Part of the wider vision we had with Reservoir involved working with and supporting local artists in Los Angeles. There are so many young talented artists who have moved to Los Angeles to work and study while recently, emerging and established galleries alike have been opening locations here to be a part of the transformation of the art community. Reservoir has a rotating installation of work by various local artists in different forms. Some of the artists and art programs we have worked with include the below:
Allie is a Los Angeles-based conceptual artist whose work explores the social and cultural constructions of contemporary Western society. Questioning the notion of perfection, she created the “Ideal Woman” by digitally enhancing Barbie to fit Western society’s ideal female measurements of 36-24-36. This avatar symbolizes anti-perfection and is repeated throughout her work in sculpture, video, ceramic, and installation. Reservoir carries the Ideal Woman jewelry line featuring these symbols.
Allie says, “I am truly honored to be a part of Aliza’s and Alissa’s impeccable vision. We are also discussing sculptures and Ideal Woman mirrors for future projects. I love being able to empower women by reminding them that they are the ideal woman—perfectly imperfect!”
David’s work combines illustration, graphic design and large-scale mural painting The paintings are a world of hand-done, repetitive monikers, colorful pop art and randomness. Each painting takes on the life of pattern textile illustrated by hand. The art becomes a backdrop to help tell memorable stories. David has now collaborated with Reservoir on two unique murals in LA.
David says, “I’ve always loved painting outdoors. Los Angeles provides the perfect setting for making your studio an outdoor work environment.”
Chelsea Neman and Tappan
Aiming to change the way emerging artists connect with their collectors, Chelsea Neman co-founded Tappan, a platform that supports emerging artists by sharing their work through e-commerce, crafting digital context, and a recently-opened physical space in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012, Tappan served to foster the careers of emerging artists by giving them an online platform to sell their work, tell their story and reach collectors all over the world. Neman combined her passion for supporting the arts with foresight that collectors would purchase art online. Through reaching out to peers from her BFA program and artist friends, Neman built a solid roster of artists and Tappan propelled collecting emerging art by taking advantage of the digital era. Reservoir is proud to featuring an in-store installation of Tappan prints, all for sale.
Neman “believe(s) artists can show people something they otherwise may never see. They have the ability to change the way we think about our lives and the world we live in. Being an artist is a brave venture, and it gives me great joy to be able to support their careers.”
Outside of Reservoir, we love going to openings and checking out the work at different galleries in LA. Some of our favorites include:
2245 E Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Francois Ghebaly is part of the movement to make gallery spaces more of a shared, communal environment with a variety of offerings. Ghebaly shares his space with commercial and nonprofit enterprises including France LA Exchange (FLAX); 2nd Cannons, an artists’ book publishing project; LA Contemporary Archive (LACA), a media resource center, and more. Ghebaly’s curation includes contemporary work by Channa Horwitz, Mitchell Syrop, Charlie White, Haroon Mirza and more.
356 S. Mission Rd., LA, CA 90033
356 Mission is a unique space that started as an artist's studio and exhibition hall but transformed to a gallery, event space and amazing art bookstore-cum-workshop Ooga Twooga. Recent shows have included work by Seth Price, Wayne Koestenbaum, Susan Cianciolo and more.
1062 N Orange Grove Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Matthew Marks opened its space in LA in 2012, showing a variety of contemporary media including painting, sculpture, photography, film, drawing and printmaking. You can always find an amazing show here with work by one of their twenty-seven represented artists. Favorites include Ellsworth Kelly, Thomas Demand, Ken Price, Anne Truitt and Brice Marden.
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel:
901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Hauser Wirth just opened an amazing space in downtown LA’s Arts District in a sprawling historic old flour mill. Their LA space joins the likes of its other locations in Zurich, London and New York. The truly amazing space includes outdoor areas and offers an amazing schedule of public programs that contribute to “the urban culture of LA,” in addition to a bookstore, education lab, and restaurant. The space’s opening show is an impressive must-see historic survey of sculpture made by women, curated in collaboration with Jenni Sorkin and includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Lee Bontecou.
2276 E 16th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Night Gallery’s Davida Nemeroff and Mieke Marple have created a program featuring some of the best up-and-coming artists in LA. Current exhibitions include Jesse Mockrin’s The Progress of Love and Andy Woll’s Sticks and Stones, and their openings are always a great place to be if you need a reminder of how eclectic, and tight-knit, the art community in LA really is.