Art Los Angeles Contemporary is an international contemporary art fair featuring today’s most renowned galleries, both established and emerging. ALAC is in its 8th year and, luckily for us, it is housed in the Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport, just down the road from Rumba.
One of the first booths as we entered the show was Ibid, a gallery located in downtown LA and London. The charming founder and director Magnus Edensvard is Swedish, but speaks with a British accent after spending many years in London. The work of James Herman stood out in Ibid’s booth, especially his vertical wood carvings, drenched in vibrant blue paint. Herman is a young artist who Magnus described as living off the grid on a piece of land in the Pasadena area. He built his own home and studio there and lives without electricity.
Brent Waddon at Berlin-based Peres Projects was another stand out. Waddon creates beautiful hand-woven works full of colorful compositions. His warped and wobbly lines are a celebration of the imperfect. Waddon is a Canadian artist currently living in Berlin and Vancouver.
Hong Kong Gallery 10 Chancery Lane featured works by Chinese painter, whose bold and modern abstractions fit right into the rumba aesthetic.
The other artist pictured tubular colorful resin piece is Thomas Linder.
This year’s fair includes a series of lectures, screenings, and on-site collaborations with local artists.