Art Toronto 2017, October 27-30
Focus: Los Angeles, Booth F05, Jane Callister, Karen Lofgren, Ken Lum, Rubén Ortiz Torres, David Allan Peters

Royale Projects will participate in FOCUS: Los Angeles – a curated section of Art Toronto 2017 highlighting leading galleries and projects from Los Angeles, California. Our booth will feature works by Jane Callister, Karen Lofgren, Ken Lum, Rubén Ortiz Torres, and David Allan Peters.

//   Art Toronto is excited to announce the FOCUS project for the 18th edition of Canada’s fair for modern and contemporary art with a west coast focus on Los Angeles. In recent years, Los Angeles has redefined itself as a major centre for artistic production and curatorial vision. What is it precisely about LA, its history, values and physicality that draws artists, curators and gallerists to it today? In addition to the galleries that have been selected to be part of this section, Independent Curator Santiago Vernetti will organize a central group exhibition entitled And The Sky is Grey, bringing together works by LA's most exciting practitioners to help introduce new audiences in order to unpack and highlight contemporary cultural practices in the city and what compels people to it.  The FOCUS: LA Artist Project Series will present a number of projects by LA artists placed throughout the fairgrounds. These will include in-situ installations, the latest in genre bending virtual reality work by LA new media artists, an interactive art bar, and a microcinema showcasing some of LA’s most experimental and engaging moving image art practices. This central group exhibition entitled And The Sky is Grey, will feature works by Royale Projects' own Karen Lofgren, as well as Christopher Coy, Grant Levy-Lucero, Christopher Richmond, Nicolas Grenier, Jake Longstreth and other artists whose practices have been shaped by the city's complex cultural history and landscape. Additionally, a number of projects by Los Angeles based artists will be placed throughout the common areas of the fairgrounds including the FLOAT Museum, a future-facing virtual institution from Kate Parsons, Ben Vance, and Daniel Lisi, an art bar and installation by Adam Stamp, recent sculptures by Josh Callaghan, a pop-up microcinema showcasing some of Los Angeles’ most experimental and engaging moving image art practices, and more.   //   Santiago Vernetti is an independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles. Some of his most recent group exhibitions include Top Five Buddy Cop Films at Steve Turner, Thus Spake the Fungus at Arturo Bandini, and Aria Dean, Merideth Hillbrand, Hannah Boone at Club Pro. His writings have been featured in FOUNDATIONS Magazine, LXAQ, Baumtest and his essays have been included in a variety of artist books and catalogues including Transmorphing Utopia, a monograph on the work of Paul W Waddell. He was previously at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and is currently at work on a group exhibition of site-responsive works for the Angels Gate Cultural Center with co-curator Jeanne Dreskin.