Kaari Upson's works at Sprueth Magers, Los Angeles



Kaari Upson:

never, never ever, never in my life, never in all my born days, never in all my life, never


August 4–October 15, 2022

Sprueth Magers

Los Angeles


Kaari Upson (1970–2021) worked in a wide array of media including sculpture, video, drawing, and painting. For nearly two decades, she constructed a singular artistic universe that melded autobiographical and collective traumas, fears, and fantasies and often illuminated what might be called “Americanness” or the “American psyche.” The Los Angeles-based artist’s artful conjuring of abject imagery targeted viewers’ psychological comfort zones, confronting them with visceral and affecting evocations of loss and instability.


Over a prolific twenty-year period, Kaari Upson created a powerful body of work that mined the emotional linkages and traumas embedded within the objects and architectures that surround us every day.


Working across sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, performance, and video, the artist explored relationships between the self and others, between the inner life and external reality, and the doublings and repetitions that continually resurface in our past and present. never, never ever, never in my life, never in all my born days, never in all my life, never is the first solo exhibition of Upson's work in Los Angeles in over a decade, and the first in the United States since her death in 2021. Titled by the artist, the exhibition premieres several new series that demonstrate an artist at the height of her creative powers.


Read more at

https://spruethmagers.com/exhibitions/kaari-upson-never-never-ever-never-in-my-life-never-in-all-my-born-days-never-in-all-my-life-never-los-angeles/