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Anyone who has spent time in LA understands that it is a thriving art capital because of the artists living and working here. While I could list many more, here are three artists I will be keeping a close eye on in 2018.

Greg Ito in his studio. Photo by Roman Koval.

The first artist ArtCubed has commissioned for ARTXFOOD, Greg Ito, grew up in Los Angeles; his intimate knowledge and love for the city is apparent throughout his work. Greg is truly a 21st century artist. He creates evocative experiences for his audience through immersive installations using light, sculpture, paintings, and theatrical flourishes. Though I’ve seen many of the individual elements of his installation titled Hallowed Ground (swans with neon wings, paintings and sculptures depicting childhood fantasy narratives, and a 4’ high flickering chandelier to name a few), when the whole thing comes together in May, it’s going to be a magical, transformative happening that will raise the bar for what’s possible when you marry contemporary art and cuisine. Don’t forget to snag earlybird tickets while they last!

Genevieve Gaignard. Selfie, 2016. Chromogenic print, 20 × 30 inches
Image courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles

Shulamit Nazarian has one of strongest and most diverse gallery programs in LA right now, so it’s no surprise that they represent Genevieve Gaignard, whose solo exhibition last year titled The Powder Room, was outstanding. Gaignard’s self-portraits and installations tackle intersectional identity politics with a keen eye that nods toward drag culture, pop aesthetics, and female representation in the media. Check out Gaignard’s instagram account for sneak peeks into her process and future series.

The Tuba Thieves,
Written, directed, edited by Alison O’Daniel based on musical scores by Christine Sun Kim, Steve Roden, and Ethan Frederick Greene
2013-ongoing, HD Video, 16mm, VHS.
Starring: Nyke Prince, Cinematography: Meena Singh, Soraya Sélène Burtnett, and Judy Phu.

I first encountered Alison O’Daniel’s work in 2013 with her cross-genre project The Tuba Thieves, which examines the absence of sound among other themes. O’Daniel approaches video and film, sculpture, installation, and sound work all with a cinematic feel that transcends the boundaries of each medium. O’Daniel’s work hasn’t been shown around LA as much as it deserves, so I’m really looking forward to her inclusion in the upcoming Hammer Biennial, Made in L.A., this fall.

by Whitney Carter


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