Made In L.A. is coming to the Hammer, Barnsdall Park, LAXART, and billboards around town on June 2 and will showcase sixty emerging, under-recognized Los Angeles artists–one of which will be voted to win a $100,000 prize. In order to help you make an educated vote this summer, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by showcasing each artist participating in the biennial.
Jill Spector is a multi-media artist known for making ethereal, collaged sculptures.
“The sculpture is a performance. The sculpture is also a performance made up of gestures, and through these gestures, the form she takes is infinite,” she says in her statement. This is very emblematic of her work which, as you can see, are these pieces composed of all different materials–wood, wire, paper, photo, wires–resulting in shapes similar to a ghost or something from beyond this world. They are knots that seem to serve as extensions of self, the sculpture as performance and manifestation of herself.
Spector’s works are referred to as “handmade blobs and bibs” and “bodies” as they change from your point of view and angle. Her sculpture engages the viewer, inviting them to investigate and figure out exactly what is going on. Like Eat Space above, the piece is almost like a wormhole that has sucked up the contents of a room and then shrouded and beautified in a porcelain looking sheet. From one angle, the piece is a knot of a person, maybe a dancer frozen under a white silk dress. From another angle, it looks like a beautified bindle, artwork, gold foil, bloomers, and a baguette falling out of it. Like performance and dance, you have to look at Spector’s work from different angles and engage with it in some form.
We’re fans of Spector’s artwork but know she has great photographic and two dimensional work, like Sculpture on paper below. We hope she brings one of her somewhat haunting and absorbing pieces to Made In L.A. as we’d love to see it in person.