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These Are 5 Outstanding Artists to See the L.A. Art Show
If you miss their work, you might live out the rest of your life bitter.
Art Girls Jungle 24 Jan 2019

On 23 January, the L.A. Art Show opens its doors for its 27th year, inviting art buyers and aficionados alike to come marvel at the West Coast’s biggest art fair. In recent years, the balance of the US art world has been slowly tilting away from its longtime center of gravity—New York—and towards its sunnier, green-smoothie-er rival across the continent. New York gallerinas can cash me outside, but I’ll stand by these words: L.A. is the new downtown, the new New York, the new Berlin, the new Mecca of the Western art world.
But don’t take my word for it: if you’re in the area, be sure to check out the 120 galleries from 18 countries gathered in the L.A. Convention Center 23-27 January. And if you’re not looking to buy, don’t worry, they’ll have something for you, too; the show’s main curatorial area, DIVERSEartLA, will be showcasing 18 provocative and visionary works from artists from all around the world.
We spoke to the chief curator of DIVERSEartLA, Marisa Caichiolo, and asked her to pick her top 5 installations and performances from the show. And let me tell you, we were so intrigued that we just had to find out more about the people behind the artwork, so we went straight to the source. We asked each artist the same 10 questions, expertly curated by yours truly and covering life, art, coffee, mornings, the creative process and everything in between. And afterwards, we decided that we couldn’t have said it better ourselves—so we didn’t.
Without further ado, in their own words, meet 5 outstanding artists to catch at the L.A. Art Show. Seriously, if you miss their work… I’m not saying that you’ll hate yourself forever and live out the rest of your life bitter, alone and drowning in remorse, but I also can’t promise that this won’t happen. Better safe than sorry, right?

Memorable Mud Installation (2017)
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Installation view of Memorable Mud, 2017.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Sometimes, you are in your ‘production mode’ and you don’t think about your everyday life. If I am in Misiones, I have breakfast while I look at the garden vegetation, while if I am in Buenos Aires, the setting is the Río de la Plata (River Plate), which I can see through my window. Every day, I do lots of different things – this is the moment to get organized. However, when I am preparing an exhibition, I go to bed thinking about what I need to do, if I have to buy materials, where I need to go, my to-do list, and I wake up with these same thoughts and immediately take action. I am currently in a moment when my work takes all my days and my thoughts. 
What inspires you to create?
In my case, my place of origin is the determining factor, that is to say, what forces me to look at the landscape where I was born and which I always value, with no kind of conditionality or prejudice. My whole work is related to the place where I was born and grew up, and where most of my memories are set – the Province of Misiones (Argentina), with a lush landscape that almost inevitably affects my work. It is vital for my inspiration. My works are very closely related to my childhood, with those experiences and memories that strongly marked my life. They are closely linked to and are inspired by those horse rides, the rainforest hikes, the naps at the ranch, and that fearless feeling of freedom when you want to explore and look into the surroundings. I was very happy then and I always return to those times. But although I travel to different places, to brooks or to natural settings, I don’t have an actual register of what I see; my whole work consists of a new, contemporary reading of this landscape. I use all the lines it is crisscrossed by as if it were a kind of invisible cobweb that is connected to my personal archaeology, to the fauna, obviously to the most visual factor – the vegetation – but also to a lot of these social and cultural elements.
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Memorable Mud, interior view, 2017.

When do you feel like your best self?
When my works manage to generate feeling and meaning, when they awaken the senses. Creating a point for introspection and making people connect with something intimate is very difficult nowadays and I think it is a valid challenge. I enjoy big challenges and undertaking huge works, not because of their size but because they generate thoughts, reflection and particularly a quest with yourself, they create room for personal introspection. This is my challenge, to cause emotion in the viewer. At present, we compete against the tablet and the smartphone, and it is very difficult to generate something truthful within the person. This is a great challenge and the kind of art I am interested in.
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Memento Mori, 2017.

