Alumna Kelly Akashi ('06 BFA) has been named as one of 26 artists that will be exhibiting in the Hammer Museum’s biennial in June. Akashi, a Los Angeles native, uses everything from blown glass, handmade candles, bronze, and painted wood in her works which have been exhibited at the Michael Jon Gallery in Miami, the François Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles, and New York's Martos Gallery to name just a few.
"As part of an ongoing series, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only addresses Los Angeles as a center of activity inseparable from the global network of art production and reveals how artists move fluidly between contexts and respond to their local conditions", according to the Hammer. "Subtitled by the minimalist poet and writer Aram Saroyan as his contribution to the exhibition, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only extends into such disciplines as dance, fashion, literature, music, film, and performance."
The Los Angeles Times said of the upcoming exhibition, "...perhaps the most interesting through-line is the lack of any theme imposed by curators Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker. Instead, the shape of the exhibition opening in June will be formed largely by artists who resist or defy categorization, challenging notions of what an L.A. artist is."
Made in L.A. 2016 will be on view June 12 to Aug. 28. The full list of biennial participants can be found here.