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I Was Real Careful With It  
JOHN VALADEZ at Vincent Price Art Museum September 21st, 2013 - December 7th, 2013
Posted 10/22/13
  " I was real careful with it", Valadez expressed when he was telling the story of his early drawing lifetime.  He said he remembered making a drawing of in grammar school.  As a third grader, most of his schnool mates could not believe he had made the drawing.  But even as a child, Valadez was already respecting his work by being "careful with it".  He was a loner as a child and continues to stress the virtues of solitude as a formula for making art. Valadez is an esteemed artistic... [more]
Mary Anna Pomonis (Curator of Sanctified)  
at Vincent Price Art Museum March 9th, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Posted 5/14/13
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... [more]
Interview with Sandra Vista  
Sandra Vista at Vincent Price Art Museum February 9th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013
Posted 5/12/13
MEOW  BUDDHA 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 while... [more]
The Poetry of Observation  
Claire Baker at Edward Cella Art & Architecture March 16th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013
Posted 3/26/13
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. ... [more]
Steve Schmidt at Edward Cella Art & Architecture March 16th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013
Posted 3/26/13
Schmidt's title for his current work ( 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 major ocean... [more]
Meow Buddha  
Sandra Vista at Vincent Price Art Museum February 9th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013
Posted 3/23/13
Titled 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, however because... [more]
What's Left Behind Works  
Carole Bayer Sager at William Turner Gallery November 1st, 2012 - December 15th, 2012
Posted 12/28/12
What's Left Behind (oil on canvas 84"x84") 2012   What's Left Behind Works Carole Bayer Sayer's recent work is filled with imageries of our childhood sweet treats like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, popcorn, caramel corn and peanuts.  She said that as a child she was not aloud to have these treats because she was considered "chubby".  Sayer said her mother would never have offered her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Even though on one level these paintings could be about... [more]
Whisper Pitch-Doni Silver Simons-Project Room  
Lisa Bartleson, Guillermo Bert, Ching Ching Cheng, Stuart Kusher, Robert Mack, Andy Moses, Doni Silver Simons, Mike Street, Linda Vallejo at The Loft at Liz's November 10th, 2012 - January 8th, 2013
Posted 12/28/12
Whisper Pitch The interaction and communication between audience and art are "gold" to me.  is my response to the invitation to create work based on the themes of "gold and alchemy" for this exhibition. Whisper Pitch represents the alchemical transformation of elemental into complex.  Utiliziing a drawn line, the most basic component of art, this work explores the magic of marking.  The place begins with my single drawing horizontal line.  Throughout Whisper Pitch, guests are invited to... [more]
William Brice, Rico Lebrun, Jan Stussy at Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) January 21st, 2012 - May 20th, 2012
Posted 4/26/12
    There is an overwhelming solidarity by the forty-one artists exhibiting at the LA RAW exhibition.  Many of the artists have long-standing relationships with eachother.  The major focus of begins in the entry of the exhibition with Jack Zajac's monumental sculpture entitled, Descent from the Cross (1955).  The viewers are reminded of the torture and humiliation that Christ on the cross symbolizes.  The larger than life Christ sculpture exemplifies punishment and agonizing pain in his... [more]
Bellwether Species  
Lisa Adams at CB1 Gallery December 11th, 2011 - January 15th, 2012
Posted 1/3/12
Lisa Adams current paintings of her personal paradise are like a bullet proof vest.  There are signs of protection in the beauty of flora, fauna, and fluffy clouds.  There are areas of serenity in flat areas of color.  But as the title, , suggests we have to be prepared for the inevitable.  The individual worlds in each painting are devoid of shadows even though there are objects being illuminated.  Shadows serve as locators and indicators of objects and things.  Without them the artist is not... [more]
Roland Reiss at Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) September 18th, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
Posted 11/16/11
Roland Reiss' historically captivating installation of a l970's American living room begins to emanate an alluring incense of sawdust, sandalwood, intention and ingenuity before it appears behind the museum wall. The life size installation made from particle board contains furniture and household objects that trigger a spark of time travel for the museum participants.  The living room and miniature environments contain objects that began as clues, cues and later as Reiss stated: "...became... [more]
Meditation and Endowments-You are What you Eat  
Sonia Romero at Vincent Price Art Museum May 20th, 2011 - August 19th, 2011
Posted 8/6/11
Sonia Romero's art work is part of the inauguration of the new Vincent Price Museum at East Los Angles College.  Romero is featured in "Hoy Space", a space in the museum dedicated to emerging artists.  As a young artist that was invitied to exhibit 2 1/2 years ago, Romero stated that she began her work in a "feisty-politcal mode" and ended her journey on the "beautiful side".  The beginning has images displayed in piles.  "Dead Pile" (2009) consists of a pile of "fleshy" pigs.  Also, there is a... [more]
