ArtSlant - Recommended en-us 40 Fritz Faiss, George Luks, Arnold Mesches, Howard Warshaw - Vincent Price Art Museum - May 20th, 2011 - May 20th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #944a18; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><em>PLEASE NOTE: VPAM will be closed to the public from June 19 to July 4 2012.</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #944a18; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><em>Modern Expressions of Figure and Form</em> showcases modern art works in a range of media, techniques, and styles, highlighting representations of the human form among the holdings of our permanent collection. This exhibition presents works that take the figure as its focal point, from portraits and studies of the human form to images of devotion, recreation and abstraction. We can learn a great deal about the history, customs, values, and beliefs of any given culture by considering the ways in which its artists characterize the human form. Indeed, the art of the human figure is instructive in revealing the myriad ways we see ourselves.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #944a18; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">This exhibition was co-organized by Surana Singh-Bischofberger, Assistant Professor of Art History at East Los Angeles College, and the Vincent Price Art Museum.</span></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:46:54 +0000 - Vincent Price Art Museum - June 21st, 2011 - June 21st, 2013 <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #0081b5;">PLEASE NOTE: VPAM will be closed to the public from June 19 to July 4 2012.</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #0081b5;">VPAM’s permanent collection includes artworks from ancient civilizations in Central and South America, with a concentration of art from West Mexico and Peru. This show highlights a wide range of cultures from the </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #0081b5;">Pre-Columbian period, from the Nayarit-Colima-Jalisco region of West Mexico (2000-1000 BCE) to the Chimú of Peru (900-1500 CE), among others.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="" /></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:46:30 +0000 Keith Rocka Knittel - Angels Gate Cultural Center - January 27th, 2013 - April 19th, 2013 <p>In Los Angeles, where non-native fauna, golf courses, and man-made lakes collide with a desert, mountains and sea, what is a natural landscape? What is escape, when surrounded by the fabricated artificial? <br /><br />In a gesture that considers the methodologies of contemporary art, theme restaurants, parks, and interior design, <i>Los Angeles National Forest</i> is comprised of a 7' x 7' x 7' room with a 3' x 5' entryway into a planned wilderness. The greens of a lush copse are represented by gelled lighting and printed leaves; wood is presented in the form of building materials, natural to a point but treated as a commodity; a naturalist's escape to a Southern California beach is alluded to by a perpendicularly-flipped fast food restaurant motif.</p> <p></p> <p>I am interested in creating art that can be at once analytical and illogical, grounded in the mundane while walking the path of the sublime. My aim is to create pleasurably disorienting reflections of a metaphoric modern world, where one achieves estrangement from everyday experience and all meaning is reached through indirect means, individual thought processes. Constructing all encompassing, unfamiliar spatial experiences is a method in my work to expand upon the theories and lessons of post-modern conceptual art and to question its failures. I like to think of my practice as a slippage between crafstman and trickster, investigating the uncanny, transforming medium, space, and perception.  </p> <p> <i>Keith Rocka Knittel holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (M.I.C.A). He is currently a staff member at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, and the founding director of OCEAN (  He lives and works in San Pedro, California.</i></p> <p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:46:00 +0000 Christian Burchard, Todd Hoyer, William Hunter, Art Leistman, Pascal Oudet, George Peterson, Michael Peterson, Merryll Saylan, Jack Slentz - Craft and Folk Art Museum - January 27th, 2013 - May 5th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">LOS ANGELES, CA — The Craft and Folk Art Museum presents <em>Scratching the Surface: Contemporary Wood</em></span> <span style="font-size: small;"><em>Sculpture</em>, an exhibition featuring the works of nine contemporary artists whose unique sculptural forms capitalize on the</span> <span style="font-size: small;">naturally occurring textures and irregularities of wood. This international selection of artists includes Christian Burchard</span> <span style="font-size: small;">(OR), Todd Hoyer (AZ), William Hunter (CA), Art Leistman (Canada), Pascal Oudet (France), George Peterson (NC), </span><span style="font-size: small;">Michael Peterson (WA), Merryll Saylan (CA), and Jack Slentz (NM). The exhibition is curated by Ray Leier in association </span><span style="font-size: small;">with del Mano Gallery and will be on view from January 27 through May 5, 2013.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Using both machine-cut and natural surfaces, each of these artists shares a proclivity for working with the grain of wood </span><span style="font-size: small;">by reworking its surface via sawing, bleaching, sandblasting, and exposing surfaces to rain, sunlight, and dry heat. Their</span> <span style="font-size: small;">carving methods range from using the lathe to produce refined shapes, to using chainsaws for unpredictable abstract</span> <span style="font-size: small;">forms. Relying on a balance of approximation and accident, some of the artists are able to envision how the final artwork </span><span style="font-size: small;">will look; while others let the material itself reveal the finished piece.