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Park People

IMG_7640Park People // Nathan Sawaya

Artist Nathan Sawaya created six sculptures made out of a toy known worldwide — LEGOS. The sculptures were titled “Park People.” The monochrome LEGO people were seated on various benches in downtown Los Angeles. Sitting in a variety of poses, the sculptures encouraged a passerby to sit along side them and interact with public art. 




Museum of Ice Cream

FullSizeRender 4 copy.jpgWho doesn’t love ice cream? And a museum dedicated to ice cream? Well guess what, there is such a thing. It is called The Museum of Ice Cream and it has officially come to LA! Each room of the museum is dedicated to a different aspect of ice cream – from local creameries, to gummy bears, to sherbet, to banana splits to a sprinkles pool. Various artists created immersive installations inspired by ice cream. Artists include Abel Bentin, Baker’s Son, Drew Billiau and David Guinn, Jourdan Joly, Lizzie Darden and Ramzy Masri. My favorite room, the sprinkles pool.

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Jason Rhoades

FullSizeRender 6 copy 3.jpgTijuanatanjierchandelier // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2006

In an immersive exhibition of six installations is “Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006” at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. Each room is composed of one installation. Visitors are allowed to walk through the installations. In some of the rooms the blue print drawings of the work are on view, showing the artistic process of Rhoades. His works are politically charged relating to issues of stereotypes of cultures and women. My favorite work is “My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage…” The interactive installation pays homage to Rhoades’s own pilgrimage from Los Angeles to Mecca, California. This work resembles a temple and a mosque as it provides a critical commentary on how society perceives temples and mosques. The floor is made of overlaid towels held together with what appears to be drizzled glue. Visitors are invited to walk barefoot across the floor, seeing the work from different angels. Various ceramic objects, a box and a stool are located on the carpet. Suspended from the ceiling are 240 neon lights with crude phrases for female genitalia such as “magic cave,” “tuna taco,” “pussy” and “hot rocket.”

FullSizeRender 4Tijuanatanjierchandelier // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2006

FullSizeRender 6 copySwedish Erotica and Fiero Parts // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1994

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aMy Brother / Brancuzi // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1995

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FullSizeRender 6 copy 2The Creation Myth // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1998

sdfThe Black Pussy…and the Pagon Idol Workshop // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2005

dThe Black Pussy…and the Pagon Idol Workshop // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2005

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My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2004

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My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2004


Dieter Roth, Björn Roth

FullSizeRender 6.jpgSeydisfjördur Slides – Every View of a Town 1988-1995

In the Book & Printed Matter Lab at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is a display of photographs from the Icelandic town of Seydisfjördur. The photographs are not displayed in the traditional manner of ink on paper, rather the photographs are shown on the wall by four projectors. Created by Dieter Roth, his two sons Björn and Karl and Pal Magnússon, the photographs depict the Icelandic landscape, houses and roads. In an adjacent display are notes and the original photographic prints, allowing visitors to see the archived materials.

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Hauser & Wirth LA

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London, Somerset, Gstaad, New York. Now Los Angeles. These are the locations of the internationally renowned gallery Hauser & Wirth. Their latest gallery, in Los Angeles, opened last year in the arts district. In an open design concept, the gallery consists of individual rooms to showcase art, an outdoor courtyard, bookstore and restaurant. The restaurant, Manuela, is farm to table, and is equipped with a chicken coop and herb and vegetable garden.

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FullSizeRender 7Pacific Ocean // Mary Heilmann // acrylic paint // 2016

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FullSizeRender.jpg-1.jpegI Will Not Make Any More Boring Art [Wallpaper] // John Baldessari // vinyl // 2000/2015

At MOCA Grand in Downtown Los Angeles “Selections from the Permanent Collection” are on view. Artists such as Dan Flavin, Chris Burden, Gordon Matta-Clark and John Baldessari are just a few of the many artists currently showcased. These were a few of my favorites.

1f91fc7d-b747-4e12-9637-9ba2c67fc9c8Red Beatts // John Chamberlain // painted & chromium plated steel // 1988


“monument” for V. Tatlin // Dan Flavin // 1969


Hell Gate // Chris Burden // Metal toy construction parts (Meccano and Erector) & wood // 1998-1999


Office Baroque // Gordon Matta-Clark // parquet wood flooring, drywall & wood with Cibachrome print on masonite // 1977


Shore // Pierre Huyghe // sanded wall, pigments & turtle fossil // 2013


Little Light / Jac Leirner // electric cable, socket, blue & nails // 2005


Je Respire (avec Duchamp) // Tony Feher // vinyl flagging tape & painter’s tape // 2016


We Are The People // Sam Durant // vinyl text on electric sign // 2003


fullsizerender-50Smoke // Tony Smith // 1967, fabricated 2005 // sculpture // painted aluminum // Installation: 290 x 564 x 396 in

Billowing upwards in LACMA’s Ahmanson Building is Tony Smith’s black minimalist sculpture “Smoke.” Towering 24 feet high and 48 feet in length, visitors are allowed to walk underneath this monumental installation. This colossal sculpture is confined but seemingly struggling to escape the building, its hexagonal nature towering above the passing visitors.



Electric Earth

76bee167-60c9-4200-8671-65237125677dSONG 1 // Doug Aitken // video installation with eight-channel composite video (color, sound), eight blended projections, and 360-degree aluminum and PVC screen // 2012/2015

Local Redondo Beach artist Doug Aitken’s first retrospective is currently underway at MOCA Geffen in Downtown LA. His practice alludes to the way individuals interact and adapt to society’s constant changes. What better way to see individuals’ interactions than by designing an exhibition with no immediate start or end. Visitors are empowered to begin their own journey through the show. From 360 degree video screens, to large scale installations of dripping water, to photographs splashed with prozac and bleach, Aitken uses a wide range of media. But the exhibition doesn’t end at MOCA Geffen. If you feel like experiencing his work submerged in water, Aitken has created an underwater installation off the island of Catalina which encourages those who dare to swim down, around and through the work. This is an exhibition that will electrify your senses.

a25d6d02-a77f-486a-a4fd-057d77a69e65SONG 1 // Doug Aitken // video installation with eight-channel composite video (color, sound), eight blended projections, and 360-degree aluminum and PVC screen // 2012/2015


100 YRS (neon) // Doug Aitken // hand-carved foam, acrylic & neon // 2014


99¢ dreams // Doug Aitken // neon // 2007


desire (chemical spills) // Doug Aitken // chromogenic print with MSG (monosodium glutamate), fluoxetine (Prozac) and chlorine bleach mounted on aluminum


Station to Station (Volume) // Doug Aitken // Earth, acrylic & steel // 2013


Hot Mess: Aperture series // Doug Aitken // chromogenic transparency on acrylic in aluminum lightbox with LEDs // 2016