Since the early 1990s, Los Angeles–based artist Diana Thater has created pioneering film, video, and installation works. Her primary emphasis is on the tension between the natural environment and mediated reality, and by extension, between tamed and wild, and science and magic. On view at Frieze Los Angeles will be Thater’s True Life Adventures (2018), a new video wall that presents footage of wild elephants filmed by the artist in Kenya.
Presented in the booth will be several new, brightly colored "collage sculptures" by Carol Bove as well as the artist’s Manifest Inertia (2017), which was recently on view through November 2018 as part of a solo exhibition of her new and recent large-scale work at The Contemporary Austin’s sculpture park. Bove is known for her assemblages that combine found and made elements. Incorporating a wide range of domestic, industrial, and natural objects, her sculptures, paintings, and prints reveal the poetry of their materials. As the art historian Johanna Burton notes, "Bove brings things together not to nudge associative impulses into free play driven by the unconscious, but rather to conjure a kind of affective tangle that disrupts any singular, historical narrative."1
Also presented will be a large-scale painting by Oscar Murillo titled geographical avalanche (2017–2018). Born in Colombia and based in various locations, Murillo is known for an inventive and itinerant practice that encompasses paintings, works on paper, sculptures, installations, actions, live events, collaborative projects, and videos. Taken as a whole, his body of work demonstrates a sustained emphasis on the notion of cultural exchange and the multiple ways in which ideas, languages, and even everyday items are displaced, circulated, and increasingly intermingled. Through his command of gesture, form, and spatial organization, Murillo is able to convey a complex and nuanced understanding of the specific conditions of globalization and its attendant state of flux, while nevertheless maintaining the universality of human experience within this milieu.
To coincide with Frieze Los Angeles, David Zwirner is pleased to present an upcoming Viewing Room of Raymond Pettibon drawings from the 1980s, many which have never been shown before. Raymond Pettibon: Noir will highlight a body of work that was made while the artist was living in Los Angeles, embracing the wide spectrum of American high and low culture. The Viewing Room will be curated by gallery director Andrea Cashman and will launch publicly on February 8, 2019.
1 Johanna Burton, "Rebounding," in Carol Bove: Polka Dots. Exh. cat. (New York: David Zwirner Books, 2016), p. 62.