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

courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery









































Since 1980ís there were group of artists, creating works independently of each other with excessivist tendencies. The commonality of their work came from the conditions they were living their lives. For them it was the creative strive to create works outside of established boundaries by consistently testing the limits. It is the period, which was the unofficial beginning of the Excessivism movement.

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

As art critic Shana Nys Dambrot explained the idea was conceived in the studio of the founder 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.

2015 marked the official establishment of the Excessivism movement with three layers foundation: One:Manifesto and its publication in the public domain, two: acknowledgment of the movement by experts first of which was published in The Huffington Post Sep. 23, 2015  and three:  the inaugural exhibition of Excessivists as a movement.



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