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Art in a Time of Socio-Political Flux

“You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” — Nina Simone

All art is derivative of the art that came before, the concepts we are formally taught and those we casually see, consciously seek, accidentally absorb. Myriad sources of inspiration surround us. Some of these influences can be traced, others leave an invisible mark, imprinting themselves on our subconscious. Regardless of medium, genre or art form, artists are a product of their environment and experience.

We live in a time fraught with change and uncertainty. Art responds to the turbulence, but it also helps to shape opinion and offer new ideas. In the midst of the turmoil, there are joyful moments when artists come together, recognizing our ability to make change. One recent example was the documentation of LA female artists orchestrated by Kim Schoenstadt at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in August. More than 700 female artists gathered for the historic photo shoot. I was honored to be Number 516.

In this issue of Fabrik, we look at art that responds to, and perhaps explains, our complex times. Among some of the features in this issue that touch on the socio-political theme, Shana Nys Dambrot surveys art installations at LAX, the gateway to our city. Kristen Osborne-Bartucca’s piece on Fréderick Gautier examines an artist’s response to the LA River, which relates to the strange geography of this city, the fragility of our resources and local environment. Eva Recinos takes a look at the Long Beach based Museum of Latin American Art on its 20th anniversary, its history and where it stands at a crossroads today.

We celebrate art that makes our lives richer and helps us interpret and understand the world.

– Megan Abrahams
Managing Editor

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A Profile of Artist David B. Jang
By Leah Schlackman

Inside PØST Gallery
By Kay Whitney

Ed Ruscha and The Great American West
By Megan Abrahams

Inside the New SFMoMA
By Megan Abrahams

The Art of Scent
By Phil Tarley

LAX Airport’s Art Program
By Shana Nys Dambrot

MOLAA Turns 20
By Eva Recinos

Frédérick Gautier: Eat the River
By Kristen Osborne-Bartucca

Fresh Faces in Art
Emergent Presence: LA Artists You Should Know
By ARTRA Curatorial: Max Presneill and Kio Griffith

Art About Town
Gallery Reviews
Film Review
Museum Reviews

Fabrik as media platform connects and profiles influential and visionary innovators, features contemporary artists, distinctive galleries, trendsetting designers, discerning architects, and showcases emerging artists.
+ Emergent Presence
  • haleARTS presents “Icon” featuring Judy Ragagli
  • FM Fine Art Gallery presents “The Gift of Art”
  • Ruth Bachofner Gallery presents Audra Weaser “Elements”
  • OCCCA presents “ArtStart”
  • haleARTS presents “Pulp”
  • Room & Board presents Art & Home 2016