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C.O.L.A. 2021 at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (online)


May 27, 2021 - July 22, 2021

The C.O.L.A. grant is a long standing annual art grant supported by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs that is given to individual LA-based, mid-career artists to produce and exhibit a new body of work. Due to the pandemic, the C.O.L.A. exhibition is on view online (rather than its typical home at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park) for the second year in a row. 

This year, ten visual artists and four literary/performing artists have created dynamic new projects. Artist Ruben Ochoa has converted his family’s 1975 Chevy van (from which Ochoa’s family sold tortillas in his youth) into a mobile art gallery, and exhibited a sculpture of cast bronze tortilla stacks. Nao Bustamante went about designing a “better speculum,” describing her design as a flower that blooms. Phung Huynh created a body of work confronting anti-Asian racism and exploring her family’s experience immigrating to the US after the Vietnam War. While her work confronts violent inequities, she says, “it can’t just be about the oppression, but how we transform the oppression… and that there are stories of resilience.” Each artist’s project is thoughtful and dynamic, and together the artists on view present a dynamic look at current art production in Los Angeles. 

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Photo: Ruben Ochoa, “Las Tortillas and CLASS: C mobile gallery,” 2021. Image courtesy of the artist and CLASS: C. Photo by Pete Galindo.