Dec 30, 11:43 AM
Artists’ Choice: The Best Shows of 2014 for BLOUIN ARTINFO
Selected by John Indrisek, artists offer up their highlights from the past 12 months in the art world.
Zoe Crosher’s best show of 2014: “Bathymetry” at Del Vaz Projects
“An enigmatic and elegant figure, Jay Ezra Nayssan drew me to his inaugural apartment exhibition due to the incredible image and text on the show’s press release (which didn’t really have much of anything to do with the show and was written, it turns out, by Alex Miller, of whom I am a big fan). Rarely do press releases work on me, but this one did, and given that my friend was driving, the fact that it was on the west side, in an anonymous and forgettable apartment building with very little parking around (so very LA) didn’t bother me in the slightest. It turned out to be a wildly fun night that involved a slight cheap champagne hangover, good art on the walls, and a late night renegade harp performance with a charming, talented, and young symphony harp player dragging his huge instrument up the elevator, decked out in Elton John-esque sequins. It was a surprisingly and refreshingly fashionable-without-being-lame crowd, with the strangest installation consisting of glow-in-the-dark miniature crabs eating fish eyeballs off of a destroyed laptop that someone related to the artist (the mother?) wrote her PhD on. That makes it sound much more dark than it was, but really, in the end it was quite dark, even with the ruffle of Jay’s silks, toilet paper in a very nice bathroom with a lock that worked, and the very Mediterranean-diet-appropriate snacks on the table. It was like a proper cocktail party turned upside-down underground art party, that was most importantly made up of good work overall, even though I don’t remember loving anything particularly. There is something about Jay — in his effortlessness, his camel hair coats, and the fact that he is trying to buy a title — that manages to pull all sorts of unexpected people together (along with good art), making this a very memorable hot LA night for me.”
- Zoe Crosher
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Images courtesy of Del Vaz Projects