Flocks of artists, gallerists, art enthusiasts and anyone vaguely involved with the art scene descended upon Los Angeles to catch a glimpse of the numerous exhibitions and fairs that occurred this past weekend. PULSE was just one of these fairs that decided to grace LA with its presence.

Devoted to providing the opportunity for the inclusion of more diverse galleries, Pulse exhibits a progressive blend of renowned and pioneering contemporary artists. Subsequently, the fair attracts a younger batch of art galleries that provide art at more affordable prices.

Kris Kuksi from the Joshua Liner Gallery (New York) brought with him to LA his exquisite art work composed of multiple altered characters, objects and architecture placed in an asymmetric arrangement. The amount of detail and work that goes into each of his pieces is amazing. If you look closely at his pieces there is an element of dark humor, a sort of inside joke between him and whoever decides to examine every inch of his work. For example in one piece there is a woman painting with the blood from a man’s severed head.

Skylight Projects (New York) not only exhibited art, but reaffirmed what art should be about; figuring out oneʼs true ambitions by bringing with them work from Alex Massouras. A Wall Street lawyer turned artist, Massoura decided one day that anyone could be a lawyer, but not everyone has what it takes to be an artist. He forfeited his role on Wall Street and picked up a paintbrush. His work involves vintage characters with a heavy use of geometric figures. The results of his paintings play with math and negative space without losing heart and beauty.

Los Angeles based LeBasse Projects showed the LA visitors up with their inclusion of artists Nate Frizzell and Joshua Petker. The only thing more impressive than their artists is LeBasse Projectsʼ commitment to a program that encourages the growth of emerging artists by allowing them freedom in creating their work across different mediums. It is with the development of programs like LeBasseʼs that a wider range of artists can receive recognition and exposure.

- written by Keisha Raines with photos by Birdman for Warholian

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