At any time during the period of the exhibition, audiences are invited to submit questions about the exhibition This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich & Many Other Artists and/or other salient topics for artist and co-curator John Baldessari. Questions may be submitted on site, via email at email@example.com, or on ICA LA’s Twitter handle @theicala with the hashtag #QuestionsforJohnBaldessari.
On August 15, John Baldessari will answer a selection of the submitted questions and discuss the ideas behind his latest exhibition project with co-curator Meg Cranston and fellow artist and interlocuter Neha Choksi, who has followed the project’s development since its inception.
John Baldessari was born in National City, California. He attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute, and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970–1988 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996–2007. Baldessari’s artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards, and public works. Baldessari currently works in Venice, California.
Meg Cranston works explores the intersections of personal experience, popular culture, and the formal language of art. She examines the shared knowledge and meaning-making of today’s culture through painting, sculpture, collage, and video. She also investigates these themes as a writer and curator of remarkable exhibition subjects as This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich & Many Other Artists.
Cranston was born in Baldwin, New York. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Kenyon College. Cranston has shown her work in sculpture, performance, and video, along with public and curatorial projects, at numerous major institutions both nationally and internationally. Together with Hans Ulrich Obrist, she is co-editing a book of the collected writings of artist John Baldessari to be published by JRP Ringier, Zürich. She is Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design.
Neha Choksi works in multiple media, across disciplines and at times collaboratively and in unconventional settings to explore how we seek, experience and acknowledge losses and transformations in material, temporal and psychological terms. Increasingly her work includes her own intellectual, cultural and social contexts. She works by setting up simple situations and memorable interventions in the lives of everything—from a stone to a plant, from animal to self, from friends to institutions—disrupting logic to open a space for poetry, absurdity, humor, surprise and existential insight.
She has current and upcoming exhibitions at Hammer Museum (biennial, 2018); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (commission, 2018); University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach (solo, 2019). Her work has been exhibited or performed at Dhaka Art Summit (solo, 2018; group 2016); Manchester Art Gallery (solo, 2017); LAMOA at Occidental College, Los Angeles (solo, 2017); 20th Sydney Biennale (commission, 2016); Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (solo, 2015); Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014); Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California (2013); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK (3-person, 2012); Asia Pacific Triennial, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2012); Shanghai Biennale (2012); Wanås Foundation and Kristianstads Konsthall, Sweden (2012); the Venice Architecture Biennale (2006); among others. She was awarded the India Today Best New Media Artist of the Year Award (2017) and the designation of Cultural Trailblazer by the City of Los Angeles DCA (2017/2018). She serves on the editorial board of the Los Angeles-based arts journal, X-TRA.