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">French woodturner Pascal Oudet uses sandblasting to dislodge the soft wood between the growth rings of the tree. The</span> <span style="font-size: small;">resulting sculptures are intricate with lace-like surfaces. Oudet describes, “I try to work with these characteristics, playing</span> <span style="font-size: small;">with the grain through various surface treatments (textures, sandblasting, scorching, colors). Most of the time, I have a</span> <span style="font-size: small;">precise idea of the piece I want to create, and then look for the wood that will render the effect I’m after.” </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Michael Peterson draws inspiration from the natural surroundings of the Pacific Northwest, where he lives and works. </span><span style="font-size: small;">Working primarily with a chainsaw, he hollows and carves through damp pieces of wood, which contort into warped form</span> <span style="font-size: small;">and textures upon drying. “When starting a piece, it's not always best to know where it's headed,” says Peterson. “Rather</span> <span style="font-size: small;">than thinking my way through a piece, it's more like feeling my way through it.” <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jack Slentz and George Peterson look equally to the natural environment, as well as to</span> <span style="font-size: small;">designs in the urban landscape when developing concepts. Peterson often carves and </span><span style="font-size: small;">paints into recycled wood from skateboards to incorporate an urban motif into his work. </span><span style="font-size: small;">Slentz expresses, “The ideas for my artwork come from every day objects, things that we </span><span style="font-size: small;">notice and take for granted. Some of the everyday forms I use, as points of departure, are</span> <span style="font-size: small;">manhole covers, storm grates, and seedpods.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">An opening reception for <em>Scratching the Surface</em> will take place on Saturday, January 26</span> <span style="font-size: small;">from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The reception is open to museum members and the public.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Public programs:</span></strong></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">CAFAM will offer exhibition-related workshops and events in conjunction with the exhibition.</span> <span style="font-size: small;">Other events will include CraftLab family workshops, held on the second Sunday of each </span><span style="font-size: small;">month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span><br /><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Sunday, April 21 | 3:00 p.m.</span></strong><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Artist Talk with William Hunter</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span><br /><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Sunday, February 17 | 3:00 p.m.</span></strong><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Artist Talk with Merryll Saylan</span></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:11:37 +0000 Richard Prince - Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills - February 21st, 2013 - April 6th, 2013 <p><span style="font-size: small;"><em>A cowboy walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "Who's the asshole who owns this shithole?"</em></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">—Richard Prince</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Gagosian Gallery</strong> is pleased to present <strong>Richard Prince</strong>'s Cowboy paintings.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Over the last thirty years, the American cowboy has given rise to some of Prince's most celebrated works. Dividing into several phases between the early 1980s and the present, his rephotographing of verité images inspired by cowboy Westerns and produced for the advertising industry, reveals as much about his shifting relationship to an American icon and its construction by the mass media as his use of evolving reprographic technologies.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In the earliest iterations, out of necessity Prince shot around advertising copy to obtain the final edit, resulting in tightly cropped, grainy close-ups of larger-than-life ranchers, printed in standard format. In the second stage, enhanced production techniques allowed him to substantially increase the scale and intensity of the final images, and move his subjects out into the landscape. In the third phase he was able to work from high quality images totally devoid of copy. Thus the cowboys were reduced to diminutive yet legible ciphers dwarfed by vast, bucolic American landscapes. Transposed into the world of art, these cinematic vistas evoked—not without a trace of irony—the great Romantic tradition in painting.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">For his first <em>Cowboy </em>paintings, which follow earlier series of <em>Nurse </em>paintings, Prince has again tapped pulp fiction for inspiration. Directly inspired by the covers and cover artwork of so-called "frontier books," he has transferred to canvas greatly enlarged inkjet prints of scanned figures removed from their original settings. He then paints in, around, and over the prints in an uninhibited manner evocative of post-war American painting—from sedimentary layers and floating blocks of color to swipes and splatters of more animated moments.