August 12, 2018 / September 5, 2018 – LOS ANGELES
Taking the name from the second chapter of Germaine Greer’s landmark text “The Obstacle Race” from 1979, “How They Ran” brings together a selected group of LA-based artists whose diverse practices represent the heartbeat of the Los Angeles art scene today. Greer’s book presented an art historical account of artists who are missing from academic literature and how they overcame historical obstacles to achieve notoriety anyway. Through this lens, Over the Influence will present a group exhibition of LA-based artists from different backgrounds, practices, and generations.
In the early 20th century, the west coast attracted a group of misfits, poets and artists who in turn helped shape a creative community based on a legacy of artistic freedom. As Los Angeles has become one of the most dynamic contemporary art cities in the world, it has drawn in a new group of artists who look to older generations of LA artists for inspiration and advice. Drawing together artists who were born in LA, those who’ve recently moved, and those who’ve been here for over 20 years, the exhibition is a selected microcosm of the LA art scene today. The exhibition is an exploration of a city through the artists’ interpretations of it’s architecture, individuals, and habitats. Together, the artists weave an intricate portrait of the city they call home and that inspires their current practices.
The artists featured in “How They Ran” are Miya Ando, Amanda Maciel Antunes, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Uta Barth, Whitney Bedford, Tanya Brodsky, Kelly Brumfield-Woods, Jo Ann Callis, Katy Cowan, Dinah Diwan, Francesca Gabbiani, Mercedes Helnwein, Pamela Smith Hudson, Barbara Kruger, Alice Lang, Hilary Pecis, Ke Peng, Vanessa Prager, Monique Prieto, Jennifer Rochlin, Anja Salonen, Kim Schoenstadt, Ali Silverstein, Jen Stark, Kerry Tribe, Lesley Vance, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth, and Megan