The LA Art Show returns with the same dedication to relevant global concerns that it has consistently presented each year. The 2022 exhibition further incorporated revolutionary forms of digital media such as NFTs to effectively curate an emotional and immersive experience for viewers. Especially after such a tumultuous few years around the world, director and producer Kassandra Voyagis has strong intentions to not only unify the community, but also educate participants on various political issues, while maintaining the safety and health of guests as the main objective. .
Several artists in this year’s edition have brought environmentalism to the forefront of their works by raising awareness of pressing issues such as water conservation and the consequences of global warming, as well as the potential solutions that humans can find. The LA art exhibit will also join the latest NFT craze and reveal the incredible developments in digital art that have transformed the traditional gallery experience.
DIVERSEartLA, curated by Marisa Caichiolo, kicks off the show by inviting science and art museums to participate in eight unique projects, all focused on environmental advocacy. These projects include “Recognizing Skid Row as a Neighborhood: Skid Row’s Cooling Resources” and a poignant exhibit highlighting the lack of clean water in Jalisco, Mexico. Taiji Terasaki, a Japanese-American artist based in Honolulu, Hawaii, joins the conversation with a variety of masterful works ranging from NFT digital compositions to woven metallic tapestries. Its showcase will also include an immersive live mist installation demonstrating the artist’s masterful mastery of new technologies. Each work evokes timely emotions and is viewed through the lens of environmentalism and conscious activism.
Continuing the conversation about environmentally focused art, Arts Help presents Conscious Crypto Creator: ICEBERGS (CCC). CCC has created a program to help educate artists and crypto enthusiasts on how to create and use NFTs consciously, which reduces their carbon footprint while helping to monetize and protect digital art. ICEBERGS promotes an introspective look at our daily decisions and their impact on the melting of our planet’s polar ice caps.
little beasts by artist Johnny “KMNDZ” pushes the boundaries of digital art with a barrage of nearly 900 unique NTFs that will premiere at the LA Art Show before finding their way onto the blockchain. This series is presented by Merry Karnowsky of KP Projects and is in partnership with LGND, where the collection is down. LGND, a digital art platform, was created by artists for artists with the aim of fostering a more positive and supportive experience for artists and art lovers.
Vellum LA, a leading gallery for NFT-backed digital art, is also returning after a triumphant exhibition last year. Curators, Jesse Damiani and Sinziana Velicescu, present Elsewhere is a negative mirror, a showcase of 10 artists and their imaginative architectural explorations into digital realities. Elsewhere is a negative mirror will maintain an in-person exhibit while simultaneously hosting an online auction in conjunction with SuperRare.
In a few days, the LA Convention Center will plant its flag in this increasingly digital art world. Safety is of course a top priority for the LA Art Show: the team has worked tirelessly to ensure the latest COVID protocols and health standards are in place, meaning guests can fully immerse themselves in the 180,000 square foot fair showcasing over 80 galleries from around the world.
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