Tag Archives: California

The Museum of Neon Art

b.JPGThe Museum of Neon Art recently moved from downtown Los Angeles to its new home in Glendale, CA. In addition to the museum’s temporary exhibitions, three famous neon works are on permanent view: “Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, & Jack,” “Green Frog Market Howdy Folks,” and “Hillcrest Laundry” sign. The “Green Frog Market Howdy Folks” sign was originally a supermarket sign in Bakersfield while the “Pep Boys” sign was on view until 1990 when the logo changed to remove the cigar from Manny’s mouth.

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FullSizeRender 4Green Frog Market “Howdy Folks” // 1930s

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Larry Bell

FullSizeRender.jpgPacific Red // Larry Bell // laminated glass // 2017

Known for his involvement in the Light and Space Movement in California during the 1960s, Larry Bell is synonymous with light art. Bell works with a variety of media including glass, mirrors and polyester coated with aluminum to create works that reflect light in ways that challenge the perspective of the viewer. Some of his work was recently on view at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum on Pepperdine University’s campus in a show titled “Larry Bell: Pacific Red.” “Pacific Red,” a title of one of the works, is a new piece created of red laminated glass. Six “V” shaped glass panels were created, forming a chevron pattern. Visitors had the opportunity to walk in-between each panel, experiencing how the light changed through each consecutive “V.” Other works in the exhibition included a hanging series titled “Light Knots.” Consisting of abstract shapes that were polyester coated with aluminum and silicon, the “Light Knots” twirled in the air, their reflections creating flashes of spots across the walls and floors.

FullSizeRender.jpg-1(B) Church Studies // Larry Bell // Various tiles, mixed media on red Hiromi paper // 2011-2015 (T) Light Knots // Larry Bell // various tiles, polyester coated with aluminum & silicon // 2013-2016

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Church Studies // Larry Bell // Various tiles, mixed media on red Hiromi paper // 2011-2015

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Ghost Box // Larry Bell // glass, mirror & acrylic // 1962-1963

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Cube #26 // Larry Bell // coats glass // 2006

PMCA

IMG_6786Located in in heart of Old Town Pasadena is the The Pasadena Museum of California Art [PMCA]. As the title of the museum indicates, the PMCA focuses on exhibitions that highlight the works of California artists. Recently on view was “In the Land of Sunshine: Imagining the California Coast Culture.” This show brought together artists that portrayed the history of the famed California coast from Balboa Island, to the Santa Monica Pier to the sandy beaches of San Diego.

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Old Meets New

FullSizeRender.jpgUntitled (Flat) // Alex Israel // acrylic and stuck // 2012-2013 Diane Chasseresse (Diana the Huntress) // Jean-Antoine Houdon // bronze // 1782

The old meets the new in a display at The Huntington Art Gallery. 16 of Los Angeles artist Alex Israel’s pieces from 2012-2015 have been juxtaposed with pieces from the Huntington’s collection. In one historic room Israel has created a mural of native California vegetation such as cacti and palm trees with an icon every Californian knows well, the palm tree decorated In n’ Out cup. On the back of the grand circular staircase, Israel has painted cotton-candy colored pink and blue resembling a sunset or sunrise.

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Sky Backdrop Mural // Alex Israel // acrylic on muslin // 2015

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Sky Backdrop Mural // Alex Israel // acrylic on muslin // 2015

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In-N-Out // Alex Israel // site-specific mural // 2015

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In-N-Out // Alex Israel // site-specific mural // 2015

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In-N-Out // Alex Israel // site-specific mural // 2015

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In-N-Out // Alex Israel // site-specific mural // 2015

Inflammatory Essays

IMG_6630Inflammatory Essays // Jenny Holzer // 1979-1982 // Offset posters on colored paper

Red, yellow, pink, hot pink, green and lime green sheets cover a monumental wall in The Broad Museum. These colored sheets are filled with clusters of texts that both spark intrigue and challenge the reader. They are Jenny Holzer’s “Inflammatory Essays.” The questions and statements Holzer poses prompts the viewer to think more critically about these everyday issues.

FullSizeRender 32Inflammatory Essays // Jenny Holzer // 1979-1982 // Offset posters on colored paper

Dark Visions

xxMr. Huff’s Teeth in the Articulator // Clayton Pond // 1970 // lithograph

Recently on view at the Norton Simon was the exhibition “Dark Visions: Mid-Century Macabre.” Intriguing. What sort of visions? Looking into the future? Into your soul? Why is it so horrifying? Well the one room exhibition explored the innermost darkest feelings and anxieties of 20th-century artists such as Leon Golub and Clayton Pond. Certainly makes you think about your own apprehensions and just may fill you with unease.

qqqCombat // Leon Golub // 1965 // lithograph

Enchanted Forest of Light

FullSizeRender 49.jpgWhat is more fun than exploring gardens? Doing so in the dark! During the holiday season Descanso Gardens creates interactive light installations for visitors of all ages to explore. This year there were eight works including glowing circles that change colors as you walk, luminous tulips and lit oak trees which create a symphony of sounds as you stroll across the wooden platforms circling their trunks.

img_7295The Pool // Jen Lewin

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Symphony of Oaks

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Flower Power

A Sky in the Palm of a Hand

img_6799Overflow // Lloyd Hamrol // 2016 // industrial felt

Joan Perlman’s two-dimensional works juxtaposed with Lloyd Harmon’s sculptural felt pieces comprise the exhibition “A Sky in the Palm of a Hand” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The title of the show is derived from a line in a poem by W.S. Merwin titled “No Shadow”which explores man’s role in nature. Hence the focus of the exhibition relates to earth’s natural elements seen through large felt installations, video works and acrylic, silkscreen on canvas pieces. To read W.S. Merwin’s poem click here:  http://www.merwinconservancy.org/2011/03/poem-of-the-week-3/

img_6802Kreppa (diptych) // Joan Perlman // 2016 // acrylic, silkscreen on canvas

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Cascade // Lloyd Hamrol // 2016 // industrial felt

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Skeiõarársandur // Joan Perlman // 2016 // acrylic, silkscreen on canvas

 

Kosmic Krylon Garage

img_6782Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004

When trying to find parking at a museum, normally you don’t look for art in its parking garage. But at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Kenny Scharf has created whimsical spray painted murals in its parking structure. Bright green, purple and blue futuristic looking characters sprawl across the walls encouraging you to park next to something that catches your eye.

img_6779Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004

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Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004

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Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004

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Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004