The show, which runs from April 19-May 1, 2016, is a unique offering from UAL alumni – transplants from England and Europe who work in diverse fields, including the fashion and textile industries, contemporary art, film and animation, photography, product and graphic design and have made Los Angeles their home.
On the surface, LA and London seem to have little in common outside a shared language, and those moving to the city can experience a culture shock. Leaving Europe behind, the London Transplants swapped rain for sun, public transport for freeways and cars, and history for Manifest Destiny. London Transplants 2016 showcases artists who have been in LA for decades and those who have recently arrived to these sunny shores. What is true for all the artists is that the move to LA has encouraged an evolution, even a revolution, in the creation of their work.
It is well know that artists such as David Hockney blazed a trail for ex-pats who, like him, moved west to experience the light, the openness, the newness and the nowness of Southern California. Freed from the traditions and institutions of older cities and artistic tradition, the "blue-sky" creative climate in LA and its continually developing art scene have allowed for a fresh perspective for expat artists. In presenting London Transplants 2016, Wallspace offers a continuation of this legacy and an exciting look at these artists’ journey in this electrifying city.
Owned and curated by fellow expat Valda Lake, Wallspace is a dynamic gallery that presents art in an unconventional setting with the goal of creating a floor-to-ceiling visceral experience. The gallery represents over 50 emerging and more established LA-based contemporary abstract artists. Valda is excited to be co-producing London Transplants 2016 and to host the alumni working in such a variety of interesting fields.
The University of the Arts (UAL) is Europe’s largest and best known provider of arts education, formed from a conglomerate of internationally renowned art schools such as Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, and the London College of Fashion.
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London Transplants 2016 is proudly sponsored by: