This year’s 2022 edition of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show returned with a bang to sunny Los Angeles, this time in the new location of the Skylight Culver City Warehouse. With more than 50 exhibitions, emerging and established artists, non-profits, independent curators, artist collectives, and galleries from around the globe gathered together to showcase their artwork constructed around the theme of “HEARSAY:HERESY”.
While all artists showed up with their game face on, some exhibitions made it hard to look away. Here is a roundup of standout exhibitions from this year’s LA edition of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show.
Exhibitors included: Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Ambre Kelly + Andrew Gori, Ankita Mukherji + Elisabeth Smolarz, Anna Evtiugina, Brigitte Engler + Dale Wittig, Carlton Dewoody, Casey Jex Smith, Chris Bors + Fred Fleisher, Christopher Lynn + Janessa Lewis + Malachi Wilson, Coco Dolle, DC Smith, Erika Hirugami, Evan Snyderman + Gabrielle Shelton, Galerie Wolfsen, Gentle Giants Projects, Heinz Patatzki, Hilde Lynn Helphenstein + Matthew Capasso, The Untitled Space, iv gallery, Jay Gaskill, Jessica Goehring + Max Rippon, Katie Hector + Adam Sabolick, LaiSun Keane, Leila Wahba + Seline Camli Anjel, Maria Petrovskaya + Zak Vreeland, Maripol, Marrow Gallery, Michael Slenske, Mike Chattem, Natalie Kovacs + Arnoud Verhaeghe, New Art Projects, Nora Lucia Boyd, Patrick Geske + Cody Miner, Pietro Alexander, Queenie Wong, Rebecca Bird, Rick Herron, Shane Darwent, Shelter Serra, Shona McAndrews, Tara de la Garza, The ƒ/Ø Project, The New Arts Foundation, Track 16, Transformer, Valery Estabrook + Corey Escoto, Yulia Topchiy, Zahra Sherzad
MEG LIONEL MURPHY’S DREAMS OF DRAGONS PRESENTED BY THE UNTITLED SPACE
The Untitled Space artist Meg Lionel Murphy held booth number six, presenting “Dreams of Dragons,” a unique solo project. Murphy’s work has long borrowed phantasmagorical imagery of the era—rainbows, manic flowers, lightning bolts, angels, and unicorns—but safety is the ultimate fantasy of the work. There is no safety in our world, so Meg escapes through the portal of her paintings. Her work’s ongoing mythical subject matter takes place in a dreamworld where suffering transforms femme bodies into a monstrous size so that their pain must be seen, felt, and reckoned with.
ALIA SHAWKAT AND MARIA PAZ’S DESERT ANGELS
CURATED BY AMBRE KELLY AND ANDREW GORI
LASSE THORST’S SINNERS FEAST PRESENTED BY GALERIE WOLFSEN
CURATED BY RASMUS FISCHER
ANNA BERGHUIS, KYRA GREGORY AND SZU-CHIEH YUN’S TRUTH BE TOLD (OR NOT)
CURATED BY LAISUN KEANE AND MARK BROCK
STUART LANTRY’S AUTONOMY, AUTOMATA AND I
CURATED BY SHONA MCANDREW
AARON BOBROW, THEODORE BOYER, JIM BUDMAN, SHIVA LYNN BURGOS / THE MARIWAI PROJECT, RYDER RIPPS, LENARD SMITH, SOPHIE WAHLQUIST, AARON YOUNG’S NOODLES + KOVACKISTAN
CURATED BY NATALIE KOVACS AND ARNOUD VERHAEGHE’S
OPAL MAE ONG AND TYLER KRASOWSKI’S YOU FIND YOURSELF ALONE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FOREST
CURATED BY NORA LUCIA BOYD
JAMIE CLYDE’S BANG! SPIT! SNAG!
CURATED BY COCO DOLLE
MONICA CANILAO AND XARA THUSTRA’S WE WILL ALL BE WELL
CURATED BY ZAHRA SHERZAD
VALERY JUNG ESTABROOK AND COREY ESCOTO’S PUMP ‘N DUMP
CURATED BY VALERY JUNG ESTABROOK AND COREY ESCOTO
BEN ASHTON, BENZI, BENZI X ANGELBABY, BRANDON LOMAX, AND STEVE HASH’S PERFECT ILLUSION
CURATED BY GENTLE GIANTS PROJECTS AND KIPTON CRONKITE
NICOLE NADEAU AND SHELTER SERRA’S OPEN LETTER
CURATED BY SHELTER SERRA
MATTHEW BOARD AND MICHAEL STILLION’S NECESSARY ILLUSIONS
CURATED BY DC SMITH
Photography by Maddie Street, The Untitled Magazine, and Samuel Morgan, Courtesy of Spring/Break Art Show