Recently I was in downtown LA to check out Saatchi's: The Other Art Fair, an alternative kind of art fair. Art fairs aren't usually the best way to view art, in that you're usually in a cold, sterile environment like a convention center and it's usually bored sales people from the galleries represented fielding the questions. Not so with The Other Art Fair, each artist featured has their own space and is manning their own booth, so you can ask questions and get to know the person behind the masterpiece. Instead of the traditional gallery system where you buy from the gallery that represents the artist, you are buying directly from the artist, and get to leave with your artwork that night!
This show is perfect for novices and experts alike. There really is something for everyone and it's incredibly interactive. I went one night but could have been there all weekend as there was so much to see and learn. There was an Instagram friendly Glitter Wall, complementary 30 minute guided art advisory tours, art talks, portrait sittings for kids and adults, a VR tour of the Arctic, a Sound Bath sonic experience not to mention the artists themselves, standing by ready to answer any question you might have.
Look at those original ceilings, such gorgeous architectural details in dtla. The drinks were a little too delicious ( I drank 3!, don't worry I took Lyft!) I fell in love with a spicy infused tequila drink that I'm currently trying to figure out how to re-create at home.
Coloring the Kitten Wall by Tim Andrew @timandrewart
Australian artist Tim Andrew's interactive experience, The Kitten Wall. Like a Giant adult coloring book turned wallpaper. This would be an awesome idea for a kids room!
Desirée Patterson @desireefineart drove all the way down from Vancouver to exhibit. She uses a really interesting technique of printing her photographs on metallic paper, with a matte, luminous quality. I especially liked the bleeding palm trees and the Joshua tree and her use of subtly silvery pastels.
Next up: Laura Browning. Hailing from the Bay Area, she primarily paints water studies. She has a young child and we chatted about the work/life balance of motherhood. She loves painting water either pool water or the ocean, which takes her on many a beach vacation. Sounds great! She told me how mood greatly affects her painting process and how when she's in a bad mood she won't go into the studio because it always comes out in her work. She always paints with a peaceful mind which comes out in her meditative, tranquil water studies. Her pieces would be a great calming influence in a bedroom or really anywhere!
Cody Choi @codysmoving
Cody Choi lives in London and is a dancer primarily by training but took up photography on his many dance tours. His photos are often of other dancers and of himself. Dynamic and energetic, they truly are a moment captured in time.
I was walking the corner when a wall of neon bright colored paintings caught my eye, I realized it was Kim West, an artist I had been following on Instagram. She never posts pictures of herself and I guess growing up in LA with so many Korean friends, had assumed she was a young Korean man. It was so funny to see that she was a blonde woman, about my age. I love her bright happy colors and streaky colors. She told me how the large painting of palm trees came about from long trips to and from Santa Barbara to visit a sick friend and the views from the car during these frequent road trips. She also explained how part of her creative process and how some of the paintings were from a series where it was the underprint of another artwork on top of it transferred to the bottom layer.
Bird's eye view of the artist booths on the ground floor of the Majestic Downtown
Kelly Brumfield-Woods Glitter Chamber @kellybrumfieldswoods
To be honest, this was the only piece that I felt they could have done more with at the show. Billed as a glitter chamber, it was really more of a glitter fabric backdrop than a chamber. I had envisioned swirling glitter enveloping us in an immersion tank, but it was just a background. Oh well, it still made for a nice picture!
Keith Richards by Michael O'Neal
Michael O'Neal @colorlined
At first glance you might walk by Michael O'Neal's artwork and think they're just pretty reproductions of famous people. But if you stop and look closer they're actually cut paper overlays made in a painfully painstaking process that takes months. If he slips with his blade, they're ruined and he has to start over. The incredibly photographic quality of the images underneath are actually his drawings that he places underneath the slatted netting. The effect is very 3-D, trompe l'oeil and is really interesting how it changes when viewed from different angles.
Tiger roaring by Michael O'Neal
Can't wait to see The Other Art Fair when it's back in town next! If you can't wait that long, it will be in Chicago in September!
Are you an art lover? Have you been to The Other Art Fair? Tell me in the comments below!