I've always been a fan of live art and installations. My personal feeling is that if you go to an event you want in some way to be entertained. Most kinds of events lend themselves to this because if you go to a concert then the purpose of attending the concert is the band playing. Same thing with the movies, a play, a dance club, etc. An art show is a little different. Yes there is art hanging on the wall and that can be entertaining, but static art isn't necessarily experiential in that way. This gets balanced out with openings where people drink, there's a DJ, and all the social activity essentially transforms an art space in to a party. However, now you add in live art (performance art, live painting, readings, etc.) and installations and now you have the people's attention again.
Of course this is LA Art Show we are talking about and the hanging pieces are probably enough to capture the attention of the visitor, but there's still something about the live element that takes everything to the next level. The show definitely delivered from live painting both inside and outside the venue, some cool performance/installation hybrids, and rad video installation. It was particularly cool to see Steiner in action painting a truck for Super Chief and Think Tank's live truck painting outside The LA Convention Center. Of course my favorite was probably Millie Brown but that was so good that I had to make it its own gallery posted yesterday, so check that out if you haven't.
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