Focus LA: Emerging Art curated by Amanda Hunt

Focus LA presents special projects by emerging artists and is organized for the first time by Amanda Hunt (Director of Public Programs and Creative Practice, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art).

The section will feature 11 young LA spaces, all bringing together radical artists and collectives, whose work tells stories about work, cultural identity and the environment; while experimenting with materials, from ceramics and design to performance and photography.

Ben Sakoguchi, Bel Ami

work and performance

Highlights include artists with an interest in work and industry, such as Rodrigo Valenzuelanew series of performative photographs. These eerie images evoke early steel production, when workers were treated as engines, while imagining a new relationship between man and machine in a post-worker world (with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles).

Rodrigo Valenzuela, Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, Focus LA, Frieze Los Angeles 2022
Rodrigo Valenzuela, Luis de Jesus Los Angeles

Jay Lynn Gomez who is known for her paintings, collages and sculptural works that center work amidst the luxury of the west side of Los Angeles, presents new works with the Charlie James Gallery.

Indigenous identity

Eric-Paul Riege (Stars) creates soft, woven sculptures and performances inspired by her cultural and spiritual heritage. Her work celebrates the unity process and her queer Diné upbringing, including traditional stories, philosophies and dances.

Eric-Paul Riege, Stars, Focus LA, Frieze Los Angeles 2022
Eric-Paul Riege, Stars

Concept artist Sarah Rosalena Brady works with indigenous traditions of beadwork, textiles and ceramics to reimagine digital visions of the cosmos, beginning with NASA images that depict the early universe and Big Bang cosmology.

Sarah Rosalena Brady, Garden, Focus LA, Frieze Los Angeles 2022
Sarah Rosalena Brady, Garden

Conceptual Craft: Ceramics and Textiles

LA-based artist Melvino Garetti presents a selection of ceramics and paintings on fabric, some of which are presented for the very first time. He was among the first residents of the Studio Watts workshop in the mid-1960s, a pioneering nonprofit serving artists in South Central Los Angeles, which fueled a rich period of creativity and experimentation in the within the black community.

Melvino Garretti, ThePromise, 2012, Parker Gallery, Focus LA, Frieze Los Angeles 2022
Melvino Garretti, The Promise, 2012, Parker Gallery

Amia Yokoyama uses porcelain for its delicate finish and imperial past, to create its own mythology of ethereal monsters for the post-internet era.

Amia Yokoyama, Stanley, Focus LA, Frieze Los Angeles 2022
Amia Yokoyama, Stanley

Artist collectives

Interreligious Ficus (Ryan Bush and Raphael Cohen), whose research-based practice explores our relationship with nature, present new works in terrazzo.

Concept art and design studio A story of frogs Chase Biado and Antonia Pinter – bring new metal wall sculptures to the fair (Marta).

A Frog Story, Marta, Focus LA, Frieze Los Angeles 2022
A story of frogs, Marta

And much more…


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Focus LA 2022: Galleries & Artists

Baert Gallery, Los Angeles
Iliodora Margellos, Paolo Colombo

Bel Ami, Los Angeles
Ben Sakoguchi

Luis De JesusLos Angeles, Los Angeles
Rodrigo Valenzuela

Garden, Los Angeles
Sarah Rosalena Brady

Gattopardo, Los Angeles
Dirk Knibbe, Gabriel Madan

At the Venue, Los Angeles
Interreligious Ficus, Pauline Shaw

Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles
Patrick Martinez, Jay Lynn Gomez

Marta, Los Angeles
Minjae Kim, Chase Biado and Antonia Pinter

Parker Gallery, Los Angeles
Melvino Garretti, Troy Lamarr Chew II

Stanley, Los Angeles
Timo Fahler, Amia Yokoyama

Stars, Los Angeles
Eric-Paul Riege

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