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20140505213706-mike_kelley_aah_youth Some Closing Thoughts on the Mike Kelley Retrospective (MOCA Geffen, Los Angeles)  
Mike Kelley at MOCA Geffen Contemporary March 31st, 2014 - July 28th, 2014
Posted 9/1/14

To borrow a thought from Deleuze and Guattari, art is not chaos, but a composition of chaos that makes possible a wide range of unpredictable new emotions and ideas. It pushes at the borders of the imagination, inviting new ways of seeing, and sharping our capacities for critical reflection. Truly powerful art may even change how we perceive our world, and re-situate our agency within it. The Mike Kelley retrospective (currently on view at LA MoCA), reminds me of a quote by filmmaker David Lyn... [more]

20140128054013-image Review: Michael Gittes "Ladies and Gentlemen" by Deborah Krieger  
Michael Gittes at Prohibition Gallery January 4th, 2014 - February 4th, 2014
Posted 1/28/14

Prohibition Gallery is a boutique gallery on W. Washington Boulevard, sharing the Culver City Arts District with other galleries such as Corey Helford Gallery and Hinge Modern (where I have previously reviewed shows and interviewed artists). With its white walls, concrete floor and barred windows, Prohibition Gallery stands in stark contrast to its neighbors. Being in the small space feels intimate. The gallery's ambiance is one of edgy youth (the gallery opened recently, in 2011) and a sense... [more]

20130901181254-daddy_blows_smoke__detail_5_ Dynamic Exchange of Visual Dialogue -  
Duane Paul at Reginald Ingraham Gallery September 7th, 2013 - October 12th, 2013
Posted 11/6/13 DUANE PAUL Reginald Ingraham Gallery / Los Angeles by Greg Angaza Pitts · November 5, 2013 · in November 2013, Reviews Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on pinterest_shareMore Sharing Services10 “Speaking Tongues (The material of communication)” introduces Duane Paul’s considerable talent and ability in the artist’s first solo exhibition. The show’s 12 works (all 2013) are divided into... [more]

20130618020609-and_to_obey_the_scout_law-_boy_scout A Boy Scout Jamboree At Subliminal Projects  
Eric Beltz, Hisham Bharoocha, Alison Blickle, Keith Boadwee, Simmons & Burke, Kime Buzzelli, Tofer Chin, Alika Cooper, Liz Craft, Noah Davis, Frohawk Two Feathers, Jason Hanasik, Melissa Huddleston, Benjamin Lord, Lewis Mauk, Davida Nemeroff, Club Paint, Duane Paul, Vanessa Prager, Fay Ray, Todd Tourso, CHRISTINE WANG, Eric Yahnker at Subliminal Projects June 22nd, 2013 - July 20th, 2013
Posted 6/26/13

A Boy Scout Jamboree At Subliminal Projects " Duane Paul’s huge sculpture of various colored, fragmented scouts have similar effects. Paul’s piece hints at a less overt theme in the show, one that gets outside of the organization’s anti-gay agenda: minorities in American boy scouts have only existed on the margins. His colorful and quietly confrontational figures hit every element of the show–rainbows, black bodies, whit... [more]

20130617043230-cow_girl Objet Trouvé: Jerry Shevick's Amazing Nudie Pin-Up Show  
Jerry Shevick at Artists Corner Gallery June 22nd, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013
Posted 6/20/13

June 17, 2013, Previews Objet Trouvé: Jerry Shevick's Amazing Nudie Pin-Up Show By Phil Tarley   Tue, Jun 18, 2013 What looks like the faded slides of one prolific, if amateur photographer, is really Shevick's heavily curated pickings of found objects in the photo sections of flea markets and estate sales. Opens June 22 at Artist's Corner. At the nexus where vintage photography meets pictorialism, photo artist Jerry Shevick has staked out a new territory that somehow seems... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Mark Posey  
5/13/13 Posted 5/13/13

(Image: Mark Posey, Flowers in Blue,  7/3/12, Enamel, 14 x 14 x .25 inches; © Mark Posey)   Mark Posey (b. 1985) I am a 27 year old artist living and working in downtown Los Angeles. I graduated from the Academy of Art San Francisco in late 2012 and won 1st place abstract artist while I was there.  One of the reason why I make art is because I greatly value freedom of expresion. I keep traditional values that I learrned in art school within my work, while trying to stay loose and expressiv... [more]

