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Luciana Abait: A letter to the future

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Saturday, 31 October 2020

A monumental solo show by visionary artist Luciana Abait, presenting new large-scale work from her iceberg series.

Luciana Abait’s “Iceberg Series” of surreal, photo-based manipulated landscapes aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and the urgent need for corrective actions to halt global warming. Abait created the frosty landscapes of imaginary icebergs by combining photographs she had taken of California mountain ranges with found images from encyclopedia and text books. Within these inhospitable terrains, Abait inserted manmade objects, such as a Ferris wheel or a sca old, producing an eerie atmosphere. The presence of these out-of-place objects suggests issues of adaptation, assimilation, isolation and displacement, and serves as a reflection on the aggressive intrusion of humans on the natural world—even in the most remote places on earth. This series celebrates the majestic beauty and sacred nature of these icebergs. 

As Abait worked on this series, she learned that the majestic glacier Okjokull in Iceland melted in 2014, making it the first glacier lost to climate change. In August 2019, scientists erected a plaque in Borgarfjordur, West Iceland, to memorialize the lost glacier. The plaque, titled “A Letter to the Future,” is inscribed with text by one of Iceland’s most prominent writers, 

Andri Snaer Magnason, in Icelandic and English. Magnason writes: 

In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. 

Only you know if we did it. 

In honor of Magnason’s powerful and inspiring words, Abait hopes her artworks invite viewers to reflect upon the fragile state of our environment and inspire them to take action to prevent the loss of other natural landmarks. 

Luciana Abait was born in Argentina and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her artwork has been shown in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. 

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This exhibition is presented by Los Angeles World Airports and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. For inquiries about the work and private viewings, please contact Bea Lamar at HOTE Gallery at 626.642.8824, galleryhote@gmail.com, or hoteart.com/abait.

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A highly sought after Los Angeles based artist; Abait has produced ambitious, captivating, evocative artworks for the last two decades, she has been exhibited and collected worldwide. In her new work, the artist addresses pressing issues with masterful execution, making her monumental “Iceberg Series” a sublime collection that evokes a feeling of awe.

Luciana Abait was born in Argentina and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her artwork has been shown in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. 

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700 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Other shows from H.O.T.E.

A Random Path: Noel Vargas Hernández
08/27/2020 to 10/11/2020
Luciana Abait: A letter to the future
01/01/2020 to 10/31/2020
Where Do We Go From Here?
01/09/2020 to 02/02/2020
Fragility: Ann Phong
01/09/2020 to 02/02/2020



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