How do you handle self-doubt and creative block?
In my opinion, producing is the only way to unblock or even to generate. My work has manual processes demanding several months of work and repetitive work, which is like meditating. So while I work and do the paper cuttings, many of the problems get solved and lots of new ideas arise. In my case, my own work is a creative process.
Describe your practice to someone seeing your work for the first time.
I have some lines of work: paper fretworks, like rainforest producing shadows and generating a kind of visual hive; insects: butterflies, dragonflies and cicadas – insects that undergo great transformation processes- giant, magnified in their size, which span from six meters to tiny, minute works; a line of wooden fretwork, consisting of a series of hollow trees, to which I add a sculptural production related to mud, and installations, i.e., huge stagins. These are what I am most interested in, but also the most difficult to make, due to their high cost, because I fund all my productions. In my works, I deal with nature topics or with a topic that is somehow more difficult: the ‘vanitas’ or the brevity of life, in the case of installations.
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Vuelo (Flight), 2011.
What is the most important think you’d like the public to know about your current or latest project (the work you’re presenting at DIVERSEartLA)?
Part of the concept of my works is the transformation of nature and the insects, which depicts our possibility to change, to transform ourselves and to become who we want to be. As I said, I choose insects that undergo great transformations, and I base on them the great metaphor of that transformation every human being aspires to, i.e., the wish we have to redefine ourselves and to be able to change. For DiverseArtLA, together with curator Gabriela Urtiaga, we have devised a huge participative, immersive installation involving all the senses. On the one hand, the butterflies and rainforest landscapes, and on the other, four different dioramas depicting moments of my life, childhood memories and remembrances of the loved ones who are no longer with us. Spaces that promote personal introspection and generate new landscapes using elements from the landscape itself.
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Memorable Mud, interior view, 2017.
If you could spend the day with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you do?
I have always been very familiar with art, there was a visual presence of great artists in my childhood. In fact, there was something about Flemish baroque artists that really captivated me, until I discovered Henri Matisse, who is the translation of happiness itself. The part of his cut papers and the versatility of an artist that, facing any problem, creates a new work. Even today, I feel inspired and moved by Matisse: he is an artist that, even from his resilience, produces fabulous works and, above all, has the ability to translate a feeling. I see his works and to me, they are pure happiness. There are other artists I admire for their production and their ability to generate mega installations, such as Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst, who work with nature and science from a different point of view. Anyway, if I had to choose one, that would be Matisse. It would be great to spend a day painting with him and chatting about his work.
One work of art (including books, films, theater, etc.) that changed the way you see the world?
There are two cases, or two works, that changed the way I see the world. And they are two very different works. One is a painting by Johannes Vermeer. When I was a child, there was this book at my parents’ house, and I believe this obsessive and hyper realistic painting shocked me, made me think about lots of things and made me start seeing it from another perspective. A work that had to do with observation, with detail, with stopped time. Also, without doubt, another work that really marked me was the installation Straight by Ai Weiwei, which I saw at the Venice Biennale in 2013. The installation consists of tons of iron bars straightened with a hammer for three years, which came from schools that collapsed during an earthquake in China because they were built using a smaller amount of material than needed. As a consequence, hundreds of children were killed. This particular work strongly shocked me and changed the paradigm of what art is today. In general, my vision of art has to do with these two things – a little of this concept and this reality, and a little of Vermeer’s beauty and purity.
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Spring, 2018.

It’s 2070, and first year college students are studying for their art history exam. What are they learning about the art world of 2019?

Luckily, it is plural, diverse and not just reduced to plastic art. I believe the art we see today is in movies, at the cinema, in photography, and is being constructed as a language from different gathered elements. But above all, it tells us about diversity and it is also related to love, acceptance and the ability to share.
Finish the sentence: Art is… 
Art is a way to see life. In my opinion, there is no difference between the artist’s work and his/her life, we always talk and tell our intimate life in different ways. As Marcel Duchamp used to say, “the artist is the work.” For me, it has a lot to do with this curiosity, when you cease to be curious, you start to lose the will to live, or life becomes a routine. The idea is never to lose the curiosity we have when we are children. If there is anything that I am distinguished for, it is this search or this relentless curiosity about a variety of things.
Follow Andres Paredes on Instagram.

