I have been attending art fairs in Los Angeles since ART/LA was established in 1986. During ART/LA's run, which ended in 1993, the fair hosted established galleries from all over the world. It was a very exciting time. BMW of North America funded the last two years of the fair and even commissioned an L.A. artist to paint an ArtCar -- I painted a car for the fair in 1993. Then a drought hit and there were to be no more art fairs of this magnitude for a very long time. Things felt barren.
Though there has been a revival of art fairs within the last decade in Los Angeles, none have felt as energetic to me as last week's Art Platform, organized by Adam Gross and brought to you by the same people responsible for the annual Armory Show® in New York. I felt very heartened. No doubt some of the energy felt at Art Platform and throughout L.A.'s art community comes from Getty's initiative Pacific Standard Time, an initiative that will certainly change the perception of art inside and outside the city limits of Los Angeles.
I visited the Art Platform a couple of times this last weekend and it occurred to me how interesting it is when one is presented with a myriad of art work -- how, especially as artists, we are on the hunt to see ourselves, how we form our preferences and how each of us fundamentally takes away with them a unique art fair, one that is perhaps seen only by us as individuals.
Here is a simple slide show of images that really stuck with me and a clock -- a clock whose function appears to remind me that, as an artist, the days, months and years are filled with a sense of urgency to create the work I'm meant to make.
As Time Goes By (Siemensuhr), 2005 - 2010
Siemens clock with reverse rotating dial, with remote control
17 inch diameter
Image courtesy of Andrae Kaufmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
(Here is a selection of guests at the Art Platform opening, all dressed up!)