Sunday in the Studios
On Sunday, December 8th, a handful of Hammer Student Association members made a brief but inspiring visit to the UCLA Graduate Studios in Culver City. Within this space, UCLA’s Graduate Fine Art students shared with us a collection of pieces they planned to show on December 15 at the Graduate Open Studios.
In the Studios, stark white winding hallways with open entrances give glimpses into each artist’s individual aesthetic. At first glance, it is nothing short of an art-infused maze. HSA paid a visit to four particular artists: Erin Morrison, Frank Stockton, Sarah McMenimen, and Jeff St. Andrews, each with a distinct style completely unlike the other.
Our first stop of the day was Sara McMenimen’s studio. A brief tour of her collection showed strong, large-scale, monochromatic photography and mixed media that explored concepts of highly contrasted light, motion, and form.
We next visited Frank Stockton’s studio. Bright hues and bold, geometric shapes immediately jumped out from the oil-on-canvas paintings that lined each wall. Textured globs of vibrant reds, blues, and yellow paints covered the central wooden table, and Matisse’s famous cut-out artwork peeked out from the book-lined shelves. Needless to say, Stockton is not afraid to play with color.