By Patter Hellstrom
Art Platform Los Angeles relocated this year to the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. This is the second edition of this modern and contemporary art fair. Exhibition pavilions were designed to reflect Southern California lifestyle with a simple, clean environmental mix of outdoor and indoor spaces. The idea worked well, however the planes taking off and landing were not conducive to the relaxed atmosphere. The fair states it’s commitment to broaden audiences, contribute to the vibrant Los Angeles art community and encourage dialogue between Los Angeles and the international art community. The fair fell short on the last count as Art Platform consisted of an abundance of American galleries with west coast dominance.
If there was a commonality between galleries it was an overriding interest in texture and surface. Galleries of note were Haines Gallery, Hosfelt Gallery, and Hackett /Mill. Haines Gallery in San Francisco offered a thoughtful variety well crafted works by established artists such as painter Darren Waterston’s Black Lobe from 2003. His sensitive hand creates a range from high gloss renaissance spatial use of color, to a very contemporary surface marking system that imitates the ridges of the brain.
Darren Waterston, Black Lobe
Hackett / Mill presents museum quality midcentury abstracts such Japanese artist Masatoyo Kishi’s piece Opus No. 61-71 from 1961. This painting stops the viewer in their tracks, engaging the eye with vibrant energy and spectacular brushwork. Howard Hodgkin’s small but powerful works shared the stage with Kishi. These remarkable pieces made the San Francisco gallery a standout at the fair.
Masatoyo Kishi, Opus No. 61-71
Jim Campbell’s large-scale digital installation felt like a window on street life with an ever-changing drama. Campbell concurrently can be seen in a large-scale installation at SFMOMA. Hosfelt Gallery located in both San Francisco and New York not only presented Campbell but also included museum quality works by Jay Defeo. Defeo’s work will open in November at the SFMOMA offering a view into this amazing artist known for her epic work, The Rose. The works on paper at their booth offered a rare look at her work. There were a few surprises to engage the viewer, however this year Art Platform followed a well practiced recipe seen in fairs nationwide, losing both its’ unique urban location and the sense of excitement from its inaugural year.
Jay DeFeo at Hosfelt Gallery Booth