Seeing Double by Stacy Davies Gregory Adamson, A.S. Ashley, Angela Beloian, Katy Betz, Matt Blansett, Amy Caterina, Dee Marcellus Cole, Judy Davies, Wanda Ewing, Joe Forte, Tammy Greenwood, Athena Hahn, Daphne Hill, Kevin Hill, Amy Maloof, Cynde Miller, Father Bill Moore, Thomas Pathe, Leia Steingart, Vonn Sumner, Erns Valdez, Kristina Marroquin Warren at Main Street Gallery
June 8th - July 27th
By Jamie Solis
Vintage films are known to have an intrinsic cult following. Maybe it’s because they remind us of the matte simplicity that’s fading in our digital society, or it could be the growing appreciation for classic features—when storylines were still unique and theatrics took fearless risks. Either way, we find ourselves attracted to old school cinema and the bold propaganda-esque designs that adorn their artwork. Regardless the reason for our fantastic obsession, posters from moti... [more]
I was recently driving in a thriving, mostly immigrant, neighborhood of Los Angeles. While stopped at a light I saw the following sign: Tax Preparation /Travel Agency. It was not unified corporate branding by a long shot. It was, however, two businesses which the investment in a single computer might make possible. Categorically it was a funny space. No one likes taxes and everyone wants to go on vacation. A perfect case of opposites attract. It reminded me of the parings of surprising, unlikel... [more]
She's a Confection by Kimberly Hahn davide balula, Neil Beloufa, Andrew Berardini, Isabelle Cornaro, Nikki Darling, Travis Diehl, Eve Fowler, Nicolas Garait, Rita Gonzalez, Camille Henrot, Brian Kennon, Hedi El Kholti, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Jonathan Lethem, Joseph Mosconi, Aude Pariset, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, Bernard Piffaretti, Tif Sigfrids, Ivette Soler, Charlie White at Public Fiction
March 1st - June 15th
Though a non-descript, signless space, bricked and fortified with bars, she looks soft inside, the toughness dropping away. Opened now—wide by hand—she's entered into with cautionary eagerness. Inside her arrangement appears fixed as if one mussed her carefully constructed visage it would be righted magically to how it began.
Her bare walls provide room for thoughts to bounce toward and from which to peel away. These thoughts lap down upon desks, huddled together, which rest waiting for... [more]
The last event thrown by this group was also a fundraiser. The event raised close to $3k for the Free Arts for Abused Children. Hundreds of people came out to enjoy a night of art and music and were not let down. While one could hear the solid musical performances of Alligator Republic and The Random Acts of Blindness,they were surrounded by many works of art ranging in style and genres. These events are up for only one night, which is barely enough time to see everything, so get there early. Th... [more]
From Simplicity Comes Complexity by Kimberly Hahn david cooley, Petra Cortright, Yoon Chung Han, Katy McCarthy, Chris Silva, Tellef Tellefson, Johnny Troyna at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
April 13th - June 16th
Historically, skepticism and reluctance instilled a fear that technological advancements, such as television, video games, and the internet, would “turn our brains to mush” and inevitably lead to cultural and linguistic degradation. Curated by Warren Schultheis, Things That Turn Your Brains To Mush (TTTYBTM) explores these fears, by embracing the animated GIFs' (Graphics Interchange Format) nascent application as a burgeoning form of cultural commentary and its contemporary art status as th... [more]
Mary Anna Pomonis with Charlie Hachadourian's art work
The list of questions below were given to Mary Anna Pomonis by me regarding her curatorial exhibition at Vincent Price Art Museum.
1. I read that the idea for this exhibition has been in your mind's eye for about ten years. How did the show remain true to your original vision and how did it change?
In 2009 I was hanging out with Allison Stewart and Carole Caroompas. Allison, Carole and I had just come back from a show I curated in N... [more]
Sandra Vista, February 9- April 26, 2013
VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Pk, CA 91754 323-265-8841
The paintings in your show, “Meow Buddha” are large and unstretched and represent almost a decade of redacted painting. The effect is cumulative and process is palpable, could you talk about your process and where it comes from?
