Under the Influence: New Art from L.A.

09/22/2000 - 11/01/2000
Under the Influence: New Art from L.A.

Under the Influence: New Art from L.A.  features new work by a group of young Los Angeles artists. This generation succeeded a once emerging, now established generation of California artists – including Charles Ray, Mike Kelly, Chris Burden, and Paul McCarthy – that helped to redefine contemporary art coming from California.

The artists included in Under the Influence openly claims a wide range of influences upon their work. To art historical sources and more recent trends seen in art from California, they added things like popular culture, consumer culture, surf culture, and zine culture.

Artists included Michele Fiero, Chris Finley, Martin Kersels, Charles Labelle, Loren Sandbik, Stephen Shackleford, and Brad Spence.

Under the Influence: New Art from L.A. is curated by Chris Acuña-Hansen. An artist, educator, and gallerist/curator, Acuna-Hansen opened ah gallery in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles in the fall of 1999. At the time of the exhibition, he was Associate Professor of Art at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California, where he also directed the the Rio Hondo Gallery for 7 years. During a one-year sabbatical from Rio Hondo College in 1998-99, Acuña-Hansen held a one-year appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Student Life at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Press

Review

Fully Baked by the Southern California Sun
November 1, 2000
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The Kansas City Star

Under the Influence
October 22, 2000
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Press Release

The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI presents Under the Influence: New Art from L.A.
September 4, 2000
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