Art Meets Fashion in an Abandoned Medical Center
The “Human Condition” art exhibit, which concluded on Nov. 27, was housed at the abandoned, 40,000-square-foot former L.A. Metropolitan Medical Center. The exhibition featured 80 new and established artists ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture and performance installations.
Some of my favorite standouts—among many—were Robert Mapplethorpe’s black and white photographs. There was a room installation by Amir H. Fallah which felt like a 60s psychedelic oasis in pinks and lavenders. There were some amazing abstract human sculptures done by Nick Van Woert using colored, dripping resins, as well as Johan Tahon and Laurent Grasso’s sculptures in whites and off whites. Also, Polly Barland showed some unique and bizarre photography which I loved. One room you could not miss was the “Pink Kitchen” by Christopher Reynolds which featured allover Pepto Bismol pink on everything from cookbooks and utensils to clocks and hanging cooking pots. It stood out beautifully!
The artists were encouraged to use the remains of the hospital as their canvas to explore their definition of the show’s theme: being human. Floors 1 and 2 had separate themes: the subconscious mind and the conscious mind. Floor 4—the psych level—stayed with that theme.
When I visited the exhibition over the weekend, I was inspired to think outside the box of fashion to combine the exhibition’s art, the theme and the attendees’ fashion. Enjoy!