art.: Hang in the Barker Hangar for Photo L.A.

let’s do art


To live in the nearly always sunny and not raining state of California means that art is everywhere, on the sands of our coastal beaches, in the sway of palm trees in the wind to physical deserts that remind us of the beauty of negative space and arid land. 

When it comes to consuming art, one doesn’t have to travel to Basel, Venice or Miami to peruse some of what the art world has to offer. Instead they can loiter in the heart of Santa Monica, it its Barker Hangar where Photo L.A. 2019 will occur. The 27th edition of the fair honors photographer Jo Ann Callis who according to the fair is “known for her provocatively staged scenarios with a poetic dimension.”  This culture has her Dish Trick indelibly impressed upon our cultural consciousness. 

Jo Ann Callis

Additionally, women take a spotlight with Making It Up: Photographs from the Michael and Jane Wilson Trust Collection.  This exhibition will feature women of our current times and how they make up their world via exploration and observation. 

This space can relate!  Given how much The Coffeetographer’s cultural world is made up of the founder of this webzine being a woman and seeing herself as a maker and shaper of ideas in contemporary culture, as its influenced by the craft of coffee, a chance to see women explore similar themes through photography is welcomed. 

Work by Joseph Bellows, Vivian Maier, Jay Mark Johnson are some of this zine’s anticipated viewings. 

Image: Vivian Maier. VM19XXW06323-42-MC,Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy Maloof Collection, 12 x 12 inches, Modern Silver Gelatin Print

Jay Mark Johnson, SPACETIME WATERWORKS #1, 2018, 24 inches by 24 inches, archival pigment on paper, archival museum board

Image: Grant Mudford, Los Angeles, 1977, 13 x 19 inches, vintage gelatin silver print

In addition to the photography, stay for scheduled lectures, installations, talks and discussion from local museums and their respective departments and photography and its process as part of the fairs intentional programming.

Over the course of its three days – February 1-3 – a few highlights to bookmark include; daily morning docent tours, Friday’s Aperture Magazine’s City of Images, which focuses on Los Angeles, Saturday’s panel event (3:30 p.m.) with Jo Ann Callis, who takes on domesticity, perceived cultural notes and the woman’s role in relationship to the world beyond the home front and on Sunday, the 2:00 p.m. discussion on the impact the internet has on the art market for patrons, collectors and casual buyers.

See you at the Fair, L.A.!