Monday, July 20, 2009

C'mon, get HappyHappy!

Who says art can't be fun AND made of plastic?

I'm sure that's exactly what Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa said to himself before creating this colorful and virtually unbreakable exhibit "HappyHappy," commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and on display in the LACMA plaza. And which, according to the L.A. Times, was all bought from a local 99 Cents Only store.

You can imagine how difficult it was to retrieve my child from this playful creation. CC raced in between and around the hanging lines of plastic baskets, funnels and bowls, actually trying to lose me a couple times amid the maze of unused dinnerware.

"HappyHappy" is one of several pieces of art that make up Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists From Korea, running through Sept. 20 at the museum. Those driving down Wilshire Boulevard can't miss Choi's other project, "Welcome," which has the Ahmanson Building wrapped in swaths of colorful ribbons (right).

And don't forget about LACMA's NexGen program, which offers free general admission to anyone 17 and under as well as one accompanying adult. Hello, free art!

Credit cards have nothing on this colorful and gratis plastic.

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