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Announcing! The Top 10 California Artists You Need to Know in 2012

This article comes to us courtesy of California Home + Design.

We asked the top art curators in the state to help us pick the 10 California artists who are on the rise. On the panel were Franklin Sirmans (Chief Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA), Jens Hoffmann (Director, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts), Rebecca Morse (Associate Curator, MOCA, LA), Jill Dawsey (Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), Eli Ridgway (Owner of Eli Ridgway Gallery in SF), and Craig Nelson (Director of Fine Art Painting, Academy of Art University). Now, find out who made the cut.

Matt Lipps
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San Francisco. Artist Matt Lipps' edgy photosculptural remixes originate in an analogy first articulated by the late French literary theorist Roland Barthes. "Basically, every photograph is a moment in time to which we can never return," explains Lipps, 36, who is also an assistant art professor at San Francisco State University. "This helps me understand what it means to encounter and be with a photograph." Arguably, Lipps' theatrical mash-ups of stand-up cutouts, made from images gathered from old magazines and books ("I dislocate parts and figures from an original context, and bring them into play with parts of other photographs," he explains), actually challenge this notion of death by snapshot. The dioramas, which explore everything from art history ("HORIZON/S" series) to sexuality and identity issues ("70s"), comprise forgotten images that have been resurrected into three-dimensional contexts, complete with dramatic lighting. The mind bender continues: For the final product, the artist photographs the scenes, returning the tableaux to their flat, but newly meaningful, existence. Lipps will be featured in an exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery next month.
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