Tag Archives: California

Becoming America

IMG_5895What do you think of when you hear “American art?”  Portraits of our founding fathers? American flags? The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has an exhibition dedicated to showing art from the early United States titled “Becoming America.” Located in the Scott Galleries the works include paintings, furniture, spinning wheels and quilts and are all from the private collection of Jonathan and Karin Fielding. 




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.

Alliance Française

IMG_1599Valérie Daval

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.

IMG_1600Valérie Daval

The Art of Plasma

a.jpgPangea 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.

ddReddy Kilowatt // Larry Albright // 2009

dAnemone // Candice Gawne // 2000 // Uranium & borosilicate glass filled with neon and argon gas and mercury

sssssss(L) Emergent #3 Response (M) Emergent #1 Growth (R) Emergent #5 Structure // Wayne Strattm // Flameworked borosilicate glass, phosphors, krypton/iodine fill gas

sdfd(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

sCognizance Network // Eric Franklin // 2014

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

FullSizeRender 3Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, & Jack // 1970s

FullSizeRenderHillcrest Laundry // 1950s

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


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


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


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


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.


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