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LA ArtLab presents MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES, a group showing of thematically inspired artwork.

The exhibit features works by 18 artists, including artists from LA Artlabs international collective in addition to selected artists from the Cal Arts community. Presented work reflects a diverse range of media and styles all focused on the question: What is appropriate or suitable and what is not suitable in art?

The shows central theme ruminates on the art worlds ever-present pre-occupation with subversive, risqu or shocking content, combined with the sense that traditional art institutions and public cultural entities such as museums still seem to be the ones setting the wider cultures standards for propriety of expression. Thus, the theme suggests another key question about art in our time: Who decides what makes for suitable art and who decides which art is fit to be seen by a wide audience?

Pieces on display will include individual installations, mixed media, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and digital media and liver performance art.

LA ArtLab was founded in June of 2005 with the goal of creating a strong network of artists focused on creative collaboration, artistic experimentation, community involvement and charitable work. The LA Artlab community features an international mix of artists with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of approaches to art making. The group meets regularly to critique and discuss art, collaborate on work and inspire artistic exploration. The group is currently in the process of planning several upcoming thematically based Los Angeles area art shows.

Upstairs at the Market Gallery, owned and operated by The City Market of Los Angeles, is located above one of the oldest produce markets in the country and provides space to emerging and established artists.

Cal Arts: The nation’s first art institute to offer BFAs and MFAs in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering brilliance and innovation within the broadest context possible. Emphasis is placed on new and experimental work and students are admitted solely on the basis of artistic ability. To encourage innovation and experimentation, CalArts’ six schools–Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater–are all housed under one roof in a unique, five-story building with the equivalent of 11 acres of square footage in Valencia, California, just 30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles.

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