ARTISTS

Brett Baker
Christophe Baudson
Andrew Dadson
Ian Davenport
Jonas Etter
Kaloust Guedel
Don Harger
Zhu Jinshi
Fabian Marcacio
Roxy Paine
Scott Richter
Samvel Saghatelian
Elizabeth Sheppell
Michael Toenges
Michael Villarreal
Danh Vo
Cullen Washington jr.
Brigid Watson
Leslie Wayne
Ai Weiwei
Zadik Zadikian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excessive use of resources in magnified state, by which one expresses: by means of two, or three dimensional visual-creations, written, or pronounce words, or in any other manner. Society in a state of ever-increasing excess and waste of resources is reflected in the arts, particularly of visual artists.

As a reflection, examination, or investigation of every aspect of life in excessive state with particular consideration to the areas that have real and consequential effect on the members of the society. Subject areas are, but not limited to economics, politics and psychology. With regard to every aspect of society and in every industry and sector, the planned obsolescence of resources for private profit disproportionately impacts humanity at large. 

In politics the leaders become misleaders only to serve the interests of their contributors, whose interests are more often than not, opposed to the interests of their electors.

The goal of the capitalist system is to deliver profit for private investors, or corporations, seemingly, without consideration to human and environmental consequence and yet, also whose aims effect incomparable contribution to economic growth, employment and prosperity.

Existing mechanisms in the financial structure imposes constant expansion of limits to realize continual growth of profit. In the consumerist based relations, this factor is inserted into the fabric of daily existence of society. According to determinism, freedom of choice is illusory and society is positioned to function as a reliable producer of excess, which serves as the lubricant of the capitalist engine.

-- Kaloust Guedel
Los Angeles


 

       

 

 

Brett Baker

 

Christophe Baudson

 

Andrew Dadson

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Davenport

 

Jonas Etter

 

kaloust guedel

         

 

 

Don Harger

 

Zhu Jinshi

 

Fabian Marcacio

         

 

 

Roxy Paine

 

Scott Richter

 

Samvel Saghatelian

         

 

 

Elizabeth Sheppell

 

Michael Toenges

 

Michael Villarreal

         

 

 

Danh Vo

 

Cullen Washington jr.

 

Brigid Watson

         

 

 

Leslie Wayne

 

Ai Weiwei

 

Zadik Zadikian

courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

History

Excessivism predisposition started to appear in the works of number of European artists such as a German-British painter Frank Auerbach, Belgian painter Bram Bogart and others from the 1950's. Auerbachs obsession to get it 'right' leads him to paint an image and then scrape it off the canvas at the end of each day, repeating the process time and again, illustrates that excessivism was part of his creative approach not only by outcome, but also by the process he employed.

Excessivism is the collective title that is given to artists whose works are based on Excessivism tendencies.

Pre 2015 these artists were not defined through Excessivism scope. The inaugural exhibition of Excessivism took place in LA Artcore Brewery Annex gallery with the title "Excessivist Initiative" curated by Kaloust Guedel. The Excessivism Manifesto was published in Downtown News weekly in September of 2015. The Selection of the artists and works were made based on their demonstration of excessivist tendencies.

The idea was conceived in the studio of Kaloust Guedel based on his personal realizations of his relationship as a consumer with the capitalist environment. Excessivism concept was introduced to the Los Angeles art scene in November of 2014 in the Red Pipe gallery with a solo exhibition of Kaloust Guedel. It was titled Excess The New Norm. The exhibition was curated by art critic and curator Mat Gleason of Coagula Curatorial.

 
2015 marked the official establishment of the Excessivism movement with three layers of foundation:

1
- Manifesto and its publication.
2- Acknowledgment of the movement by experts first of which was published in The Huffington Post Sep. 23, 2015
3- The inaugural exhibition of Excessivistm as a movement.

Press

 

Magazine
By Angie Kordic

EXCESSIVISM - A PHENOMENON EVERY ART COLLECTOR SHOULD KNOW

Gallereo Magazine
The Newest Art Movement You've Never Heard of


Excessivism: Creating Beyond Boundariesby Genie Davis, February 8, 2017


(Armenian), by Ani Tadevosyan, January 13, 2016

Art Copy Blog
By Brenda Haroutunian, June 26, 2016

Press Release   CaliforniaNewsWire  
Excessivist Initiative  

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

Press  /  HistoryContact

Logo Design by 3n Group