Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only: Generic Nightmare Images Anyone?

Go ahead and miss "Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only" at the Hammer. The Hammer’s biennial exhibition of random LA artists all vying for $25k and up, which makes you sad to think about when none of the ideas here are worth $25k. These are generic set pieces someone would put in the background of a movie to make you think you're at a modern art museum...a bad one.

Each piece is ugly, each setting random and cheap. 

Our favorite of all the mess was the one we wouldn't really distinguish as art. Daniel R. Small’s project excavates the Cecil B. DeMille Ten Commandments set, from Guadalupe, California, that was burned down so nobody else could use it. Small than correlates how the film has created our societal view of what Egypt looked  like and how it's perceived today. His example being the Luxor. It's a great way of saying how films and other media makes us see something from a view created by Hollywood and you could say it's still happening. Small's exhibit is a fake real Egypt exhibit.

Other than that...

Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only
Ends Aug 28
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024