Installation view of “Depression” at Francois Ghebaly Gallery. All images by the author for Hyperallergic.
LOS ANGELES — It was 4:20pm when I walked into Depression and encountered Andrea Ursuta’s piece “Stoner” (2013). A batting-cage ball-throwing machine creaked on, spun once, and died before it could eject anything from its quarantined-off belly. It is located inside a larger batting cage. There is no entrance. There is no bat to play with. Stones are... [more]
by Alicia Eler | Feb 12, 2013
Julie Lequin. “En résidence,” 2009. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 12 x 9 in. Courtesy the artist.
French-Canadian artist Julie Lequin consciously blurs personal history and fictionalized worlds in her videos, performances, drawings, and writings, creating new narratives in the process. Lequin’s real-life events become part of an ongoing, first-person storyline that, told humorously and from an unconsciously self-conscious point-of-v... [more]
At the heart of the works in No Can Handle is the ethos of endurance. Entering the exhibition is not unlike entering an interpretation of a physical training facility. Equipment-like inventions dangle from the ceiling and perch amidst the gallery space; there is even a painted panel squatting in the crease of a gym mat on the floor. Many of the works, like Bow 4 (2014) have a suggestive tenacity. Bow 4 is a delicately curved wooden pole bending like a “C” around an entire wall, held in plac... [more]
Come see me (Shalla) on September 27, 2014 ....12 to 6 pm... at the first ever Tivoli Art Walk...
I will be drawing caricatures, maybe you'd like one of you :)
What? Shalla is drawing caricatures
Where? at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas
When? September 27 from 12-6pm
How? For more info: http://www.tivolivillagelv.com/
And here's my latest painting of Marilyn Monroe in acrylic 18'x24' sold at Annie Cream Cheese (a high class vintage store at Market LV in Summerlin)... http://www.anniec... [more]
The National Gallery’s summer exhibition Making Colour guides the audience through the spectrum of materials used throughout history to create artists’ pigment—from blues, through reds and oranges, to purples. Each room focuses on a specific colour and the multiple materials used to make it over time, from early earth pigments, through lakes (dyes made into pigment) to the new artificial coal tar derived pigments created around the time of the Impressionists. The function of t... [more]
This new page is under construction for a while as I add very old works scanned from slides. I'm also choosing a few for sale and print here at this site, and am minded for catalogues and a new book page deadlines. I'm Trying to get the photography done without too much slowing down.
Two peices are going to show early next year in the Bienale Di Palermo in Palermo, Sicily and Florence Italy. I think artists who've been admitted all get an award and there's a competition for a prize. ... [more]
Schloss Eggenberg in Graz, Austria is a magnificent Baroque palace and in 2010 was included in the listing of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. In 2012, when I made a brief stop at Graz, though I was not able to visit the museum housed inside the Schoss, Universalmuseum Joanneum, I was able to tour the building and its lovely garden ground. Though I couldn't go inside many marvelous rooms, I was able to see this wonderful triptych below through the window and though it was medieval in styl... [more]
When asked how it felt to be a surrealist in 2002, Dorothea Tanning, Grand Dame of surrealism (read: last surviving surrealist—then 91 years of age) responded “like a fossil,” with all the implications of stone-held lifelessness that description conjures for an art form that was declared definitely dead sixty years prior. Web of Dreams draws its theme from her work with the figure—a broad remit, and ultimately one that serves as a catch-all to present a chronologically wide-rangi... [more]
"Yes!" Art Competition
Submission Deadline is August 25th, 11:45 pm
There are things in our lives to which we spontaneously respond - "Yes!". However, we also have to learn to say - "Yes" to things that first do not resonate well with us. Maybe there is a purpose for which they come into our lives? Instead of fighting, isn't it better to say "yes!" and embrace the unknown which will help us to reach new heights?
We want to see the best "Yes" artworks that you have created, either recently o... [more]
Graz is an ancient Austrian city, whose Renaissance cityscape is dominated by the complex of Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II and the Dom and the Katharinenkirche (right, left and middle). In 2010, I visited Graz and saw this impressive tomb, a minor St. Peter's, designed by Ferdinand's court artist Giovanni Pietro de Pomis. The interior was both grand and intimate, magnificent and humble. I found the center shrine (above) very impressive, dark and somber, topped with the Emperor's proud... [more]
Holland Cotter has a wonderful new piece in the New York Times entitled A Memory Museum.
Cotter writes," I’m also a curator of my memory, which carries traces of art encounters from over the years. A few of those encounters — with certain objects, books, buildings — have altered the atmosphere, changed how I see and joined a permanent collection that I regularly revisit."
He then challenges us to describe experiences with art that has changed our lives and to post them in t... [more]
Driscoll Babcock, which moved to Chelsea two years ago, is something like a stately townhouse in a row of beige suburban mansions. The gallery bills itself as the oldest in New York, and casts itself in a grand tradition of the city’s academic art. You don’t find sly, discreet conceptual gestures, nor massive, high-production-value installations. Instead, the gallery seems to look for untrendy, well-crafted works in a certain American tradition—their roster includes works from the... [more]