Reprinted from Culture Magazine November 2016
"We spent the summer refining and debating who should be included in our first-ever “30 Under 35” list. In order to narrow it down, we captured the country’s pulse by limiting our focus to its two culture capitals—Los Angeles and New York. Here, in alphabetical order, our names to watch in 2017, from Kelly Akashi to Stewart Uoo.
1. Kelly Akashi
The human body often shows up in Kelly Akashi’s sculptures, often unattached. Not quite unsettling, but messy nonetheless, Akashi’s materials are presented as a way of questioning the subjects they’re depicting. Her solo show at Ghebaly Gallery in L.A. runs through December 23, and she is preparing work for a group show at Antenna Space in Shanghai curated by Franklin Melendez.
2. Alex Becerra
Alex Becerra has a brash but charming way about him. His paintings are equally conflicted. Developing a reputation as a provocateur, Becerra has earned comparisons to both Philip Guston and Mike Kelley for his animated brushwork and dark imagery. Treating Los Angeles as his laboratory, the recalcitrant artist is shaking up the city."
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Images: Courtesy of Cultured Magazine, R: Kelly Akashi; L: Alex Becerra, Portrait by Francois Dischinger