Peek At Images From L.A.'s Coolest Feminist Art Exhibit

Photo: Courtesy of Sunday Los Angeles.
The story of how 24-year-old Adi Rajkovic came to curate her newest exhibit may sound all too familiar. "It started when I went down this Instagram hole finding tons of art on the Explore page," she told us. (Yep, been there.) "I realized there was an online community of artists showing off work on the Internet, but I wanted to see it in galleries. So I got in contact with them, and coincidentally, all of the artists I was interested in happened to be women."

And just like that, the wheels were in motion for her current exhibit, entitled "Hot In Here." She rounded up more than 40 female artists for the show, which is on view this week at Sunday, the gallery and live/work space in L.A. she co-founded. A graduate of CalArts, Rajkovic enlisted both her friends and artists she found online for the project. "I first started my gallery so I could give opportunities to my friends and other emerging artists and young people," she said.

Last week, the gallery had an opening party that generated tons of buzz for the exhibit. All went off without a hitch — except for the fact that the building had no AC. "Everyone thought it was funny, [because the exhibit] is called 'Hot In Here.' I was making jokes, like BYOF — bring your own fan."

Jokes aside, the show is chock-full of inspiring images you gotta see to believe. Click through to peek our favorite ones, and head over to the gallery this week to catch the rest.

When: Now through Thursday, August 6, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Where: 4308 Burns Avenue (at North Virgil Avenue); no phone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sunday Los Angeles.
"This photo is by Mayan Toledano. She's someone who I had been talking to over the Internet. I first noticed her clothing brand, Me and You, which I thought was really cool. I really love her work. Her aesthetic is very girly, but at the same time there's something really powerful about the girls embracing their femininity."
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"This is by Arvida Byström, and it's her most commented picture on her Instagram. It has the craziest comments about people talking about her armpit hair — either it's Hell yeah, girl or This is disgusting. Why are we focusing on armpit hair? It shouldn't be that big of a deal. It's crazy the things people say."
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"This is a self-portrait by Molly Soda. I really like her art because she has a good sense of humor. She posts a lot of selfies of herself that people wouldn't normally post on the Internet; she's very outward."
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Another imperfect self-portrait by Molly Soda.
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"This is by Sylvie Spencer and Katie Miller. This is part of their L.A. public sculpture tour. Sylvie immerses herself in different sculptures around L.A. — she's always in camouflage within the sculptures — and Katie takes the photos. They've done over 150 sculptures, and they're really cool and kind of funny."
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"This is by Zoe Zag, who is a friend of mine and also a musician. I thought it would be interesting to include other styles. She takes a lot of pictures that are grittier than the rest of the art, but still really beautiful."
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"This is by Signe Pierce. She started commenting on our Instagram, so I started looking at hers, and I basically told her to come by. Everything she does is super neon and colorful. For this photo, she was thinking about the concept of 'Hot In Here' and summer in L.A."
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"This is my own photo," Rajkovic told us. "I'm obsessed with taking pictures of sunsets. This one is in downtown L.A. I love all the colors at night, but then again, it's a grimy gas station. So it has contrasting qualities — it's very L.A., because to me, L.A. is a beautiful, sad place."
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"This is also [my own photo]," Rajkovic told us. "The picture is of my ex-boyfriend. I feel like it's a powerful image for me personally. It's from the same series as the gas station, where I took pictures at sunset in L.A."
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