Here Now at Wilding Cran

Here Now at Wilding Cran in DTLA

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Looking up at the wooden beam-filled ceiling, you notice the age of the building in which Wilding Cran, a compact DTLA Santa Fe gallery, is housed. The art on display is what should matter first and foremost, but still, you get the sense that the space is comfortably different than those of pristine, spotless blue chip galleries. You almost feel as though the gallery has been operating at this location for decades. In this unpretentious environment, relatively large scale paintings on the wall appear grand, adequately filling the space with their presence. The distance between you and the works is minimal. You are intimately involved.

Culling from the pool of Los Angeles talents, Here Now features 6 artists living and working in the city and its vicinity including Kristin Calabrese, Noah Davis, Ian Pines, Fran Siegel, Ali Smith, and Etienne Zack. Fitting into the category of emerging to mid-career, all the works on display seem to reflect the diversity of the city itself. Despite the show title, you find that what’s trendy is not part of the discussion.

Rather than the works engaging in a conversation, you see that what connects these paintings and sculpture (according to Anthony Cran who is the co-founder, a painting deconstructed) is the quiet but solid confidence each artist exerts on his and her craft. They know who they are and what they do. You appreciate these artists finding their place and marking their marks on the map here in Los Angeles, now as in today.

Here and Now is on view at Wilding Cran until May 6th, 2015. It’s a WORTH-YOUR-TIME.

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