Survivor! Share Your 98 Second Story (part of PING PONG)
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What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I’ve become a bit of an insomniac, so I’m usually awake from 3-6am reading and writing. When the day starts, I take a little nap to re-energize before I get up to make breakfast for my daughter.
What inspires you to create?
All people struggle with concerns of isolation, meaninglessness, mortality, and freedom, as identified by Irv Yalom, pioneer in the field of existential psychotherapy. My art is inspired by confronting my own existential concerns and facilitating others to do the same. Yalom also identified 11 therapeutic factors that influence change and healing in groups, such as the instillation of hope, universality, altruism and catharsis. As a trauma-informed community art facilitator, I apply Yalom’s factors to my performative and clinical work to help create meaningful experiences for the participants and the audience.
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When do you feel like your best self?
My daughter, Gaia, motivates and inspires me to do my best every day. I want her to feel loved, confident, proud, strong, aware, self-assured and protected. Unfortunately, my own mom wasn’t able to nurture me with those assurances and I grew up feeling like I had to fend for myself, like a feral cat. It’s still very hard for me to let my guard down. My daughter inspires me to be the mom I never had.
How do you handle self-doubt and creative block?
I wear many different hats in my life. I’m a mom, a spouse, a business owner, an artist, an activist and expressive arts therapist. I have a lot going on and it’s really challenging for me to make time to sit and develop new ideas. At this point, I live in the moment and trust that new ideas and opportunities will come at the right time. I don’t pressure myself to create. Also, my performances are becoming increasingly more expensive to realize and I don’t always receive funding to help me offset the costs, so I need to be very selective about what I do. One of my intentions this year is to spend time developing new financial strategies for producing large-scale projects.
Describe your practice to someone seeing your work for the first time.
I create immersive works of art and public events that engage the community in environmental, economic and social advancement. Recent projects have focused on food scarcity, climate change, trauma and human rights. I create open-ended experiences that unfold as we engage with them.
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What is the most important think you’d like the public to know about your current or latest project (the work you’re presenting at DIVERSEartLA)?
I was invited to create a piece for DIVERSEartLA in late September of 2018, the week that Dr Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate. After her testimony, The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network announced that the number of calls to its National Sexual Assault hotline surged by 201 percent. Along with millions of other people, I was deeply triggered. It motivated me to take action.
Abuse is complicated and survivors need to be heard. I wanted to create a collaborative piece with artist survivors who would be willing to come forward and bespeak their experiences, break the silence, de-stigmatize the shame and heal some of the trauma. Sexual assault and interpersonal violence also overlap with many social justice struggles.  As the California Coalition Against Sexual Violence says, “working towards a future without sexual violence means that advocates, survivors, and communities need to respond to a complex and layered reality that centers on the needs of those survivors most marginalized, silenced, and unseen.”
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If you could spend the day with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you do?
I would love to spend the day with Maya Angelou playing Scrabble.
One work of art (including books, films, theater, etc.) that changed the way you see the world? 
Andy Warhol became my imaginary friend when I was in 4th grade after I read a story about him in the Sunday paper. I imagined myself running away to The Factory and becoming Andy’s youngest apprentice.
It’s 2070, and first year college students are studying for their art history exam. What are they learning about the art world of 2019? 
The art history students of the future would see that 2019 marked a significant emergence of non-binary and gender non-conforming artists.
Finish the sentence: Art is… 
Art is always challenging the notion of what art is.
Check out Elizabeth Tobias’ YouTube channel.

27 Peces/27 Fish Installation (2018)
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27 Peces / 27 Fish, 2018.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
The first thing that I do in the morning when I wake up, at 4am, is to think about the delicious coffee that awaits me, my traveling companion!! I think about the ritual that I do every day, go to look for my breakfast in the coffee shop and cross my first words of the day with the people I meet there!!
What inspires you to create?
What inspires me most to create is when I find parts or articles already used previously by someone else or designed by someone else in the past that give me the opportunity to develop or manufacture a new piece, a new object or character around the original piece. Not only I am inspired by the forms that this or these objects have, the material or the finish with which they were made, but also the history that each of them holds. For example, if I find an electric iron from the 1940s, it was used by a family, by a grandmother, passed through the hands of many people, people I never knew, not even I was born yet! These articles preserve unique stories and have seen incredible events maybe! Now they will be transformed into a new character without losing that essence, that story!!!
When do you feel like your best self?
I always feel myself, practically all the time, in fact I feel that inside me two souls live, two souls that are constantly consulting each other, asking what to do now? Where are we going? And that in turn administer to all the goblins that are running inside my head! I have my own Disneyland inside of me, I never get bored, even if I have to make a trip of a hundred continuous hours by plane, I never get bored!!!
How do you handle self-doubt and creative block?
When I have doubts or a creative block I realize that I am beginning to boycott myself, that I am beginning to lose confidence in the project, that I am wasting time on something that may not be what I thought at the beginning! That’s when I say to myself: Do not let your arms down, keep working with the same confidence and firmness with which you started the project and do not forget the enthusiasm and expectations around the original idea!!! This gives me fuel to achieve the project from the beginning to the end!!!
Describe your practice to someone seeing your work for the first time.
When I have the opportunity to speak with someone who sees my work for the first time, the first thing I do, unconsciously, is to identify how much this person was impressed with my work, depending on that reaction is the enthusiasm it will generate in me to explain the most In detail with which parts and materials is my work constituted and what were the reasons why I made it. In the end I always try that this person really enjoyed that moment with me and that in his mind he keeps a piece of my art with a lot of love!
What is the most important think you’d like the public to know about your current or latest project (the work you’re presenting at DIVERSEartLA)?
I honestly believe that each of my works are unique, each one has a different inspiration, a moment of my life and a different mood that was and is reflected in that piece. By having the opportunity to represent the Latino community with my work ”27 FISHES,” I have the great opportunity also to show my art and to inspire many more people than I have done so far. I think it was also the perfect time and the place to introduce this work, my work, to the world!
If you could spend the day with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you do?
If I had the opportunity to spend a day with a living artist, this would be Jeff Koons. I admire his work a lot, not so much because of the shapes of his sculptures since they are not really original creations, but because I am much more impressed by the size of his works, the quality of his finishes, at the same time I feel a little identified with him, not because of what he achieved, but because of what I want to achieve! I would also ask him why he married a porn star?
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27 Peces / 27 Fish, 2018.
One work of art (including books, films, theater, etc.) that changed the way you see the world?
One of the books I read and liked the most was El Alquimista or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Besides being a fiction story super interesting, this book has left me a very important learning phrase: As you do or realize your dream do not think that what the other is doing is better than yours or that you can do something better than what you already started and that this thing you are already doing does not have as much future as you thought at the beginning!! Those are bargains that the only thing you will get with them is to divert your energies, delay or abandon your goals completely and be jumping from one new project to another all the time! After this I complete what I said with my own phrase: While you are developing an idea, you can come and go in your mind again and again, perfecting it or simplifying it more and more, they are only thoughts, but when you have invested your first hour and first cent in the project, it starts and is carried out completely until the end!
It’s 2070, and first year college students are studying for their art history exam. What are they learning about the art world of 2019?
I believe that art students of the year 2070 will learn or study about the art of our time not only abstract styles of paintings or sculptures that are characterized as contemporary art of our time but also the use of new techniques and processes that gave us technology in recent years. For example: the cutting of metal with laser or water machines, 3D printers, the use of fiberglass, epoxy or polyester resins, the new chemical-based paints, the gigantic CNC Routers that allow us to sculpt a sculpture of any size from our computer, the new methods of manufacturing molds using silicone rubber and latex rubber among many other processes used since a few years ago! Surely at that time all these methods are going to be quite obsolete compared to those of that time, year 2070. Already in that year our art is going to become classic art!
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27 Peces / 27 Fish, 2018.
Finish the sentence: Art is…
I would define art as a “different orgasm in each of our senses” For example, when we have sex, of course, we enjoy a lot of the final point, we enjoy the great orgasm! I believe that in art we should have the same thing, we could feel it in a good song, in a good dinner, in a good perfume or even in a good work of art, be it a sculpture, a painting, a film or a photograph!!! Each of us perceives in different ways, for example, some people like Ferrari coupes while others like Lamborghinis coupes. Nothing is written in preferences!! What I mean by this is that when I see a piece of art, talking about plastic art, it does not matter which,
this must cause me not only an emotion or special attraction for the history that surrounds it, but also it would have to cause me a strong visual orgasm, a huge desire to possess it!! If the work accomplishes this in me, then there is art!
Follow Cristian Castro on Instagram.

