by Laura Hutson
Hoffman led the audience through a slideshow of some of the most significant artists of the exhibit. There were several names that I wrote down to remind myself to find out more about that artist's work, but L.A.-based Juan Capistran's is the one that stuck with me all weekend.
Hoffmann first showed "White Minority," a Capistran painting from 2006, that references high art (Frank Stella's Black Paintings) and pop culture (Black Flag) puns on "blackness." The rest of that night's lecture could have been Charlie Brown-teacher boring (though it wasn't), and the introduction to Capistran's work would have made it totally worth my time. The second piece he showed was "Black on Black," a minimalist sculpture that's sexy no matter how much you know about Tony Smith's work.
Look through more work by Juan Capistran, including "Black on Black," after the jump.