ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles
Brand Art Library and Gallery, Glendale, CA
Organized by Joey Forsyte, Lawrence Gipe and Alex Kritselis
Opening Reception: November 18, 2017
Closing Reception: January 12, 2018
ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles is a group exhibition of 21 Los Angeles-
based artists. Each engages with political topics that frame our turbulent era as an
integral part of their practices. The exhibition presents a multiplicity of voices,
constructing a narrative from a wide range of disciplines including video, painting,
drawing, fiber arts, ceramics, mixed media and photography.
Diverse in culture, identity and age, the artists selected for ONE YEAR: The Art of
Politics in Los Angeles have been addressing issues like immigration policy, race and
gender discrimination, and environmental concerns well before the current
administration. Faced with Congress that is openly hostile to arts funding and support,
the artists of ONE YEAR are united in their desire to inspire awareness, as well as
manifest their apprehensions, through their art.
ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles brings new perspectives to the current
political climate and hopes to inspire people to question, to learn and to act in support of
their beliefs and desires for this country. The exhibition invites the public to join the
artists and organizers in talks, film screenings, workshops and related events.
Artists included: Kim Abeles, Guillermo Bert, Eileen Cowin, Kohshin Finley, Ron
Finley, Joey Forsyte, Lawrence Gipe, Mark Steven Greenfield, Scott Grieger, Emily
Elisa Halpern, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Alex Kritselis, Constance Mallinson, Star
Montana, Amitis Motevalli, Thinh Nguyen, Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers),
Ben Sakoguchi, Alexis Smith, Linda Vallejo, and HK Zamani.
In these two art shows, the political is personal for our post-Women’s March country, LA Times, by Christopher Knight, January 3
One Year: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles, LA Art News, December 8
ONE YEAR of Living Dangerously: Political Art Comes of Age in LA, Art and Cake LA, by Larry Gipe, November 17