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Street Art Palms

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A gray electrical box on the sidewalk. Sounds boring right? Well, there is a current trend that is changing people’s perception of electrical boxes. In various cities in Los Angeles, such as Culver City, artists are using these seemingly ordinary objects as a blank canvas for their works. Painted in vibrant colors and varying designs, these boxes are becoming public works of art. Check out this one from Palms in Culver City. At a block party the public was invited to paint their handprints making this not only an artistic work of art but a communal one as well. 

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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

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.








Glitter World

FullSizeRender 7.jpgGraphic 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.

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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


oReversing Service (Oreo) // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex // 38.1 x 28.1 x 5.1 cm

Kendall Carter addresses relevant themes of race and identity in a new body of work shown at Edward Cella Art & Architecture in an exhibition titled “Marvel.” Perhaps one of the most powerful works is “Cranes for Solange,” where Carter displays white denim jeans hanging on hooks that are locked. Above the jeans is a bathroom sign that states “Rest Rooms,” “White” and “Colored.” This site specific installation harks back to a dark time in history whilst simultaneously illustrating the problems that still exist.

pCranes for Solange // Kendell Carter // 2017 // denim jeans, lightbox, ephemera, locks, brackets

ooEffigy for a New Normalcy VI (Accepting Greatness) // Kendell Carter // 2017 // gold-plated sneakers

lFrom left to right (1) Waves for My People // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 71.8 x 57.8 x 5.1 (2) Thai Waves in Scandinavia // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 101 x 85.1 x 5.1 (3) Waves for Breakfast // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 118.8 x 95.9 x 5.1 cm (4) Waves on Beverly // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in fame // 129.5 x 88.9 x 5.1 cm (5) Dirty Waves // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 137.2 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm (6) Waves for Amit // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 153.7 x 125.1 x 5.1 cm (7) Waves for McQueen // Kendell Carter // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 203.2 x 143.5 x 5.1 cm

Days and Nights, Lemons

sScene with Sliced Bread, Sundown // Holly Coulis // 2017 // oil on linen // 30.13 x 24 in

“Days and Nights, Lemons” is the title of a recent show of work by Holly Coulis in Cherry and Martin Gallery. In this body of work various still life scenes are painted on linen. Images of wine bottles, glasses, fruits and utensils are some of the main subjects. These objects are characteristic of traditional Dutch still life paintings from the 1600s. Here Coulis creates a modern still life through bold colors and stylized forms.

ssKnife, Potatoes (for French Fries), Bowls // Holly Coulis // 2017 // oil on linen // 30.13 x 36.13 in


Water at Night // Holly Coulis // 2017 // oil on linen // 22 x 19 in

Davis Bros Tires

yy.jpgWhen taking your car to get serviced you don’t expect to find a work of street art. However, if you go to Davis Bros Tires you will be surprised to find a mural by Kenny Scharf. Sprawling across this auto shop are cartoon-like aliens, LA city streets, fluffy clouds and even a solar system pointing out  the location of Grandpa, Bobby and Aunt Kate. This is just one of Scharf’s murals. Others can be found in NYC, Sao Paulo, Philadelphia, East Hampton and West Hollywood.





Blume & Poe

FullSizeRender.jpgGathering and Territory – S // Kishio Suga // 1995/2017 // wood, metal // installed dimensions variable

At Blume & Poe’s LA location is a retrospective of Japanese artist Kishio Suga. Some of Suga’s early works on paper are on view in addition to large scale installations. Known for his artistic practice of combining natural and man-made works in the Japanese style of Mono-ha, Suga’s minimal artistic manner is evident. For many of these installations, they will never look the same way as they do in Blume & Poe as their dimensions vary each time they are installed.

FullSizeRender 2Gathering and Territory – S // Kishio Suga // 1995/2017 // wood, metal // installed dimensions variable

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Kishio Suga

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Differentiated Orders // Kishio Suga // stone, paper // 1979/2017 // installed dimensions variable

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(Back Wall) Cause of Directionality // Kishio Suga // wood, paint // 2016 (Floor) Contored Positioning // Kishio Suga // 1982/2017 // wood, branches // installed dimensions variable

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Layered Dependence // Kishio Suga // wallpaper, marker ink // 1977

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Continuous Existence – L // Kishio Suga // 1977/2017 // branches, rope, zinc plate, stone // installed dimensions variable


Units of Dependency // Kishio Suga // 1974/2017 // concrete blocks, grass // installed dimensions variable

Blox and Bax

wef.jpgHedz // Kenny Scharf // oil on linen with powder coated aluminum frame // 2016 // 48 x 34 cm

In a fun, playful Honor Fraser Gallery exhibition were pieces by Kenny Scharf. Titled “Blox and Bax,” three of Scharf’s series were on view: BLOCKHEADZ, TV Bax and Assemblage Tableaux Vivants. In BLOCKHEADZ, bold colored geometric faces with large noses and varying expressions painted on large canvases hang on the gallery’s white walls. For TV BAX Scharf uses old TV’s and brings them to life with his iconic faces. Some sport dazzling teeth and vibrant paint while one even includes a painted green skull. In the final series on view, Assemblage Tableaux Vivants, Scharf creates small sculptures using a variety of materials such as beads, game board pieces and plastic toys. Despite the different materials used in each series, what all three share in common is their commentary on commercialism in today’s world.

aaHeadblox // Kenny Scharf // oil on canvas // 2016 // 96 x 120 in


Viva El Robot Infinitum // Kenny Scharf // 2017 // 70 x 90 in


 #1 // Kenny Scharf // oil and mixed media on found television // 2016 // 22 x 30 x 13 in


 I Heart You // Kenny Scharf // mixed media assemblage // 2016 // 23 x 24 x 8 in