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Féminaire

FullSizeRender 14.jpgMai-Thu Perret

32 glazed ceramics, 9 figures and 1 dog comprise the exhibition “Féminaire” at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. Artist Mai-Thu Perret uses artistic techniques such as ceramic, papier-mâché and wicker to create works that comment on female identity. Displayed on an elevated platform is “Les Guarillères,” which includes the 9 figures and 1 dog. Each figure is created with different materials yet as an ensemble they all appear as a contemporary army in modern clothing. The figures, and dog, all face the ceramic wall hangings. Like the figures, each ceramic is different. Some are smooth, others are more textural and many include mix colors.

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FullSizeRender 16From “Les guérillères” // Mai-Thu Perret // 2016

FullSizeRender 15From “Les guérillères” // Mai-Thu Perret // 2016

12 Paintings

FullSizeRender 4Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

Swirls of thick paint spiral across twelve canvases of equal size. Some are monochrome, while others mix two or three colors. Made by Lesley Vance, the abstract twirls of paint create a sense of energy. It appears as though it was produced with a thick brush as often times you are able to see the individual brush marks on the canvas.

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FullSizeRender 13Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

FullSizeRender 10Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

FullSizeRender 7Untitled // Lesley Vance // oil on linen // 31 x 24 x 3/4 in // 2017

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Future Present

FullSizeRender 9(L) Construction in Enamel 3 // Moholy-Nagy // porcelain enamel on steel // 1923 (M) Construction in Enamel 2 // Moholy-Nagy // porcelain enamel on steel // 1923 (R) Construction in Enamel 1 // Moholy-Nagy // porcelain enamel on steel // 1923

LACMA recently held a retrospective of 20th century Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy. In this exhibition over 250 works by Moholy-Nagy were on view ranging in media from oil on canvas, to plexiglas and brass to porcelain enamel on steel. These are a few of my favorite works.

FullSizeRender 10B-10 Space Modulator // Moholy-Nagy // oil and incised lines on Plexiglas, in original frame // 1942

FullSizeRender 8Nuclear I, CH // Moholy-Nagy // oil and graphite on canvas // 1945

FullSizeRender 7Dual Form with Chromium Rods // Moholy-Nagy // Plexiglas and chrome-plated brass // 1946

FullSizeRender 6Kinetic Constructive System: Structure with Moving Parts for Play and Conveyance // Moholy-Nagy // photomontage (gelatin silver prints, photomechanical reproductions, ink, and watercolor) on cardboard // 1922

FullSizeRender 4E IV (Construction VII) // Moholy-Nagy // oil on canvas // 1922

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

Rosa Yaghmai

dd.jpgZap a Gap // Rosa Yaghmai // silicone, silk, tulle, gap filler, pigment, bricks // 78 x 47.5 x 3.75 in // 2017

Recently on view at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles was an exhibition on Rosa Yaghmai’s work called “The Courtyard.” LA artist Yaghmai transformed the gallery space to create an indoor courtyard equipped with light-color changing benches and standing sculptures, made of mixed-media such as corrective lenses, which resemble trees.

ddd.jpg(L) Courtyard, Figerglass Bench // Rosa Yaghmai // fiberglass resin, UV LED lights // 18 x 72 x 20 in // 2017 (R) Imitation Crab // Rosa Yaghmai // silicone, quilting cotton, pigment, tin weave, bricks // 84.5 x 47.5 x 3.75 cm // 2017

f.jpgPipe #4 // Rosa Yaghmai // resin, corrective lenses, produce bags, aluminum, miscellaneous debris, steel, rust // 68 x 28.5 x 27.25 in // 2017

aaaLugi Luigi // Rosa Yaghmai // resin, plastic debris // 85 x 3.5 in // 2017

Shafted

FullSizeRender.jpg-15.jpegUntitled (Shafted) // Barbara Kruger // digital-print installation // 2008

Who knew riding in a elevator you could experience a work of art. In an enormous glass elevator at LACMA visitors have the opportunity to view a digital-print installation by Barbara Kruger. As the elevator ascends and descends riders catch glimpses of text, however the elevator car blocks words, compromising the entirety of the phrase. Kruger is known for juxtaposing imagery and phrases from everyday life, leaving the viewer to question the intended meaning.

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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.

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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

Picasso & Rivera

FullSizeRender.jpg-12.jpegPablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. Two artist living in different cities at the same time. What possibly could they have in common? Much more than you think. Despite Picasso living in Spain and Rivera living in Mexico, both artists were inspired by historical works (antiquities for Picasso, Mesomerica for Rivera) yet developed styles of 20th century modernism unique to them yet had remarkable similarities. Cubism is one such style painted by Picasso and Rivera. While Picasso is best known for his work in Cubism, as he is considered one of the founders of the movement, Rivera also made great strides in his cubist pieces. This can best be exemplified in Picasso’s Man with a Pipe (Homme au chapeau melon assis dans un fauteuil) and Rivera’s Sailor at Lunch (Fusilero marino).

FullSizeRender.jpg-9Portrait of Sebastià Junyer Vidal // Pablo Picasso // oil on canvas // June 1903

FullSizeRender.jpg-8The Era (La Era) // Diego Rivera // oil on canvas // 1904

FullSizeRender.jpg-11Man with a Pipe (Homme au chapeau melon assis dans un fauteuil) // Pablo Picasso // oil on canvas // 1915

FullSizeRender.jpg-7Sailor at Lunch (Fusilero marino) // Diego Rivera // oil on canvas // 1914

FullSizeRender.jpg-10Woman in a Blue Veil (la femme au voile bleu) // Pablo Picasso // oil on canvas // Fall 1923

FullSizeRender.jpg-6(L) Seated Standard Bearer // Mexico, Aztec, Veracruz, 1250-1521 // sandstone, laminated (R) Frida’s Friend (El Amigo de Frida) // Diego Rivera // oil on canvas // 1931

 

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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FullSizeRender 6Mario Marsicano // Jellio

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