The process for this painting series began w... [more]
A Visual Feast - Review by William A Emboden, PhD, F.L.S.
On Saturday, April 6, 2013, it was an evening for art lovers. The galleries in the famed Bergamot Station/Santa Monica area swung open their doors, especially the Sulkin/Secant, where an exhibition of approximately twenty-five known artists in the Western US region exhibited their works which were part of the Portal of Opportunities competition conducted by LarkGallery.
We were blessed by war... [more]
Schmidt's title for his current work (Gyres) is revealing about the artist on various levels. As a surfer who is an artist and an artist who is a surfer, the Gyres series examines Schmidt's daily experience of riding the curl on his surfboard. The monochromatic forms of this series can be viewed as abstractions of the atmospheric foam forms caused by the accelerating waves as they begin to fold over and curl. On a physical and metaphysical level, he is nestled between four of the five majo... [more]
The artists talks that director Edward Cella and curator Carl Berg provided on Saturday March 23, 2013 for Claire Anna Baker and Steven Schmidt is a tribute to the emergence of supporters like Cella and Berg to promote the relevance of artists extending their works in dialogues with viewers, art students, artists, patrons and devotees.
During artist talks many artists have been known to create pieces of performance art during their presentations. Such was the case of Claire Anna Baker. SunBody p... [more]
Installation view, Sean Kennedy: Territory: First Solo Show, courtesy of Thomas Duncan Gallery
Thomas Duncan Gallery presents three installations by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Kennedy during Week 1 of Territory, a five-week exhibition of solo shows from March 19-April 20, 2013. I visited the gallery on the afternoon of the last day of Kennedy's show. Upon entering the unassuming Hollywood space, I worried that I was too late: all of the walls were blank. Soon after, I realized my observa... [more]
Set your Instagram filter to "Surreal" and venture inside Matthew Marks Gallery’s Robert Gober: Sculpture Drawings Studies, on exhibit from January 19-April 6, 2013. This is the surrealist's first solo exhibition of new work in 4 years and marks Gober's long-awaited return to Los Angeles for a one-person show. The artist's sometimes polarizing work explores themes of religion, politics, power, and sexuality, and often represents objects from his childhood in distorted form. His current exh... [more]
Lucie BoswellDigital Photography and Painting
Lives and works in: Los AngelesWebsite: www.lucieboswell.30art.comTo Purchase Contact: Lucie Boswell
Lucie Boswell was born in 1968 in San Francisco, California and from an early age she knew she could express herself best through art. Graduating in 1992 with a BA in Studio Art from the University of California Santa Barbara, Lucie studied photography at the Royal College of Art in London England for the summer. She went on to study professional photography at the Santa Fe Photo Workshops with the world's fi... [more]
Mike Brodie has captured something raw and honest in his series of 30 photographs on display in Los Angeles at M+B. The gallery, consisting of a converted bungalow and modern annex, provides an intimate look at the heroic historian's three-year journey as a cross-country stowaway, hitchhiker, and pedestrian. The title of the exhibition, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, conjures the current and all-too-familiar entitlement of youth. Brodie and his travel companions, however, embody a life no... [more]
Meow Buddha by Islas Pronto Sandra Vista at Vincent Price Art Museum
February 9th - April 26th
Titled Meow Buddha Vista presents six large scale paintings, on unstretched canvas that Vista began in 2005. The paintings integrate bold colors and patterns combined with personal symbolism and spiritual definitions. Vista comes from a formal background that is seen in her use of stripes and geometric designs. Also, evident is her influence of the "Pattern and Decoratiion" movement of the l980's.
Vista stated that the Buddha series began with the ideas of a Buddha in every painting, howe... [more]
Alexander D.C.D. SmithPainting
Lives & Works in: Los Angeles, CAWebsite: alexanderdcd.comTo Purchase Contact: Alexander D.C.D. Smith
Alexander D.C.D. Smith was born in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1984, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of three. He pursued graphic design studies at California State University, Northridge receiving a BA in 2009. Since then he has created a wide range of pieces in a variety of materials, including canvas, wood panels, wall murals, clothing and shoes, furniture, motorcyc... [more]