Representing L.A.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
A Conversation with Lauren Halsey and Star Montana

The Main’s two current artists-in-residence, Lauren Halsey and Star Montana, have art practices explicitly rooted in L.A. Halsey’s large-scale sculptures and environments combine materials found in her neighborhood with elements of fantasy and Funk, while Montana’s intimate portraits show the lives of people in East L.A. and South L.A. In this talk, the artists discuss their unique ways of representing and celebrating communities within the city.

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Photo by Elon Schoenholz

Photo by Elon Schoenholz

Lauren Halsey was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. She holds an MFA from Yale University (2014) and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (2012). Lauren recently completed a residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014-2015) and is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2014). She builds fantasy sculptures and environments that remix ephemera she gathers with hyperreal nature, technicolors, outerspace and Funk. The works exist as spatial metaphors for optimism, self-determination and love.

Star Montana (1987) is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She was born and raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, which is predominantly Mexican American and serves as the backdrop to much of her work. Star’s imagery deals with class, social environment, and identity within the personal, her family. Three dots and Tear drops: a long term project with her family that has dealt with fragmented histories, loss, and the hope of the next generation was recently on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. More recently, she has begun to work on her themes within a larger scope of Los Angeles residents via portraiture and video. Montana received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2013.

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114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

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