Did you happen to drop by the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC earlier this year? If so, did you take part in the OM Lab? The OM Lab was a cube recording studio where visitors were invited to enter and record their own “OM” meditation chant. All of the recordings were compiled and played in the exhibition “The World is Sound,” which started in June. The meditation sound “OM” [phonetically pronounced A-U-M] has been practiced for over 3,000 years for meditation, yoga and music. So stop by the Rubins to listen to this meditative musical work of art.
Graphic and fashion designer Nora Quinn recently launched a new artistic brand: Glamchop LA. Using a variety of fragmented materials in different colors, Quinn creates an assemblage work of art she calls “Glitter World.” This particular “Glitter World” piece can be found sprawling across the walls in Culver City’s ice cream shop Scoops where it provides a burst of glittery color to visitors while they munch on their frozen treats.
Recently on view at the Alliance Française Pasadena studio was a series of of paintings by Valérie Daval. Circular and square canvases were home to swirls of color. Daval’s abstract style blends colors in such a way that the paintings appear as a beautiful sunset.
Pangea Plasma Planet // Bernd Weinmayer // 2016 // Borosilicate glass filled with gas & made in collaboration with Gerhard Hochmuth
There are four states of matter: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. At least for me, plasma is the one state of matter I understand the least. So I found the exhibition, “The Art of Plasma” at the Museum of Neon Art particularly interesting. Plasma, as defined on the exhibition’s wall label,” is “a collection of charge particles containing about an equal number of positive ions and electrons and exhibiting some properties of a gas but differing from a gas in being a good conductor of electricity and being affected by a magnetic field.” In an effort to simply this definition, an example of plasma is the Aurora Borealis [aka the Northern Lights]. So in this group exhibition various artists displayed works created with plasma. This show will definitely illuminate your view of neon art.
Reddy Kilowatt // Larry Albright // 2009
Anemone // Candice Gawne // 2000 // Uranium & borosilicate glass filled with neon and argon gas and mercury
(L) Emergent #3 Response (M) Emergent #1 Growth (R) Emergent #5 Structure // Wayne Strattm // Flameworked borosilicate glass, phosphors, krypton/iodine fill gas
(L) Mesmer #2 Gas Giant (M) Mesmer #1 Primitives (R) Mesmer #2 EM Color Fields // Wayne Strattm // Flameworked borosilicate glass, custom phosphor “paints,” inert gas & electronic power supply
Cognizance Network // Eric Franklin // 2014
The 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.
Four Hands // Bill Viola // Black-and-white video polyptych on four LCD flat panels, continuously running // 2001
“The Moving Portrait,” an exhibition dedicated to media and video works by Bill Viola, were on view in the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Viola uses events from the past, both historical and personal, to create his works. “The Raft,” was inspired by Theodore Gericault’s 1818-1819 “The Raft of the Medusa,” which depicted a French shipwreck near Senegal in 1816. However, instead of a raft of shipwrecked men, Viola shows men and women being knocked down by crashing water. As they rise the water comes and knocks them down again. This video projection was made for the 2004 Athens Olympics. While this work was inspired by a historical event and a past painting, “The Dreamers” was influenced by Viola’s near-drowning as a child. This work consists of seven video screens of seven individuals suspended in water. One of the individuals is Viola himself.
The Raft // Bill Viola // Color high-definition video projection 5.1 channels of surround sound, duration: 10:33 minutes // 2004
The Dreamers // Bill Viola // Seven channels of color high-definition video on seven plasma displays: four channels of stereo sound, continuously running // Performers (L) Gleb Kaminer (R)Rebekah Rife // 2013
Perfect Strangers // 72nd Street // Vik Muniz // Photographs by Erin Fong
The MTA Arts & Design Department for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority commissioned four artists this year to create works of art for four metro stops in NYC. The four stations are 96th Street, 86th Street, 72nd Street and 63rd Street. Each artist used the white walls of the metro stop as a blank canvas for their art. 96 Street is designed by Sarah Sze, 86th Street by Chuck Close, 72nd Street Vik Muniz and 63rd Street by Jean Shin. These photographs are from Vik Muniz’s 72nd Street creation. Titled “Perfect Strangers,” Muniz produced 36 life size portraits of “strangers.” They resemble everyday people waiting to take the metro. The portraits include police officers, construction workers, parents and children and people dressed for work. Muniz even included himself, tripping, papers flying up in the air. So if you ever find yourself taking the metro in NYC be sure to look for these “Perfect Strangers.”
Series 2 of LIFE WTR has hit the supermarkets just in time for some hot summer weather. Series 2, Women in Art, showcases the work of three female artists: Lynnie Z, Adrienne Gaither and Trudy Benson. Lynnie Z, who lives in London, used red, blue, yellow and black to depict simplified female faces demonstrating her artistic skill as an illustrator (right). DC artist Adrienne Gaither’s creation covers the bottle with bold colors and shapes (left) while NYC artist Trudy Benson’s interest in technology is evident in her design which includes overlapping blocks of color (middle). If you are interested in learning more about the artists, their practice and their exhibitions visit the LIFE WTR website here: https://www.lifewtr.com/series/series-2/
Automatic 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.”
Stranded Islands // Britton Tolliver // 2015 // acrylic & mixed media on panel // 30 x 22.5 in
Hot Wishbone // Britton Tolliver // 2017 // acrylic & mixed media on panel // 30 x 22.5 in
World Time Clocks // Bettina Pousttchi // chromogenic prints // 2008-2016
Wouldn’t it be fun to just travel the world for 8 years? Well Bettina Pousttchi did just that. In her work “World Time Clocks,” Pousttchi visited cities around the world from 2008-2016 taking photographs of public clocks. Each time she photographed a clock she did so at the same time, 2:55 pm. “World Time Clocks” is a collection of 24 photographs taken from 24 different time zones. Clocks from Los Angeles, Seoul, Moscow, Honolulu, Yangon, London, Lagona, Hong Kong and Noumea are just nine of the 24 cities represented. The placement of these works at the Hirshhorn is particularly fitting as the Hirshhorn is a circular shaped museum, which itself resembles the shape of a clock.