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Made In L.A. 2014: A Review

Hammer Made In L.A. 2014 Los Angeles Barry Johnston 2

The Hammer feels like a giant collage right now. There are rooms where framed artworks form a tight grid while actual collages scale walls, enveloping the viewer. Pieces move from one to another in movements that overlap both seamlessly and with those seams out in the open. There’s a feeling of excitement and curiosity as a result.

This is Made In L.A. 2014, a much more sophisticated and well executed local biennial compared to the 2012 mammoth of a show. Everything about the 2014 incarnation feels like an educated effort. There are clear acknowledgements of the show’s already long history and it is made clear to audiences why and how these artists should be exhibited. Rarely does a show feel like a moving catalogue, functioning as it’s own documentary while existing in the present—but Made In L.A. 2014 feels this way.

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Made In L.A.: Our Top Five Picks—Pre-Show

Made In L.A. Hammer Los Angeles

After counting down all thirty five artists participating in this year’s Made In L.A., it’s time to step back and remember why that was done: because we—the audience—get to vote on an artist we feel most deserving of a prize. There are three prizes happening this year and one of them is from us. After researching and studying the persons presenting works, we wanted to share five that we feel have the chance of winning our hearts, before we’ve even set foot into the show. Thus, our top five picks, pre-show, the ones we theorize could walk away with a prize.

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Made In L.A., 2014: Judy Fiskin, 35.35

MADE IN LA 2014 Judy Fiskin Los Angeles Hammer 1

Made In L.A. is returning to the Hammer on June 15 and will showcase thirty five emerging and/or under-recognized Los Angeles artists. The show will offer a Public Recognition Award of $25K to an artist that YOU vote on. In order to help you make an educated vote this Summer and get a better sense of all the artists, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by sharing mini-profiles of each artist.

Judy Fiskin is a photographer and video maker whose work reminds of self-referential documentary.

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Yowsah Ace Hotel Ambrosia Salad Kim Ahn

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Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Labor Day

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Carsick 13 Spazzkid Lovers

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