Artadia Celebrates 5 years of Awards in LA Announcing its 2019 Awardees

by Corrine Ciani

With over 700 applicants in LA alone, Artadia announced the three Awardees for the 2019 Los Angeles Awards: Carmen Argote, Ron Athey, and Diedrick Brackens. This is Artadia’s fifth year of providing unrestricted Awards to artists in Los Angeles.

Artadia supports artists with unrestiricted, merit-based awards followed by a lifetime of program opprounitites. Diedrick Brackens was selected as the inaugural Marciano Artadia Awardee and Carmen Argote and Ron Athey were selected as the 2019 Los Angeles Artadia Awardees. Argote and Athey will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds as well as access to the ongoing benefits of the program. As the Marciano Artadia Awardee, Brackens will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds.

Left to Right: Ron Athey, Carmen Argote, and Diedrick Brackens. Artist group photo: David Crotty for Artadia.

Left to Right: Ron Athey, Carmen Argote, and Diedrick Brackens. Artist group photo: David Crotty for Artadia.

Since 1999, Artadia has awarded over $5 million to more than 325 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

Diedrick Brackens,  in the decadence of silence , 2018, hand woven cotton and acrylic yarn, 75 x 74 inches.

Diedrick Brackens, in the decadence of silence, 2018, hand woven cotton and acrylic yarn, 75 x 74 inches.

Through interlacing diverse traditions including West African weaving, European tapestries, and quilting in the American south, Diedrick Brackens constructs intricately woven textiles that speak to the complexities of black and queer identity in the United States.

Carmen Argote,  Arrangement of Contained Energies , 2018, Organic dyes (Jamaica, onion, avocado), Paper, 50 x 38 inches.

Carmen Argote, Arrangement of Contained Energies, 2018, Organic dyes (Jamaica, onion, avocado), Paper, 50 x 38 inches.

Carmen Argote’s practice often points to the body, to class, and to economic structures in relationship to the architecture and to personal history. She is represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles and Instituto de Vision, Bogota.

Ron Athey,  Acephalous Monster , multimedia solo performance, 2018.

Ron Athey, Acephalous Monster, multimedia solo performance, 2018.

Ron Athey has worked in performance art since 1981, with the collaboration PE, with Rozz Williams, followed by projects with the synth-punk band Nervous Gender.  Athey’s is continuing work this year with Athens-based artist Hermes Pittakos, including live art, sculpture, and video and working on a new monograph of his work with Amelia Jones and Andrew Campy. The survey of Athey’s work is being produced as an exhibition to be shown in 2021 in four locations including the ICA-LA.