Venice filmmaker Juri Koll has a knack for capturing the magic of L.A.’s art world.
Through his independent film series, Koll has documented the likes of scavenger poet Maddy Lemel, assemblage artist Flewnt and Venice’s own sculpture luminary Fred Eversley.
Koll knows the local art landscape. His documentary of the construction process that went into the big steel “V” sculpture on Venice Beach, created in 1991 by Mark di Suvero, recently wound up in the American art archives at the Smithsonian. No wonder, then, he’s also an advisor for the up-and-coming Venice Institute of Contemporary Art.
For the past two years, Koll has been documenting the life and art of Lisa Adams. Koll’s film looks at the unique world Adams’ paintings inhabit as well as how personal hardship — Adams nearly lost sight in her right eye in the summer of 2012 — tempered her conviction to persevere with her art. Adams, who for a time worked from a Venice studio and in 2000 cofounded the alternative art gallery Crazy Space in Santa Monica, has emerged as one of Southern California’s more celebrated contemporary artists.
The documentary “Lisa Adams: As It Appears To Be” premieres in a one-night only screening at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at the Crest Theater, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. (310) 470-1508; theartworld.net