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2018 Graduation & Exhibition

On November 10th,  LAAFA hosted the 2018 Graduation & Exhibition at the Rebecca Molayem Gallery! The exhibition featured artworks by not only the graduates, but alumni and instructors as well.

 

Below is the full list of all the 2018 Commencement Graduates from our programs:

Some of the 2018 Commencement Graduates: (Starting from Top to clock-wise) Nikita Budkov, Kevin SK Simon, Matt Jordan, Nattanapat Tanatitiyotin, and Amaro Koeberle.

Over 80 artworks were displayed in the gallery, making it the largest exhibition of artworks LAAFA has ever hosted! Of course, we owe a lot to our LAAFA director – Luke Mohatt. “I am so grateful to the many talented artists that are part of the LAAFA community,” says Luke, “they are truly who made this show spectacular, i was honored just to be a part of it.”

(From right to left) Brian Apthorp, Rohini Sen, Nikita Budkov, Holly Miller, Marty Kline, SK Simon, Crystal Nitz, Luke Mohatt, Ada Ruiz (bottom right to left), Amaro Koberle, Can Tanatitiyotin, Matt Jordan, Jean Marie Jingco, and Art Guerrero.

Can Tanatitiyotin

Matt Jordan

Nikita Budkov

SK Simon

Below are some of the featured instructor artworks that were on display at the exhibition:

Ryan Wurmser

Ron Lemen

Leon Okun

Rohini Sen

Chris Soohoo

Christina Ramos

On behalf of LAAFA, we want to thank everyone who participated in this 2018 Graduation & Exhibition! It was a such a fun and commemorating event. See you guys next year for the 2019 Graduation and Exhibition!

 

Adam Matano for ARC

One of our very own instructors, Adam Matano, has been selected for the ARC! The ARC is the Art Renewal Center, a non-profit and educational foundation that is leading the revival of realism in the visual arts. They host one of the largest online museums where you will find anything from old masters, contemporary art, articles, letters and other online resources. This year they host the 13th annual ARC Salon Traveling Exhibition, and Adam Matano will be part of it!

Adam Matano, The Hunter, 2017, 81.28 x 111.76 cm | 32 x 44 in Resin.

We were very excited to hear this news here at LAAFA, so we quickly jumped to ask him some questions about his experience. Below is a mini-interview with Adam:

-What does it mean to you to be chosen for this exhibition? Especially as an “honorable mention.”

“I am very excited to be included in this exhibition. I was awarded 3rd place in the animal category and as an honorable mention in the sculpture category, which means I can participate in the physical show that will travel from New York City to Los Angeles and end in Barcelona, Spain. I will be in the catalog for all three shows, but physically I will only be showing at the L.A. show at Sotheby’s auction house.”

 

-Tell me a bit about your piece, The Hunter. What was your thought process for it and why was it the piece that you chose to submit?

“The Hunter is a sculpture I did of a black African leopard. There is a strong juxtaposition in the pose versus what we may see on the surface when we think of such powerful animals. We’re at first taken aback, recognizing their incredible strength and powerful weapons, which, one on one, have the ability to kill us. What we fail to recognize is that there is much more to nature, theirs as well as our own, which given consideration and time will reveal something much more beautiful and complex given the chance. Leopards, specifically, are not the biggest, strongest, nor the fastest of the big animals, but they’re smart, and very adaptable. They are able to live close to man and are spread out on more contents than all the other cats. They’re the underdogs, as we are, surviving.”

 

-What advice do you have for our current (or future) students who are looking to submit to this kind of traveling exhibition?

“What is good about the ARC Salon exhibition is that it’s international and online. You have the opportunity to show with artists all over the world and potentially sell, without the added risk and expense of shipping. You can submit up to 3 pieces and to any or all your relevant categories. If you place in the competition, then you can join the traveling exhibition. Showing in person is ideal, because certain aspects of the work don’t translate in photos, such as scale, texture, etc. Also, you really need to walk around my sculpture to experience it. Every angle tells a different story.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations, Adam!


Adam Matano will be showcasing his work at the Sotheby’s, Los Angeles from December 4 through December 13, 2018. Opening reception will take place on December 4, 2018 from 6PM-8PM.