Friday, January 26
stARTup Art Fair is pleased to present its third Los Angeles edition opening on Friday, January 26, 2018 with a new location at The Kinney Hotel – Venice Beach. The fair will run through Sunday, January 28, with a kickoff celebration on the opening night from 7pm to 10pm featuring hotel room exhibitions, performance art, music and cannabis cocktails. Fifty-two hotel rooms and the entire hotel grounds will be transformed by 67 independent artists into an unforgettable contemporary art experience. In addition to its core programming stARTup Art Fair is also host to a parallel program of performance, installation, Art Conversation panel discussions, and video work woven throughout the hotel. At every turn, viewers gain access to an intimate experience with art. In addition, stARTup will be providing a free shuttle to Santa Monica Art Studios and Art Contemporary Los Angeles all weekend.
Programming and highlights
stARTup Art Fair kicks off with an inclusive opening night celebration that’s open to anyone who purchases a general admission ticket on Friday. This year stARTup presents DJ Panda Bear engaging performance art, cocktails, and food fare by an award-winning chef, and signature cocktails by Humboldt Distillery, the North Coast’s first and only organic micro-distillery.
In room 232 veteran exhibitor Mikey Kelly will create a floor to ceiling installation out of 30 honeycomb cardboard panels. Each panel is made by taking a two-word affirmation, running it through a Vigenère cipher to create a numerical program that directs the angle for each painted line. Room 207 artist Matthew Floriani will show his large-scale homes with a continued examination of the ways in which humans use shelters to create a sense of order out of chaos and grapple with the illusion of control. Addressing the gendered complexity of our current moment, Dana DeKalb and Jane Fisher, both figurative painters, will show portraits of first wives from around the world to contemplate line between complicity and coercion. In addition, Fisher will exhibit two large-scale paintings of muscle men on fair grounds as an homage to the iconic Venice Beach subculture.
Saturday evening at stARTup will celebrate featured artist Parker Day with a book signing and evening event hosted by Ariel Brickman with sounds by Senay Kenfe of Boiler Room. Day will transform one of the hotel suites into a freaky art paradise that brings audiences into the sets of her recent series ICONS, a portrait-based exploration of identity and the masks wear. Through vibrant colors and rich textures, Day presents her body of work within a site-specific installation that differentiates from traditional all-white exhibition spaces. Curated by Nathaly Charria.
Guta Galli performs The Minotaur and Us, a 3-hour durational performance that activates the main research in her art practice within the public context of the fair. The monumental red yarn entity she works with carries the memories, hair, blood and sweat of 30 different performances and 31 different women, including herself. Friday 12-3 and 7-10 pm. Friday afternoon presents Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack uses the outside space as a platform for a continuing conceptual performance installation where he will be embodying cultural legacies while turning conversation into ceremony. To Be Held begins Friday, Jan 26: 5:00 pm. Former stARTup exhibitor Doni Silver Simons performs In Transit, which takes place on the shuttle that transports visitors between Art Contemporary Los Angeles and stARTup Art Fair throughout the weekend. Transit memorializes movement, time and duration.
Video works will be on view over the course of the fair including Italy-based Ilaria Bochicchio’s Who Run the World, a highly personal take on the contemporary moment through video montage. Repeat stARTup exhibitor Jenifer Yeuroukis presents deconstructing through manifestation one, a work about the complexity and subjective nature of words and their power to expand and restrict notions of the female body and identity.
All Art Conversations take place in on the ground floor in the Breakfast Room
Public Art Roundtable: Moderator: Peter Mays, Executive Director, Los Angeles Art Association, Saturday, January 27, 1 pm.
Staying Alive: Artist Side Hustles: Moderator: Megan Abrahams, Artist, Writer and Editor, Fabrik Magazine, Saturday, January 27, 2:30 pm.
The Future is Female: Women Artists Speak Truth to Power: Panelists: Ilaria Bochicchio, Juliana Coles, and Gillian Keller. Moderator: Joen Madonna, Executive Director, San Francisco ArtSpan, Saturday, January 27, 4:00 pm.
Applicable Tools and How to Operate as an Artist: Moderator: Nathaly Charria, Saturday, January 27, 5:30 pm.
Artist as Entrepreneur: Becoming the CEO of Your Life: Moderator: Ray Beldner, Artist and Founder, stARTup Art Fair, Sunday, January 28 2:30 pm.
About stARTup Art Fair
The art world is changing, and many working artists are finding themselves without a space to present their work. The core mission of stARTup Art Fair is to provide an alternative exhibition venue for independent artists who are seeking to engage with art enthusiasts in a welcoming and interactive environment. Co-founded in 2015 by artist Ray Beldner, stARTup Art Fair gives independent artists access to the type of art world professionals and press usually reserved for traditional art fairs. The fair’s unique structure provides a marketplace that gives the artist the power to present and sell work on their own terms, allowing artists to keep 100% of their sales proceeds.
Adults: $15 advance / $20 door
Students & Seniors with ID: $10 advance / $15 doorGeneral Admission
with valet parking: $40 in advance/$50 at the door
Children admitted FreeVIP Tickets: $100