Jennifer Steinkamp, "Botanic 2", 2016, computer-generated animation, dimensions variable
Saturday, June 10, 2017, Acme, a groundbreaking Los Angeles gallery, shut its doors for good, a mere seven months after relocating from mid-Wilshire to Frogtown.
Acme’s impact on the Los Angeles art scene throughout the ‘90s and first decade of the new millennium was profound.
While the gallery and others’ tally Acme’s tenure at 22 years (1994-2017) – directors Randy Sommer’s and Robert Gunderman’s joint term as significant contributors to Los Angeles’ art scene began in 1992 when, together with Leonard Bravo and Stephen Hartzog, they co-directed Food House. (Sommer joining the other three shortly after the gallery’s inception.) (more…)
Matt Johnson, Star in a Jar, 2011, glass, electronics, 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 x3 1/2 inches, pedestal: 40 1/2 x 21 x 21 inches
From the first time I saw his sculptures in 2003, I’ve been struck by the strange, invisible mystery that flows through most of Matt Johnson’s work. That aspect of his artistic output has been easy to miss, since it has frequently been obscured by the artist’s unusual brand of deadpan humor – (most publicly visible in the emblematic and tiny sculpture of a slice of bread with a face bitten out of it that graced street banners advertising the Hammer Museum’s 2005 THING exhibition.)
Matt Johnson, Breadface, 2004, cast plastic and oil paint, 3 3/4 x 4 x 3/4 inches