"LA is the epicenter of creativity in the world today," said Jarl Mohn at the preview of Made in L.A. 2012: the first Los Angeles biennial hosted by The Hammer Museum and LAXART. The event comprises sixty LA-based artists in three LA venues throughout the summer months.

You won't be seeing Angelenos like Frank Gehry and Ed Ruscha at this exhibition, but instead under-publicized or up-and-coming artists. Liz Glynn, Alex Olson, Ashley Hunt, Animal Charm, Simone Forti, Mimi Lauter, Patricia Fernández, Brenna Youngblood and Koki Tanaka are just some of the diverse and talented artists featured in Made in L.A. 2012.

The biennial is "a snapshot of what's happening in this city now," says Annie Philbin, director of the Hammer Museum.

Made in L.A. 2012 can be seen at the Hammer Museum, LAXART in Culver City, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park from June 2–September 2, 2012. Ali Subotnick, Curator for the Hammer is organizing the Venice Beach Biennial, from July 13–15 in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012.

For more information on Made in L.A. 2012 visit the website or Facebook page. Follow #MadeinLA on Twitter and take a look at the American Apparel x Made in L.A. 2012 merchandise.

All images courtesy of the Hammer Museum:
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  • Thomas Lawson. Red Menace, 2009. Oil on canvas. 72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm). Courtesy the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Heather Rasmussen.

  • Kathryn Andrews. Rainbow Successor, 2011. Stainless steel, rented costume. 73 x 51 x 48 in. (185.4 x 129.5 x 121.9 cm). Ringier Collection, Switzerland. Courtesy the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Brian Forrest.

  • Michele O'Marah. Character Portrait (Isabella Blow, Mario Testino version), 2012. Digital photograph. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

  • Zac Monday. Hark and Waite, 2011. Yarn, synthetic fabric, 72 in. (182.9 cm)-tall human figure. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Noah Doely.

  • Nzuji de Magalhães. Daily Perplexities, 2009-12. Performance with four pianos. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

  • Liz Glynn. Trojan Surrogates, Large Diadem with Pendants, 2010 (detail). Paper trash with gold acrylic. 13 1/2 x 18 x 1/8 in. (34.3 x 45.7 x 0.3 cm). Collection of Stacy and John Rubeli. Courtesy the artist and Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles. Photo by Brica Wilcox.

  • Alex Olson. Architect, 2011. Oil on canvas. 41 x 29 in. (104.1 x 73.7 cm). Courtesy the artist; Lisa Cooley Fine Art, New York; and Shane Campbell Gal- lery, Chicago. Photo by Lee Thompson.

  • Sarah Conaway. V, 2011. Chromogenic print. 17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm). Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.

  • Nicole Miller. Still from Untitled, 2012. Two rooms, three digital projections, color, sound. Runtime not yet determined. Courtesy the artist.

  • Lisa Williamson. Pale Stilts, 2011. Aluminum, canvas, paper, enamel, acrylic. 56 x 43 x 18 in. (142.2 x 109.2 x 45.7 cm). Installation view, Weird Walks into a Room (Comma), The Box, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago. 

  • Meg Cranston. California, 2006. Gouache and collage on paper. 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Courtesy the artist and Venetia Kaper- nekas Gallery, New York. Photo by Jeff Sturges.

  • Dan Finsel. At work in the studio in Chatsworth, CA, 2011. The Space Between You and Me, 2012 (detail). Courtesy the artist. Photo by Joshua White.

  • Roy Dowell. Untitled #941, 2008. Paper, cardboard, acrylic and oil paint, wood base. 14 x 14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy the artist. Photo by Brian Forrest.

  • Henry Taylor. Jesse Owens in '36, 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 87 1/2 x 77 in. (222.3 x 195.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and Untitled, New York.