Our Boys and Girls Club  
Diane Gamboa, Gronk, Clement Hanami, JUDITHE HERNÁNDEZ, Will Herrón III, Kent Twitchell, JOHN VALADEZ, Patssi Valdez at Vincent Price Art Museum May 20th, 2011 - August 19th, 2011
Posted 7/25/11
The opening of the new Vincent Price Museum at East Los Angeles College is appropriately anointed by "ROUND TRIP" an exhibition of eight alumni artists.  Diane Gamboa, Gronk, Clement S. Hanami, Judithe Hernandez, Willie Herron III, Kent Twitchell, John Valadez and Patssi Valdez are a group of artists that have developed stellar reputations in the Los Angeles art world and beyond.  They are part  of an art historical family in East Los Angeles filled with myths, legends, and political artistic... [more]
Not Just For Girls  
Jennifer Faist at Ruth Bachofner Gallery April 23rd, 2011 - June 4th, 2011
Posted 5/17/11
Jennifer Faist's current exhibition of minimal works, clean edges, pristine surfaces are reminiscent of various artists that have traveled and taught in southern California.  Artists like Tony DeLap, James Turrell, John McCracken and Robert Irwin work with similar content as seen in Faist's work. The exception is that Faist is endeavoring to "feminize" her work by including pieces of fabric in the layers of the work.  The fabrics are designed to reflect Faist's feminine and nostalgic... [more]
A Bodhisattva of the San Diego Light  
Gail Roberts at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles April 16th, 2011 - May 28th, 2011
Posted 5/2/11
As a former alumnus of San Diego State I was looking forward to seeing the artwork of one of its art professors.  In l978 I was a transfer student who remembers Roberts as a young teacher whooshing through the hallways and pathways of the art buildings.  Roberts' current exhibit at Luis de Jesus is a comprehensive interpretation of the "San Diego light" and for me an open book to my art education from San Diego State.  While I was at the exhibition, I began to revisit my introduction to Diego... [more]
Raw Food-Good Food  
Dias Sardenberg at Blythe Projects April 9th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 4/19/11
Joyous, lyrical paintings with sexual innuendos and whimsical notions have substance because of the artist's experienced hand.  There is a sense of an artist who has worked at her craft with dedication and historical appreciation of pattern and design and collage.  The portrait collages are reminiscent of Sonia Delaunay's designs for stage presentations. [more]
Poetry Within Spaces  
Meg Cranston, Sarah Seager, Mitchell Syrop at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) March 3rd, 2011 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 4/10/11
  The current group exhibition of four Los Angeles based artists, (Meg Cranston, Larry Johnson, Sarah Seager, and Mitchell Syrop), who have historically dedicated their art disciplines to Conceptual Art, were selected by emerging curator Cody Trepte.  Trepte asks the questions; "What is left in/or of Conceptualism and where has it gone...?"  Trepte is a recent resident of Los Angeles who has been focusing on Conceptual Art of the l980's and 90's.  The four artists encompass the tenacity of... [more]
A Meditation Card  
Daniel Wheeler at Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) November 14th, 2010 - April 14th, 2011
Posted 2/26/11
"One bee doesn't make a hive..." A video of a single bee trapped in a puddle of water becomes a "gospel for bees"-buzzing and illuminating a circle of music stands.  Grocery bags become makeshift sheet music.  Their recognizable pulp scent stimulates nostalgic and prosaic associations.  The grocery bags are becoming part of our past.  Wheeler also uses them to create a wax covered groin vault-hive at the entrance of his installation. When I spoke with Wheeler and shared my insights, he said... [more]
Michael Salvatore Tierney at Blythe Projects January 8th, 2011 - February 12th, 2011
Posted 1/18/11
( (Michael S. Tierney with Christine Anderson at Blythe Projects 1/14/11) As a baby boomer I grew up with space travel.  I remember watching John Glenn on television  during my 4th grade teacher's lunch time.  When I spoke with Michael on opening night he shared his personal connection with aerospace.  Because many of the images focus on the internal views of the spacecrafts, they are reminiscent of regressing into an embryonic nest.  The images of the space suits and capsules appear like... [more]
Gajin Fujita, David Grant, Iva Gueorguieva, Tom Knechtel, Monica Majoli, Linda Stark at Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) July 18th, 2010 - October 31st, 2010
Posted 10/16/10
  When I spoke with Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin, the curator of the exhibition, she stated that the seed for the exhibition was based on Monica Majoli's artwork.  Majoli's portray figures deferring to the shadows-profiling the people's grief, loss, and longing.  The portraits are whispers of sensuality reminiscent of Georges de la Tour's paintings of Magdalen. Shirlae chose Los Angeles based artists who complemented Monica's perspective of desire. Gajin Fujita's paintings of Japanese iconography... [more]
Defining My Generation  
John Andolsek at Blythe Projects September 18th, 2010 - October 23rd, 2010
Posted 9/28/10
