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FullSizeRender 14.jpgMai-Thu Perret

32 glazed ceramics, 9 figures and 1 dog comprise the exhibition “Féminaire” at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. Artist Mai-Thu Perret uses artistic techniques such as ceramic, papier-mâché and wicker to create works that comment on female identity. Displayed on an elevated platform is “Les Guarillères,” which includes the 9 figures and 1 dog. Each figure is created with different materials yet as an ensemble they all appear as a contemporary army in modern clothing. The figures, and dog, all face the ceramic wall hangings. Like the figures, each ceramic is different. Some are smooth, others are more textural and many include mix colors.

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FullSizeRender 16From “Les guérillères” // Mai-Thu Perret // 2016

FullSizeRender 15From “Les guérillères” // Mai-Thu Perret // 2016

Serial Flirtations

IMG_0549.JPG18th century painter Pietro Rotari is best known for his character studies, which are paintings that illustrate personal characteristics of specific individuals. Rotari’ works were often displayed in a tight hang, with multiple rows. This can best be illustrated in the image below, “The Great Peterhof Palace Museum Painting Hall.” The Norton Simon created an intimate exhibition showcasing a series of his character studies.

FullSizeRender 2The Great Peterhof Palace Museum Painting Hall // Wall Mural

FullSizeRender 8Portrait of a Woman with Black Lace Scarf, Green Coat with White Fur // Pietro Antonio Rotari // oil on canvas // presumably painted after 1750

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FullSizeRender 4Studio Of Pietro Antonio Rotari // Portrait of Ekaterina Petrovna Holstein-Beck, Later Princess Bariatinsky // c. 1762 // oil on canvas

12 Paintings

FullSizeRender 4Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

Swirls of thick paint spiral across twelve canvases of equal size. Some are monochrome, while others mix two or three colors. Made by Lesley Vance, the abstract twirls of paint create a sense of energy. It appears as though it was produced with a thick brush as often times you are able to see the individual brush marks on the canvas.

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FullSizeRender 13Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

FullSizeRender 10Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

FullSizeRender 7Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

FullSizeRender 6Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

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

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.

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.








Van Gogh’s Bedroom

FullSizeRender 3.jpgThe Bedroom // Vincent Van Gogh // oil on canvas // September 1998

Van Gogh, known to be inspired by his surroundings, featured a bedroom in Arles, France. In fact, Van Gogh depicted this bedroom three times. Now the paintings are dispersed around the world, one on view at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, another on at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the final work  at the Art Institute of Chicago. “The Bedroom,” from the Art Institute of Chicago, is the second version Van Gogh painted and was recently loaned to the Norton Simon. In “The Bedroom,” Van Gogh turned the floor green, the walls purple and created a perspective that plays with the viewer’s perception.

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Powdered Toast

t.jpgAutomatic Mojo // Britton Tolliver // 2016 // acrylic & mixed media on panel // 43 x 22.5 in

With a thick application of vibrant paint hues, Britton Tolliver’s works blend abstraction and grid-like patterns. Tolliver’s paintings evoke both to the natural and man-made worlds. The fluid designs sprawling across the panel resemble the natural world whilst the overlaid grid illustrates man’s influence. The perspective of overlaid, textural grids and smooth organic brush strokes appear to come from above, an ariel view of the world. This series of work was recently on view in the Luis de Jesus Los Angeles Gallery in a solo show titled “Powdered Toast.”

hStranded Islands // Britton Tolliver // 2015 // acrylic & mixed media on panel // 30 x 22.5 in

cHot Wishbone // Britton Tolliver // 2017 // acrylic & mixed media on panel // 30 x 22.5 in


IMG_9631.jpgSilke Otto-Knapp’s grisaille watercolors were inspired by the choreography of Frederick Ashton’s ballet. The figures represented in Otto-Knapp’s “Monotones” move with fluidity, resembling a ballerina dancing on the stage. These large scale watercolor canvases demand presence and grace, a shared characteristic with ballet.

IMG_9632Monotones (Seascape), 73 by 244 (4) // Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016

IMG_9633Monotones (Figures and groups), 73 by 183 (3) //Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016

IMG_9634Monotones (March), 73 by 61 // Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016