scented installation.
Michael Cataldi's video projection was shot at the vacant Whitney Museum. He also made the bench the viewers are sitting on.
—The ArtSlant Team