defines his generation with iconic images from his legacy.  Andolsek's current exhibition at Blythe Projects contains paintings, mixed-media objects and installations pertaining to his Boomer existence.  There is an image of "Dad" at the barbeque grill, an installation with actual US currency and images of the US flag.  However, one of the indelible connections that all Baby Boomers have is the day President Kennedy died.  Andolsek parallels an image of a blurred dollar bill in "Black Dollar... [more]
"August" Conversation August 18, 2010  
Doni Silver Simons at Sherry Frumkin Gallery August 12th, 2010 - August 31st, 2010
Posted 8/24/10
"... Highly ritualized, learning in public, unraveling..."These are some of the words and phrases that Doni used to describe her process during her conversation at Sherry Frumkin's on August 18.  Doni has an exhibit of her current work along with a daily performance piece.  The performance will be every morning from 8:00-10:00 a.m. What is important is Doni's personal interaction with the canvas.  As she tears into the fabric, she continuously reacquints herself with strands that appear in... [more]
June Diamond  
Ching Ching Cheng, George Ousman Diagne, June Diamond, SA Schimmel Gold, Gregg Hill, Rani Laik, Mary Larsen, Dave Lovejoy, Frank Miller, Annemarie Rawlinson, Joan Robey, Karen Sikie, Richard Turner at The Loft at Liz's June 26th, 2010 - September 7th, 2010
Posted 8/19/10
June Diamond's contribution to the exhibition serves as functional lighting and visual illumination.  She has gathered copius amounts of wine bottles from her neighbors and neighborhood resturants.  As a professional artist working with glass in various forms she is clear about maintaining the integrity of the glass.  She enjoys working in a labor intensive fashion.  Each of the eight light fixtures consists of small pieces of glass that are individually linked with copper rings that she... [more]
"An Opportunity"  
Jason Adkins, Oliver Arms, Ron Athey, Tanya Batura, Heimir Bjorgulfsson, Daniel Brice, Thomas Burke, Carole Caroompas, Cole Case, Exene Cervenka, Kris Chatterson, Justin Dahlberg, Michael Dee, Tom of Finland, Eric Freeman, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Martin Gunsaullus, Ellina Kevorkian, Patrick Lee, Bob Mizer, Michael Reafsnyder, Nancy Riegelman, Chad Robertson, Joe Schmelzer, Aaron Sheppard, Arne Svenson, Vincent Valdez, Mark Dean Veca, Wayne White, Eve Wood, Yek at Western Project November 7th, 2009 - December 30th, 2009
Posted 11/8/09
Here's an opportunity for a survey of 32 gallery artists from Western Project's first six years. There is an eclectic array of works from abstract expressionist works of Michael Reafsnyder and Oliver Arms, allegorical/mm of Aaron Sheppard and Wayne White, pattern and narrative work of Carole Caroompas, Cole Case, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, photo-realistic work in graphite/conte crayon of Vincent Valdez, Patrick Lee, Tom of Finland, photography (digital +), of Arne Svenson and Ron Athey, and video... [more]
Art Salad Days  
at Bob Poe Photographic Art October 10th, 2009 - October 10th, 2009
Posted 10/12/09
Lisa Adams (curator) with Bob Poe at "illumination" Exhibit Bob Poe is a businessman, and entrepreneur who has had a longing to make art.  As an artist and art educator, I repeatedly hear people saying that they can't draw a straight line.  My standard response is, "we have rulers for that" and "there are no straight lines in nature."  At Bob's opening a young woman said to me, "I would like to get a studio to begin making art." "...I can't even draw a circle..." The truth is people have... [more]
Feeding the Spirit Monkey  
Carole Caroompas, Kaitlynn Redell, Aaron Sheppard, Arne Svenson, Liz Young at Western Project June 13th, 2009 - July 18th, 2009
Posted 7/14/09
are tales about the spirit and flesh.  Does an unrequited love of the spirit live in the hearts of these five artists?  Whether it does or not, mutiny is not an option.  They're in it for the long haul.  Their personal battles pulsate in their work.Liz Young's family portraits are a host of small scale paintings of her family and herself at various ages.  The portraits are exhibited in the gallery the way they might be found in her grandmother's living room.  The wonderment of these portraits... [more]
Passionate Home Fires  
Robert McGinley at Blue 7 Gallery June 27th, 2009 - July 31st, 2009
Posted 7/9/09
Robert McGinley's photography exhibition is an observance of his family's farmland in Barrington, Illinois, a rural area 35 miles from Chicago.  The fog is a natural filter in many of the photographs of his exhibition.  A prime example of this organic phenomenon is seen in A warm glow surrounds a winter sun and drapes over a misted horizon of trees.  In the foreground is the farm rake standing steadfast on top of silvery reeds of sweeping frozen grass. Skillfull feats by camera lenses are... [more]
The Wafting Bouquet of Artistic License  
Beili Liu at Tarryn Teresa Gallery January 17th, 2009 - February 27th, 2009
Posted 2/26/09
I was fortunate to meet Beili on the opening night of her exhibit at the newly located Tarryn Teresa Gallery.  She generously gave me a personal guided tour of each of her pieces in the show.  Beili's Chinese ancestry, its myths, and spirituality, is a dominant presence in her current work.  Before writing the article, I promised to give her a call.  Our telephone conversation took place before the final week of her exhibit.  Prior to our conversation, I had drafted her article in several... [more]