Showcase Watchlist: Jerry Shevick  
4/11/13 Posted 4/11/13

(Image: Jerry Shevick, Floating Hair, 2012, Photography, 17" x 22", 24" x 36"; © Jerry Shevick)   Jerry Shevick (b. 1959, Baltimore) Jerry Shevick’s new photographic series is based on slides, decades and often over a half century old. They are images from his past, as well as many others.  They’ve been re-shot and re-imagined.  As the digital revolution rolls on, we won’t remember in the same ways.  There is no fading of the image, no lens flares, no developing errors.  Our past is as crystal... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Peter Worsley  
3/25/13 Posted 3/25/13

(Image: Peter Worsley, Picnic, 2009, Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 x 0,5 inches; © Peter Worsley)   Peter Worsley (b. 1929, London, England) I see myself as kind of an old soul and a romantic at heart. The subjects I choose to paint have some sort of nostalgic calling - ordinary people doing everyday things at interesting places. Often the result reflects the human comedy. Each painting begins with a careful study of it's composition. Then, through a evolutionary process, often with moments of spontan... [more]

Alexander D.C.D. Smith: Catalogue Edition  
Posted 3/20/13

    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, motorcycl... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Natalie Hile Cross  
2/22/13 Posted 2/22/13

(Image: Natalie Hile Cross, sad bluebird, 2012, mixed media on paper; © Natalie Hile Cross)   Natalie Hile Cross (b. 1970, Butler, PA) A painting often starts with an impulse of a gestural mark or a color I see behind my eyes before waking up.  From there it is much like a chess game between myself and the developing work.  I really don't want to win, the painting has to be the winner.  I want to put up a valiant effort to keep up with what is evolving. It is always a overa... [more]

photo l.a. 22nd Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition (Jan. 18-21, 2013)  
1/15/13 Posted 1/15/13

(Source: press release)   With over 10,000 visitors photo l.a. is the best platform for meeting with collectors, curators and artists in Los Angeles. Phil Stern, James Dean, 1955; ©Phil Stern   photo l.a., the longstanding photographic art exposition, returns to the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for its 22nd edition on January 17-21st, 2013. Continuing the discourse on photography’s place in the fine arts, photo l.a. provides dealers from around the globe a platform for the exhibition of vintage masterworks and contemporary photog... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Leeza Taylor  
1/3/13 Posted 1/3/13

(Image: Leeza Taylor, L and B 2, 2012, acryllic, 5 x 7 x .3 inches; © Leeza Taylor)   Leeza Taylor (b. Los Angeles) I  am  a native of Los Angeles and a self taught painter and photographer.  In my paintings, emotion comes first, often very subtle. I want the viewer to want to return to the images multiple times to take a closer look.  My style and work is reflective and quiet; quite the opposite of my personality. I think of my photography work as an ongoing project that evolves from one prim... [more]

Haiku Reviews, Huffington Post, Peter Frank  
John Scane, Vonn Sumner at Brett Rubbico Gallery October 13th, 2012 - January 1st, 2013
Posted 2/14/13

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M. Eric Honeycutt wins RAW Photographer of the Year  
12/14/12 Posted 12/14/12

(Source: Email) RAWwards is the biggest indie arts awards show in the world, held annually by RAW:natural born artists, an independent arts organisation.   M. Eric Honeycutt is a professional photographer living in the southeast United States area and owns/operated VegaBlue Studios. His work embraces the southern gothic culture that he so deeply loves and his highly unique imagery is rooted strongly in the dark and the macabre. Many of the surreal and nightmarish photos that you see in his portfo... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Aaron Stansberry  
7/15/12 Posted 7/15/12

(Image: Aaron Stansberry, Baby C, 2010, Oil, Spray, 36 x 36 x 1.5 inches; © Aaron Stansberry)   Aaron Stansberry (b. 1978, Portland, OR) For me, painting is soul therapy. I can tell my stories with brushes and spray cans, and my canvas can do nothing but listen and take it's punishment. The world of art is changing... becoming less business and more personal. Artists are turning to the streets to self-advertise, to speak their minds, or, hopefully, to at least put something thought-provoking o... [more]

Alex Gross: On Our Los Angeles Watchlist  
2/28/12 Posted 2/28/12

(Image: Alex Gross, Dior, Oil on Canvas, 40'' x 63'', 2011; © Alex Gross) Alex Gross (b. 1968, Roslyn Heights, New York) The paintings of Alex Gross are magical, loaded with imagery both logical and surreal. His influences are equally mixed and unexpected, from Victorian photography to more modern Japanese culture but one of his ultimate goals is to create art that remains timeless.  His earliest artistic influences were comic books and movies especially the strong visuals from science f... [more]

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