The Untitled Swing Project

IMG_8721.JPGThe Untitled Swing Project // Rula Yaghmour, Dina Haddadin, Moar Al-Zo’bi & Rand El Haj Hasan // Arini Creative Platforms // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

Visitors had the opportunity to swing into the art world in an interactive installation by Rula Yaghmour, Dina Haddadin, Moar Al-Zo’bi & Rand El Haj Hasan for the 2015 Dubai Design Week. Various countries in the Middle East had pavilions which showcased innovative art and designs. The swings, fittingly titled “The Untitled Swing Project,” was part of the Jordan Pavilion. Swings allow people to feel weightless and free, evoking a feeling childhood innocence. The swings were all connected  by white beams, whilst the seats were made of stone from Palestine and Jordan.

The Gateway at CityCenter

IMG_9847.jpgDavid Niles

Three colossal high definition screens form a 25 foot hight, 50 foot long archway in Washington DC. The entrance to an apartment complex, this work of art was created by David Niles. The screens display a variety of subjects such as elephants, bubbles, astronauts and in this photograph geometric designs. The images are accompanied by music. This, however, is no ordinary video work. Instead of having images on a constant loop, the video changes with the number of people walking through the arch. For example, if bubbles are on the screen, the number of bubbles shown will increase, as well as the music volume, if there are a lot of people walking through. When I visited there was only a handful of people, so it was pretty quite and the geometric patterns changed slowly.

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The Effect of Lightning on a Rainbow

iNight Flower (From Left to Right Blue, White & Pink) // Masood Kamandy // 2017 // dye-sublimation print on aluminum // 24 x 18 inches // edition 3

The world is filled with photographers. Everyone with a smart phone is a photographer whether they consider themselves to be one or not. Smartphones are something the average person carries with them everywhere. They use the camera, along with numerous photo editing apps, to document their lives in snapshots. Artist Masood Kamandy recognizes the importance of photographs in this smartphone generation. In a recent body of work, Kamandy created and designed his own photography app for the iPhone called “Oblique.” The app is available for download in the Apple App store for $1.99. The app essentially combines all photo processing into one step, compressing the image and causing the photographs to have distorted colors that swirl and blend. Some of his photographs were on view in Luis De Jesus Los Angeles Gallery in Culver City. Curious, I downloaded the app and decided to play around with some of my photographs. I took a snap of my backyard then used the filter features to warp my photo. The last three images are ones I created.

xHorizon (Dark) // Masood Kamandy // 2017 // dye-sublimation print on aluminum, 3 panels (triptych) // 16 x 12 inches each // edition of 3

uPurple // Masood Kamandy // 2017 // dye-sublimation print on aluminum // 36 x 27 in // edition of 3

eShear Matrix (White) // Masood Kamandy // 2017 // dye-sublimation print on aluminum // 24 x 18 inches // edition of 3

Rosa Yaghmai

dd.jpgZap a Gap // Rosa Yaghmai // silicone, silk, tulle, gap filler, pigment, bricks // 78 x 47.5 x 3.75 in // 2017

Recently on view at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles was an exhibition on Rosa Yaghmai’s work called “The Courtyard.” LA artist Yaghmai transformed the gallery space to create an indoor courtyard equipped with light-color changing benches and standing sculptures, made of mixed-media such as corrective lenses, which resemble trees.

ddd.jpg(L) Courtyard, Figerglass Bench // Rosa Yaghmai // fiberglass resin, UV LED lights // 18 x 72 x 20 in // 2017 (R) Imitation Crab // Rosa Yaghmai // silicone, quilting cotton, pigment, tin weave, bricks // 84.5 x 47.5 x 3.75 cm // 2017

f.jpgPipe #4 // Rosa Yaghmai // resin, corrective lenses, produce bags, aluminum, miscellaneous debris, steel, rust // 68 x 28.5 x 27.25 in // 2017

aaaLugi Luigi // Rosa Yaghmai // resin, plastic debris // 85 x 3.5 in // 2017

Tiffany X Whitney Biennial

IMG_6333.JPG.jpegPhotograph by Erin Fong

This past March was the Tiffany X Whitney Biennial curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. The exhibition, which took place at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City, consisted of works by five artists who participated in the Whitney Biennial: Harold Mendez, Shara Hughes, Ajay Kurian, Raúl de Nieves and Carrie Moyer. Each artist worked with a Tiffany designer to blend Tiffany’s style with a contemporary work of art. Mendez created a sterling silver death mask. Hughes painted landscapes on a bone China pitcher which rotated under a light, allowing for different views of the pitcher to be illuminated at different times of the day. Kurian made sterling silver card holders with intricate designs and phrases, such as the word ‘PSYCHO.” Nives work consisted of detailed etched glass and Moyer made an installation for the front window.

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IMG_6328.JPGWinter Wonderland // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6329.JPGSculptural Still Life // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6331.JPGModern Secrets // Ajay Kurian // Card case in sterling silver featuring a stereogram hiding the word “PSYCHO” // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6326.JPGRemote Twilight // Shara Hughes // abstract landscape hand painted on bone China pitcher // Photograph by Erin Fong

Roy Colmer

IMG_9603.jpgUntitled #49 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 1970 // 190.5 x 127 cm

1960s NYC artist Roy Colmer utilized a spray gun to create works of art which blend colors. The sprayed colors consist of one colored canvas with a different color sprayed down the middle. The strips appear to vibrate, reflecting movement and flickering of video screens. This tribute to technology is a common theme throughout Colmer’s artistic practice.

IMG_9600Untitled #118 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 1968 // 127 x 127 cm

FullSizeRender.jpgUntitled #57 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 177.8 x 127 cm

Reclining Figure

IMG_3525.JPGReclining Figure – 1981 // Henry Moore

Reclining outside the Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a figure of a man. With a head far too small for his body it can only be the work of the famed British sculptor Henry Moore. Donated to the Segerstrom by the Angels of the Art on June 11, 1984, this work titled “Reclining Figure – 1981,” greets visitors as they approach the entrance to the art center.

RAD

FullSizeRender 25.jpgA one mile street in Asheville, North Carolina is home to over 220 artist studios and galleries. Know as the River Arts District (RAD), this area presents works by artists such as the Pink Dog Creative, Sarah Sneeden and Jeff Pittman and showcases a variety of media from furniture, to photography to oil painting. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

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FullSizeRender 21Cowboy Marshall // Kora Manheimer // Digital C-print // North Carolina 2003

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FullSizeRender 14Exposed: Revealing the Music in my Head // Julia Goldthwaite // Oil paintings & processes

FullSizeRender 13Exposed: Revealing the Music in my Head // Julia Goldthwaite // Oil paintings & processes

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Shafted

FullSizeRender.jpg-15.jpegUntitled (Shafted) // Barbara Kruger // digital-print installation // 2008

Who knew riding in a elevator you could experience a work of art. In an enormous glass elevator at LACMA visitors have the opportunity to view a digital-print installation by Barbara Kruger. As the elevator ascends and descends riders catch glimpses of text, however the elevator car blocks words, compromising the entirety of the phrase. Kruger is known for juxtaposing imagery and phrases from everyday life, leaving the viewer to question the intended meaning.

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Zachary Armstrong Keith

v.jpgIn a tight hang, Zachary Armstrong’s “Keith’s Paintings,” were shown in China Art Objects gallery in Culver City. Armstrong’s paintings combine childhood imagination with adult themes to create a complex painting. Unicorns and flower crowns coupled with grimaces and menacing faces with tongues sticking out are juxtaposed  in Armstrong’s works. He even painted a work of art specifically for the exhibition, a painting that states his name, title of the show and location.

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