Brit Week 2015
The West Coast Alumni Association are launching their Exhibition entitled London Transplants, which will run as a part of Brit Week 2015, from April 21 – May 3 at WallSpace LA, 607 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles.
The show, which runs from April 21-May 3, 2015, will be 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, 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 2015 will showcase 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 2015, Wallspace offers a continuation of this legacy and an exciting look at these artists’ journey in this electrifying city.