We Want a New Object, California Institute of the Arts‘ 2008 MFA show, recently opened in an L.A. art scene hot spot. A hefty handful of Chinatown galleries and venues are hosting the exhibition, which features work by 34 students. A sea of multi-media work, the exhibition is heady, youthful and vibrant, just like CalArts’ reputation. A sizable number of students – including Carlin Wing, Betsy Hunt, and Mike H.J. Chang – are working in video and performance mediums. On June 7th, 6 artists will project videos at The Mountain Bar and performances occur throughout the exhibition’s duration.
Students selected writer Malik Gaines as the curator and Christine Y. Kim, a New York based curator, also lent a hand in organizing the exhibition. The location – Chinatown is much nearer the pulse of LA’s art scene than CalArts’ more rural location in Valencia, CA – makes We Want a New Object seem like a coming-out party in the old-fashioned sense. These MFA candidates are emerging and hitting the art scene with a splash.
We Want a New Object is on display at Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Black Dragon Society, David Salow Gallery, Fifth Floor Gallery, Kontainer, Peres Projects, Telic Arts Exchange, Betalevel, and The Mountain Bar.