Nodrissx/Narcissx Performance (2019)
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Still from short film “PAISA,” Directed by Dorian Wood, 2019.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
i wrap myself in my favorite afghan and walk over to the veranda with a cup of ginger mint tea and i let nature penetrate my being thru winds and aromas of pine and wet grass and i scream make me art make me art over and over make me art make me art over and overReady to share your passion with the world? Start your website now. Build without boundaries at WordPress.com. 
What inspires you to create?
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Trophy, White people hair mounted on wood, exhibited at LAST Projects for Queer Biennial 2018.
When do you feel like your best self?
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How do you handle self-doubt and creative block?
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What is the first thing you do in the morning?

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Performance at Moers Festival, Germany, June 5, 2017.
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Infestación: pisos I, II, III, Performance at The Broad, Los Angeles, November 15, 2018.

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Still from short film “CORPULENXIA,” Directed by Sinan G., 2017.

Catch Dorian’s performance January 23, 6:30-10:30pm, and follow them on Instagram.

You should wear your revolution performance (2019)
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You should wear your revolution performance at A Performance Affair during Brussels Gallery Week, September 8, 2018.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I masturbate but … Let’s say read and answer my e-mails.
What inspires you to create?
Cultural and political issues … I invite us to question the major challenges we face today and articulate the experience of “otherness.”
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Polaroid research for You should wear your revolution, Sarah Trouche ADAGP.
When do you feel like your best self?
My best self!? When I perform as I am not anymore myself. In my action I try to be a blank page for the others to protest and say loud what they want of try to express. I try to become a symbol through the color and the gestures, a symbol representing what you want to see in them, they transcend ordinary life to carry ideas.
How do you handle self-doubt and creative block?
I don’t have creative block as I am surrounding by causes to defend I have no choice to keep the action but I have a lot of self doubt and the first one is not to have found the right gestures that will carry what my partner want to express.
Describe your practice to someone seeing your work for the first time.
Colors, body, territories, political issues, women’s emancipation. My practice is moving between several communities and attempts to enlighten our understanding of universal dynamics between form and politics, and between history and representation. I work across borders, cultures and disciplines.
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You should wear your revolution, installation at A Performance Affair during Brussels Gallery Week, September 8, 2018.
What is the most important think you’d like the public to know about your current or latest project (the work you’re presenting at DIVERSEartLA)?
This is a collective piece! Made possible by the invitation of the curator Marisa Caichiolo and the support of the Galerie Marguerite Milin and Kiss my art Paris.
With this action I am committed to research women’s emancipation. Inspired by the history of France during the French Revolution and the movement of the “Sans-culottes,” I decided to create a collective piece called “You should wear your revolution.” During several months I collected hundreds of underwear from women. Through this donation women are speaking loud! More and more women join their voices by sending their underwear to me. So, the performative sculptures are the proof of the women’s commitment represented by the performance. Each pair of underwear carries a story, an intimacy. In the same way, each breeches has its color determined by its owner, bringing not a color to this fight, but a cameo of purple, pink, green, white to this battle. This cameo symbolizes today all the voices of these women who took their underwear out of their drawers.
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You should wear your revolution, installation at A Performance Affair during Brussels Gallery Week, September 8, 2018.
If you could spend the day with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you do?
Only one! I would love to meet Olympe de Gouges author of the Déclaration des droits de la femme et de la citoyenne.
One work of art (including books, films, theater, etc.) that changed the way you see the world?
“Gender Trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity” by Judith Butler.
Camille Claudel’s letter to Paul Claudel: “Je réclame la liberté à grand cris.
May B, the chorographical piece of Maguy Marin.
It’s 2070, and first year college students are studying for their art history exam. What are they learning about the art world of 2019?
No idea…  unfortunately art history is really selective in particular with women’s art.
Finish the sentence: “Art is …
A weapon, let us work together with courage and patience to make the world more gender-equal.”
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Polaroid research for You should wear your revolution, Sarah Trouche ADAGP, 2018.
Catch Sarah’s performance on January 23 at 6:30 pm, and follow her on Instagram.

Text by Katya Lopatko.
All photos courtesy of the artists.

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