“Made in L.A.” is a biennial art show at the Hammer Museum that features the art work of people that live in Los Angeles. I live in L.A. and am heading over there to see how much it reflects our city.
Southern California is basically a giant airstrip where governments and companies are constantly blasting stuff into the sky. Hang out anywhere long enough and some supersonic space jet will fly by and rattle your skull. One time I was at a BBQ in Echo Park and we watched a satellite blast off and leave the earth’s atmosphere and enter space in an explosion of smoke and color as we ate our carne asada tacos. I wish I had a cup of Tang to drink with this cereal art piece.
These paintings are way smarter than me. These paintings definitely have MFA’s and may even have adjunct professor gigs on the side. These paintings have a non-profit that shows cutting edge contemporary art in a bathtub in Koreatown. My aspiration is just to be cool enough to hang out with these paintings one day.
My daughter loves to make fun of me about this story. One time, when I was going to a maker-space that has a laser cutter I like to use, a kickball came bouncing up to me. I looked up and across the street was a bunch of middle schoolers in various states of climbing the fence that enclosed their school. They were yelling to me, “Hey!! OLD MAN!! Hey Old Man! Give us that ball back!! Yo! Old Man! Can you throw the ball?!” I placed my pile of laser cutter material on the sidewalk and picked up the ball. Then I took a three step running wind up and threw the ball about forty yards over the kids heads into their schoolyard. They had to get down off the fence and run after it. My daughter finds this story hilarious.
The stand out piece in this show was Stained Glass Smoking Meat Tube Man and the Tree of Melting Meat Pizzas. I think the cigarette in the white meat tube man even lit up and blew smoke. I can’t even comprehend what any of this is made of. This piece is like taking magic mushrooms and riding a rental scooter down Pico Boulevard.