Made in L.A. 2012 is the Hammer Museum's first large-scale biennial survey of the work of Los Angeles-based artists. Organized by the Hammer in collaboration with LA><ART--institutions with a long-standing commitment to recognizing and supporting Los Angeles's extraordinary community of artists--the exhibition further underscores our dedication to the local art scene and our shared belief that one of our city's greatest assets is its artists.
Join us for the public opening of Made in L.A. 2012. Hosted by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates.
Among the artists: Nery Gabriel Lemus explores the politics of difference and representation through works in a wide range of mediums. His graphic mural Until the Day Breaks and Shadows Flee #2 depicts scenes centered on the theme of domestic violence. To create the mural, Lemus selected material from colorful pocket-size Mexican graphic novels and translated it into oversize sepia-toned images.
By removing the text from the images and leaving the dialogue bubbles empty, Lemus puts forth narratives capable of taking on distinct meanings for viewers. Placed at the entrance to the gallery is a site-specific large-scale Guatemalan carpet, or alfombra, made from dyed sawdust. Alfombras are traditionally made for Holy Week, and Lemus's version incorporates his own pattern work and imagery reminiscent of his graphic murals. Taken together, the mural and the alfombra generate a dialogue between the issue of domestic violence and the elements of transition, change, and healing associated with the processions for which the alfombras are created.
As a Made in L.A. artist, Nery is eligible for the The Mohn Award. The $100,000 award will be distributed over two years to an artist from the exhibition and will be accompanied by the publication of a book on the finalist's work. All 60 artists at all three Made in L.A. 2012 venues are eligible to win the Mohn Award.
The Mohn Award follows in the tradition of the Tate's Turner Prize and the Whitney Museum of American Art's Bucksbaum Award. It is different in one significant way, however: while a professional jury will select five finalists from among the 60 artists, the Mohn Award recipient will be chosen by visitors to the exhibition through online and on-site voting.
Voters must register onsite at Hammer Museum or Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Registration is available during museum and gallery hours.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
2:00PM to 5:00PM
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027