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> At a glance, the <em>Cowboy </em>paintings are ironic appropriations intended to deconstruct both a regressive stereotype and the truth of uninhibited artistic gesture. But on closer scrutiny, there is an undeniable element of complicit pleasure in Prince's masterfully casual renderings of figure and ground where the powerful male gunslingers are little more than pretexts or catalysts for free experimentation with paint. Lush, lurid abstract grounds, rapidly executed, replace the information of the former landscape backgrounds, intimating at various atmospheric conditions or temperaments: the vaporous pastels of a midday summer haze; a rosy dawn or a vermilion sunset; the fresh green depths of a mountain landscape, or the ominous dark of night.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Richard Prince</strong> was born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone. His work has been the subject of major survey exhibitions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1992); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1993); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1993); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2001, traveled to Kunsthalle Zurich and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); “Richard Prince: Spiritual America,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2007 (traveled to The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2008); and “Richard Prince: American Prayer,” an exhibition of American literature and ephemera from the artist’s collection, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (2011).</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Prince lives and works in New York.</span></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:36:03 +0000 Group Show - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - March 1st, 2013 - March 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><span size="2">La Luz De Jesus Gallery</span></strong><span size="2"> proudly presents our annual, <span size="3" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">rebranded, </span></span><span size="2">juried exhibition: <em>LALUZAPALOOZA</em>. This gigantic, no-theme group show features works from many of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Over 15,000 individual images were submitted by commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, animators, outsiders and working gallery artists which we narrowed down to 220 pieces created by 120 or so artists hailing from six continents. The (tastefully) jam-packed, salon-style exhibition features a lot of names familar to the readers of Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose, alongside an impressive catalog of work from a brand new batch of undiscovered, emerging talent. <br /><br />Join us in our continued expansion of the world's alternative art scene. <br />The <em>LALUZAPALOOZA</em> roster can be found below.<br />Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to learn the history of this group show</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" style="font-size: small;"></span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Here's this year's roster:<em><b><br />Peter Adamyan * Jeannie Houston Antes * Susanne Apgar * Briana Bainbridge * Christopher Bales * Davidd Batalon * James Bentley ­* Michelle Bickford * Winifred Brewer * Michael Brown * Mark Bryan * Erin Burrell * Jeaneen Carlino * Victor Castillo * Adrian Cherry * CHOD * JAW Cooper * Torii Cooper * Edward Robin Coronel * Matthew Couper * Robert Craig * Jessica Dalva * John de Fazio * Dave Dexter * James Dowlen * Mark Edward * Bruce Eichelberger * Angela Ellefson * Jessica Fife * Harold Fox * Don Fritz * Richard Frost * Germs * Mark Gleason * Steve Diet Goedde * Kim Gordon * Max Grundy * Sunny Gu * Walt Hall * Howard Hallis * Hanzel Haro * AshFord Harrison * Derek Harrison * Clare Hebert * Brett Herman * Andy Hernandez * Sam Ho * Scott Holloway * Jason Houchen * Jack Howe * Stephanie Inagaki * Jinx * JoKa * Jessica Joslin * Jason Justice * Brent Kallenbach * Shannon Keller * Billy Kheel * Jaesun Kim * Michael Kortez * Norbert Kox * Lindsey Kuhn * Zoe Lacchei * Mavis Leahy * Dave Lebow * Alexis Lopez * Lizz Lopez * Didu Losso * Carl Lozada * Dion Macellari * Apricot Mantle * D.W. Marino * Ofelia Marquez * Horacio Martinez * Mary Ancilla Martinez * Aya Masuda * Genie Melisande * Miso * Graham Moore * Click Mort * Lyle Motley * Emi Motokawa * Dustin Myers * David Natale * Ron Norman * Daisuke Okamoto * José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros * Tammi Otis * Leah Parrent * Brian Poor * Matthew Price * Anthony Purcell * Eric Quezada * Cate Rangel * Bonni Reid * Billy Reynolds * Ave Rose * Ken Ruzic * SAGE * Van Saro * Justin Schaefer * Kim Scott * Dale Sizer * Aniela Sobieski * Mike Sosnowski * Spinestealer * Josh Stebbins * Sean Stepanoff * Anna Stump * Hui Tan * Treiops Treyfid * Pamela Tu * Christopher Umana * Eric Van Straaten * Vega * Dave Warshaw * Mirmy Winn * Jasmine Worth * Sandra Yagi * Mimi Yoon * Genevive Zacconi <em><b>*</b></em> Kim Zsebe</b><br /></em></span></div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" style="font-size: small;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p><span size="2" style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:29:41 +0000